Xavier defense lifts it to Sweet 16
BOISE, Idaho -- The game between Xavier and Wisconsin was destined to come down to the team that played the best defense, and it was the Musketeers who are headed back to the Sweet 16 after a slog of a game.
Xavier went eight minutes without a field in the first half, but in the second they held the Badgers without a bucket for nine minutes and went on a 10-0 run of their own that was the difference in a 60-49 victory.
"Wisconsin's a great defensive team. We did a good job defending them and they did a good job defending us," forward
Added Xavier coach
B.J. Raymond. No one player had a stellar offensive game for Xavier, but Raymond (who finished with a team-high 15 points) hit a clutch three-pointer with 4:23 that put Xavier up 49-41, which proved to be a turning point in the game.
Three minutes into the game, Xavier freshman center
Miller will be leading Xavier against his alma mater, Pittsburgh, in the Sweet 16 in Boston. The Panthers are more talented, but the Musketeers' depth and defense give it a chance.