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Xavier v. Depaul: Live Chat and Keys to the Game

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Xavier Musketeers 14-1 (2-1)
vs.
DePaul Blue Demons 6-10 (0-4)

Xavier Muskteers
Rk Player G MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Trevon Bluiett 15 30.9 4.7 11.6 .408 2.5 6.0 .422 2.2 5.6 .393 2.9 3.7 .768 6.9 2.1 1.0 0.2 1.9 2.5 14.5
2 Edmond Sumner 13 23.8 3.1 6.8 .449 2.1 4.4 .474 1.0 2.5 .406 3.8 5.6 .685 3.2 3.1 0.8 0.1 2.5 2.0 11.0
3 Myles Davis 15 28.2 3.3 8.1 .405 1.5 3.6 .426 1.7 4.5 .388 2.7 2.8 .952 3.2 3.3 0.9 0.2 1.5 1.6 10.9
4 James Farr 15 20.7 4.3 7.5 .566 4.3 7.2 .593 0.0 0.3 .000 1.8 2.5 .730 8.5 0.4 0.9 1.4 1.1 2.7 10.3
5 Jalen Reynolds 15 19.9 3.8 7.1 .533 3.7 6.9 .529 0.1 0.2 .667 2.4 3.6 .667 6.7 0.7 1.1 0.9 1.7 3.0 10.1
6 J.P. Macura 15 20.1 2.8 6.1 .457 1.9 3.3 .580 0.9 2.8 .310 2.3 2.9 .773 2.6 2.0 0.6 0.0 0.9 2.4 8.7
7 Remy Abell 15 27.5 2.4 5.3 .450 1.5 3.1 .500 0.9 2.3 .382 2.1 2.9 .744 1.5 2.3 0.6 0.1 1.3 1.2 7.8
8 Sean O'Mara 14 8.4 1.1 1.9 .593 1.1 1.9 .593 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.9 .615 2.3 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.6 1.3 3.4
9 Kaiser Gates 11 8.5 0.6 2.1 .304 0.2 0.5 .400 0.5 1.6 .278 1.1 1.4 .800 2.3 0.1 0.5 0.2 0.5 1.4 2.8
10 Larry Austin 15 12.3 0.7 1.9 .357 0.7 1.8 .370 0.0 0.1 .000 0.6 1.0 .600 1.1 1.3 0.6 0.0 1.1 1.4 1.9
11 Makinde London 11 6.3 0.4 1.3 .286 0.1 0.5 .200 0.3 0.8 .333 0.3 0.5 .500 1.3 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.8 1.3
12 Ashanti Burgess 2 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
13 Alex Bergen 2 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0
14 Kevin Coker 2 1.0 0.0 0.5 .000 0.0 0.5 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
15 Tim Stainbrook 5 2.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0
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Generated 1/12/2016.


DePaul Blue Demons

Rk Player G MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Billy Garrett 16 28.1 4.3 9.6 .444 3.2 6.4 .495 1.1 3.1 .340 5.1 6.1 .837 3.1 3.9 0.4 0.2 2.3 2.6 14.7
2 Myke Henry 16 28.8 5.3 9.6 .552 4.8 7.6 .623 0.6 2.0 .281 2.5 3.4 .727 5.9 1.3 0.9 0.4 2.2 3.0 13.7
3 Tommy Hamilton 15 27.5 3.2 6.9 .462 2.5 5.4 .469 0.7 1.5 .435 2.3 3.1 .739 6.9 0.8 0.3 0.3 2.1 1.6 9.3
4 Eli Cain 16 24.8 2.9 7.1 .416 2.2 5.4 .402 0.8 1.6 .462 1.3 2.0 .625 3.4 1.4 0.6 0.4 2.1 2.4 7.9
5 Aaron Simpson 16 25.1 2.8 6.3 .440 1.1 2.9 .391 1.6 3.4 .481 0.8 1.4 .591 2.6 1.9 0.8 0.1 1.2 2.2 7.9
6 Darrick Wood 15 16.9 2.3 6.3 .362 1.8 4.4 .409 0.5 1.9 .250 0.8 1.1 .706 2.5 1.6 0.5 0.1 0.9 2.1 5.8
7 Rashaun Stimage 15 17.0 2.1 4.1 .525 2.1 4.1 .525 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.7 .500 3.8 0.1 0.3 1.5 1.0 2.9 5.6
8 R.J. Curington 10 8.5 1.0 2.8 .357 0.5 1.1 .455 0.5 1.7 .294 0.4 0.5 .800 1.5 0.2 0.2 0.1 1.1 1.2 2.9
9 Erten Gazi 15 18.5 1.0 2.5 .405 0.9 1.3 .700 0.1 1.1 .059 0.5 0.8 .667 1.4 1.6 0.5 0.1 1.1 2.4 2.6
10 Joe Hanel 5 9.0 0.6 1.2 .500 0.6 1.2 .500 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4 .500 1.2 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.8 1.4
11 Cory Dolins 4 1.3 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
12 Peter Ryckbosch 16 8.2 0.3 0.9 .286 0.3 0.9 .286 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.8 .615 2.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.6 1.5 1.0
13 Develle Phillips 2 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 3.0 .167 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5
14 David Molinari 7 2.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.4 .667 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.7 0.3
15 Oumar Barry 3 5.7 0.0 0.3 .000 0.0 0.3 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.0
16 Frederick Scott 4 2.3 0.0 0.3 .000 0.0 0.3 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 .000 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.5 0.0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CBB: View Original Table
Generated 1/12/2016.

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Three Keys:

- Jump out early: DePaul is bad, Xavier is at home, and this is a matchup that, at least on paper, looks pretty one sided. The Musketeers need to replicate their fast start against St. John's, only this time keep their foot on the gas. The Blue Demons have proven that they will stick with teams that leave them in the game. Xavier needs to bury them early and put this thing out of reach.

- Contain Billy Garrett: It's hard not to feel bad for Garrett, who has been loyal to DePaul and consistently good since his arrival there. He's not a great shooter of the ball, but he's using the ball more than anyone else on the team and he keys the offense. He went for 20/8/4 against Seton Hall in a game that will mostly be remembered for the free throws he missed rather than the work he did to keep his team in the game. This could be a great chance for LAJ to prove some defensive worth.

- Take care of the ball: One way that bad teams stay in games with good teams is if the good team gets careless. Xavier went out of their way to prove that against the Red Storm in their last game, it would serve them well not to tonight. DePaul doesn't pressure and attack in an attempt to turn teams over, but that doesn't mean the Musketeers point guards can get lax. Control the ball and Xavier should control this game.