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Xavier takes on Purdue in first true road test Saturday

Posted by Josh on Thursday, November 29, 2012 Under: Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc.

Xavier takes on Purdue in first true road test Saturday

How will this young Muskies team handle their first road game? 

We will find out Saturday at 2:15 on Big Ten Network.

I think there are 3 big factors that will determine what we see on Saturday:
1 - Hostile Environment - How does the team handle their first true road game of the season? They have yet to play in a hostile environment and Purdue and their fans will be out for revenge after their loss at Xavier last year. (If you don't recall, they were stomping X before a crazy comeback led by Tu Holloway gave the Muskies the win.) Let's hope Semaj Christon and the rest of the guys are prepared. The task is not impossible as Bucknell knocked off Purdue in their home-opener.

2 - Rebounding - Purdue is out-rebounding their opponents by almost 9 boards per games so far. Xavier has struggled on the glass in several games this year and can't afford to do so against the Boilers.

3 - Purdue's Defense - Xavier is going up against a solid defensive unit. They're allowing opponents to shoot just 38% from the field and under 27% from 3-pt land. It will take some solid guard-play and good shot selection to do damage against this squad.

Here's to hoping Semaj and the guys rise to the occasion in their first game against a big-name team this season. 

Go Muskies!

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