Finals are over, but the Villanova Wildcats have one more major test before conference play begins at the end of the year. A trip to Virginia has been circled on the calendar since the game was announced last spring, and Jay Wright's team will be looking to prove the doubters wrong when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in what looks like the best game in a loaded Saturday of college basketball.
The Cavaliers pack-line defense will likely give (or bait) the Wildcats in to plenty of looks from the outside - now they just need to hit them. Dribble-penetration and good ball movement will still be key however, as forcing Virginia to rotate is the key to getting their defense off-balance.
For Villanova, dealing with Virginia's incredible depth of length and size could prove problematic, but if they're to go deep in March they'll need to learn to deal with opponents of this nature.
Game Time, TV Schedule: 12:00pm ET. The game will be aired on ESPN2.
Odds: Per OddsShark, the line hasn't opened at Villanova +4.5.
Radio: All Villanova Men's Basketball games air live on radio in the Philadelphia market on 610 WIP. Westwood One will also air coverage of the game - check your local listings, or you can use a radio app such as Tune.in.
Live Video Stream: WatchESPN
Mobile App: WatchESPN (not the ESPN scoreboard app).
GAMEDAY EVENTS & GAMEWATCHES
Pregame Meetup and Team Sendoff (arrive by 9:30 for the sendoff): Courtyard by Marriott Charlottesville - University Medical Center (team hotel), 1201 W. Main St., Charlottesville, VA.
- Baltimore: Noon, The Rowhouse Grille (in the upstairs bar area), 1400 Light St., Baltimore, MD
- Boston: Noon, Warehouse, 40 Broad St., Boston, MA
- Charlotte: Noon, Taco Mac, 4626 Piedmont Row Dr., Charlotte, NC
- Chicago: 11 a.m., Derby Bar & Grill, 1224 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL
- Colorado: 10 a.m., Wash Park Tavern, 1066 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO
- Dallas/Fort Worth (Dallas location): 11 a.m., Sherlock's Baker Street Pub, 9100 N. Central Expy., Dallas, TX
- Greater Washington DC Holiday Party & Game Watch: Gather together with fellow Villanovans to spread cheer before Christmas and the New Year! December 19, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Clyde's of Gallery Place (Metro and handicapped accessible). Lunch and two drink tickets will be provided.
- Manhattan: Noon, Gramercy Ale House, 272 3rd Ave., New York, NY. Click here to view food and drink specials.
- Morris/Somerset: Noon, Sona 13, 13 South St., Morristown, NJ
- Palm Beach: Noon, Duffy's Sports Grill of PGA Blvd. and US1, Shoppes of Oakbrook, 11588 U.S. Hwy. 1, North Palm Beach, FL
- San Diego: 9 a.m., Home & Away, 2222 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA
- South Florida: Noon, American Social, 690 SW 1st Ct., Miami, FL.
- Tampa: Noon, Yeoman's Cask & Lion, 202 N. Morgan St., Tampa, FL.