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Xavier Vs. St John's: Halftime Notes

The Red Storm leads Xavier by eight at the half in New York.

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St. John's

  • Keep up the pressure defense until Xavier can prove they have a way to beat it.  They are stifling the Muskies and it is quite impressive.
  • Keep hitting the hot hand AKA Pointer, he is averaging 20+ points in his last handful of games and he already has 13 points in this contest
  • Keep trying to block everything Xavier brings into the lane until they prove they can either draw fouls or they can make baskets through contact (refs letting the boys play)

Xavier

  • Work through Stainbrook!  He is the only player making smart choices in a black uniform thus far.
  • Keep moving the ball.  The only way to beat St Johns' pressure is through association.
  • Try to get someone going.  The offensive prowess of Bluiett/M. Davis can go a long way.