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23-13, 7th in Big East

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's NCAA men's Sweet 16 games about to start. The ViewFromVegas is: Michigan -1 vs. Oregon (despite No. 7 vs. No. 3) O/U 148; Gonzaga -3 vs. West Virginia O/U 150; Kansas -5.5 vs. Purdue O/U 155.5; Arizona -7.5 vs. Xavier O/U 144.5.

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Sean Miller's .679 winning percentage in the NCAA tournament is the best among any coach to never appear in a Final Four (min. 10 games), better than Dr. Tom Davis (.621) and Steve Lavin (.611).

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6hJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Trevon Bluiett

Bluiett needs to continue his prodigious scoring totals from the first two rounds if Chris Mack's team wants to reach the weekend.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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ESPN's BPI favors Arizona Thursday night in its Sweet 16 matchup with coach Sean Miller's former team, Xavier (10:09 p.m. ET). All-time, coaches are 3-4 when facing their former teams in NCAA tournament games; Arizona bounced XU from the tournament in the 2015 Sweet 16 in Miller's sole meeting against the Muskies.

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What you need to know about Thursday's Sweet 16 games

Which style will win: West Virginia's or Gonzaga's? Is Michigan's feel-good story about done? Can Kansas handle Purdue's Caleb Swanigan? Will injuries finally stop Xavier? It's time for answers.

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21hDave Tuley and Andrew Lange

Pick the Musketeers to cover

No. 11 seed Xavier pulled off one of the biggest upsets of last weekend over No. 3 seed Florida State. The Musketeers are given a generous 7.5 points against No. 2 seed Arizona on Thursday night.

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FiveThirtyEight: How far can Xavier go?

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, Xavier has a puncher's chance to knock off Arizona on Thursday night. Each round after that, however, will provide a significant challenge.

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ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.

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1dJay Bilas

Bilastrator: Outstanding job by Chris Mack

To get Xavier into the Sweet 16 after losing Edmond Sumner to injury is remarkable. But Arizona might be too much a challenge for even a coach as good as Mack.

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What to watch for in Thursday's Sweet 16 matchups (1:35)

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier coach Chris Mack, in a question nominally about what it means for his program to be back in the Sweet 16, provided one of the better metaphors for this stage of the tournament writ large: "The eye of the needle gets smaller."

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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

At open "practice" at the SAP Center in San Jose, No. 11 seed Xavier performs for its legions of adoring (screaming) young fans.

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1dJeff Borzello

How an ash-filled jar saved Xavier's season

After five straight losses, the Musketeers burned the month of February (literally) and kept the ashes in a jar. The jar is still here. So is Xavier.

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Why you should be excited about the Sweet 16 (1:13)

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West Virginia has shot 52.0 percent from 3-point range in the NCAA Tournament, best of any team that has played at least two games.

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Assessing Sweet 16 coaches: Chris Mack

A hallmark of Chris Mack's teams is the ability to clean the glass, which the Musketeers do with the best of them. Outside shooting, on the other hand, could use some work.

Team Stats

Points Per Game75.1124th
Rebounds Per Game37.487th
Assists Per Game15.0Tied-77th
Points Allowed71.0139th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record24-26
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances26