Can Xavier build momentum against Norfolk State?

Sunday is the final game of a four-game homestand to start the season for the Xavier Musketeers. 

When Norfolk State (5-0) visits Cintas Center (12 p.m., Fox Sports 1) it will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs, and it's a game that presents an opportunity for Xavier (3-0) to roll its performance against Ohio State over to the next game and build some momentum heading into next week's NIT Season Tipoff at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 

Xavier Musketeers guard Paul Scruggs (1) drops back on defense after a big dunk in the second half of the NCAA basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Xavier defeated the 19-ranked Buckeyes, 71-65.

"We have to move on very, very quickly here, enjoy the moment but at the same time, we can't have any type of letdown here moving forward versus Norfolk State," said Xavier head coach Travis Steele in his pre-game press conference on Friday. "When we scheduled this game, I knew obviously coming off a big game like Ohio State in the Gavitt Games, people can look past a Norfolk State, but the reason we scheduled them was because they were in the NCAA Tournament last year. They beat (Appalachian) State in the play-in game and they lost to Gonzaga." 

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