We’ve had an inordinate amount of triple-doubles in college basketball this season. If I told you the Providence-Xavier game would provide one, you would likely guess All-American candidate Kris Dunn, who has achieved the feat already this season.
But no. The latest triple-double came via Musketeers junior Myles Davis on Wednesday night. He recorded the first triple-double at Xavier since 2011. Davis finished with 12 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 points. How often do you see a triple-double involve points as the lowest number?
The win means eighth-ranked Xavier earns a season sweep in its series against No. 23 Providence. Good on Davis, but better on Xavier, which is now 5-1 against the Top 25. No team has a better record against ranked opponents this season. In getting the 85-74 win, the Musketeers improved to 23-3 and kept pace for a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. I told you last week about Marine-made Trevon Bluiett, who is just one of five guys Chris Mack deploys who can step up and really beat you on a given night.
Bluiett had a game-high 23 points and teammate Jalen Reynolds beat up the Friars with 15 boards and 10 points. Xavier didn’t even shoot all that well and it still looked pretty good, which is an encouraging sign. If anyone is writing off this team, they’re doing it naively, clearly without watching what Mack has assembled in 2016.
For PC, it’s another skid. It’s a tough ask for Providence to go to Cincinnati and get this victory, but now the season is turning on this team. Dunn went for 23 points, 11 boards and added six assists — but also seven turnovers. It was an erratic night for him and his team, which hasn’t beaten a team other than Georgetown in a month. The Friars are still projected to be in the NCAA Tournament, but their seed line is slipping by the game. Next week’s tilt at Seton Hall could be a dangerous one.