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Game Primer: Xavier v. Creighton

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Here are the stats, the livestream, and the keys to today's game. In short, all you need if a quick read is all you have time for.

Coach Mack, pondering using one of his potty words
Coach Mack, pondering using one of his potty words
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Stats

Xavier Musketeers (13-4, 3-2)

Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Trevon Bluiett .402 .325 .786 5.8 2.1 16.8
Edmond Sumner .486 .270 .741 4.3 4.6 15.8
J.P. Macura .421 .348 .859 4.1 2.4 14.5
Rashid Gaston .591 .500 6.3 0.6 7.3
Malcolm Bernard .419 .404 .591 4.2 1.6 6.1
Sean O'Mara .600 .655 3.2 0.5 6.1
Kaiser Gates .415 .364 .556 3.0 0.6 5.4
Quentin Goodin .450 .231 .478 1.3 1.8 2.9
Tyrique Jones .500 .474 3.2 0.4 2.9
Myles Davis .000 .000 1.000 0.7 0.0 0.7
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
Conor Peterson 0.3 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/16/2017.

Creighton Bluejays (17-1, 4-1)

Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Marcus Foster .506 .363 .725 2.5 1.6 18.2
Justin Patton .737 .500 .479 6.4 1.4 14.0
Maurice Watson Jr. .508 .484 .692 2.8 8.7 13.4
Khyri Thomas .553 .408 .789 5.6 2.6 12.0
Cole Huff .482 .485 .889 3.8 0.4 9.2
Zach Hanson .680 .750 3.2 0.2 8.0
Toby Hegner .458 .421 .656 3.8 0.6 5.7
Isaiah Zierden .436 .417 .857 2.2 0.7 4.4
Martin Krampelj .528 .200 .542 3.1 0.3 3.5
Tyler Clement .714 .429 .750 0.8 1.0 2.0
Ronnie Harrell .435 .500 .800 1.8 0.5 2.0
Jordan Scurry .571 .400 0.4 0.4 2.0
Kobe Paras .318 .111 .286 1.1 0.1 1.9
Davion Mintz .368 .333 .714 0.7 0.8 1.7
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/16/2017.


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Keys to the game:

- FEED THE POST: Is Creighton's defense very good inside? No. Do they prevent offensive rebounds well? No. Both of those were true against Nova and Butler as well, though, and Xavier managed to get their big men a combined 13 shots in those two games. For the love of everything holy, guys, hammer the ball inside today.

- Make some three pointers: Teams are slowly sagging off Xavier outside as they realize that the Musketeers are both bad at shooting and more than willing to keep doing it. Until they have a game where they are actually effective from behind the arc, this is going to remain a key.

- Get Trevon going: Back to back 2-10s from the floor are not going to do it for Xavier's erstwhile leading scorer. Even more alarmingly, Trevon has transitioned from a forward with solid all around game to a not terribly convincing spot up shooter. If you see him get a layup off a drive early in the game, be excited.