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Bluiett's 17 pts in 2nd half leads Xavier past DePaul 75-64

NEW YORK (AP) Even when his shots were clanging off the rim in the first half, Trevon Bluiett never lost confidence, and that's a major reason Xavier still has a shot at the NCAA Tournament.

Bluiett scored all 17 of his points in the second half and Xavier posted its fourth straight 20-win season with a 75-64 victory over DePaul in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.

The win was the seventh-seeded Musketeers' second in five days over DePaul, and it set up a second-round game on Thursday against No. 18 Butler, the second seed.

Points: E. Cain15.6
Rebounds: T. McCallum6.8
Assists: B. Garrett Jr.3.3
FG%: E. Cain39.8%
FT%: B. Garrett Jr.88.2%
3P%: E. Cain34.5%
Steals: T. McCallum1.5
Blocks: T. McCallum0.8
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1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Butler 0-0 0-0
Marquette 0-0 0-0
Georgetown 0-0 0-0
Xavier 0-0 0-0
Creighton 0-0 0-0
St. John's 0-0 0-0
Seton Hall 0-0 0-0
Providence 0-0 0-0
DePaul 0-0 0-0
Villanova 0-0 0-0
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