Three keys:- Stretch the defense: UC defends the arc well, allowing opponents to shoot only 31.6% from deep and get off only 32.8% of their shots from there. Quick ball movement and a couple of early threes would go a long way to opening the lane for Stainbrook and Reynolds.
- Take care of the ball: Inherent in trying to run is the risk of throwing the ball away. Xavier has to push the pace, but getting too far over the ragged edge will result in more 20-25 second Bearcat possessions off turnovers. Running only helps when it's done with a semblance of restraint.
- Show zone: Cincinnati is not good (31.7%) from deep and they don't shoot from there often (31.5% of their attempts). Getting in the 1-3-1 and daring the Bearcats to win the game from deep might be the way to go. There's a good chance they can't.