Villanova Wildacats (23-2, 10-2)
- Get on the glass: Villanova is almost as good at keeping teams off the offensive glass as Xavier is at getting to it. Sean O'Mara, Rashid Gaston, and Tyrique are going to have to hammer to get inside and get stickbacks. It's vital that Xavier can collect their own misses and turn them into points, because they aren't going to be able to count on good looks in the paint otherwise.
- Knock down threes: There are going to be shots to be had outside. 40% of opponent's shots against the Wildcats come from behind the arc. In their last two games, Xavier is shooting 43% from deep. Keep that up, and this just might happen.
- Contest the arc: When Villanova has lost this year it has been because of horrid shooting from deep. If they make even 25% of the threes they take in a game, they win. Make less than that, though, and they lose. Butler harassed shooters beyond the arc and attempted to contest inside. Marquette gave up the inside altogether (allowing Nova to make 64% of their two point attempts) but clamped down outside. If even a quarter of Villanova's outside shots go down, X is in real trouble.