NCAAM: Xavier Musketeers vs. Northern Kentucky Norse – Game Preview

NCAAM: Xavier Musketeers vs. Northern Kentucky Norse - Game Preview

Jalen Reynolds Photo Credit: Bob Stevens/Xavier University

November 23, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)

NCAAM: Xavier Musketeers vs. Northern Kentucky Norse – Game Preview

GAME NOTES:

Northern Kentucky (1-2, 0-0 Horizon) at  Xavier University (3-0, 0-0 Big East)

The Musketeers will host the Norse of Northern Kentucky Monday, November 23rd in the Cintas Center on Fox Sports 1.  Xavier has not played Northern Kentucky since the 1978-1979 season.

Date: Monday, Nov. 23
Game Time: 8:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Network: FS1

KEYS TO VICTORY XAVIER UNIVERSITY MUSKETEERS 

Xavier has opened up the season with 3 good wins over Miami (OH), Missouri, and at No. 24 ranked Michigan. The Musketeers should get an easy win over Northern Kentucky who has loss two games to West Virginia and Morehead. Macks’ team will rely on balanced scoring from his team with Trevon Blueitt leading the way in scoring at 14.3 points per game.  Blueitt is also averaging 7.9 rebounds per game too. Xavier University is shooting 41.7 percent from field goals and 36 percent from the 3 point line.  The Musketeers will push the tempo and try to score in the high 80’s to eventually pull away for the easy victory over the Norse.

KEYS TO VICTORY – NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE

Northern Kentucky is coming off a 64-56 loss to Morehead State at home.  The Norse will need big nights from Jalen Billups and Cole Murray if it’s expecting to come into the Cintas Center and defeat the Xavier Muskies.  Northern Kentucky’s only win on the season game against Tiffin after trailing by six points at the half.  Northern Kentucky must gang rebound and cut down on their average of 18 turnovers per game if they expect to have a shot at defeating Xavier.

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