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Matching last season: introduction

Did you have anything to read during your breaks tomorrow? You will now.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I'm sure you remember last year, as the Musketeers started out running around the bubble for the first three months before putting together a stretch run that strengthened their resume into that of a six seed. From there they knocked off Ole Miss and then Georgia State to make it to the second weekend of the tournament (again) before succumbing to Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats.

Obviously, any time your team puts itself within a couple of wins of the Final Four, you want to know how that happened and if they're going to be able to do it again. That's what we're going to examine in the posts linked in this stream.

We'll take a look at each aspect of what makes a team successful and then give a quick assessment of what Xavier lost there and how they're going to be able to continue making statistical ends meet going forward. It's going to be a hoot, trust me.