Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Almost Game Time: What Will The Blair Project Be?

Xavier hit the floor this afternoon for an open practice at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. This East region semifinal between Xavier and Pitt should be a good one, and a bruising one. Xavier will have to bang with 6-7, 265 lb. DeJuan Blair. The Panthers big man averages a double-double (15.8 ppg, 12.3 rpg). He is tops in the nation in offensive rebounding, average 5.5. an outing. Overall, Blair has ripped down 187 offensive rebounds this season. By contract, Jason Love leads Xavier with 80. On top of that Blair seems to get them at critical junctures of the game. But as we said earlier this week, Xavier has a couple of big bodies to run at him, Love and freshman Kenny Frease. So there exists the possibility Xavier can work like heck to get Blair in foul trouble. Sean admits that is part of the plan, but he's not going to sell the soul of his team to make it happen.

This part of the game is big. In Pitt's four losses this season, Blair fouled out in three of them and was dealing with 4 fouls in the other.

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