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Starting matchups
Justin Jenifer Point Guard Quentin Goodin
Senior Class Sophomore
5'10", 175 Measurements 6'4", 190
8.3/1.1/2.7 Game line 6.6/1.6/6.1
0.439/0.458/0.733 Shooting line 0.436/0/0.923
Jenifer shoots well from beyond the arc, and is extremely judicious in his distribution. His 9.3% TO rate is elite for a point guard. He's also giving up six inches to the man across from him.
Jarron Cumberland Shooting Guard J.P. Macura
Sophomore Class Senior
6'5", 215 Measurements 6'5", 203
11/4.4/2.4 Game line 14.6/5.1/3.3
0.429/0.375/0.579 Shooting line 0.593/0.381/0.828
Cumberland is a solid, if unspectactular, shooter, attacks the glass, and defends well. His ball security is a bit suspect, but he's an excellent shooting guard overall.
Jacob Evans Small Forward Trevon Bluiett
Junior Class Senior
6'6", 210 Measurements 6'6", 202
11.7/3.4/4.3 Game line 19.7/6.1/3.3
0.5/0.448/0.684 Shooting line 0.537/0.465/0.882
Evans is shooting outside of his mind right now. Add to that a 29.1% assist rate and a 7.3% block rate, and you have a guy profiling as a star right now. He's a definite concern for X if he can get free.
Gary Clark Power Forward Kaiser Gates
Senior Class Junior
6'8", 230 Measurements 6'6", 215
13.7/8.1/2 Game line 11.3/4.6/1
0.534/0.308/0.882 Shooting line 0.444/0.447/0.714
Clark is 15th in the nation in offensive efficiency and he still attacks the glass and opponents shots relentlessly. This year at the line he's shooting 18% better than his career mark.
Kyle Washington Center Tyrique Jones
Senior Class Sophomore
6'9", 230 Measurements 6'9", 237
10.4/5.6/0.4 Game line 9.6/6.9/0.7
0.583/0.667/0.789 Shooting line 0.667/0/0.577
Washington is a lesser version of Gary Clark. That may be overly simplistic, but they both approach the game very much the same way, Clark just does it marginally better. These two are the reason the Bearcats dominate the glass.


Keys to the Game:

-Stay even on the glass. UC has been eating boards all year. Xavier, it must be pointed out, has not. If the Bearcats keep getting stickbacks and X doesn't, it's going to be a long day for the home team. Xavier has to grab enough of their own misses to stay alive and end defensive possessions at the first attempt.

-Lean on Q. Xavier's advantage is at point guard; I'd be willing to bet a nad on it. Justin Jenifer is off to a good start, but he's 5'10" and hasn't played big minutes to this point in his career. Cane Broome is a combo guard who turns the ball over too much. Q grew up in the fire last year after Ed went down, and now he's got grown man game. He's a 6'4" bull of a man who has the game wired right now. X needs to put him in the driver's seat and let him work.

-Execute. X makes free throws and protects the ball better than they ever have under Coach Mack. They shoot from inside the arc better than anyone in the nation. UC will try to jam that all up because that's what they do. If Xavier can do what they do despite that, they'll win. It's that simple.