#2 Xavier Musketeers
#7 Wisconsin Badgers
Keys to the Game:
-Attack early. Wisconsin hasn't won a regulation game with more than 65 possessions in it since before Thanksgiving. Xavier's average tempo is almost 73 possessions per game; if the Musketeers can control the pace of the game and get it accelerated, Wisconsin will be outside of its comfort zone.
-Protect possession. Whether or not Xavier can get the pace of this game up, the Badgers are going to make sure there aren't that many extra possessions to be had. Xavier can't afford to throw away chances to score with foolish shots and subpar ball security. Every rebound is going to be worth its weight in gold, too. When there aren't that many possessions to go around, you've gotta make sure that you're wringing the maximum value out of each of them.
-Get Edmond going. The Badgers don't have anyone like Ed. Not many teams do, really. Xavier is a much more dynamic team with Sumner in gear, as evidenced by their fairly pedestrian performance without his best work against Weber State. Running him off of Tre on the high post in horns action to get east shots and working a few early ball screens to give him the chance to make some decisions in the paint might help him settle in to the NCAA tournament experience.