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Game Primer: Xavier at Villanova

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A quick hitter with just the basic stats, matchups, and listings you need for tonight's game. No frills, no narrative, just the facts.

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STATS:

Xavier Musketeers (13-2):

Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Trevon Bluiett .422 .346 .789 5.9 2.1 17.7
Edmond Sumner .510 .290 .722 4.5 4.9 15.7
J.P. Macura .414 .333 .887 4.5 2.6 14.7
Rashid Gaston .580 .500 6.3 0.6 7.5
Sean O'Mara .578 .680 3.1 0.6 6.1
Malcolm Bernard .410 .409 .429 4.2 1.7 5.9
Kaiser Gates .442 .400 .429 3.2 0.7 5.5
Quentin Goodin .462 .250 .476 1.4 2.0 3.3
Tyrique Jones .500 .474 3.6 0.5 3.3
Leighton Schrand 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.4
Tim Stainbrook .333 .333 0.3 0.1 0.4
Cullen Barr .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Alex Bergen 0.1 0.0 0.0
Myles Davis 0.0 0.0 0.0
Conor Peterson 0.3 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/10/2017.

Villanova Wildcats (15-1):

Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Josh Hart .550 .392 .802 6.8 3.7 19.8
Jalen Brunson .539 .455 .846 2.4 3.9 14.6
Kris Jenkins .419 .425 .892 3.9 1.9 13.8
Mikal Bridges .589 .413 .889 4.9 2.4 9.7
Eric Paschall .449 .268 .655 3.9 0.7 7.4
Donte DiVincenzo .412 .340 .706 3.3 1.3 6.9
Phil Booth .263 .300 1.000 1.7 2.0 5.7
Darryl Reynolds .756 .667 5.1 0.4 5.6
Tim Delaney .500 .500 0.4 0.0 0.6
Dylan Painter .200 .000 .500 1.2 0.0 0.6
Denny Grace 0.4 0.0 0.0
Matt Kennedy 0.3 0.0 0.0
Tom Leibig .000 0.3 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/10/2017.

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Keys to the Game:

- Run: Villanova is not deep at all. They have seven rotation players and they play very slowly to protect them. St. John's just found out what happens when you try to speed up the Musketeers. Xavier goes deep (now) and they have the horses to go very fast. Making Nova run with them could be a way to win.

- Pound: Xavier also has a size advantage on Villanova. The Wildcats have Darryl Reynolds at 6-9, but no one else really any taller than Trevon Bluiett. Rashid Gaston, Sean O'Mara, and Tyrique Jones are all going to have some height to work with. Look for the Musketeers to feed especially O'Mara early to see if he can get his back to the basket game going.

- Weather the storm: In looking at the games that these teams have played since X joined the Big East it was readily apparent how often the Musketeers got buried and couldn't come back. There is going to be a stretch in this game where Edmond Sumner turns the ball over and Nova bangs in a couple of threes. Xavier can't let themselves start to slip, or this will be a rout before you can blink.