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No. 9 Creighton, bidding for Big East title in 1st year, faces high-stakes road game vs Xavier

Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) drives around Seton Hall's Brandon Mobley (2) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) drives around Seton Hall's Brandon Mobley (2) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

Ninth-ranked Creighton faces road games against two opponents trying to raise their profiles for the postseason.

The Big East-leading Bluejays (23-4, 13-2) play Xavier on Saturday in Cincinnati. The third-place Musketeers (19-9, 9-6) are selling standing-room tickets for the first time since the Cintas Center opened in 2000. They've won 15 of 16 at home.

Creighton on Tuesday will take on a desperate team in Georgetown (16-12, 7-9). The Hoyas suffered a devastating loss at Marquette on Thursday and fell to seventh place. The Hoyas have the Big East's toughest closing schedule. After hosting Creighton, they finish at conference co-leader Villanova.

The Bluejays are trying to win the Big East in their first year in the conference.