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It's the only chance to say it this year, I fear.....but what rebuilding team is tied for first.....AGAIN?

VCU and Butler are the class of a very strong league this season, and I expect the March 2 showdown @ VCU to be epic.
 

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Chris Mack is doing a really nice job in league play.

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Sane, objective people see and understand what you are saying. But there is a cluster of Muskie fans(?) who have had a hard on for Coack Mack (believe it or not) since his days on campus as a student athlete. No matter what the guy does, even with a roster depleted mostly through no fault of his (however he probably DID "encourage" Cheeks Lyons to go elsewhere), he can do nothing right in their book.

Chris' legion of staunch supporters cut him some slack due to having no starters back from last season, his point guard held out of multiple games due to injury, and another player (the best player on the team) losing minutes in multiple games due to (seemingly) chronic muscle cramps. Despite all that, he still has his team at 11-6, 4-0 in the A-10, having beaten Butler earlier in the season, Purdue at Purdue, and the always tough Temple Owls in a "rebuilding year"!

Tougher times are on the horizon for the Muskies as they face a rugged road schedule. But, although there is little muscle and even less offensive fire power in this year's edition of the Xavier Musketeers, Chris Mack has his kids playing some mighty fine defense (and just enough offense to make every game interesting).

There's another thing that endears Coach Mack to Muskie fans who don't carry some sort of long-standing and silly grudge against him: You'll never hear Chris Mack throwing out the excuses that I have ticked off for you in this post. He never complains about referees to the fans on post-game shows or his weekly show during the season (although he has been "T'd up" a time or two). He refused to use the transportation problems from Olean to Cincy as an excuse for X's poor play early on in the LaSalle game. And when illness, injuries, or other circumstances beyond his control negatively affect the team, he simply explains that all teams experience such things and that's why the NCAA allows you to have 13 scholarship players on the team.

There are a number of excellent head coaches now plying their trade in the A-10 and most would agree that Chris Mack is among them.
 
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