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Xavier Musketeers (2-0)
Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Trevon Bluiett .464 .400 .800 7.0 2.0 19.0
Edmond Sumner .619 .500 .833 5.5 4.0 18.5
J.P. Macura .360 .143 1.000 3.5 3.5 15.5
Rashid Gaston .833 .667 4.5 0.0 7.0
Sean O'Mara .500 1.000 3.5 2.0 7.0
Quentin Goodin .571 .333 .500 1.0 3.0 6.5
Malcolm Bernard .556 .400 .000 3.5 2.0 6.0
Tyrique Jones .333 .500 6.0 0.5 3.0
Tim Stainbrook 1.000 1.000 0.0 0.0 3.0
Leighton Schrand 1.000 0.0 0.0 2.0
Cullen Barr 0.0 0.0 0.0
Alex Bergen 0.0 0.0 0.0
Conor Peterson 0.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/17/2016.
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Missouri Tigers (1-0)
Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Frankie Hughes .643 .444 .250 2.0 1.0 23.0
Russell Woods 1.000 .857 3.0 0.0 12.0
Willie Jackson .833 .500 9.0 1.0 11.0
Cullen VanLeer .600 .600 2.0 5.0 9.0
K.J. Walton .667 .500 2.0 2.0 9.0
Jordan Geist .333 .500 .750 1.0 0.0 8.0
Terrence Phillips .667 .600 3.0 5.0 7.0
Kevin Puryear .500 .750 9.0 1.0 7.0
Mitchell Smith .750 .333 5.0 0.0 7.0
Reed Nikko .500 1.000 4.0 1.0 6.0
Trevor Glassman 1.0 1.0 0.0
Brett Rau 0.0 0.0 0.0
Adam Wolf .000 1.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/17/2016.

Three keys:

Get something from the freshmen: Tyrique Jones looked like a Ford Ranger with hops against Buffalo. A bit more touch inside and he'd have logged a double-double. That won't happen every game, but he can beat the Tigers up on the post. Quentin Goodin shot six free throws in his first four minutes in the second game. If both of those guys keep being aggressive, Coach Mack can go all eight deep.

Stop fouling: Is it the refs? Maybe. Is it that Sean O'Mara smacks everyone? Maybe. Either way, he and Rashid Gaston represent all of Xavier's interior experience. They can keep racking up fouls at the unholy rates of 6.8 and 8.3 per 40 minutes. Yes, Gaston is nearly approaching the exceedingly rare double foul out per game.

Keep getting to the line: X has guys shooting 80%, 83%, and 100% from the line. Those three guys, Trevon Bluiett, Edmond Sumner, and JP Macura are also the team leaders in possessions used. Goodin is drawing 7.3 fouls per 40 minutes. Right now the Musketeers are getting a free throw attempt on about half of their field goal attempts. That's up 8% from last year, and would lead the nation at the end of the season if things normalize like they usually do.