Xavier coach Chris Mack thinks Xavier has built a profile suitable for an NCAA tournament at-large bid and that the Big East hasn't gotten its due in prognostications. After losing to No. 6 Villanova 77-70 tonight at Cintas Center, Mack ended his post-game press conference with his thoughts on the matter. Here's a transcript of the final exchange: What's next for you guys? Will you keep practicing and wait to see what your conference seeding is? CM: Yeah, we're guaranteed either a three or four seed. And so that means we'll play on Thursday. We're going to give the guys off a couple days. They'll certainly still lift here over the weekend but we'll get back at it Sunday. Like I said before, these quick turn-arounds, all the travel, the emotion that we've invested in these games – it's tough. I think people had us predicted – I know people had us predicted – at seventh in the preseason poll. And we're going to finish the regular season with 20 wins. Our strength of schedule right now sits at 20. And history has shown that any team with a Top 20 schedule in the country that finishes with 20 wins is a NCAA tournament team. Period. Our conference is third in the country when it comes to conference strength, whether it's Kenpom, I think we're fourth in the RPI as a conference. And maybe we haven't won the PR battle but I do know this: I coached in the A-10. And I coach in the Big East now. And I'm telling you right now, Georgetown would be a Top 2 or 3 team in the Atlantic 10. And it's not even close. And so maybe we're not winning the PR battle. But to think that the Big East may only get two teams in and people are trying to put that out there – it's foolish. Look at the strength of schedule. Look at what these teams in the league have done in the upper echelon. And we'll go from there.
Chris Mack makes case for Xavier, Big East
Cincinnati Enquirer | Mar 7