Villanova takes their 4 seed in the Big East tournament to the hardwoods on Thursday as they take on 5th seed Marquette.
The #21 Golden Eagles (25-8, 13-6) easily defeated St. John's by 29 in a second round game in the Big East Tournament and will face #10 'Nova on Thursday. The win ended a 4-game skid for MU.
Since then, Marquette has lost one of its starters in Senior guard Dominic James who is out for the season with a broken foot. Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews, and Lazar Hayward have picked up the slack and all average over 16 points a game.
One victory at Madison Square Garden will probably help secure Villanova a "protected seed" in the NCAA Tournament which would land the 'Cats in Philadelphia for the first round of the tournament.
- Villanova is 7-6 against Marquette all time, but is 2-3 since the Golden Eagles entered the Big East.
- The two schools have not played each other in the Big East Tournament
- 'Nova is 27-24 in the Big East Tournament