Xavier Basketball’s had to deal without having prominent players at times this season. On Saturday against Villanova Basketball, Trevon Bluiett became one of those players.
As Xavier prepares to face Providence Basketball on the road tonight, Bluiett’s status remains in doubt. It looks doubtful that Bluiett will play in tonight’s game. Xavier’s head coach Chris Mack throughout the week described Bluiett’s recovery as “day to day.” Bluiett’s sprained ankle injury presents Xavier with a big challenge. Going into the last few weeks of the regular season without one of if not Xavier’s best player.
Xavier managed to shake off Myles Davis departure and Edmond Sumner’s season ending injury. Bluiett’s injury is another obstacle in a season filled with many to overcome. Bluiett’s injury doesn’t just mean being without a starter, it means Xavier will have to rely more on the bench. Quentin Goodin’s done a fair job filling in for Edmond Sumner. Filling in the void Bluiett’s injury left behind could be more difficult.
An interesting test coming with roughly a month to go before the start of March Madness. From a points perspective Bluiett leaves big shoes to fill as the teams leading shooter. Leaving the second highest scoring Musketeer J.P. Macura and others left to pick up the slack. Which leads to a big question for Xavier Basketball to take on. How much could Bluiett’s injury impact Xavier’s performance on the court?
This is the kind of obstacle that could inspire a team to play well or stumble. Xavier stumbled against Villanova on Saturday following Bluiett’s injury. Nearly two weeks earlier Xavier managed to fight through Sumner’s absence. Getting a close win but a win nonetheless over St. John’s Basketball. How Xavier performs tonight and for however long Bluiett is out will show Xavier’s perseverance.
With Xavier looking to polish it’s resume going into March. Bluiett’s injury gives Xavier a chance to showcase either a strength or weakness.