Happy Game Day Nova Nation! The Wildcats are on the road in Indianapolis today as they prepare to take on the Butler Bulldogs. Those mangy mutts have been a thorn in Villanova’s side the past two seasons, holding the Cat’s to a 2-3 record. They’ve been especially difficult to beat at Hinkle Fieldhouse, where Villanova is 0-2 the last two years.
But all of that could change tonight, and the trends are on the Wildcats side. Since conference realignment, Villanova has not lost three consecutive road games to any team. In fact, even in the old Big East, Jay Wright rarely had long term difficulty on the road. He’s only lost three or more consecutive road games to a single Big East opponent four times in 18 years. Those three would be UConn (2002-05), West Virginia (2004-09), Georgetown (2008-12), and Pitt (Wright’s 0-7 at Pitt from 2002-13).
For Butler to be added to that list, they’d have to beat the team with the best record in the conference. Nova’s on a six game winning streak, with half of those wins coming away from the Main Line. To their credit, Butler’s also looked good lately. They’ve benefited from the addition of Duke transfer Jordan Tucker and the exceptional play of Kamar Baldwin. It should make for a wild time in the mid-west, and I’m calling for a Villanova Victory!
In other “news”, Villanova’s Class of 2019 put on a show this weekend, Jahvon Quinerly should have a strong second half of the season, and the NET is better than the RPI. Enjoy!
Villanova at Butler
Butler basketball aiming for another upset of Villanova | Indy Star
Butler (12-7, 3-3) will need points from everywhere in Tuesday’s game against Villanova (14-4, 5-0) at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Villanova visits historic Hinkle Fieldhouse looking for first win over Butler in three years | The Inquirer
The 18th-ranked Wildcats have lost to the Bulldogs at Hinkle in each of the past two seasons, when both times they were undefeated and ranked No. 1. They visit this time with an unblemished Big East record.
Big East Basketball Schedule: Week 12 - Anonymous Eagle
All the schedule info for the week, plus a look at the highlights of what’s on tap!
Jahvon Quinerly has improved after rough start at Villanova, says he never thought of transferring | The Inquirer
The highly touted freshman created a stir last month when he posted on Instagram about his lack of playing time. His hard work since then has paid off.
Philly Women’s College Basketball Week in Review and Awards – Philly College Sports
Villanova Wins the Big Five Championship, Greenberg Basket at the Buzzer Wins It for Drexel, Monaghan Lifts Saint Joseph’s, Parker Sets a Career-High in Rebounds for Penn
Class of 2019
Villanova basketball commit Jeremiah Robinson-Earl broke from Kansas family ties in Wildcats decision | masslive.com
"After I went to the [Villanova] campus I just knew it was gonna be really tough to see if any school could beat that...'
Hoophall Classic Sunday: Bossi and Evans' Rival Views | GoAZCats.com
IMG and their loaded roster outlasted mighty Oak Hill on Sunday night to put an exclamation point on the day's action at the Hoophall Classic. After digesting the day's action, analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have Rival Views about which player they would take, the most interesting recruitment and more.
Florida commit Scottie Lewis, Villanova commit Bryan Antoine are enjoying final high-school season together | masslive.com
Florida commit Scottie Lewis, Villanova's Bryan Antoine are enjoying final high-school season together
No. 1 Ranney finds way to Massachusetts to beat Washington state power | NJ.com
Just after being re-instated as the No. 1 team in the NJ.com Top 20, Ranney traveled through bad weather and wound up beating Federal Way, Wash., 73-63, as Scottie Lewis (26) and Bryan Antoine (23) combined for 49 points Monday at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
Hoophall Classic 2019: Ranney travel odyssey ends in USA TODAY Top 15 win over Federal Way | USA Today Network
In a matchup of nationally ranked teams, Ranney downed Federal Way (Wash.) on Monday afternoon at the Hoophall Classic
The NET Rankings Look Like a Vast Improvement over RPI, as Evidenced by Kansas Not Being #1 | The Big Lead
Back in November, when the NCAA first released the NET rankings in its inaugural run, there were some unusual results. We wrote about it, as did plenty of others.