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Xavier v. Seton Hall: Live chat, odds, and keys to the game

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Xavier Musketeers (14-7, 5-4)
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Seton Hall Pirates (14-6, 4-4) -1.5
The essentials
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: @Seton Hall
TV: FOX Sports 1
TWC 317
DirecTV 219
DISH 150
Cincinnati Bell 58/506(HD)
Radio feed: 700 WLW

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Keys to the Game:

-Control the glass. Seton Hall hasn't been shooting very well, but they are incredible at getting their own rebounds and recycling possession. If you want to know how Xavier's defense did in this game, check the rebounding percentages before the shooting percentage.

-Force the pace. Seton Hall is not deep and loves to play at a pedestrian speed. Xavier can get easy baskets and put stress on the Pirates' mediocre bench by getting the ball out and going after makes and misses. Of course, this is in part predicated on killing possessions with defensive rebounding (see above).

-Defend the high screen. Screening action on the ball gives Seton Hall options for Gibbs to get his shots, Mobley to pick and pop, Delgado to pin the block, and Sina to find himself unmarked in the corners. Abell fighting his way through screens and big men making sure they don't get hung out on hedging action is going to be vital on Saturday.