February was kind of ugly for the Musketeers. The team entered February without point guard Edmond Sumner, who was after tearing his ACL against St. John's at Madison Square Garden.
What proceeded were losses against Villanova, at Providence, Marquette and Seton Hall. The team's Feb. 26 loss to Butler was their fifth straight loss, a low the muskies hadn't hit since the '80s.
But as far as Mack and the team is concerned, that's all dead and gone.
"We wanted our players to understand that February was over," Mack told ESPN.
The "urn" isn't actually an urn, Mack said. It's a glass jar from Walmart. The team gathered in the locker room, turned off the smoke detectors, and burned pieces of cardstock with the February schedule and scores written on them.
"It's played out well for us," Mack said.
Of course, that's an understatement.
The next day, Xavier lost to Marquette. But since then, Xavier's suffered only one loss (to Creighton). Thursday night, they upset Arizona for a spot in the Elite Eight.