No. 13 Xavier looks to recover from a two game road losing streak in another matchup against a Pac-12 opponent. The 6-1 Utah Utes enter the Cintas Center to face the 7-2 Musketeers this Saturday.
How to Watch, Listen, or Stream
Game Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Television: FOX (Joe Davis, Jim Jackson)
Radio: 550 AM in Cincinnati
Streaming: FOX Sports Go (Where Available)
Xavier is favored by 11.5 points, per OddsShark
This is the first matchup between the Musketeers and the Utes.
Xavier’s 68-66 loss at Colorado on Wednesday was categorized by poor shooting from Xavier’s guards. Xavier found itself well below its usual point total as Edmond Sumner and JP Macura shot a combined 6-20 for only 18 points. The disheartening output from Xavier’s primary ball-handlers undoubtedly stunted the offense.
Unlike his teammates, Trevon Bluiett will look to build off of his performance on Wednesday night. He led Xavier with twenty-five points, five made threes, and six made free throws. Xavier’s primary option is putting together a very nice year, averaging nineteen points and five rebounds on the season.
Xavier coach Chris Mack also made a significant lineup adjustment on Wednesday, replacing low-post threat Sean O’Mara with RaShid Gaston, the team’s leading rebounder, in the starting lineup. While continuing his success on the glass, Gaston filled in for O’Mara with an efficient fourteen points, all from the paint.
On the other side, Larry Krystowiak’s Utah team, coming off of an 87-80 win over Utah Valley, enters the matchup with a 6-1 record, albeit with a weak strength of schedule. All of their wins have taken place about low-tier opponents. Utah’s only loss took place at home against Butler where the Utes fell 68-59. This will be Utah’s first road game of the season.
Utah is led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Kyle Kuzma, a talented scorer forward with the ability to step out beyond the three point line. Utah’s only double digit scorer put up 21 points on nineteen shots against Butler. Also, the Utes are one of the less skilled shooting teams in the country, making only around three out of ten threes.