Madison Square Garden is going to be LIVE for this one, as the two powers will look to book a trip to the conference championship.
How to Live Stream the Game
The matchup will be televised nationally on FS1 at 6:30 p.m. ET and is available via the Fox Sports app. Further streams can be found on the NCAA Basketball Streams subreddit. You can find a direct link here.
Xavier's late-season surge continues with 63-61 win over Creighton in Big East quarterfinal. Xavier (18-14) has won seven of eight, losing only at #Butler 71-66 on March 6. No. 4 seed Xavier vs. No. 1 seed Villanova in semifinal Friday.— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) March 14, 2019
The Musketeers come into this one having won seven of their last eight games, including a nail-biting win against the Creighton Blue Jays in the Big East quarterfinals.
Xavier had a slow start to the season, but has certainly picked it up of late. Against the Wildcats, they will need big games from forward Naji Marshall, who averages 14.8 points per game to go with 6.7 rebounds, and guards Paul Scruggs and Quentin Goodin, who score a combined 23.2 points along with 7.9 assists.
Xavier's last game v. Villanova, a 66-54 win at Cintas Center, was tethered to the Musketeers' 17-0 second-half run and a switching ball-screen defense that held the Wildcats scoreless for 9:09. Elias Harden made the clutchest of shots, too. A look back: https://t.co/tnlwIBfm1k— Shannon Russell (@slrussell) March 15, 2019
On the side of the Wildcats, it has been yet another successful season for the program and they are looking to play for their third straight Big East Tournament championship.
In order to do that, they must dispatch of a hot Musketeers team that has confidence coming into this game after winning the last meeting between the two. The Wildcats got locked down by the Musketeers defense in the second half, which means they must come into this game prepared for the same looks.
The Wildcats come into the game as a seven-point favorite, as they look to get revenge on the Musketeers this time around.