Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 6 Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time in 32 years by holding off undermanned Xavier 77-70 on Thursday night.
Xavier center Matt Stainbrook has a strained ligament in his left knee, leaving the Musketeers to face No. 6 Villanova without their top rebounder.
Oliver scores 20 as Seton Hall stuns Xavier 71-62
Each week, Dick Vitale compiles news, notes and observations about the sport he loves, college basketball.
Justin Martin had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds on Saturday, and Xavier led most of the way during a 75-69 victory over No. 9 Creighton in front of the largest crowd in the 14-year history of the Musketeers' arena.
Xavier downs St. John's 65-53
Georgetown beats Xavier 74-52; snaps 2-game skid
Martin's 22 lifts Xavier past DePaul 83-64
Thomas leads Marquette over Xavier 81-72
Xavier cleans up with sweep of Butler 64-50
Xavier beats Providence 59-53, ending skid
Bell leads No. 6 Villanova past Xavier, 81-58
Seton Hall ends Xavier's home-court streak 68-60
Xavier has suspended freshman forward Jalen Reynolds from the team so he can concentrate on his "responsibilities greater than basketball."
Cotton, Henton lift Providence over Xavier 81-72
For a few college basketball teams, things didn't start out so well. But they have since made significant turnarounds.