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XAVIER (23 - 13) vs. ARIZONA (32 - 4)
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Thursday, 3/23/2017 10:05 PM
NCAA - West Regional Semifinals - SAP Center - San Jose, CA
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XAVIER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-13+517-1816-1775.135.645.8%37.471.032.344.9%30.8
Road Games11-9+4.210-1010-972.933.743.9%37.673.232.644.9%32.9
Last 5 Games4-1+5.65-01-475.234.450.0%33.665.432.443.4%29.2
XAVIER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)75.135.626-5645.8%7-2134.9%16-2369.1%371015196133
vs opponents surrendering70.833.225-5743.6%7-2134.6%14-1970.8%34813196133
Team Stats (Road Games)72.933.725-5643.9%7-2232.3%16-2368.9%38913206133
Stats Against (All Games)71.032.325-5644.9%7-2233.2%13-1970.1%31714216124
vs opponents averaging75.135.326-5746.1%8-2136.2%15-2072.1%35814186124
Stats Against (Road Games)73.232.625-5644.9%7-2233.3%15-2269.1%33714216114

ARIZONA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-4+15.121-1417-1876.737.247.8%36.765.730.841.8%30.0
Road Games17-3+11.514-59-1076.035.946.6%37.367.532.842.4%30.2
Last 5 Games5-0+4.24-04-
ARIZONA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.737.226-5547.8%7-1739.6%17-2376.3%37814175113
vs opponents surrendering71.233.525-5943.1%7-2135.2%13-1969.7%34913196133
Team Stats (Road Games)76.035.926-5646.6%6-1640.1%17-2375.4%37912186113
Stats Against (All Games)65.730.824-5741.8%6-2130.9%11-1668.4%30813205123
vs opponents averaging75.135.527-5845.9%7-2135.9%14-2070.2%36915186124
Stats Against (Road Games)67.532.824-5642.4%7-2132.6%13-1870.4%30813205124
Average power rating of opponents played: XAVIER 81.1,  ARIZONA 79.7
XAVIER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/1/2017SETON HALL72-70W-5L144.5U26-5745.6%40928-6543.1%367
2/4/2017@ CREIGHTON82-80W5W154.5O32-6350.8%38828-5947.5%369
2/15/2017@ PROVIDENCE63-75L5L135.5O25-5843.1%441730-6149.2%298
2/18/2017@ MARQUETTE61-83L6L152U23-5541.8%341426-6440.6%419
2/22/2017@ SETON HALL64-71L4L144U23-5046.0%321324-5246.2%328
3/4/2017@ DEPAUL79-65W-5W144P28-6245.2%39920-5040.0%3315
3/18/2017*FLORIDA ST91-66W7.5W154O30-5455.6%36924-6040.0%339

ARIZONA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/2/2017@ OREGON ST71-54W-16W133U23-5244.2%391121-5042.0%2615
2/4/2017@ OREGON58-85L4L139O23-5442.6%231330-4665.2%2514
2/16/2017@ WASHINGTON ST78-59W-14W140U28-6245.2%42924-5444.4%2812
2/18/2017@ WASHINGTON76-68W-9.5L150.5U26-6142.6%351125-5743.9%3616
3/4/2017@ ARIZONA ST73-60W-8W152.5U23-5939.0%50718-5234.6%2710
3/16/2017*N DAKOTA100-82W-18T146.5O36-6258.1%40732-6946.4%316
3/18/2017*ST MARYS-CA69-60W-5W137U23-5145.1%32925-5446.3%3013
XAVIER: Last season: 28-6, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Nickname: Musketeers.
Coach: Chris Mack.
Conference: Big East.
Who's gone: F James Farr, F Jalen Reynolds, G Remy Abell, G Larry Austin Jr.
Who's back: Musketeers return four of their top six scorers. G Trevon Bluiett led the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game and has lost about 20 pounds in the offseason to gain quickness. Edmond Sumner (11 ppg, 3.6 assists) is one of the quickest players in the country and is trying to develop into a more complete point guard. G Myles Davis (10.8 ppg) is suspended indefinitely with a misdemeanor case in court. J.P. Macura (9.4 ppg) provides grit and a spark.
Who's new: Senior F RaShid Gaston sat out last season after transferring from Norfolk State. F Malcolm Bernard, a graduate student from Florida A&M, also will help make up for the loss of Farr and Reynolds on the front line. Freshman guards Tyrique Jones and Quentin Goodin will ease into playing time.
The Skinny: The Musketeers were ranked as high as No. 5 last season, a school record. They open this season at No. 7 and have enough depth ' especially on offense ' to have another big season. Sophomore forward Kaiser Gates will miss the first few weeks recovering from knee surgery, and Davis' status is unclear, so Xavier could have some growing pains early.
ARIZONA: Last season: 25-9, lost to Wichita State in opening round of NCAA Tournament
Nickname: Wildcats
Coach: Sean Miller
Conference: Pac-12
Who's gone: G Gabe York, C Kaleb Tarczewski, F Ryan Anderson, F Mark Tollefsen.
Who's back: G Allonzo Trier was Arizona's third-leading scorer last season at 14.8 points per game, but could be suspended for unspecified reasons. PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright is bigger, stronger and is in his third season under Miller. C Dusan Ristic is one of the most talented offensive big men in the Pac-12 and Miller is expecting him to make big strides at the defensive end. G Kadeem Allen can play point or shooting guard and will provide leadership to a young team. C Chance Comanche will have a bigger role after showing flashes of athleticism last season. F Ray Smith should be a big contributor once he eases back from a second torn ACL.
Who's new: F Lauri Markkanen has the potential to be one of the nation's most impactful freshman. He's an athletic 7-footer who can shoot from the perimeter and has tons of international experience while playing for Finnish national teams. Guards Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons are exceptionally athletic and should help give Arizona multiple lineup options.
The Skinny: How long Trier is out ' if he's out at all ' will play a big role early in the season, but expect the Wildcats to compete for the Pac-12 title and a potential deep run in the NCAA Tournament. There is a lot of talent on this team.
Arizona, Miller meet Xavier again in NCAA Tournament

