No. 10 Xavier Basketball is shaking off back to back losses within the last week. After an 85-69 loss yesterday to no. 1 Villanova Basketball. Here’s a few takeaways from last night’s game.
Villanova scored 18 points through turnovers last night. The Xavier Musketeers haven’t fared well in the turnover category in the last week. Wednesday’s game against Villanova was similar to their loss last Saturday to Providence Basketball. In Both games the Musketeers gave up 15 turnovers. While Villanova and Providence gave up less than ten.
Trevon Bluiett is in a funk
The last two games haven’t gone well for Trevon Bluiett points wise. Bluiett scored 11 points last night and 12 last Saturday. Below his current season average of 18.9 points per game. An average that’s dropped as a result of the last two games. Bluiett made four out of 12 field goal attempts on Wednesday.
Kanter shines again
While Bluiett is struggling, Kerem Kanter is gaining more prominence. For the second game in a row Kanter was Xavier’s top scorer. With 16 points on Wednesday night for the Musketeers. Kanter also had a good night rebounding. With five rebounds last night, four of those were defensive rebounds.
Benchwarmers outperforming starters
Last night’s game was the second consecutive game where Xavier’s lead scorer didn’t start. Kerem Kanter wasn’t the only Musketeer to come off the bench and shine. Naji Marshall had 13 points last night; the most for any Musketeer aside from Kanter. It was the Freshman’s best game since mid December. Also, freshman Paul Scruggs outscored every starter except Trevon Bluiett.
Xavier never had the lead
The Musketeers not only trailed through the entire game. Often times the games wasn’t in reach; Villanova lead by nearly 30 at one point. Villanova dominated thanks to their defense and great shooting. Villanova made 55.2 percent of their field goal attempts. Xavier made less than 45 percent of their field goals.
Now Xavier goes into this weekend looking to snap their two game losing streak. The Musketeers return home for another top 25 showdown. With no. 25 Creighton Basketball coming to the Cintas Center. Tip-off for that game will be Saturday at 2 PM Eastern time.