There are days when you can do everything right and you still come out on the wrong side of the game. Such was the case Saturday with Xavier, that dropped a 56-55 decision to Wofford.
Maybe it wasn't a perfect performance -- there were a few categories you would have liked to see improve -- but Xavier played better overall that the Terriers. Perhaps the one place you can fault the Musketeers was in 3-point defense.
Normally a staunch defender of the arc, Xavier allowed Wofford to shoot 41.2 percent from 3-point range. It is one of the Terrier strengths and you would think should have been on the scouting report.
If the Musketeers defend that shot a little better, they win this game. It is not as if Wofford was shooting well everywhere on the floor. Inside the arc, the Terriers were just 10-for-30. Meanwhile, Xavier was shooting 47.8 percent for the game.
That is why this is such as shocking defeat. Maybe it was the free-throw shooting -- the Musketeers hit only 50 percent of their 16 tries. Maybe it was the 3-pointers.
The bottom line is that Xavier should have taken this one without any issues against Wofford. Although the Musketeers are not picked to do much in the Atlantic-10 this season, this is not a difficult Terrier squad.
Then again, having the hot hand -- at least from long range -- worked. Karl Cochran shot 6-or-16 overall, but was 3 of 9 from behind the arc, and hit all five of his free throws, to lead Wofford with 20 points. Freshman Spencer Collins was 3-for-5 from long range for 17.