- Stop Carlino: Hate him or hate him, Matt Carlino is the Golden Eagle you have to pay attention to. He's going to shoot (25% of his team's shots when he's on the court) and he shoots 42.6% from deep. In the first game he was 6-9 from deep, went for 27 and was basically the only reason Marquette was in the game. That can't happen again.
- Crush the glass: Marquette gets dominated on the offensive glass, and Xavier used to excel there. In conference play though, Xavier is only grabbing 27.8% of their misses. Marquette allows 31% and a reinvigorated Musketeers effort on the glass could pay off.
- Win, even if it's ugly: The first matchup ended 62-58 and Marquette just win 57-54. This game isn't likely to become an instant classic, but that doesn't matter. Xavier simply cannot afford to drop any more games to teams that don't have an NCAA tournament pedigree. Road or not, this one has to go in the W column.