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Even after 100 years of basketball, there are still some teams the Wildcats haven’t played.

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! In nearly 100 years of basketball, the Villanova Wildcats have faced off against 268 different opponents. That number could grow this year as Villanova has three potential opponents in the Myrtle Beach Invitational that they’ve never faced: Baylor, Utah, and Coastal Carolina.

If Villanova makes it to the Championship game, there’s a good chance they’d face either Baylor or Utah. But it got me thinking, what other schools Villanova has yet to play? Here are the five power conference schools Villanova hasn’t faced.

Baylor - The Baylor Bears are Villanova’s most likely opponent should they make it to the Championship of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Baylor will likely be ranked to start the season, and would be an excellent addition to this year’s schedule.

Northwestern - A school known more for its academics than its athletics, the Northwestern Wildcats are based out of Chicago. With the Big East having so many other schools in and around the Windy City, maybe Villanova could schedule them the next time they head out to face DePaul.

TCU - The Horned Frogs may never have faced Villanova before, but their coach sure has. Jamie Dixon holds the longest active win streak against Jay Wright, beating him in their last 6 meetings while he was at Pitt and a member of the Big East.

Texas A&M - Another former Big East coach, Buzz Williams, heads the Aggies now. Villanova has been doing some recruiting down in Texas lately, and as they grow their national footprint a home and home with an A&M program that’s on the rise could be beneficial to both schools.

Utah - Another school that could end up on this year’s calendar, Utah is the only PAC-12 school that has yet to play Villanova.

I leave it to you Nova Nation, who would you want to see show up next on Villanova’s schedule?

Poll

Which New Opponent Should Villanova Schedule?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Baylor
    (120 votes)
  • 25%
    Northwestern
    (116 votes)
  • 13%
    TCU
    (62 votes)
  • 27%
    Texas A&M
    (128 votes)
  • 7%
    Utah
    (37 votes)
463 votes total Vote Now

In other “news”, Big East updates, Villanova has another secret scrimmage with UNC, and former Wildcats in the NBA prepare for a new season. Enjoy!

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