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Catholic Bracketology: Catholic Schools in the Tournament

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On to the Elite 8 and a trip to the Final Four

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s own Xavier Musketeers will face Gonzaga on Saturday March 25th

Gonzaga and Xavier punch their ticket to the Sweet 16

On Thursday March 23rd

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s own Xavier Musketeers defeated Arizona 73-71

Gonzaga defeated West Virginia 61-58

In the East

Villanova 62 loses to Wisconsin 65

In the West

Gonzaga 79 defeated Northwest 73

Notre Dame 71 is defeated by West Virginia 71

St. Mary’s 65 loses to Butler 74

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s own Xavier Muskies 91 defeats Florida State University 66


It’s that time to fill out the brackets. Here’s a list of the Catholic Colleges and Universities in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. There’s 11  Catholic Colleges or Universities and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has 2 teams represented in this year’s tournament.

In the East, the number 1 Seed is Villanova at (31-3) from Pennsylvania. They will play the 16th seed Mount Saint Mary’s (20-15) from Maryland. Villinova 76 Mount Saint Mary’s 56

The number 10th seed is Marquette at (19-13) from Wisconsin. They meet the number 7 seed South Carolina (22-10) S0uth Carolina 93 Marquette 73

In the West, the number 1 seed is Gonzaga at (32-1) from Washington. They play the 16th seed South Dakota State (18-16) Gonzaga 66 – 46

The 5th seed in the west is Notre Dame at (25-9) from Indiana. They will meet the 12th seed Princeton (23-6) Notre Dame 60 Princeton 58

The number 7 seed in the west is St. Mary’s at (28-4) from California. They will face the number 10 seed Virginia Commonwealth at (26-8) St. Mary’s 85 Virginia Commonwealth 77

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s own Xavier University Musketeers (an 11th seed) whose record of (21-13) will go up against the number 6 seed Maryland at (24-8) Xavier 76 Maryland 55

In the Midwest, it’s the number 6 seed Creighton (25-9) from Nebraska meeting number 11 seed Rhode Island at (24-9) Rhode Island 84 Creighton 72

The number 14 seed Iona (24-12) from New York faces the number 3 seed Oregon at (29-5) Oregon 93 Iona 77

In the South it’s the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s own University of Dayton Flyer’s at (24-7) the 7th seed meeting the number 10 seed Wichita State at (30-4) Wichita State 64 Dayton 58

Finally in the south the number 9 seed Seton Hall (21-11) from New Jersey goes up against the 8th seed Arkansas at (25-9) Arkansas 77 Seton Hall 71

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