“It’s close and it gives us a chance to get some our fans, our supporters, down to see the game,” said head coach Scott Googins. “I think that’s big for us.”
The Big East champions are joined in the Louisville regional by top seed Louisville, two seed Oklahoma and four seed Radford.
The Musketeers are the third seed for the second time in program history and head into the regional coming off a third Big East championship in four seasons.
“I think we just peak at the end of the year,” said Xavier’s Joe Gellenbeck. “We’re trying to get better during the entire season and, at the end, I think we reach our full potential. It’s good to have this kind of momentum.”