Xavier Musketeers (5-0)
USC Trojans (5-0)
- Defend the arc: Alabama shot 17.9% from deep, but got up 28 attempts. If Xavier allows that many to USC, they'll lose and lose badly. Xavier has allowed teams to take nearly 45% of the field goals against them from behind the arc. They percentage on those has only been 32.8%, but the rate has to come down for Xavier to be successful.
- Make something, anything, from inside: Xavier's 45.2% mark from inside against the Crimson Tide somehow raised their two point field goal percentage on the year. Edmond Sumner was 0-3 and is now 45% on the year, Jalen was 4-7 to get up to 45%, Remy Abell was 0-5 and is now 41% on the year. None of those numbers are good and they, just like the exterior defense, need to improve.
- Get back: USC plays fast and shoots from deep in transition. Xavier can't get sucked in on the offensive glass and surrender open looks in three on two situations. This might mean a dip in the offensive rebounding numbers, but USC is looking for open shots already, writing them an open invitation isn't the way to go.