Xavier Musketeers (18-11, 8-8)
Marquette Golden Eagles (17-11, 8-8)
- Contain the runs: Xavier spotted the Golden Eagles a 21-2 lead the last time this teams met. Obviously, that is not a recipe for success. Hidden in that eminently forgettable game were several more smaller runs for Marquette. Xavier has to keep the Golden Eagles from hitting a quick rhythm because when they do, they go off.
- Value the ball: Four turnovers in five possessions to close the game against Butler and more than 50% of the team's turnovers coming from the point guard kept that game from becoming the win that Xavier so badly needed. Marquette isn't good on defense, they're barely better than DePaul, but they will chase steals all game long. Throw the ball away and risk the easy points getting the Eagles offense going.
- Find some heart: That's not to imply that this team doesn't have heart, but now is the backs against the wall time to come out swinging. Maybe some of that left with Myles Davis, maybe the Zip Em Up era is ending, maybe it's unfair to expect every Xavier team to be harder than ten penny nails, but it would be a wonderful thing for one more off the mat story to start tonight.