Three keys:- Turn DePaul over: The Blue Demons like to cough the ball up (20.9% TO rate) and Xavier recently has started to enjoy taking it away (21.5%). Keeping the numbers moving in that direction will keep the Musketeers from getting gashed behind the arc.
- Dominate the defensive glass: The Musketeers should have the edge on the boards on both ends, but especially when DePaul is on offense. The Demons aren't good getting after offensive rebounds and Xavier is borderline elite at preventing them. One shot possessions will keep DePaul from going on the kind of run that ended Marquette.
- Get Trevon Bluiett going again: Bluiett went for double figures in each of his first six games. Since then, he's cracked double digits twice. Against Auburn it took him going 8-8 from the line and two overtimes to make it. Bluiett was Xavier's leading scorer up until the last game, and Xavier's offense is more effective when he's clicking.