Xavier blasts Butler with former coach Brad Stevens in the house

Xavier’s week on the road in Big East play had to be the greatest variance in performance we’ve seen the Musketeers in any four-day stretch this season.

Maurice Watson Jr. scored 32 points to pair with seven rebounds and five assists as Creighton used a 21-4 start to run away with a huge 70-56 upset win over Xavier on Tuesday. Xavier went 1-for-21 from behind the arc in the loss.

However on Saturday against Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse, Chris Mack’s team couldn’t miss.

Xavier went 9-for-18 as a team on 3-point attempts, with J.P. Macura leading the way with 13 points (3-for-5 on threes). In total, four players finished in double-digits and a game that could have easily resulted in a second-straight loss for the No. 5 team in the country — Butler was favored by three — resulted in a resounding 74-57 win.

The loss came with Brad Stevens, former Butler and current Boston Cetlics head coach, in the house, spending his All Star break in the building that made him a household name in basketball. Stevens was interviewed by Fox Sports during the game, but his presence was clearly not a good luck charm for the Bulldogs.

Butler got 15 points and 12 rebounds from Kelan Martin, but wasn’t able to continue get the stops on the defensive end that helped beat Isaiah Whitehead and Seton Hall earlier in the week. There was just no stopping Macura, who was so hot he had to do the “MJ Shrug” — Michael Jordan’s famous shrug in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals — to the sideline after hitting a shot.

Brad Stevens was in attendance for Butler’s loss to Xavier. (Fox Sports)


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