The two teams, who played in an epic game for a spot in the Final Four a mere three years ago, are trying to emerge as the least disappointing team in the Big East this year.
'Nova (10-12 overall) and the Panthers (14-9) both share 13th place in the conference with a 3-7 record in the BIG EAST. At the moment, only DePaul and Providence are sporting worse conference records. At the dismay of many Nova fans, St. John's is the only other BIG EAST school with a sub-500 record.
Point Guard Ashton Gibbs leads the Panthers with 16.4ppg and 2.8 assists- PITT is on a 3-1 streak since his return to the lineup following an abdominal injury. Nasir Robinson adds 12.4 points in the paint and grabs 6.6 boards.
Tipoff is slated for 2p from Petersen Events Center- a venue where Villanova is 0-4. The game will be carried on ESPN.