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West Regional Semifinal - Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
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Xavier vs Arizona

When: 10:17 PM ET, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California




Second-seeded Arizona is in the Sweet 16 for the third straight season and will face sixth-seeded Xavier in Thursday’s contest in Los Angeles. The Wildcats bring a 13-game winning streak into the game as coach Sean Miller stands two victories away from reaching the Final Four for the first time. The Musketeers have won five of the last six games and are in the Sweet 16 for the third time in six seasons under coach Chris Mack.

Xavier advanced by shooting 81.3 percent from the field in the second half to post a 75-67 victory over Georgia State. Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson is expected to leave for the NBA, but is in need of a much better performance after scoring four points on 1-of-12 shooting in Saturday’s 73-58 win against Ohio State. “His intent was very good. It’s just the ball didn’t go in a couple times for him early,” Miller told reporters. “He started to press a couple times later, it wasn’t his night.”

TV: 10:17 p.m. ET, TBS

ABOUT XAVIER (23-13): Beating the Wildcats will be a tough chore but center Matt Stainbrook said the season-long journey has toughened the Musketeers for this moment. “We had a learning curve, and over the season we’ve done a good job of learning from our mistakes and getting a lot better,” Stainbrook told reporters. “I think it’s great that the Big East has been able to test us with some really tough teams, and I think the fact that we’ve grown as a team together has made us really special at this point.” Forward Jalen Reynolds is coming off a big game in which he scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting against Georgia State.

ABOUT ARIZONA (33-3): Point guard T.J. McConnell had an exceptional game against Ohio State with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals but wasn’t the lone hero. Backup guard Gabe York also was superb with 19 points and five 3-pointers and the Musketeers will surely pay close attention to him. “I wanted to be aggressive but also know that my teammates were going to find me in transition or throughout the zone with however many seconds were left on the shot clock,” York explained to reporters. “I just did a great job of knocking down shots.”

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1. The winner faces Wisconsin or North Carolina on Saturday for a shot to go to the Final Four.

2. The Musketeers have reached the Sweet 16 for the sixth time since 2004.

3. The Wildcats average 21.1 points per game from their bench.
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XAVIER (23 - 13) vs. ARIZONA (33 - 3) - 3/26/2015, 10:15 PM



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XAVIER MUSKETEERS (23-13) vs. ARIZONA WILDCATS (33-3)


Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16
Tip-off: Thursday, 10:17 p.m. ET
Sportsbook.ag Line: Arizona -10.5, Total 136

No. 2 seed Arizona looks to keep punishing tournament foes as it faces No. 6 Xavier for the right to go to the Elite Eight.

If it weren’t for Kentucky’s season-long dominance, Arizona’s recent play would be garnering more headlines. Surely for Coach Sean Miller, this isn’t a bad thing. The Wildcats, winners of 13 straight, will enter their game against Xavier as a double-digit favorite for the eighth straight game (5-2 ATS in previous seven). The Wildcats are fresh off of a 73-58 win over Ohio State in the third round, as they held star Buckeye guard, D’Angelo Russell, to nine points on 3-for-19 shooting.

The Musketeers, losers in the Big East conference finals to Villanova, have had the good fortune of facing two double-digit seeds in the NCAA tournament thus far, easing by No. 11 seed Ole Miss and No. 14 Georgia State 76-57 and 75-67 respectively.

The Musketeers did have impressive conference tournament wins over NCAA tournament teams Butler and Georgetown, as they enter this contest as winners of five of their past six (4-2 ATS).

Arizona will be the first non-conference opponent to make the NCAA tournament that Xavier plays this year, and will be the second time all season that the Musketeers are double-digit underdogs (88-75 loss at Villanova as 10-point underdogs on Jan. 14). Xavier is 5-3 SU (5-3 ATS) in neutral sites this season while Arizona is undefeated (8-0 SU) and 4-4 ATS on neutral courts.

Both Arizona and Xavier have had their total hit Under in four of their past five games respectively. The major storyline for the game will revolve around a subplot of coaching mentor versus protégé, as Sean Miller will be coaching against his former team, and former top lieutenant on the bench, Xavier’s Chris Mack.

Miller coached the Musketeers from 2004-2009 and Mack was his top assistant, as the two led Xavier to four NCAA appearances, culminating in one Elite Eight trip in 2008 and a Sweet 16 trip in 2009.

Once Miller left for Arizona, Mack took over at the end of the bench. Mack has led the Musketeers to the NCAA tournament in five of his six seasons as head man, including two Sweet 16 appearances.

