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There will be a plenty of energy on campus and plenty more on the court. Dayton will look to take advantage of Xavier’s short bench. Ten Flyers average 10 or more minutes per game. Because of injuries, the Musketeers have nine scholarship players.
The Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University is the scene when Billy Donovan brings his Florida Gators (9-3) to Cincinnati for a non-conference battle with Chris Mack and his Xavier Musketeers (8-3).
Both teams enter play with a rebound margin of just +1. Xavier has established that stat against a tougher schedule. Wake has been hitting from the field at a rate of 46 percent. Xavier will trim that number with a stiff defensive performance.
The Bulldogs have a rebound margin just under five entering play tonight. That mark will be put to the challenge against Xavier’s front line. McLean is just the type of player who causes trouble for Howard. McLean moves quickly around the paint and will force Howard into foul situations.