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David Kohl, Associated Press
Xavier forward Dezmine Wells (5) goes up for a shot against St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson (44) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Cincinnati. Xavier won 77-64.

CINCINNATI — With three straight wins, Xavier is finally playing the way it did before a brawl changed everything.

The Musketeers were one of the nation's most impressive teams at the start of the season, winning their first eight games while moving up to No. 8 in the AP poll. That eighth win was a 23-point victory over rival Cincinnati that ended with an on-court fight.

Xavier's top three scorers were suspended. The Musketeers lost five of their next six games and a lot of their confidence.

They've gotten it back. Coach Chris Mack says players no longer feel like they're under a microscope. Opposing coaches say the Musketeers (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic 10) are playing like they did during the 8-0 start and might be even better in some ways.