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Xavier draws TCU in the 2019 Big East - Big 12 challenge

I was sure it was going to be Wisconsin again.

NCAA Basketball: NIT Semifinal-Texas vs TCU Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

First, the news:

Nova draws KU for obvious reasons, DePaul gets to host a game for some reason, Creighton gets one of a number of fairly local matchups... there's a lot going on here.

For Xavier, it's a date with TCU and Jamie Dixon (or maybe not). The Horned Frogs were 23-14 last season, with three of those wins coming in the NIT before they, like X, lost to Texas. They finished 43rd in the KenPom. Pomeroy doesn't have his rankings out yet, but Bart Torvik projects the Frogs to be somewhere in the mid-60s next season.

The big curveball here is Jamie Dixon's status. TCU has been solid under him, but UCLA is actively courting his services if they can negotiate his 8 million dollar buyout down. Regardless of the outcome of that situation, the road trip to TCU figures to be a solid quad 1 game on Xavier's 2019-2020 schedule.