Team preview: Xavier

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 19, 2004, 6:05 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

It's Miller time at Xavier as Sean Miller takes over as the Musketeers' new head coach, replacing the wildly successful Thad Matta.

After leading Xavier to its first-ever Elite Eight last March, Matta probably expected to be back in 2004-05. But when Ohio State fired coach Jim O'Brien in early June after he admitted giving money to a recruit's family, it launched a protracted search that involved several established head coaches, including Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings, Willis Wilson of Rice and Penn's Fran Dunphy.

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