The Villanova Wildcats are the top-ranked team in the country, but they'll have a tough time on Wednesday when they visit the No. 5 Xavier Musketeers. Villanova leads Xavier by 1.5 games at the top of the Big East going into this game, so there's a lot at stake for the two teams.
The Wildcats (24-3 SU, 13-1 Big East) rolled to a 77-67 home win over the Butler Bulldogs (+11) for their seventh victory in a row. Josh Hart led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, who held the Bulldogs to 38.7% from the floor.
The Musketeers (24-3 SU, 12-3 Big East) pulled away in the second half of an 88-70 rout at Georgetown, outscoring the Hoyas 53-37 after halftime. Edmond Sumner dropped 22 points for the Musketeers, who shot 53.8% from the field while holding Georgetown to 41%.
Villanova is 6-1 in seven meetings with Xavier, and those six wins have come after they lost the first one back in 2006. The Wildcats smacked the Musketeers 95-64 at home back on New Year’s Eve in their first meeting of the season. Wednesday night's tip-off is at 7 PM ET.
Villanova, Xavier Square Off on Wednesday
The Big East is the place to be on Wednesday night, when the top-ranked Villanova Wildcats (24-3 SU) travel to Cincinnati to face the Xavier Musketeers (24-3 SU).
The Wildcats have lost just one game in Big East play this season, but as good as they’ve been, they only lead the Musketeers by 1.5 games. Villanova has dominated Xavier with six consecutive wins in seven meetings. The two met at Villanova on New Year’s Eve, and the Wildcats pounded the Musketeers by a score of 95-64. Wednesday's game starts at 7 PM ET.