- Limit the damage from behind the arc: Honestly, this could be the lone key. Villanova tends to get hot against Xavier and the Musketeers tend to dare teams to beat them from deep. If the Wildcats attempts start to creep over the 30 mark, Xavier is in serious trouble. The Musketeers must absolutely figure out how to stop Nova from just firing away while also keeping the third best interior shooting team in the nation from going crazy inside. How they do that is a mystery that Coach Mack must solve.
- Hammer the offensive glass: Getting on the glass does more than just the obvious giving Xavier more chances at scoring themselves. Extra possessions keep the ball out of the hands of Nova's shooters, increase the chances that Daniel Ochefu commits fouls, and puts a team already mediocre at covering the arc into a scramble mode. Xavier has a serious advantage here, they have to leverage it to get tip-ins, free throws, and extra shots.
- Speed the game up: Xavier loves to play fast, Villanova loves to play slow. X is currently the 55th quickest team in the country in terms of tempo, Nova is down in the 280s. Jay Wright would like to drag this thing down and let his floor spacing gunners do their thing. Xavier can counter that by raking and running and trying to get easy buckets early. If Remy Abell is on the court, look for him to be running out after shots. If Xavier keeps the tempo high, their athleticism will tell.