La Salle vs. Xavier: Full Game Preview

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La Salle vs. Xavier: Full Game Preview
La Salle
(12-4, 4-3 away)
Xavier
(10-6, 6-3 home)
Venue: Cintas Center
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, January 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
La Salle R Galloway 17.1 S Zack 6.5 R Galloway 3.4
Xavier S Christon 14.5 T Taylor 7.8 S Christon 5.1

Xavier plays host to La Salle at Cintas Center on Saturday. It gets started at 2:00 EST and you can see it on CBSSN Regional. The Musketeers are 3-1 against the Explorers over the last four years. They fell 80-70 on 1/4/2012, the last time they met.

La Salle is in 5th place in the conference and Xavier is in 1st place.

In their last outing, behind 19 points and 10 assists from Semaj Christon, the Musketeers defeated St. Bonaventure 66-64 on January 16th. An integral part of the team, he leads the way in points (14.5), assists (5.1), and steals (1.4). For the Explorers, Jerrell Wright finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds in the 72-70 win over Dayton on January 16th. He contributes 6.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.1 points per game.

In reviewing statistical differences between the teams, La Salle appears to have an edge in one significant area, scoring, where the Explorers have the upper hand over the Musketeers, 73 points per game to 64 points per game. La Salle will hope to exploit their strength in turnover percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 16.8 in this area ranks 2nd in the conference and 22nd in the country.

La Salle StatSmack

  • We just win. Xavier has more wins over the last 5 years than La Salle (137 vs 90).
  • Xavier does a better job contesting shots (40.3% allowed vs 44.7% allowed) than La Salle this season.
  • The Xavier rebounding leader (Travis Taylor) has more rebounds than the La Salle rebounding leader (Steve Zack).
  • Xavier has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (0.715 to 0.436).
  • The Xavier assist leader (Semaj Christon) has more assists than the La Salle assist leader (Ramon Galloway).
  • People just expect us to beat you. Xavier has been the favorite 27 out of the last 28 times.
  • We win when it counts, too. Xavier has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than La Salle (14 vs 0).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Xavier has a stronger schedule than La Salle this season (SOS Rank: #52 vs #133).
  • Xavier allows fewer rebounds (30.9 allowed per game vs 34.5 allowed per game) than La Salle this season.
SALLE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Ramon Galloway 31 17 5 3 2 0 3
B Tyreek Duren 35 16 3 3 2 0 2
B Tyrone Garland 24 13 2 3 1 0 2
B- Jerrell Wright 25 11 7 1 1 1 2
C+ Steve Zack 23 7 6 1 0 1 1
C Sam Mills 35 8 3 2 1 0 2
C D.J. Peterson 26 4 3 2 1 0 0
D+ O.J. Lewis 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Rohan Brown 9 3 2 0 0 0 0
D Garvin Hunt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Taylor Dunn 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
XU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Semaj Christon 33 14 2 5 1 0 4
B- Travis Taylor 31 11 8 1 1 1 2
C+ Myles Davis 10 3 1 3 0 0 1
C Justin Martin 29 9 5 1 1 0 2
C Dee Davis 31 10 2 4 1 0 3
C Jeff Robinson 24 8 5 0 1 0 1
C Isaiah Philmore 24 6 5 1 0 0 1
C Brad Redford 22 8 1 1 0 0 1
D+ James Farr 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Erik Stenger 12 2 3 0 0 0 1
D Landen Amos 8 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Joe Schuessler 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Kevin Coker 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Tim Whelan 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
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