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Xavier @ Marquette: Big East opener stream, stats, and keys

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Xavier Musketeers (12-1)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Trevon Bluiett 32.9 .488 .451 .871 5.5 2.7 0.7 0.5 2.0 2.0 19.8
J.P. Macura 27.4 .505 .375 .838 4.2 3.0 1.7 0.4 1.7 2.2 12.2
Kaiser Gates 26.7 .432 .448 .818 5.6 1.3 0.4 0.3 0.5 2.4 9.8
Tyrique Jones 17.8 .699 .610 6.0 0.5 0.5 0.9 0.8 2.5 9.8
Kerem Kanter 15.2 .534 .364 .816 5.1 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.6 1.5 9.0
Naji Marshall 17.8 .649 .500 .694 3.3 1.5 0.5 0.4 1.3 1.1 7.9
Sean O'Mara 15.1 .712 .906 3.2 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.9 1.8 7.9
Quentin Goodin 27.8 .415 .067 .879 2.5 6.1 0.8 0.2 2.5 2.4 7.5
Paul Scruggs 16.8 .422 .167 .667 2.2 1.5 0.4 0.2 1.8 1.5 4.3
Elias Harden 9.1 .273 .200 1.000 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.6 0.7 0.9
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 12/27/2017.

Marquette Golden Eagles (9-3)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Markus Howard 31.3 .489 .391 1.000 3.7 2.5 0.7 0.1 1.9 2.3 21.8
Andrew Rowsey 30.6 .463 .447 .872 3.0 4.5 0.8 0.3 3.2 2.2 20.7
Sam Hauser 31.3 .516 .494 .900 5.3 2.6 1.2 0.7 1.4 2.3 15.2
Haanif Cheatham 26.2 .432 .385 .571 2.8 1.4 1.0 0.0 1.6 1.4 8.2
Sacar Anim 25.9 .433 .083 .667 3.7 2.1 0.8 0.1 0.8 2.3 6.3
Matt Heldt 24.8 .657 .889 4.6 1.0 0.4 1.4 0.5 2.8 5.2
Harry Froling 12.0 .400 .200 4.5 2.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 4.5
Jamal Cain 16.5 .419 .316 .444 2.7 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.6 1.2 4.2
Theo John 11.5 .567 .333 2.4 0.2 0.3 0.6 1.3 3.1 3.3
Greg Elliott 17.7 .414 .100 .533 2.7 1.8 1.2 1.2 1.0 1.5 2.8
Mike Lelito 3.0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Cam Marotta 2.5 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 12/27/2017.

FOX SPORTS ONE STREAM

Three keys

-Check the arc. Marquette has three dudes who can make it rain, and only one of them needs to go all Trae Holder to ruin Xavier's day. Games don't generally have a single deciding factor, but this is going to be as close to that as you can find. Clean looks from deep for Marquette will spell doom for the Muskies.

-Pass to the right team. Against a UNI team that doesn't even try to force turnovers, Xavier couldn't stop turning the ball over. JP, Tre, and Q were especially steamed garbage at ball security, combining for 10 turnovers between them. Marquette's only meaningful defensive asset at all is being slightly above average at forcing turnovers. If Xavier can get to the part of the possession where they shoot, they shouldn't have too much trouble getting good looks.

-Bang it inside. The three teams that beat Marquette combined to take 118 shots from inside the arc and 45 threes, more than a 2.5:1 ratio. Xavier's currently right about in that range on the season, but an opponent that is just splashing threes all over might pull the Muskies into trying to answer. X should have the advantage inside, and it will behoove them to press it all night long.