Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
When: 8:30 p.m.
Watch On: Fox Sports 1, FOX Sports Go
Line: Xavier -28
Xavier is coming off a huge road victory against Wisconsin, and the game Monday night against Hampton will serve as a tune-up for the Tire Pros Las Vegas Invitational, which is set to begin on Thanksgiving Day.
The Musketeers routed their two previous mid-major opponents, Morehead State and Rider, and much of the same is expected against Hampton.
Xavier is led by Trevon Bluiett, who delivered another masterful performance against the Badgers scoring 25 points. That brings his points per game total to 25.3 and also grabs 7.7 rebounds per game. Another major contributor in the early go for the Musketeers has been another senior, J.P. Macura, who averages 17.3 points and five rebounds per game.
Hampton’s leading scorer is Jermaine Marrow. He is currently averaging 22 points and 5.5 assists per game.
What to Watch For
Xavier’s 3-point shooting
Xavier didn't produce nearly as well as it usually does from behind the arc against Wisconsin. That being said, the team is shooting .406 from three this year. Look for that to get back on track with starters Trevon Bluiett, J.P. Macura and Kaiser Gates, who are all polished marksmen.
The emergence of Tyrique Jones
Jones figures to be a key part of the Musketeer rotation moving forward. The 6’9” sophomore has shown that he can be a menace in the paint while converting high percentage shots. If he can consistently score in double digits, he can easily evolve into a double-double type forward this year.
Rotation guys getting minutes
Expect the newcomers to get significant playing time if all goes well for the Musketeers and they get a substantial lead. All of the freshmen, Naji Marshall, Paul Scruggs and Elias Harden, have shown glimpses of what they can offer. As for graduate transfer Kerem Kanter, he doesn’t have the numbers or playing time yet to determine what he can bring to the table, but once he gets the ball rolling, I would imagine he would form the forward rotation triad alongside Jones and Sean O’Mara. Kanter adds a new element to the game, being able to step to the outside and hit a long jumper.
Overall, the Musketeers have a favorable matchup against an inferior Hampton Pirates squad and the team should be able to put them away onward to its fourth victory of the season.