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Xavier's NCAA Tournament chances take a hit after a loss to DePaul in Big East Tournament

(Photo: Kathy Willens, AP)

NEW YORK – The solid ground Xavier was in search of – in its race for the NCAA Tournament – this week at the Big East Tournament crumbled and disappeared right under the Musketeers' feet Wednesday night with a 71-67 loss to DePaul at Madison Square Garden.

For a team that should have been playing with desperation, there were extended stretches at both ends of the floor that didn't look or feel right for a team on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

If it wasn't poor shot selection it was a careless turnover.