Record: 21-12 How they got here: At-large bid Strengths: Sophomore guard Semaj Christian (17.1 ppg) and junior forward Justin Martin (11.8 ppg) have helped the Musketeers top Cincinnati, Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette and Butler this season. The team fires .471 from the field and used a strong inside-out game to counter prolific 3-point shooting teams it faced in the Big East. The school is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012 when it reached the Sweet 16. Weaknesses: The team has last three of its past four games and suffered nonconference losses against Iowa, Tennessee and USC. Xavier played sound defense during its loss to Creighton in the Big East Conference Tournament, but Doug McDermott still scored 32 points and the Bluejays showed the Musketeers have few answers when opponents hit contested shots beyond the arc.
Frank Victores, USA Today Sports