Xavier vs. Butler: Full Game Preview

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Xavier vs. Butler: Full Game Preview
Xavier
(17-12, 6-7 away)
Butler
(23-7, 13-2 home)
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse
6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Xavier S Christon 15.2 T Taylor 9.0 S Christon 4.6
Butler R Clarke 16.5 R Jones 5.8 R Jones 3.5

Xavier travels to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday to take on Butler. It gets started at 6:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Musketeers beat the Bulldogs 62-47 on Nov. 13 and are 3-2 against them over the last four years.

Xavier is in sixth place in the conference and has an opportunity to gain ground on fourth-place Butler.

The Musketeers got past Saint Louis 77-66 on Mar. 6 with the help of 20 points and seven rebounds from Semaj Christon. He contributes team-best marks with 15.2 points per game, 4.6 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. For the Bulldogs, Andrew Smith finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the 73-62 win over Massachusetts on Mar. 7. He is averaging 11.1 points per game and leads the team in blocks with 0.6 per game. Areas of strength for Butler include: defensive rebounding percentage at 73.1 and offensive rebounding percentage at 37.7.

Butler StatSmack

  • The Xavier steals leader (Semaj Christon, 40 steals) has more steals than the Butler steals leader (Alex Barlow, 33 steals).
  • The Xavier blocks leader (Travis Taylor, 24 blocks) has more blocks than the Butler blocks leader (Andrew Smith, 18 blocks).
  • The Xavier rebounding leader (Travis Taylor, 261 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Butler rebounding leader (Roosevelt Jones, 175 rebounds).
  • A for effort, but Xavier has emerged victorious against Butler the last three times they've played.
  • Over the past 10 years, Xavier has had more players drafted by the NBA than Butler (five vs. two).
  • Semaj Christon is ranked 9th in the A-10 in points and 6th in the A-10 in assists.
  • Xavier has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (71.0 percent to 63.5 percent).
  • Brad Redford is ranked 9th in the A-10 in three-pointers.
  • Travis Taylor is ranked 45th nationally in rebounds.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Xavier currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (965 to 1000) than Butler, per the NCAA.
  • The Xavier assist leader (Semaj Christon, 130 assists) has more assists than the Butler assist leader (Roosevelt Jones, 105 assists).
XU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Travis Taylor 31 12 9 1 1 1 2
B Semaj Christon 34 15 3 5 1 0 4
C+ Myles Davis 10 3 1 3 0 0 1
C Isaiah Philmore 24 7 5 0 0 0 1
C Justin Martin 26 8 5 1 1 0 2
C Jeff Robinson 25 7 5 0 1 0 1
C Dee Davis 29 8 2 3 1 0 3
C Brad Redford 23 8 1 1 0 0 1
D+ James Farr 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Erik Stenger 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Landen Amos 7 0 1 0 0 0 0
BUTLER Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Roosevelt Jones 30 11 6 4 1 1 3
B Rotnei Clarke 33 17 3 3 1 0 3
B Andrew Smith 27 11 6 1 1 1 1
B Kellen Dunham 27 10 3 1 1 0 1
B- Khyle Marshall 23 10 5 0 0 0 1
C Kameron Woods 16 4 5 1 1 0 1
C Alex Barlow 19 2 3 2 1 0 1
C- Erik Fromm 12 3 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Chase Stigall 11 2 1 1 0 0 1
D J. Aldridge 6 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Devontae Morgan 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Andy Smeathers 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Emerson Kampen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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