Arizona coach Sean Miller is taking on his former employer in the Sweet 16, which might be a big storyline ... if it hadn't already happened two years ago.

The Wildcats, seeded second in the West, have a Thursday date against No. 11 Xavier, the only double-digit seed left in the NCAA Tournament. The game is scheduled to tip off at about 10:09 p.m. ET after the Gonzaga-West Virginia game in San Jose, Calif.

Arizona and Xavier met in the 2015 Sweet 16, with the Wildcats winning 68-60 in a hard-fought game in Los Angeles.

There is not much to take from that, as only two current Arizona players -- point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and center Dusan Ristic -- appeared in that game for a total of nine minutes. Musketeers star guard Trevon Bluiett, then a freshman, scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

This time around, the Wildcats (32-4) have superior size and two big-time scorers in sophomore guard Allonzo Trier and freshman 7-foot forward Lauri Markkanen.

Xavier (22-13) has Bluiett, who is averaging 17.7 points per game, and a resiliency that led to opening-weekend upsets of No. 6 Maryland and No. 3 Florida State.

Many counted out the Musketeers after guard Edmond Sumner sustained a season-ending knee injury in late January. That came on the heels of guard Myles Davis leaving the team after a brief return from a 15-game, season-opening suspension.

Sumner averaged 15.0 points this season. Davis, who appeared in three games in January, averaged 10.8 points and 4.1 assists per game last season.

"I told them out in the real world, life is going to hand you lemons, and you can pout about it and figure out how to make lemonade," Xavier coach Chris Mack said of his message to his players.

"Our guys, despite all the adversity they've been hit with and the social media that tells them how bad they are and how poor they are, they stayed with it, and they believed in themselves and our coaching staff. It's a credit to them, and I'm just really proud of them."

Miller, who was the head coach at Xavier for five seasons before joining Arizona in 2009, often cites his team's own resiliency as a key to this season's success.

The Wildcats lost redshirt freshman forward Ray Smith in the preseason to a career-ending third torn ACL, was without Trier for 19 games (suspension), missed Jackson-Cartwright for a month (ankle) and had other assorted injuries.

The team's only senior -- guard Kadeem Allen -- has been the leader. And as Arizona's top defender, Allen likely will be tasked with stopping Bluiett.

"He's as hard a playing guy as I've seen," Miller said. "And he won't let his team lose to some degree."

Xavier effectively played some zone against Florida State, which has been most opponents' strategy against Arizona.

Arizona does have answers. Trier is averaging 17.1 points, scoring 14 in the second half of a second-round win over Saint Mary's. Markkanen, averaging 15.8 points, has 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field in two tournament games.

Markkanen is shooting 43.3 percent from 3-point range (68 of 157) but has taken his game more to the paint offensively and defensively late in the season.

"I don't know if there's a freshman that's playing in the NCAA Tournament that's had a bigger impact on his team than Lauri has had on our team," Miller said. "And as good of a basketball player is, he's an even better kid."

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