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Forget margins, X's formula equals Ws

Don't look at the final numbers, just the final results: Xavier has won 14 straight games.

Updated: March 8, 2003, 11:00 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Xavier coach Thad Matta kept reminding his team. The 'X' on the Musketeers uniform wasn't just the first letter in the school's name.

This team is targeted, always has been this season, always will be until the Atlantic 10 tournament is over.

And, win or lose next weekend in Dayton, the Musketeers will emerge as a legitimate threat for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

"We keep our composure," Xavier freshman guard Dedrick Finn said. "We don't rush anything. ...

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