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The Wildcats have landed in Los Angeles, and just in time to catch up with some old friends.

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Your Villanova Wildcats flew across the country yesterday and have landed safely in Los Angeles for Friday’s exhibition with USC.

Noticeably absent from the trip is point guard Collin Gillespie, who is recovering from a broken nose. Gillespie will be back on the court in time for the season opener on November 5th, but if he hasn’t fully recovered by then he’ll be wearing a mask. In the meantime, freshman Justin Moore will start at point guard against USC with Saddiq Bey and Chris Arcidiacono serving as backups.

After today’s travel day, the Wildcats will get a practice/walk-through in tomorrow before their first competition against a live opponent this season. But before they get back on the court, the team was able to take some time to relax by visiting the Staples Center to watch former Wildcats Eric Paschall and Omari Spellman who were also in town to face the Lakers.

This is a great trip to help the young team get used to how the team travels and prepares for road games, as well as give the West coast alumni base a chance to see the Wildcats in person. Villanova will tip-off against USC on Friday night at 11 PM ET on the Pac-12 Network.

In other news, Saddiq Bey is named to the Julius Erving Award preseason watch list, Phil Booth is likely headed to the Wizards G-League team, and Villanova Volleyball gets a big win against Seton Hall. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

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NBA Wildcats

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Villanova Football

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Villanova Athletics

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College Basketball

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