ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando, Florida: known for Mickey Mouse, Universal Studios and Xavier basketball?
Orlando is more than a vacation spot for the Musketeers. It’s a place of great memories and dominant victories.
Since November 2015, the #11 Xavier Musketeers are 8-0 with two early season tournament championships and a clinched trip to the Sweet Sixteen. In the history of neutral site games in Orange County (Florida), the program is 11-2 — good for the most wins by any Division I program.
Yet, when Xavier wins, they win BIG.
In the eleven victories, the Big East representative from Cincinnati, Ohio, triumphs by an average margin of 13.4 points. Moreover, they leave NO doubt in championship games or contests that have a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. Xavier’s smallest margin of victory is 8 points with such a stratification.
Xavier junior Trevon Bluiett, who scored 29 points this evening versus #3 Florida State, loves playing in “City Beautiful.” The 6’6″ Indianapolis, Indiana, product has found a second home in Orlando and is averaging 18.5 points per game dating back to the 2015 Advocare Invitational.
Whether the weather, amusement parks or meeting Mickey Mouse inspires Xavier is unknown. Nevertheless, there is no question Orlando is a place that holds great significance to the current group of Musketeers.
With tonight’s win, Xavier has advanced to their eighth Sweet Sixteen. They will play the winner of #2 Arizona and #7 St. Mary’s in San Jose, California, on March 23.
— P. Wesner