Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/16/14
CINCINNATI - Chris Mack walked into the Xavier media room heavily armed. He had an extra large Dunkin' Donuts coffee and his emotions ready to go. The Musketeers will be playing in the NCAA tournament after a one-year absence. They found out Sunday evening they will be playing North Carolina State on Tuesday night as part of the First Four in Dayton, home of one of Xavier's biggest rivals. It'€™s a quick turn-around for both teams who will have less time than normal to study each other. The winner of this game between the last two at-large teams to make it into the field of 68 will move on to play Saint Louis on Thursday in Orlando. It has been a long season for Xavier but nothing that it went through compared to what Mack experienced a week ago. "To put it into perspective, seven days ago I got a knock on my door from a neighbor,"€ said Mack. He was noticeably choked up. "€œHe said my wife was in an auto accident. It was an eighth of a mile from my house...
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