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2018-19 Villanova Basketball schedule released

We’ll wait for the final update, but we know the flow of the season.

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The Big East conference released the full 2018-19 basketball schedule today, meaning that we now know every Villanova Wildcats game on the regular season schedule for the upcoming season. We’re still waiting on game times, locations and television coverage for a majority of the games. Expect those details to come when Villanova formally releases the schedule, likely in the near future.

Editor’s Note: Villanova has since released the full schedule, which is updated below.

Without further ado:

Villanova Basketball 2018-19 Schedule

Date Opponent Time Location TV
Date Opponent Time Location TV
Saturday, October 13 Blue-White Scrimmage 11:00 am Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) TBD
Tuesday, November 6 Morgan State 7:00 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) TBD
Saturday, November 10 Quinnipiac 8:00 pm Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA) FS2
Wednesday, November 14 Michigan 6:30 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS1
Saturday, November 17 Furman 5:00 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS2
Thursday, November 22 Canisius 1:30 pm HP Fieldhouse (Orlando, Fla.) ESPN or ESPN2
Friday, November 23 Memphis/Oklahoma State TBD HP Fieldhouse (Orlando, Fla.) ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3
Sunday, November 25 LSU/Florida State/UAB/Charleston TBD HP Fieldhouse (Orlando, Fla.) ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3
Saturday, December 1 La Salle 3:00 pm The Palestra (Philadelphia, PA) ESPN2
Wednesday, December 5 Temple 8:30 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS1
Saturday, December 8 Saint Joseph's (PA) 2:00 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS1
Tuesday, December 11 Penn 7:00 pm The Palestra (Philadelphia, PA) ESPN2
Saturday, December 15 Kansas 12:00 pm Allen Fieldhouse (Lawrence, Kan.) ESPN
Saturday, December 22 Connecticut 12:30 pm Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.) TBD
Wednesday, January 2 DePaul 8:30 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS1
Saturday, January 5 at Providence 2:00 pm Dunkin' Donuts Center (Providence, RI) FOX/FS1
Tuesday, January 8 St. John's 7:00 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS1
Sunday, January 13 at Creighton 4:30 pm CHI Health Center (Omaha, NE) FOX
Friday, January 18 Xavier 8:30 pm Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA) FS1
Tuesday, January 22 at Butler 7:00 pm Hinkle Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN) FS1
Sunday, January 27 Seton Hall 2:30 pm Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA) FOX
Wednesday, January 30 at DePaul 8:00 pm Wintrust Arena (Chicago, IL) CBSSN
Sunday, February 3 Georgetown 12:00 pm Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA) FS1
Wednesday, February 6 Creighton 8:00 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) CBSSN
Saturday, February 9 at Marquette 2:30 pm Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee, WI) FOX
Wednesday, February 13 Providence 6:30 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS1
Sunday, February 17 at St. John's 5:00 pm Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.) FS1
Wednesday, February 20 at Georgetown 6:30 pm Capital One Arena (Washington DC) FS1
Sunday, February 24 at Xavier 1:30 pm Cintas Center (Cincinatti, OH) CBS
Wednesday, February 27 Marquette 9:00 pm Finneran Pavilion (Villanova, PA) FS1
Saturday, March 2 Butler 2:00 pm Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA) FOX
Saturday, March 9 at Seton Hall TBD Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) TBD

For the first time in a couple of years, Villanova will be finished with the non-conference portion of the schedule before New Years. That includes the first time in school history that the entire Big 5 slate will be played in four consecutive games. But of course, the big news today is the Big East schedule.

For the third consecutive season the Wildcats will kick things off with DePaul. Then the Wildcats will quickly take to the road. Unlike last season, there is no real home-stand for the Cats. They don’t play at home more than twice in a row. The closest they come is the early part of February when they’ll play four of six games at home, and even those four will be split between the Pavilion and Wells Fargo.

Speaking of Nova’s downtown home stadium, the Wildcats will play four Big East games in South Philly this season: Xavier, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Butler. The first three are clustered in late January and early February, while Butler will be the final home game of the season for the Cats on March 2nd.

As far as contenders for the crown go, Marquette seems to be the early favorites to challenge Villanova. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out as the Wildcats and Golden Eagles won’t face off until mid and late February. Jay Wright’s pick to be his best competition was Butler, who the Wildcats will face on the road at the end of January, and then at home to kick off the month of March.

While there are no easy stretches in the Big East, there certainly are some tough ones. For Villanova, that will come in the second half of the conference schedule. First, the Wildcats will play a five game stretch that includes four road games at Marquette, St. John’s, Georgetown, and Xavier. That’s immediately followed by a home games with Marquette and Butler before closing out the season at Seton Hall. One thing’s for certain, the Wildcats will be well tested heading into the post-season this year.