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Xavier v. Lehigh game thread, how to watch, keys to the game

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball is back! Xavier and Lehigh are both undefeated tonight, as are 349 other D1 teams. We've had a solid seven months to prep for this one; let's get it underway!

Three keys:

-Push the tempo. More possessions equals more chances for Xavier's superior talent to come out. That's kind of a simple concept. Xavier has a lot of guys who are going to excel in the open court; the more the horses run, the better for Xavier.

-Defend the post one-on-one. I'm going to assume there will be at least a little bit of man defense played tonight. With the shooters Lehigh can run out around the post, it's going to be imperative to not dig from the perimeter too much. Gaston and O'Mara will probably draw the majority of the post defense assignments; they need to be able to defend without fouling or needing help.

-Bury it early. The more Lehigh hangs on, the more they'll have a chance to stick a couple of late threes and make the game way too interesting. I'm all for fun and games, but the most important thing tonight is starting the season 1-0.