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Xavier @ Marquette: Game Primer

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Xavier probably doesn't want to be looking down the barrel of three straight losses. Here's the keys, as well as the stats and livestream, for tonight's vital Big East matchup.

If you are geographically challenged, you might think this is a homecoming for JP.
If you are geographically challenged, you might think this is a homecoming for JP.
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Stats

Xavier Musketeers (18-8, 8-5)

Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Trevon Bluiett .443 .380 .762 5.8 2.0 17.9
Edmond Sumner .479 .273 .737 4.3 5.0 15.0
J.P. Macura .421 .328 .819 4.4 2.7 14.4
Rashid Gaston .586 .515 6.7 0.7 8.2
Malcolm Bernard .391 .387 .576 3.7 1.7 5.8
Kaiser Gates .369 .347 .696 4.5 0.6 5.6
Sean O'Mara .574 .632 2.8 0.4 5.1
Quentin Goodin .336 .323 .528 1.6 2.7 4.3
Tyrique Jones .528 .469 3.5 0.3 3.5
Myles Davis .000 .000 .500 0.5 0.0 0.5
Leighton Schrand 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.3
Tim Stainbrook .333 .333 0.2 0.1 0.3
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 2/18/2017.

Marquette Golden Eagles (15-10, 6-7)

Per Game Table
Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS
Luke Fischer .636 .600 6.3 1.2 12.0
Markus Howard .495 .514 .907 2.0 1.9 12.0
JaJuan Johnson .472 .333 .850 4.3 2.6 11.8
Katin Reinhardt .383 .376 .870 2.8 2.0 10.6
Andrew Rowsey .487 .464 .934 1.6 1.8 10.5
Haanif Cheatham .453 .324 .753 4.4 2.7 10.2
Sam Hauser .468 .449 .800 5.0 1.4 8.6
Duane Wilson .465 .325 .654 1.7 1.7 5.3
Traci Carter .565 .429 .625 2.1 3.6 4.3
Matt Heldt .652 .560 2.2 0.2 1.8
Cam Marotta .250 .333 1.000 0.4 0.4 1.0
Sandy Cohen .000 1.0 0.3 0.0
Deon Franklin .000 .000 0.6 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/18/2017.

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Three Keys:

-Kill stops with defensive rebounds. Marquette doesn't have a lot of offensive rebounders, which is awesome for Xavier. If the Golden Eagles can get extra looks at the rim, they'll make their opponents pay. X can't afford to pay that.

-Get out off of misses. One of the reasons Marquette doesn't board well is because they send 3-4 guys back to defend as soon as the shot goes up. Xavier hasn't been awesome in the half court lately, and I could go the rest of my life without seeing another 25-second possession end with a left-handed scoop shot from JP. If the Muskies have something resembling numbers, they may be served to press the advantage.

-Hang. Xavier has been falling out of second halves this year, especially with Ed and now Tre gone. They're not quitting on each other, but execution hasn't been strong down the stretch. I don't know what the magical cure is, but X has to find a way to finish a game on the road. Easy as that, right?