Wolfpack takes NCAA Tourney battle of 12 seeds, 74-59, over Xavier
Jordair Jett & teammates will play the winner of Tuesday night’s NC State vs. Xavier game on Thursday.
Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10. Creighton departs the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Billikens wasted a chance to win a share of a conference title for the first time since 1970-71 in the Missouri Valley.
Brian Conklin had 14 points for Saint Louis, which certainly will get its first NCAA bid since Rick Majerus became coach in 2007-08. The Billikens were last in the tournament in 2000.
Xavier led 39-29 at halftime but shot just 28 percent afterward. That helped St. Louis take control with a 24-2 run over an 8:34 second-half stretch.
Billikens fall 76-68