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Xavier @ Baylor: Live chat of a Top 10 Showdown

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The keys to the game, a link to the stream, the stats, and the graphic breakdown are all here. This is everything you need other than your stress snack.

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Xavier Musketeers (7-0)
Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Trevon Bluiett .404 .277 .788 6.1 2.7 17.6
J.P. Macura .430 .341 1.000 4.1 3.4 16.7
Edmond Sumner .487 .200 .667 4.9 4.6 14.7
Sean O'Mara .625 .875 3.4 0.6 8.1
Rashid Gaston .485 .667 5.9 0.7 6.6
Malcolm Bernard .429 .421 .250 4.7 1.4 5.7
Quentin Goodin .591 .375 .462 1.4 1.7 5.0
Kaiser Gates .500 .500 2.5 0.0 3.0
Tyrique Jones .474 .500 4.4 0.4 2.9
Leighton Schrand 1.000 0.0 0.0 1.0
Tim Stainbrook .500 .500 0.3 0.3 1.0
Cullen Barr .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Alex Bergen 0.0 0.0 0.0
Conor Peterson 1.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 12/2/2016.
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Baylor Bears (7-0)
Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Johnathan Motley .500 .250 .813 8.2 2.0 16.2
Manu Lecomte .417 .324 .788 1.6 5.1 12.4
Allerik Freeman .460 .414 .813 3.0 0.9 11.9
Jo Acuil .595 .286 .591 8.4 0.4 9.3
T.J. Maston .488 .000 .867 4.0 0.6 7.9
Ishmail Wainright .424 .294 .867 6.0 4.1 6.6
King McClure .417 .353 .750 0.9 1.0 4.6
Jake Lindsey .579 .429 .333 2.1 1.9 3.7
Wendell Mitchell .368 .250 .571 0.6 1.1 2.9
Jonathan Davis .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.3
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 12/2/2016.

FULL PREVIEW

That's correct, Xavier will be wearing white on the road as Baylor has chosen to go dark.

Three Keys:

- Don't fall behind early: The Bears will brutalize any team that gets behind them by continuing to feed the post and eat clock. Xavier cannot go size for size and a free throw parade undoubtedly favors the team shooting 76% from the line. If the Musketeers can stay in touching distance early, they've set themselves up for success.

- Don't Foul: Right? Baylor is excellent from the line. Acuil is a bit of a disaster, but the other four starters and Matson are all bloodless finishers. X can't start with their usual pattern of trying to beat opposing players into submission, or Baylor will be accepting free points all night.

- Beat the zone: Baylor will run a 1-1-3 zone that picks opponents up almost as soon as they cross the half court line. If this doesn't make you wish for the level head of Myles Davis, nothing will. Baylor won't get pulled out of position chasing the ball, but their 6.7% steal rate suggests they are more than willing to capitalize on any mistake. Xavier's chance here is that their smaller lineup could open more chances for a short corner pass and then a flash to the bucket. JP Macura figures to be heavily involved on the wings and moving toward the basket if X is to have success.