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Xavier v. ETSU: Streams, stats, and keys to the game.

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Xavier continues the wind up for Big East play, and takes a break from the Revenge Tour, to take on ETSU. Is their power forward really 6-4? Do they really turn it over on over 20% of their possessions? Find out here.

A powerful forward
A powerful forward
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XAVIER MUSKETEERS (9-1)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Trevon Bluiett 32.0 .540 .471 .879 5.4 2.8 0.9 0.6 1.9 1.9 21.7
J.P. Macura 27.6 .550 .414 .857 4.5 3.2 1.7 0.5 1.4 2.4 13.0
Kaiser Gates 26.4 .441 .456 .778 5.1 1.2 0.4 0.4 0.5 2.7 10.0
Tyrique Jones 17.8 .714 .613 6.1 0.6 0.4 1.0 0.8 2.3 9.9
Kerem Kanter 13.3 .558 .273 .750 4.0 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.5 1.5 8.2
Sean O'Mara 13.7 .730 .885 2.8 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.9 1.9 7.7
Naji Marshall 17.6 .628 .200 .667 3.5 1.2 0.2 0.2 1.3 1.2 7.5
Quentin Goodin 26.0 .433 .111 .900 1.9 6.5 0.8 0.3 2.3 2.3 7.1
Paul Scruggs 17.1 .444 .200 .625 2.2 1.5 0.4 0.2 1.7 1.5 4.4
Elias Harden 8.1 .300 .250 1.000 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.6 0.6 1.0
Leighton Schrand 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.0
Matt Singleton 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
Nick Vanderpohl 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2017.

EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS (6-3)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Desonta Bradford 31.4 .396 .258 .688 6.1 3.4 1.6 0.3 2.8 1.4 12.6
Jalan McCloud 24.3 .487 .158 .704 3.4 3.4 1.3 0.0 2.3 2.6 10.9
Devontavius Payne 22.9 .419 .327 .667 2.3 1.2 1.6 0.1 1.4 1.7 10.4
Bo Hodges 18.1 .660 .000 .679 3.0 0.6 1.0 0.6 1.2 1.1 9.4
Andre Edwards 17.0 .400 .286 .500 3.5 0.0 2.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 7.5
Peter Jurkin 18.3 .528 .250 .870 4.9 0.5 0.9 0.9 1.5 2.3 7.4
Kanayo Obi-Rapu 14.1 .412 .433 .882 1.8 0.9 0.3 0.1 0.3 1.7 6.2
David Burrell 22.5 .425 .214 .444 5.5 0.8 0.5 0.8 1.4 1.8 5.1
Mladen Armus 16.6 .517 .667 4.9 0.3 0.7 0.3 1.4 2.0 4.7
Jason Williams 10.9 .480 .500 .600 0.8 1.1 0.6 0.1 1.0 0.9 4.5
Jermaine Long 17.4 .345 .190 .923 1.7 2.4 1.2 0.0 1.0 3.0 4.0
James Harrison 6.4 .455 .200 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.0 0.6 2.2
Dillon Reppart 8.5 .167 .250 1.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2017.

FOX SPORTS STREAM

Keys to the Game:


-Protect the ball. All ETSU can do on defense is force turnovers. Q has been really good at ball distribution, but he has had a couple of pretty notable hiccups in terms of ball security. If he can get the ball into the right hands without turning it over, Xavier will feast offensively.

-Lift! Xavier is an exceptional outside shooting team, but they actually rank outside the top 250 in the nation in three-point attempt frequency. This is the game to throw the usual caution to the wind and chuck ‘em from the cheap seats. East Tennessee State doesn't really contest threes, so the opportunities will be there.

-Defend with positional discipline. A zone is probably going to feature at some point here, unless X just doesn't need it. ETSU just isn't a threat to score much from beyond the arc. As long as the Muskies pack it in and control the paint, the rest of the defending should take care of itself.