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Xavier @ Providence: Stats, Stream, and Keys

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The hunt for win 16 starts now.

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Xavier Musketeers (15-1, 3-0)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Trevon Bluiett 33.0 .462 .418 .885 5.7 2.8 0.8 0.4 2.1 1.8 19.8
J.P. Macura 28.3 .493 .389 .855 4.1 3.1 1.7 0.5 1.6 2.1 13.3
Kaiser Gates 26.7 .427 .438 .800 5.7 1.1 0.5 0.3 0.5 2.6 9.4
Tyrique Jones 18.0 .686 .540 5.9 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9 2.6 9.1
Quentin Goodin 27.8 .442 .053 .867 2.6 5.7 0.9 0.3 2.2 2.2 8.3
Kerem Kanter 14.6 .523 .385 .825 5.1 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.8 1.5 8.3
Sean O'Mara 15.6 .686 .861 3.4 0.6 0.4 0.8 0.9 1.6 7.9
Naji Marshall 17.9 .603 .417 .659 3.4 1.4 0.4 0.3 1.6 1.1 7.6
Paul Scruggs 16.2 .407 .111 .667 1.9 1.8 0.5 0.2 1.6 1.3 3.9
Elias Harden 9.1 .273 .200 1.000 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.6 0.7 0.9
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/6/2018.

Providence Friars (10-6, 1-2)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Rodney Bullock 32.6 .452 .354 .732 6.7 1.3 1.0 0.9 2.5 2.3 16.9
Alpha Diallo 26.8 .517 .250 .792 5.9 1.9 0.8 0.5 1.4 3.2 11.2
Kyron Cartwright 27.2 .452 .465 .795 3.0 6.1 1.2 0.0 2.9 1.4 10.3
Jalen Lindsey 31.9 .457 .487 .682 4.0 0.9 1.1 0.8 0.5 1.7 9.3
Nate Watson 15.6 .614 .681 2.3 0.1 0.2 0.5 1.0 2.4 8.4
Isaiah Jackson 17.5 .387 .400 .750 2.9 1.1 0.5 0.3 1.1 1.5 6.3
Makai Ashton-Langford 19.4 .376 .105 .472 2.4 2.6 0.9 0.3 2.1 2.0 6.1
Maliek White 16.2 .529 .474 .769 1.6 1.1 1.0 0.3 0.9 1.3 6.1
Kalif Young 18.3 .548 .476 4.1 0.7 0.5 0.6 1.1 1.9 5.5
Drew Edwards 13.6 .367 .158 .824 2.6 0.5 0.6 0.1 0.9 1.7 3.3
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/6/2018.

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Three Keys:

- Pound it inside: Providence has size and they block a decent amount of shots, but they surrender far more points (51%) of their points inside than those numbers would suggest. Tyrique, Kerem Kanter, and especially Sean O'Mara should find room to play in the paint.

- Make the Friars shoot outside: Providence is effective from deep, but they would much rather not shoot the ball from outside. 39% of their attempts and only 30% of their points coming from behind the arc. Xavier is going to pack it in and dare the Friars to Arizona State them out of the zone or the packline. Sticking with that will make Ed Cooley adjust his strategy mid-game.

- Stay switched on: The Musketeers played a full game against Marquette their last road game, but they've developed a rather ugly habit of playing about 30 minutes of most contests recently. Even in the win over Butler, they rather obviously ran backwards through the gears as the game reached its denouement. Doing that on the road just invites trouble.