Mack previews Xavier's final non-conference game at Northern Iowa

Xavier head coach Chris Mack previewed his team's final non-conference game at Northern Iowa (XU Athletics)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Xavier defeated Northern Iowa twice during the 2016-17 regular season, in a span of less than a week. The two programs met at the Tire Pros Invitational championship in Florida in November, a game which the Musketeers narrowly won, and then had a rematch six days later at the Cintas Center that was a 22-point XU win.

The 8-3 Panthers have a chance to avenge those losses on Friday night in Cedar Falls. It's the Musketeers' final non-conference game of the season before opening Big East play on Dec. 27.

Xavier, 11-1 on the season and ranked ninth in the country, has won six straight.

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