Xavier Musketeers (18-9, 8-6)
Seton Hall Pirates (16-10, 6-8)
Keys to the Game:
- Get some easy points: Seton Hall is athletic, but they don't play fast. If Xavier can get out and run, just for three or four buckets, it will boost an offense that has been stagnant for the better of two weeks.
- Get JP going: If Trevon can't go, and smart money says he'll be limited even if he can, JP Macura is Xavier's next best scorer. Unfortunately, X is running sets for JP that are designed for Myles Davis Edmond Sumner Bluiett. JP isn't the athlete that any of the former top scorers were, but with some tweaking the coaching staff can get him into places to be successful. That has to happen, and not right now, but right now.
- Gates and O'Mara: Either Kaiser Gates or Sean O'Mara, preferably both, needs to show up and start chipping in consistently. Both were in double digits against Marquette in a rout. They need to do something like that in a game that Xavier can still possibly win. It's going to take the entire team clicking to have a chance in Jersey, some production from a big that isn't Tyrique or Rashid would help.