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The Alabama fan's guide to Xavier basketball

This is one of our good guys.
This is one of our good guys.
Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, Alabama fans. Before we talk about what pulls us apart, let's talk about what brings us together: we don't like Dayton, and I'm guessing you're not that fond of them either right now. There's a chance that either of our teams plays Dayton this weekend, and I think we're both hoping to open up a can on them if it happens.

Xavier personnel

No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG RPG APG FG% 3P% FT% Notes
STARTERS
4 Edmond Sumner Fr. G 6-6 183 13.0 3.5 2.3 .483 .444 .667 Could have 20 points, could have 6 TO, could do both
10 Remy Abell Sr. G 6-4 197 9.0 1.0 2.3 .423 .286 .909 Best defender on the team; can score, but doesn't hunt shots
15 Myles Davis Jr. G 6-2 188 10.3 3.0 2.5 .344 .267 .938 Best shooter on the team, but off to a cold start; has old-man game
5 Trevon Bluiett So. G/F 6-6 208 14.3 9.5 2.8 .400 .476 .778 Scores at all three levels; has a nose for the ball
1 Jalen Reynolds Jr. F 6-10 238 10.3 8.7 1.3 .429 .500 .773 Absolute monster in the middle; prone to mental mistakes
RESERVES
0 Larry Austin Jr. So. G 6-2 179 2.0 0.8 0.5 .571 .000 .000 Will push on offense and work hard on defense
2 James Farr Sr. F/C 6-10 244 10.0 10.8 0.8 .469 .000 .909 Maybe the best rebounder in the nation right now
13 Makindé London Fr. F 6-10 220 0.0 0.7 0.0 .000 .000 .000 Struggling to get in the rotation; athletic but whip thin
22 Kaiser Gates Fr. F 6-8 217 2.0 2.5 0.0 .000 .000 .667 Stretch four; not afraid to shoot
54 Sean O'Mara So. F/C 6-10 247 0.0 0.3 0.0 .000 .000 .000 Back-to-the-basket big man; could be getting more minutes this week
55 J.P. Macura So. G 6-5 203 10.8 2.0 1.8 .407 .357 .859 Always gives huge effort; has incredible offensive flair

Xavier strategy

The first and possibly last thing you need to know is that Xavier flies to the offensive glass. Reynolds, Farr, and Macura are all perennially in there, and Trevon Bluiett can find spaces when he's so inclined. Xavier's entire offense inside the arc has been based on stickbacks right now.

On defense, Xavier plays a man and a 1-3-1, both of which have the same problem: three-point defense. X has spent the entire Chris Mack era giving up way too many threes, and this year has been no different. Xavier has been forcing turnovers pretty well and dominating the glass; if they're going to be beaten, it's going to be from beyond the arc.

Other things to consider

  • Xavier usually sucks on Thanksgiving. Like, we don't like it as fans.
  • We have seven guys who have gone for double figures this year. This team is deep in scoring threats.
  • Coach Mack was not pleased at all with the team's effort in Monday's win. Xavier should be energized today.