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Villanova returns to their South Philly home on Wednesday as they host Lousiville.

In the second of seven games at the Wells Fargo Center this season, the #7 Wildcats look to continue their 3-0 run to start Big East play and improve on their (14-1) record.

The Cardinals carry into Philly a #18 ranking and a 13-2 record (2-0) which has seen Rick Pitino's team stumble to Drexel and in-state rival, Kentucky.

L'ville is led by senior, Preston Knowles. The 6'1" Senior is averaging a tick below 15 points per game. Fellow backcourt mate, Peyton Siva, adds another 11 a game. Between the two, they are combining for 8 assists a game. Sophmore Rakeem Buckles is the teams leading rebounder, collecting 7.5 boards a game.

Jay Wright's team is led by Corey Stokes, Corey Fisher, and Maalik Wayns who average 16.6, 15.1, and 13.1 respectively. Antonio Pena and Mouphtaou Yarou lead the squad in rebounding- both grabbing 7.2 boards a contest.

Villanova is carrying an 8-game Winning Streak. Last year, the Wildcats won 92-84 in a scrappy game that saw 'Nova come back from 17 points down in the first half.

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Louisville has the overall edge on Villanova in the historical series winning 8 of 14 games; the schools have each won 3 since the Cardinals entered the Big East.

Tipoff is slated for 7p and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN (or ESPN2).