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Tonight’s game is still a go, but who knows after last night’s flurry of events.

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Your Villanova Wildcats are set for their first game of the Big East Tournament tonight against DePaul. At least they are for now. As you’ve probably heard by now, there was a flurry of activity regarding coronavirus last night. The NCAA Tournament and ever major conference have banned fans from attending. The NBA has suspended the season after one of their players tested positive for the virus. And now the college basketball world waits to see if there will be anymore basketball games played this month at all.

As of now, everything’s still on, which means Villanova will try to take down DePaul for a third time this season. The Blue Demons took Nova to overtime the first time they played this season, so it’s by no means a sure thing for the Wildcats to advance. That said, Villanova has won the last 20 games against DePaul (none of which came in the Big East Tournament). So with concerns about coronavirus abound, we’ll keep today’s poll simple. Who will win the game between Villanova and DePaul tonight?

Poll

Who will win tonight’s Big East Tournament game between Villanova and DePaul

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    Villanova Wildcats
    (306 votes)
  • 1%
    DePaul Blue Demons
    (6 votes)
  • 39%
    Coronavirus (No Game)
    (204 votes)
516 votes total Vote Now

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Villanova Men’s Basketball

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Villanova vs DePaul

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Big East Tournament

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Villanova Football

Andy Talley named to College Football Hall of Fame | The Inquirer
The retired Villanova football coach will be inducted in December.

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Villanova University

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Villanova Athletics

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Bracketology

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College Basketball

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