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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Campus view: What Xavier has to do to beat Pitt

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Nobody expects it to be easy, but Xavier has a chance against Pitt.

Campus sports editors bring their view of the NCAA tournament to ESPN.com.

Xavier has long checklist against Pitt
By Doug Tifft, Newswire sports editor

There is certainly a deep-rooted desire by Sean Miller to jump the hurdle of his alma mater to reach his second consecutive Elite Eight at Xavier.

Getting such a win is a tall order for Miller against the top-seeded Panthers, but here are some things that the Musketeers must do in order to be successful against Pittsburgh: ...

If Xavier is within five points in the "points off of turnovers" column, or simply does not turn the ball over more than eight or nine times, the Musketeers have a realistic chance of advancing to the Elite Eight.
Read full post | Newswire, Xavier student paper

Toppers should be proud of their season
By Andrew Robinson, College Heights Herald sports editor

For every 5.7 seconds, there's 7.9 seconds.

For every Ty Rogers buzzer-beating three-pointer, there's a Tyus Edney-style runner by Gonzaga guard Demetri Goodson.

For every image of a team running around the floor celebrating, there's an image of coach Ken McDonald running toward the officials, reminding them he wanted a time-out in the final seconds.

And for every doubter this season, there were the Toppers.
Read full story in Western Kentucky's student paper | More

Minnesota talent runs deep at SDSU
By Adam Sprengeler, NDSU Spectrum sports editor

A lot of North Dakota State's recruiting depth depends on just how deep the Minnesota lakes are in any given year, metaphorically speaking. Like the many rivers in Minnesota, high school talent runs deep. Whether it would be wrestling, football, hockey, or of course basketball, NDSU has benefited from this in more ways than one. At the beginning of this season NDSU had eight athletes on their roster from the State of Minnesota and at least two of their incoming recruits come from the land of 10,000 lakes.
Read full post | NDSU Spectrum, the North Dakota State student paper

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