Xavier will face a two seed in the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in program history when it tips off against Arizona Thursday night.
Xavier’s record against two seeds currently stands at 1-3, with the only win coming over Mississippi State in 2004 when X made a run to the Elite Eight as a seven seed.
Here’s a look at the Musketeers’ four previous games against two seeds:
2010: (2) Kansas State 101 (6) Xavier 96 (2OT) – Sweet 16
This game created a national buzz for days afterward and has been called one of the best tournament games ever by countless media outlets.
Jordan Crawford finished with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-29 shooting, and Tu Holloway added 26 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Jason Love also had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Crawford made a few insanely long threes, including the memorable one at the end of the first overtime to force a second.
Jacob Pullen had 28 points, Denis Clemente had 25 and Curtis Kelly added 21 for the Wildcats. Pullen was 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, matching all of Crawford’s heroics and then some down the stretch.
2004: (7) Xavier 89 (2) Mississippi State 74 – Round of 32
The Lionel Chalmers game - Chalmers went for 31 points on 11-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Dedrick Finn added 22 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3PT) off the bench and dished out three assists with only one turnover.
All five of Mississippi State’s starters scored in double figures, led by Shane Power’s 16 points, but the Musketeers’ shooting proved to be too much. As a team XU was 13-of-19 from 3-point range. In addition to Chalmers’ and Finn’s shooting exhibition, Romain Sato and Justin Doellman each made a pair of threes.
Xavier went on to beat Texas in the Sweet 16, 79-71, before falling to Duke in the Elite Eight, 66-63.
2002: (2) Oklahoma 78 (7) Xavier 65 – Round of 32
Romain Sato went for 28 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore in the NCAA tournament and David West added 18 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for Xavier to overcome Oklahoma’s Aaron McGhee or Ebi Ere. McGhee, a 6-8 forward that transferred from Cincinnati after his freshman year, scored 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Ere, a 6-5 wing, added 20 points (7-14 FG, 2-5 3PT) and seven rebounds.
The Musketeers had 17 turnovers in the game compared to only six for Oklahoma.
1997: (2) UCLA 96 (7) Xavier 83 – Round of 32
Darnell Williams, Lenny Brown, Torraye Braggs and James Posey all came ready to play on the big stage against the Bruins. Williams led the way with 16 points, Braggs added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Brown had 15 points and Posey added 14 points and six boards.
The Musketeers were within five points at halftime, but Charles O’Bannon and J.R. Henderson were too good down the stretch. O’Bannon scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while Henderson had 22 points (9-12 FG) and grabbed nine boards.