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Xavier v. St. John's: Stats, Stream, and Keys to the Game

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Xavier looks to move to 5-2 in Big East play tonight against St. John's.

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Xavier Musketeers (16-3, 4-2)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Trevon Bluiett 33.5 .454 .426 .818 5.5 2.6 0.7 0.3 2.1 1.8 19.2
J.P. Macura 28.3 .460 .348 .855 4.2 3.2 1.6 0.5 1.7 2.3 12.4
Kerem Kanter 15.6 .554 .345 .804 5.6 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.9 1.4 9.7
Tyrique Jones 17.5 .670 .571 5.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8 2.6 9.0
Kaiser Gates 25.7 .439 .432 .824 5.3 1.0 0.6 0.3 0.5 2.5 8.9
Naji Marshall 18.7 .564 .333 .686 3.4 1.4 0.4 0.3 1.5 1.3 7.7
Sean O'Mara 15.1 .683 .850 3.4 0.7 0.4 0.7 0.9 1.6 7.7
Quentin Goodin 28.3 .402 .125 .830 2.8 5.5 1.0 0.2 2.2 2.1 7.6
Paul Scruggs 16.2 .429 .182 .700 1.9 1.7 0.6 0.3 1.9 1.4 4.0
Elias Harden 7.9 .214 .143 1.000 0.3 0.6 0.2 0.0 0.5 0.6 0.8
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 1/17/2018.

St. John's Red Storm (10-8, 0-6)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Shamorie Ponds 35.9 .399 .185 .857 1.2 4.4 5.6 4.8 2.5 0.1 2.2 1.6 20.1
Bashir Ahmed 27.7 .402 .360 .571 1.9 2.9 4.8 0.8 1.2 0.4 1.4 2.7 11.9
Marvin Clark 27.9 .459 .438 .919 1.4 2.8 4.2 0.8 0.9 0.1 2.1 3.3 11.2
Justin Simon 34.7 .459 .500 .682 1.7 5.5 7.2 4.6 2.6 0.9 2.7 2.9 10.8
Tariq Owens 27.4 .509 .333 .719 1.9 4.2 6.1 0.6 0.4 3.6 1.1 2.8 7.8
Kassoum Yakwe 13.9 .471 .750 1.1 1.4 2.5 0.2 0.2 0.9 1.1 2.2 2.8
Bryan Trimble, Jr. 14.8 .311 .300 1.000 0.1 1.1 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.1 1.5 2.5
Amar Alibegovic 8.1 .281 .174 .667 0.3 0.8 1.1 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.5 1.5 1.5
Jay Camus 2.0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0
Justin Cole 2.0 .000 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/17/2018.

Stream - Preview

Three Keys:

- Let St. John's be themselves. The Johnnies love to shoot jump shots despite not being very good at them. If there's one thing Coach Mack's defenses consistently do, it's concede jumpers. If you see Xavier sitting in its shell while St. John's lobs jumpers over the top, things are going well.

- Win the freebie war. St. John's forces a ton of turnovers, but they give back a ton of possessions on the glass. Xavier's offense can't afford to hemorrhage chances to score without getting them back somewhere. If Xavier's point guards can avoid too much slack passing, the big men's edge on the glass should be definitive.

- Keep the pace high: St. John's is incredibly shallow and Xavier, if Paul Scruggs is going well, are pretty deep. The Musketeers are still playing pretty quickly on offense and as St. John's has begun to slump, teams have cranked the pace up on them. Xavier has no particular reason not to run tonight.