Xavier, the No. 3 team in the country and the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament, fell to Providence in a thriller on Friday night.
The Xavier Musketeers won the Big East’s regular season title this season, but they won’t be winning the league’s tournament. Xavier was ousted by Providence in overtime on Friday night after relinquishing a 17-point lead down the stretch.
Providence got 17 points from Rodney Bullock, 17 points from Alpha Diallo and 15 points from Kyron Cartwright in the upset. Cartwright was the hero, though.
Providence with the stunner!
The Friars advance to the finals of the Big East tournament with a huge W over Xavier. pic.twitter.com/AJSrqo89BK
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 10, 2018
The senior guard hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds to tie the contest at 68-68. In the waning seconds of overtime, he took a charge from Xavier’s J.P. Macura to seal the victory.
Xavier had one final possession to try to tie the game, but the Musketeers didn’t even get a shot off.
Providence moves on to the Big East Final! What were you thinking Xavier? pic.twitter.com/akn1NlqR7H
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) March 10, 2018
Xavier, now, will have to wait to see if the NCAA Tournament selection committee determines they’re worthy of a 1-seed. Worst case, they’ll be a 2-seed.
Providence likely secured themselves a spot in the Big Dance with the win. But, if the Friars want to take it out of the committee’s hands, they can win the Big East Tournament tomorrow and get the league’s auto bid.