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Xavier Musketeers (5-0)

Rk Player G MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
1 Trevon Bluiett 5 32.0 .417 .462 .714 8.6 2.6 14.4
2 J.P. Macura 5 21.4 .441 .368 .909 2.8 2.2 11.4
3 Edmond Sumner 5 19.6 .400 .333 .656 3.0 3.0 10.6
4 Jalen Reynolds 5 22.8 .457 .500 .731 8.2 1.2 10.4
5 Myles Davis 5 27.8 .333 .286 .938 3.6 2.4 9.4
6 James Farr 5 21.0 .500 .000 .909 9.4 0.6 9.2
7 Remy Abell 5 26.0 .355 .286 .846 1.2 2.0 7.4
8 Larry Austin 5 12.4 .500 .000 .500 0.6 0.8 1.8
9 Makinde London 4 5.0 .400 .500 .500 0.8 0.0 1.5
10 Kaiser Gates 3 5.7 .000 .000 .667 2.7 0.0 1.3
11 Sean O'Mara 4 4.8 .250 .500 0.3 0.0 1.0
12 Tim Stainbrook 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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Generated 11/27/2015.

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USC Trojans (5-0)

Rk Player G MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
1 Jordan McLaughlin 5 30.2 .611 .524 .864 3.2 4.6 19.2
2 Elijah Stewart 5 27.6 .479 .375 .692 4.6 0.8 12.8
3 Bennie Boatwright 5 21.0 .438 .375 .563 5.4 1.0 12.6
4 Nikola Jovanovic 5 25.4 .629 1.000 .579 8.4 0.6 11.4
5 Julian Jacobs 5 27.4 .450 .286 .750 7.0 6.6 10.6
6 Katin Reinhardt 5 23.6 .455 .476 .750 3.6 1.8 10.6
7 Chimezie Metu 5 16.0 .409 .300 3.8 1.0 4.2
8 Malik Marquetti 4 9.0 .286 .143 .667 0.3 0.5 2.8
9 Strahinja Gavrilovic 4 3.5 .500 .667 1.000 0.5 0.0 2.0
10 Darion Clark 5 11.0 .364 1.000 3.8 0.8 1.8
11 Malik Martin 4 8.8 .500 .500 2.5 0.8 1.8
12 Samer Dhillon 2 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CBB: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2015.

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Three Keys:

- Defend the arc: Alabama shot 17.9% from deep, but got up 28 attempts. If Xavier allows that many to USC, they'll lose and lose badly. Xavier has allowed teams to take nearly 45% of the field goals against them from behind the arc. They percentage on those has only been 32.8%, but the rate has to come down for Xavier to be successful.

- Make something, anything, from inside: Xavier's 45.2% mark from inside against the Crimson Tide somehow raised their two point field goal percentage on the year. Edmond Sumner was 0-3 and is now 45% on the year, Jalen was 4-7 to get up to 45%, Remy Abell was 0-5 and is now 41% on the year. None of those numbers are good and they, just like the exterior defense, need to improve.

- Get back: USC plays fast and shoots from deep in transition. Xavier can't get sucked in on the offensive glass and surrender open looks in three on two situations. This might mean a dip in the offensive rebounding numbers, but USC is looking for open shots already, writing them an open invitation isn't the way to go.