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Game 32: vs. Marquette

Marquette.jpgVillanova 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.

Marquette and the Wildcats split a pair of games in the regular season with each squad winning on their home court in Milwaukee and at the Pavilion.

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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