The biggest rivalry game of the year turned when Edmond Sumner crushed home a dunk on Octavius Ellis. Here's a breakdown of exactly how Xavier's play of the year developed.
Xavier's head man deserves all the credit he'll get for taking a team picked to finish fourth in the Big East all the way to a constant presence in the top five of the AP poll.
Coach Mack got the very most out of the men he had on hand this year. With post play and point guard looming as questions before the season, Mack pulled all the right strings.
Xavier's offense, not the defense, did the heavy lifting for the Musketeers this year. Coach Mack leveraged his pieces expertly throughout the year.
Xavier's defense started the year well and was amazing at times, but it faded as the season wore on.
Coach Chris Mack is the man who stirs the drink for the Musketeers. How well do you think he handled these three aspects of his job?
Banners fans have spoken, and they said Big Game James was Xavier's best player this year by a decent margin.
Trevon Bluiett led Xavier in scoring and did so very efficiently. Defensively, he hammered the glass and did well on bigger men in the post. That earns you a pretty good grade from the Banners community.
When he's not doing impressions of local golfers, JP moonlights as one of your favorite basketball players.
Xavier's senior leader on the floor was actually just a junior this year, but he has cemented himself a spot in the Xavier pantheon.
A horrific fall cost him three games, but Edmond Sumner had a tremendous season in spite of that. The sky seems to be the limit for Xavier's young guard.
Xavier's least flashy guard was a steady, reliable presence in his senior season for the Muskies.
Xavier's lone true freshman took a while to make much of an impact. Once he did, though, he got X fans dreaming about his seemingly endless potential.
Jalen Reynolds once again posted solid stats and once again left people wondering if there was a little bit more in there.
When Xavier's reserve big man got on the court, there was often no stopping him.
LAJ is so tantalizingly close to being an incredible bench weapon, but his offensive game continues to let him down.
There was a vast gulf in opinions about Makinde this year among the voters. Where did you fall?
Excited to officially announce my commitment to Xavier University ⚔️⚔️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/PIuh2xXZXC— BigKent (@TheReal_Bigk) September 25, 2016
Excited to officially announce my commitment to Xavier University ⚔️⚔️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/PIuh2xXZXC
Official dates Illinois Sept 9th-11th UCLC Sept 22nd-25th Indiana Sept 30th- Oct 2 Xavier Oct 28th-30th Uconn November 3rd-6th ...— Kris Air Wilkes (@kadw31) August 30, 2016
Official dates Illinois Sept 9th-11th UCLC Sept 22nd-25th Indiana Sept 30th- Oct 2 Xavier Oct 28th-30th Uconn November 3rd-6th ...
Justin Smith visits: August 14 – Michigan September 3 – Xavier September 10 – IndianaSeptember 17 – Villanova September 30 – Stanford— guestavo (@guestavoo) August 8, 2016
Justin Smith visits: August 14 – Michigan September 3 – Xavier September 10 – IndianaSeptember 17 – Villanova September 30 – Stanford