Xavier Musketeers (14-5)
Cincinnati Bearcats (17-2)
- Get to the line: UC doesn't allow a lot of free throw attempts and Xavier doesn't generally convert them well, but the Musketeers are going to need easy points where available tonight. Getting calls and converting from the line is paramount. Getting on the offensive glass and getting the ball back up will go a long way toward that.
- Drive the ball: Xavier is immensely better when Edmond Sumner and Trevon Bluiett get in the lane. Once they get there both can finish well and Ed has excelled at finding big men who get open. That means Rashid Gaston needs to finish and Sean O'Mara needs to catch the ball.
- Shoot 40% from deep: Xavier hasn't lost a game this year when they have made 40% of their threes. In both of UC's losses this year, their opponent has made exactly 40% of their threes. The team hasn't been shooting well this year, but they'll need to if they want to win this game.