Thursday, February 02, 2006

When was the last time ....

a Top Ten college basketball team was listed as an underdog against an unranked team?

Well, it's happening tonight at Cintas Center.

Xavier has been installed as a 3 1/2 point favorite over No. 10 George Washington.

The Colonials haven't won in Cincinnati in five years. Perhaps that's one reason for the unusual line. Another may be GW's schedule which is among the weakest in the country.

Still, the Musketeers have played poorly since their overtime win over Cincinnati, losing at home to Saint Louis and on the road at Temple before beating Dayton on Saturday.

A sellout crowd, and somebody named Dick Vitale, will be on hand at witness tonight's grudge match between two Atlantic-10 powers.

The game's on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

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