Mack is 6-4 overall in the NCAA tournament. Miller, over his tenures at Xavier and Arizona has compiled a 16-7 overall NCAA tournament resume (8-3 at Arizona) and has reached the Sweet 16 in three straight seasons (and Elite Eight in two of the past three seasons. Miller’s three tournament losses at Arizona have all been by three points or less.

Five Xavier players average over 8.5 points per game, as Coach Mack has a solid eight-man rotation with a good mix of size, athleticism and experience. Only one Musketeer - G Dee Davis (8.5 PPG, 6.1 APG, 32 MPG) - plays 30+ minutes per game. Playing Arizona presents myriad problems, but chief of Mack’s concerns should be keeping the Wildcats off the glass, as Arizona (+9.5 reb margin, 2nd in NCAA) has upped that to a +12 rebounding margin over its past five games. X

avier is very good at keeping opponents off the glass (30.9 RPG allowed, 39th in NCAA), as it always helps to shoot 68% from the field, as it did in its win on Saturday versus Georgia State (in the process, allowing only 12 rebounds). Xavier’s total rebounding numbers are mediocre, but its strong defensive rebounding contributes to a rebounding margin that’s 60th in the country. Xavier’s overall profile from the field (47.7% FG, 22nd in NCAA) shows that the performance versus Georgia State on offense wasn’t completely out of the blue.

The Musketeers balanced offense shares the ball (16.3 APG, 9th in NCAA) and doesn’t turn it over (1.35 A:TO, 23rd in NCAA). Xavier hadn’t profiled as a team reliant on beating you with the three in the regular season (35.6% 3PT, 118th in NCAA) but its two NCAA tournament wins have been a different story, as the team has gone 17-for-36 from downtown.

Leading the long range efforts have been Davis (5-for-10 3PT) scoring 15 and 17 points respectively and fellow G Myles Davis (10.7 PPG) – no relation – who broke out of a 1-for-12 slump from long range going into the tournament to hit seven of his past 13 threes (including going 5-for-8 in the win over Georgia State). Xavier is led in scoring by senior C Matt Stainbrook (12.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.4 APG), who is very adept at finding the open man on offense from the high post.

The ever-inconsistent F Trevon Bluitt (11.7 PPG) would be very helpful to have contribute versus Arizona, as he’s scored only seven points over two games so far. F Jalen Reynolds (9.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG) scored 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field versus Georgia State and has the size and athleticism to match Arizona’s length inside, if he can stay out of foul trouble.

Given how well Arizona is playing as of late, the Wildcats won’t be fazed by Xavier’s defensive profile (191st in NCAA in points allowed). If Arizona is to struggle versus Xavier, it’ll be its own doing, as Xavier is excellent at drawing fouls (20.2 per game, 32nd in NCAA). Of course, Arizona profiles as even better, at 20.9 fouls drawn per game (12th in NCAA), but if F Brandon Ashley (12.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 51% FG), F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (10.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG), F Stanley Johnson (14.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG) or C Kaleb Tarczewski (9.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG) were to find themselves in foul trouble, they’d arguably be worse-equipped to deal with the depth drop-off than Xavier, as only one bench player for the Wildcats sees significant minutes (G Gabe York – 9.1 PPG, 22.0 MPG).

Given the way G T.J. McConnell (9.8 PPG, 6.4 APG, 2.1 SPG) has been playing recently, though, one gets the feeling that he’ll be able to will this club far past this round. McConnell has put on a show through two rounds so far, filling the stat sheet with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and nine steals in total thus far. Even more impressive, as a 6-foot-1 point guard, McConnell is shooting 13-for-21 from the field.

While Arizona doesn’t light it up from the perimeter, York (the aforementioned sixth man) can be a big weapon for the Wildcats, as he hit for 21 points (5-for-9 from three) in their most recent win over Ohio State. Hollis-Jefferson has quietly put up two straight double-doubles (points and rebounds) for the Wildcats, who will need more from their star freshman, Johnson, who went just 1-for-12 from the field versus Ohio State in the third round.
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XAVIER (23 - 13) vs. ARIZONA (33 - 3) - 3/26/2015, 10:15 PM



Top Trends for this game.
ARIZONA is 23-13 ATS (+8.7 Units) in all games this season.
ARIZONA is 23-13 ATS (+8.7 Units) in all lined games this season.
ARIZONA is 22-13 ATS (+7.7 Units) as a favorite this season.
ARIZONA is 28-16 ATS (+10.4 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
ARIZONA is 36-24 ATS (+9.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ARIZONA is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games this season.
XAVIER is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) in a NCAA tournament games since 1997.
XAVIER is 193-150 ATS (+28.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
XAVIER is 117-84 ATS (+24.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.
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