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Xavier has won 7 straight, off to strong start in inaugural Big East season

  • Xavier guard Semaj Christon scores against Butler in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Christon led Xavier to a 79-68 win with 20 points. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

  • Xavier center Matt Stainbrook (40) blocks a shot by Butler forward Kameron Woods (31) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

  • Xavier guard Myles Davis (15) drives against Butler forward Kameron Woods (31) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

  • Xavier head coach Chris Mack calls a play in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Butler, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Xavier won 79-68. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

Forward Isaiah Philmore spent last night sleeping on a too-small couch in the Xavier locker room.

Burst pipes in a dorm sent a half-dozen Musketeers scurrying for places to sleep in the early-morning hours Wednesday. They were getting ready to move into a hotel short-term while trying to keep up on the court.

Other than the flood waters, the Musketeers (12-3, 2-0 Big East) have had a smooth transition to their new league. They've beaten St. John's and Butler to start conference play, extending their winning streak to seven games.

They're tied for second with No. 8 Villanova, a game behind Creighton. They host Marquette (9-6, 1-1) on Thursday night.

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