Back to the Big East Newsfeed

Pickett and the Saints march into Cintas to face off against Xavier

After beating up on an opponent well below their weight-class in the opener, Xavier will welcome much stiffer competition when the Siena Saints visit Cintas Center Friday evening.

While scheduling for a major conference program is more of an art than a science, it’s one that Xavier has nailed in recent years. With the selection committee’s emphasis on the NET metric (and prior to that the RPI), the Musketeers have had an excellent eye for small conference opponents who will rate highly at the end of the season. Xavier still plays its share of major conference opponents, but its resume at the end of the season is always boosted by a variety of lesser-known but higher-achieving opponents.