The Musketeers are entering the teeth of Big East Conference play and there's no time for them to be contented with their successes to date.
All fine ways to to start calendar year 2018, but it won't matter much in March where the team was on Jan. 1 if they don't keep winning.
Bulldogs first-year head coach LaVall Jordan hinted the effort against Villanova was an outlier from Butler's body of work thus far, though, saying after the win, "I'm proud of these guys for maintaining their togetherness and having a focus about them that we hadn't seen up until this point."
Xavier fans will hope that the DePaul win was the first and only lesson on the importance of starting games well that the Musketeers will need the rest of this winter.
• Xavier's ongoing nine-game winning streak is tied for the longest in the Chris Mack era (nine seasons).
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