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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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.