So far this season, Xavier has trotted out the same starting five in both their games. What, if anything, that tells us is debatable, but it is a fact. Early on, Coach Mack has been known to give everybody a look and see who sticks, but with a chance at beating a Top 25 opponent, we may see him stick closer to his standbys. Last game only Myles Davis and Trevon Bluiett got more than 30 minutes, with James Farr getting 24 from the bench, 9 more than starter Jalen Reynolds. Xavier has loved going small this year, with Bluiett getting the start at the 4 both times and Reynolds, Farr, and Sean O'Mara garnering 47 minutes total.
Michigan comes in at 2-0 as well, but have played even worse teams than Xavier so far in Northern Michigan and Elon. They are keyed by their score happy guard duo of Caris LaVert and Derrick Walton, both upperclassmen who are returning from a lost season marred by injury with something to prove. They only out rebounded an undersized Elon squad 32-27, so it is possible they are there for the taking on the boards.
All that leaves us with the question burning on X fans minds since Tuesday: is James Farr a starter again? Farr was certainly the driving force for Xavier against Missouri and has risen to the occasion several times in the Xavier uniform. Has Coach Mack shown the same look so far because of the opposition? If Farr starts, who do you sit? Do we go with 2 bigs to pressure them on the glass? Can the zone stand up to such dynamic guards? All these are questions for you, the reader, to answer with your depth chart for Xavier's first big game of the year.