After a 71-71 tie, Xavier pulled ahead 73-71, with exactly 44.1 seconds left.
73+71 = 144
12x12 = 144
21x21 = 441
Seventy One = 144
Catholic = 71
Xavier = 79
79th year of the men's tournament
Is it magic?
Remember, last year, Villanova's point guard won the Championship on April 4, after a record 44-point win over Oklahoma in the Final 4, in his 144th straight game, an NCAA record.
Catholic = 71; The Tournament Bracket was announced on the 71st day of the year
Notice Xavier had 35 at the half. Catholic = 35/71
Also, Arizona had 37 at the half. Musketeers = 37
*Gonzaga Bulldogs = 73 (Xavier's next opponent, also a Jesuit school)
*Arizona = 84
Steve Kerr, Arizona alumni, was there for the loss. Foreshadowing?
Bill Murray, the Cubs fan (who won the championship), was cheering for Xavier.
The Xavier coach has a parallel to the World Series:
This is Xavier's 96th season.
This 227 tribute also stood out.