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Xavier Musketeers (3-3)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Quentin Goodin 32.2 .362 .290 .696 2.4 3.8 0.6 0.4 2.4 2.4 15.0
Naji Marshall 34.2 .410 .214 .692 7.5 4.0 1.0 0.0 3.8 3.3 12.3
Paul Scruggs 29.7 .482 .333 .688 5.5 3.5 1.3 0.5 2.3 3.7 12.0
Zach Hankins 19.3 .714 .667 5.0 0.2 0.3 1.7 1.0 1.5 11.0
Tyrique Jones 21.0 .683 .538 8.3 1.0 1.3 1.2 1.2 3.5 10.5
Ryan Welage 20.2 .409 .353 .833 2.7 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.8 0.7 8.8
Elias Harden 13.6 .500 .571 .250 0.4 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.8 2.0 5.8
Kyle Castlin 23.5 .474 .444 .583 3.7 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.8 1.3 4.8
Keonte Kennedy 15.5 .400 .444 .000 1.0 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.7 1.8 2.7
Dontarius James 4.7 .000 .000 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/28/2018.

Miami Redhawks (3-3)

Per Game Table
Player MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Nike Sibande 29.0 .446 .318 .767 4.2 1.7 0.5 0.5 2.0 1.3 18.5
Dalonte Brown 26.0 .554 .483 .760 6.7 0.7 0.7 0.2 1.8 2.3 17.5
Mekhi Lairy 19.3 .538 .364 1.000 2.3 1.8 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.2 9.2
Bam Bowman 18.0 .625 .429 .889 3.3 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.7 3.2 8.5
Darrian Ringo 24.3 .520 .333 .813 3.0 5.3 2.5 0.0 1.8 2.3 7.2
Jalen Adaway 24.7 .500 .333 .800 3.3 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.7 6.7
Abdoulaye Harouna 14.8 .391 .111 1.000 2.3 0.5 0.0 0.2 1.2 2.7 4.0
Milos Jovic 11.7 .429 .375 .500 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.8 1.7 2.7
Aleks Abrams 14.0 .333 .800 4.5 0.5 0.0 0.8 1.8 1.8 2.3
Elijah McNamara 10.3 .313 .273 .500 2.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.5 0.3 2.3
Michael Ritchie 2.7 .333 .250 .667 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3
Benjamin Litteken 3.0 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7
Precious Ayah 7.3 .200 2.8 0.0 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5
Isaiah Coleman-Lands 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/28/2018.

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Three keys

-Check the arc. For goodness sake, please. If you like Shooting Open Threes, you’ll love Playing Xavier. Miami lifts like they’re allergic to the paint; if Xavier loses this game, it will be because Miami shot 40 threes and got hot.

-Pound the paint. Xavier is 37th in effective height; Miami is 241st. Miami fouls a ton. Miami can’t defend inside the arc. It all adds up to Miami not being able to stop X inside. The Muskies had plenty of success against Illinois by working through the post, and I don’t see any reason that shouldn’t be the gameplan tonight.

-Go for the blowout. The Muskies have backed into a lot of dog fights by not protecting huge early leads. I know this is a tough regional rivalry, but this is a game Xavier needs to kill off. If they can do that, it will show the kind of growth you hope to see out of this team at this point in the season.