Team preview: Xavier

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Something strange happened in A-10 country in 2004-05: Xavier didn't earn a postseason tournament invitation for the first time in nine years.

Perhaps we shouldn't have been all that surprised as Xavier had a new head coach (Sean Miller succeeded Thad Matta, who bolted for Ohio State) and Miller inherited an inexperienced roster with no returning double-figure scorers. This year, it looks like Miller's team is well stocked enough to start a new streak of postseason trips. Miller welcomes back all five starters, including four double-figure scorers.

"There is more of a known quantity about this year's team than there was a year ago," Miller said. "The unknown a year ago extended throughout the season. We had a lot of different parts come together. This year, there will be more consistency in terms of defined roles. There is also a lot of competition for playing time, a lot of competition for starting roles."