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Happy Friday Nova Nation! It’s the extremely rare Friday night game for the Wildcats down at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly tonight, and yours trully will be in attendance. Not as the intuitive sports reporter mind you, but as a rowdy and done with the work week Villanova fan! Can’t wait!

Villanova goes for its 5th straight conference win tonight against the Xavier Musketeers, but that might be easier said than done. Xavier actually has the third best record in what’s been a crazy Big East season so far. The Muskies haven’t been cut much slack despite being the only team not named Villanova or Marquette to post a winning record since conference play began. Still, the Wildcats should be favorites to win this game, especially if other members of the team keep stepping up.

Eric Paschall and Phil Booth are the top scorers for Villanova, accounting for nearly half of the teams points by themselves (46% to be exact). So if Villanova is going to keep their winning streak going someone else needs to start contributing more on offense. It may end up being more than one player (yes please!), but for today let’s keep it simple. I leave it to you Nova Nation, who outside of the senior captains will be in tonight’s Top 3 scorers for the Wildcats?

Poll

Which player not named Booth or Paschall will score the most points tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Saddiq Bey
    (148 votes)
  • 1%
    Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree
    (14 votes)
  • 4%
    Joe Cremo
    (35 votes)
  • 42%
    Collin Gillespie
    (333 votes)
  • 8%
    Jahvon Quinerly
    (65 votes)
  • 22%
    Jermaine Samuels
    (176 votes)
  • 1%
    Cole Swider
    (11 votes)
782 votes total Vote Now

In other “news”, Evan Daniels LOVES Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Nova continues to climb the seeding ladder, and the Duke fans tried a dumb thing that didn’t work so we mock them. Enjoy!

Villanova vs Xavier

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Big East

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Class of 2019

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Rankings and Brackets

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While Virginia moved up to overall No. 1, Duke still remains on the top-seed line in our latest Bracket Watch thanks to a couple of factors.

College Basketball (but mostly Duke?)

UMBC coach and Mike Krzyzewski put kibosh on former UMBC player attending UVA-Duke game | NBC Sports Washington
Duke's Cameron Crazies were trying to get a former UMBC player to attend the Duke vs. Virginia contest. They got shut down by UMBC's head coach and Mike Krzyzewski.

What will Duke look like without Tre Jones? And other questions | ESPN+
With two months until Selection Sunday, we talk about Duke and answer other pressing questions. For example: How many Big Ten teams are actually good?

The Numbers Behind Zion Williamson’s Historic Season | The Ringer
If you're not a fan of Zion, at least read it for the Michael Bradley shout out!

2019 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Zion Williamson remains No. 1, Duke goes 1-2-3 – CollegeBasketballTalk
The only mock draft you need to read. Eric Paschall comes in at #15.