Xavier vs. Charlotte: Full Game Preview

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Xavier vs. Charlotte: Full Game Preview
Xavier
(11-6, 4-3 away)
Charlotte
(15-3, 12-1 home)
Venue: Halton Arena
7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT, January 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Xavier S Christon 14.7 T Taylor 8.0 S Christon 5.1
Charlotte C Braswell 11.5 W Clayton 7.3 P Henry 3.2

Xavier visits Halton Arena on Wednesday to take on Charlotte. Tip-off occurs at 7:30 EST and you can catch it on FSN-OH. The Musketeers are 6-2 against the 49ers over the last four years. They won 72-63 on 3/3/2012 the last time they played.

Xavier is 1st in the conference and Charlotte is 4th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The Musketeers got past La Salle 70-63 on January 19th with the help of 18 points and 5 assists from Semaj Christon. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 14.7 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game. The 49ers were defeated by Richmond 81-61 on January 19th despite 8 points and 6 rebounds from J.T. Thompson. He is averaging 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. A key area of strength for Charlotte is free throw rate at 43.4, which ranks 1st in their conference (and 26th nationally).

Charlotte StatSmack

  • The Xavier basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Charlotte (92% vs 67%).
  • Xavier takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Charlotte (9 vs 2).
  • At least you keep showing up. Xavier has an average margin of victory of 13 over Charlotte in 10 wins since 2005.
  • AP voters think more highly of Xavier and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Charlotte (71 vs 4).
  • People just expect us to beat you. Xavier has been the favorite 10 out of the last 10 times.
  • It must sting. Xavier has blown out Charlotte by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 2006.
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Xavier has had more players drafted by the NBA than Charlotte (5 vs 0).
  • The Xavier assist leader (Semaj Christon) has more assists than the Charlotte assist leader (Pierra Henry).
  • Xavier is better under pressure, and has defeated Charlotte in 3 out of the last 5 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
XU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Semaj Christon 33 15 2 5 2 0 4
B Travis Taylor 31 11 8 1 1 1 2
C+ Myles Davis 10 3 1 3 0 0 1
C Dee Davis 30 9 2 4 1 0 3
C Justin Martin 28 8 5 1 1 0 2
C Jeff Robinson 24 8 5 0 1 1 1
C Isaiah Philmore 24 6 5 1 0 0 1
C Brad Redford 23 9 1 1 0 0 1
D+ James Farr 5 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 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
CHAR Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Pierra Henry 32 9 5 3 3 1 2
B- Chris Braswell 25 12 6 1 1 1 2
C+ D. Mayfield 25 11 3 2 1 0 2
C+ Willie Clayton 22 8 7 0 0 1 2
C Darion Clark 18 7 5 1 0 1 2
C T. Williams 23 7 3 2 1 0 2
C Denzel Ingram 22 6 1 1 1 0 1
C J.T. Thompson 15 5 3 1 0 0 1
C E. Nickerson 19 5 2 1 0 0 1
C- Ilija Ivankovic 5 0 4 0 0 0 0
D+ Lamar Bradbury 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Ivan Benkovic 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Colby Lewis 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Thorne 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
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