Whelan Watch: Week 3

With no regard for team chemistry, Dee Davis shamelessly flaunts a full set of teeth. - US PRESSWIRE

Xavier walk-on Tim Whelan has announced that he is not going to get his damaged tooth repaired until the Muskies are ranked. With the polls coming out on a weekly basis, we'll use this space to track Whelan's progress towards once again being dentally whole.

I'm fairly bad at technology, so there's a chance that the above comes through as nothing but a jumble of code. On the off chance that you can read it in your browser of choice, you'll no doubt note that Whelan is still holding out hope that his dentition will be flawless for Christmas dinner. Purdue is a fairly big name in the division one college basketball world, and Xavier went on the road this week to knock them off in semi-convincing fashion. Was it enough to restore Whelan's incisors?

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As you can see, both polls are still bearing ill will towards Xavier. Short of perhaps taking their mother, Dorothy Toptwentyfive, out for a nice seafood dinner and then never calling her again, apparently losing to Pacific is the most grievous insult you can levy them. I have to imagine the win against Purdue helped Xavier's standing, but it wasn't enough to draw votes this week.

There's a chance only having one game on the week hurt Xavier, but they have dodged that bullet with having multiple contests on the docket in the upcoming week. The Musketeers host Vanderbilt on Thursday and have Kent State coming to town on Sunday. As we discussed in our not yet award-winning but certainly award-deserving Sunday Conversation, these two winnable games leave Xavier with a chance to be sitting at 8-1 going into the Crosstown Shootout Classic. Cincinnati is ranked in both polls; there may yet be hope for the Whelan family Christmas photo.

Whelan's status: Becoming quite proficient at dicing all of his food.

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