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Xavier Musketeers (3-0)
Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Edmond Sumner 37.0 .500 .143 .625 5.7 3.0 18.7
Trevon Bluiett 31.7 .409 .250 .786 5.7 1.7 17.0
J.P. Macura 36.3 .385 .143 1.000 4.0 4.0 16.7
Sean O'Mara 22.0 .579 .833 4.0 1.3 9.0
Rashid Gaston 18.7 .800 .625 6.3 0.7 8.7
Malcolm Bernard 27.3 .500 .375 .000 4.0 2.0 5.7
Quentin Goodin 20.0 .400 .250 .600 1.0 2.7 5.0
Tim Stainbrook 4.0 1.000 1.000 0.0 0.0 3.0
Tyrique Jones 12.7 .250 .500 5.3 0.7 2.0
Leighton Schrand 1.0 1.000 0.0 0.0 2.0
Cullen Barr 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Alex Bergen 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Conor Peterson 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/18/2016.
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Clemson Tigers (2-0)
Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Avry Holmes 38.0 .409 .455 .818 4.0 2.5 16.0
Gabe DeVoe 31.5 .600 .556 .667 1.0 2.5 15.5
Jaron Blossomgame 33.0 .423 .200 .778 6.0 2.5 15.0
Marcquise Reed 22.0 .438 .429 1.000 2.0 1.5 14.0
Donte Grantham 37.5 .429 .182 1.000 7.5 3.0 10.5
Sidy Djitte 21.0 .750 .667 7.5 1.0 10.0
Legend Robertin 9.5 1.000 1.000 1.5 0.0 2.5
Scott Spencer 6.5 .200 .000 1.0 0.0 1.0
Lyles Davis 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Riley McGillan 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/18/2016.

Amongst the other stats I included minutes per game for this one just to show how much both teams are leaning on the top of their rotations right now. It's tempting to say that whichever team gets a big game from a bench player will win.

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-Control the glass. Clemson will gain ground in the freebie war by winning the battle for ball security. Xavier can get some of those possessions back on the glass. Clemson is not a very good rebounding team, and Xavier has been flying to the boards so far this year. If X can hold Clemson to one and done on defense and get some second chances on the other end, the Muskies can paper over a lot of the cracks in their current execution.

-Feed the post. Sean O'Mara and RaShid Gaston have the top two ORtgs on the team right now, and JP Macura is the only perimeter guy who is even close. When given the ball, both of Xavier's primary big men have proven themselves worthy of that trust. For the love of God, please let them eat.

-Check shooters. Xavier has let teams take an appalling 44% of their shot attempts from deep this year; when you're that permissive from behind the arc, even Frankie Hughes can occasionally drop 24 on you. Clemson doesn't emphasize the three, but they have real ballplayers out there. If X stands and watches them launch 25 threes, the next stop is the consolation bracket.