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Happy Monday Nova Nation! The Wildcats had another great win over Georgetown this weekend, spearheaded by Saddiq Bey’s record tying 8 three’s and 33 points. He now joins Allan Ray, Darrun Hilliard, and Kris Jenkins as the only Villanova players to hit 8 threes in a game, and of the four he had the best 3FG% at 80% on 8-10 shooting. But there’s barely any time to celebrate accolades and awards this season because the Wildcats are back in action again tomorrow against the DePaul Blue Demons.

And whenever Villanova plays DePaul, we have to bring up the streak. Villanova has won 18 consecutive games against DePaul, their longest active win streak against any Power Conference team. The Wildcats last lost to the Blue Demons in Chicago on January 3, 2008. That’s right, Villanova has been beating DePaul for over a decade now.

Of course there are other notable aspects of this streak, like DePaul is the only Big East team yet to beat Villanova since the Big East realignment. But there’s finally some hope for the Blue Demons this season, as they come into the Finn on Tuesday with possibly the best team they’ve had since the streak began.

Statistically, this DePaul team is no slouch. Don’t be fooled by their 0-3 start to Big East play, this team can beat anyone on any night. They currently rank 67th in KenPom, the highest they’ve ranked in those metrics since Villanova’s streak began in 2008 and just the second time they’ve ranked in the Top 100 (99th in 2018). This DePaul team relies on a plus defense that’s exceptional at creating turnovers and protecting the rim, forcing teams to beat them from the perimeter. That’s fine when Saddiq Bey shoots 80% from deep, but let’s not count on that kind of production just yet.

We’ll have more on this game as we lead up to another late tipoff tomorrow (8:30PM at home!? yikes), so stay tuned for a full preview on Depaul at Villanova.

In other news, Villanova takes down Georgetown, the best three made in Big 5 play wasn’t from Saddiq Bey, and a bunch of updates from around the rest of Villanova Athletics. Enjoy!

Villanova defeats Georgetown

Villanova men's basketball: Wildcats beat Georgetown Hoyas 80-66 | Delaware Online
Villanova's work-in-progress made good steps in their Big East win.

Georgetown vs. VIllanova: Saddiq Bey shoots down Hoyas | The Washington Post
The sophomore guard hits eight-three pointers and scores 33 points to carry the 16th-ranked Wildcats past Georgetown.

Bey scores 33, leads No. 16 Villanova past Georgetown 80-66 | USA Today
Saddiq Bey hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points to lead No. 16 Villanova to an 80-66 win over Georgetown on Saturday

No. 16 Villanova 80, Georgetown 66: Stats, highlights and reaction from the Wildcats’ victory | The Inquirer
The Wildcats broke a three-point shooting slump, making 15 of their 29 attempts in the victory. Saddiq Bey scored 33 points.

Villanova defense gets up to speed to take down Georgetown |
PHILADELPHIA – Villanova was in a dogfight as the second half began Saturday.

Another challenge for Jay Wright and Villanova | Burlington County Times
With no seniors or fourth-year juniors in the regular rotation, the young Wildcats are relying on Archbishop Wood grad Collin Gillespie and Saddiq Bey as their primary scorers

Villanova defense gets up to speed to take down Georgetown |
PHILADELPHIA – Villanova was in a dogfight as the second half began Saturday.

Villanova vs Georgetown Post-Game Press Conference (Jan 11, 2020) | YouTube
Villanova's Jay Wright, Collin Gillespie, and Saddiq Bey address the press following their win over Georgetown.

Bey's 33 Points Help Lift Wildcats Past Georgetown 80-66 | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova pulled away from Georgetown in the second half Saturday.

Big East

Butler's bulldog handler gets kidney transplant from brother, inspires other donations | ESPN
Michael Kaltenmark, the handler of Butler's past two bulldog mascots, received a kidney transplant from his brother this week. A social media post from Kaltenmark when he was looking for a donor has led others to give.

Big 5

WATCH: Saint Joseph's player makes one-handed 3-pointer to send game vs. Davidson to overtime |
Ryan Daly may have had a bit of luck on his side to make this shot

NBA Wildcats

Warriors big man Omari Spellman has newfound belief, is 'playing free' | NBCS Bay Area
Omari Spellman has come a long way from the days where he was overweight and depressed in Atlanta.

Villanova Women’s Basketball

Cold Shooting Villanova Falls to Butler | Philly College Sports
The Wildcats were off the mark in their game and fell 58 – 41 to the Bulldogs on Education Day, breaking their two-game winning streak.

Women’s City Six: Drexel’s free-throw shooting key in win over Northeastern | The Inquirer
Villanova took a tough loss to Butler in Big East conference play.

VILLANOVA, PA. -- The Villanova Wildcats shot 50.0 percent from the field to earn a 66-54 home win over the visiting Xavier Musketeers. With the victory, Villanova

Villanova Athletics

Eight Top Finishes Propel Villanova Past Providence | Villanova University Athletics
VILLANOVA, Pa - Less than 24 hours after the first meet of 2020, Villanova's men's swimming and diving team was back in action. The Wildcats hosted Providence on

Livingston Has Successful Debut as Wildcats Open Indoor Season | Villanova University Athletics
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—Freshman hurdler Jane Livingston (Lancaster, Pa.) made her collegiate debut as Villanova opened the 2020 indoor track & field season at the Great

Cunningham Second in Triple Jump as Wildcats Open Indoor Season in New York | Villanova University Athletics
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—Villanova opened the 2020 indoor track & field season with three athletes in competition at the Great Dane Classic on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore

Men's Lacrosse Season Tickets on Sale Now | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova, Pa.-Season tickets for the 2020 Villanova men's lacrosse season are now on sale. This spring the Wildcats will play eight games inside Villanova Stadium

College Basketball

College Basketball Bracketology 2020: Looking back at non-conference play |
Why does it look like the Big Ten is set to dominate the 2020 NCAA tournament? What’s causing the ACC to struggle nationally? It turns out the answer lies in how the two conferences performed in November and December.

Baylor vs. Duke vs. Gonzaga: Making a case for each team as the true No. 1 in the country |
The Bears, Blue Devils and Bulldogs all showed out loud and proud this weekend

North Carolina vs. Clemson score: Tigers win at UNC for first time in 60 game series dating back to 1926 |
The Tigers made history by beating the Tar Heels on Saturday

New Mexico's Carlton Bragg Jr. arrested on DWI, pot possession charges | ESPN
Carlton Bragg Jr.'s arrest Sunday comes nine days after he was reinstated by New Mexico following a three-game suspension while university officials investigated sexual misconduct allegations against him by another student.