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Xavier's Sean Miller on facing alma mater: 'About winning'

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Xavier coach Sean Miller still squirms when he thinks about the last time — the only time, actually — he has coached against his alma mater.

Miller, a Western Pennsylvania native and former point guard at Pitt, last faced off against the Panthers in 2009 in what would turn out to be his final game at Xavier before leaving for Arizona.

The Musketeers had a good team and took 1-seed Pitt to the wire in a Sweet 16 showdown, only to see their tournament dreams end in a 60-55 loss.

Fourteen years later, Miller is in his first season back at Xavier, and it's that sting of a loss that means more entering Sunday's matchup against 11-seed Pitt, far more than any affinity for his alma mater. «I'm much older [now],» Miller said of this weekend's rematch with Pitt. «I would say as much as I love Pitt, it's about winning the game and getting to the Sweet 16.

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