Xavier loses at Marquette, leaving NCAA Tournament life in doubt

Another incomplete performance cost the Musketeers dearly in a 66-59 loss Saturday night at Marquette, which could move Xavier (13-7, 6-7 Big East) to the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble with only next week's Big East Conference Tournament left to help the Musketeers save their season.

Marquette forward Theo John and Xavier guard Dwon Odom battle for the basketball during the first half.

"I told our guys after the game, man, I was really proud of our group and listen, we play to win, we're competitors, we hate to lose here at Xavier, but I will tell you, I thought our effort from start to finish was absolutely there."

Steele said the decision to change his starting lineup was a product of losing Nate Johnson for the season and the need for more spacing and scoring on the floor.

Listen, it's all water under the bridge, a whole new season's about to start and our goal is to go to New York City and win the Big East Tournament.

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