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Xavier v. Seton Hall: Live Chat and Keys to the Game

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Xavier Musketeers 16-2 (4-2)

Rk Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Trevon Bluiett 30.7 .410 .391 .814 6.9 2.3 1.1 0.3 1.8 2.4 15.4
2 Edmond Sumner 24.5 .422 .381 .682 3.1 3.3 1.0 0.1 2.3 2.1 11.2
3 Myles Davis 28.6 .405 .405 .900 3.4 3.5 0.8 0.2 1.4 1.8 11.1
4 James Farr 20.9 .541 .000 .778 8.8 0.4 0.8 1.2 1.3 2.6 10.1
5 Jalen Reynolds 19.6 .524 .400 .656 6.6 0.7 1.0 0.7 1.6 3.1 9.6
6 J.P. Macura 20.6 .464 .306 .787 2.5 2.1 0.7 0.0 0.9 2.4 8.6
7 Remy Abell 26.4 .398 .350 .744 1.7 2.1 0.6 0.1 1.2 1.2 6.7
8 Sean O'Mara 8.5 .583 .656 2.2 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.5 1.4 3.7
9 Kaiser Gates 10.0 .382 .304 .700 2.5 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.5 1.4 3.4
10 Larry Austin 11.6 .367 .000 .647 1.1 1.2 0.6 0.0 0.9 1.3 1.8
11 Makinde London 6.2 .294 .333 .500 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.4
12 Ashanti Burgess 2.3 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
13 Alex Bergen 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
14 Kevin Coker 0.7 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
15 Tim Stainbrook 2.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0
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Generated 1/23/2016.

Seton Hall Pirates 13-5 (3-3)

Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Isaiah Whitehead 29.8 .358 .310 .741 2.8 4.5 1.0 1.0 2.9 2.1 15.4
Khadeen Carrington 29.8 .433 .347 .774 2.9 2.4 1.4 0.1 2.1 2.1 14.7
Desi Rodriguez 24.6 .500 .408 .677 4.6 1.2 1.7 0.3 1.6 1.9 11.8
Angel Delgado 29.8 .548 .000 .536 9.5 1.0 0.4 0.8 1.9 2.5 9.3
Derrick Gordon 25.3 .425 .250 .651 3.6 1.8 1.1 0.2 2.1 1.9 8.7
Michael Nzei 14.7 .712 .577 3.4 0.3 0.2 0.7 0.6 1.9 4.9
Ismael Sanogo 27.9 .477 .000 .529 7.5 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.4 3.0 4.7
Veer Singh 11.5 .340 .357 .333 1.4 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.6 1.8 3.1
Dalton Soffer 2.8 .400 .400 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Braeden Anderson 7.5 .182 .667 1.6 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 1.2 0.9
MIchael Dowdy 1.6 .500 1.000 .000 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6
Rashed Anthony 3.2 .333 1.000 0.8 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.8 0.5
Myles Carter 3.6 .250 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.2 0.2
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Generated 1/23/2016.

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Three Keys:

- Keep the Pirates off the offensive glass: Seton Hall doesn't shoot the ball well and they play relatively quickly. Basically, they try to get the ball near the rim and then go get it. In theory, that plays into Xavier's hands as the Musketeers like to force difficult shots and then suffocate the glass. Do that here and Xavier takes a huge step towards a win.

- Knock down early threes: Seton Hall wants to challenge shots inside and make possessions drag out. Xavier likes to shoot from outside and shoot in the first 16 seconds of the shot clock. If Myles or Trevon get rolling early, the Pirates defense can be unzipped from the inside out. It will be interesting to see if Edmond Sumner is looking to find his shot early rather than run at the larger Whitehead on the way to rim.

- Play some defense: Xavier was wretched offensively on Tuesday, but it was the defensive lapses that cost the the game. The 1-3-1 rotated slowly or sloppily, and shooters worked open in the man to man. DSR especially had his way with Sumner in the half court. You can bet Whitehead will also be working to get his shots off, though the likelihood of his making 4-9 from behind the arc is remote. Coach Mack probably will not abide another defensive showing like the last one we saw.