When you think about it, the Creighton Bluejays and Xavier Musketeers have been nearly identical teams this season. They’re both led in scoring by sophomores (Creighton’s Ty-Shon Alexander, 16.1 PPG, Xavier’s Naji Marshall, 14.9 PPG), both finished 9-9 in conference play, both are much better on offense than defense, and both have lost just one game since mid-February, and both find themselves on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament at the moment.
BracketMatrix has the Bluejays as the second team in the First Four Out, while Xavier isn’t currently on any brackets, but could play themselves into the field with a strong showing in the Big East Tournament.
There’s no shortage of storylines to follow in this game. How will Mitch Ballock follow up his career-high 39 points and school-record 11 threes? How will Naji Marshall look in his return from an ankle injury that kept him out against St. John’s?
All this and more will be answered in just a few short moments.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Stream: FOX Sports Go