Asked to list his best memories from college basketball, Xavier point guard Tu Holloway quickly picks one of his worst. Then, he gets a little emotional.
Holloway made only one field goal in the Musketeers' 66-55 loss to Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season, a surprisingly fast exit that still stings the Atlantic 10's player of the year. Marquette focused its defense on the playmaking point guard, giving him no room to do anything. He finished with one field goal.
"I remember how I felt after the game. I'm almost tearing up right now thinking about it," Holloway said, quickly rubbing both hands across his eyes. "It's just a bad situation because I know I let everybody down. I let myself down. I let my teammates down.
"Some games are just so much out of my control that I can't put my fingerprints on it."
His fingerprints will be all over this season for Xavier, and they won't be the only ones.
Xavier, coming off a 24-8 season, will find out about that ...