That's correct, Xavier will be wearing white on the road as Baylor has chosen to go dark.
- Don't fall behind early: The Bears will brutalize any team that gets behind them by continuing to feed the post and eat clock. Xavier cannot go size for size and a free throw parade undoubtedly favors the team shooting 76% from the line. If the Musketeers can stay in touching distance early, they've set themselves up for success.
- Don't Foul: Right? Baylor is excellent from the line. Acuil is a bit of a disaster, but the other four starters and Matson are all bloodless finishers. X can't start with their usual pattern of trying to beat opposing players into submission, or Baylor will be accepting free points all night.
- Beat the zone: Baylor will run a 1-1-3 zone that picks opponents up almost as soon as they cross the half court line. If this doesn't make you wish for the level head of Myles Davis, nothing will. Baylor won't get pulled out of position chasing the ball, but their 6.7% steal rate suggests they are more than willing to capitalize on any mistake. Xavier's chance here is that their smaller lineup could open more chances for a short corner pass and then a flash to the bucket. JP Macura figures to be heavily involved on the wings and moving toward the basket if X is to have success.