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The Sun’s Arizin: Villanova Basketball’s Home Stand Begins

After spending most of the season on the road, the Wildcats are finally getting a well deserved home stretch.

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! Through sixteen games this season, the Villanova Wildcats have played just five in their home arena. Outside of the 2021 shortened COVID season, it’s been four years since it took the Wildcats until mid-January to play a 6th Home game. That’s more a testament to how good Jay Wright thought this team could be heading into the year, but when you play so many road and neutral games it can be a bit draining.

The good news is that four of Villanova’s next five games come at either the Wells Fargo Center or the Finn. Even the lone road game during that stretch is just a short bus ride down to DC to face the struggling Georgetown Hoyas.

Playing at home, especially in the Finn, is a big deal for Villanova during Big East play. First off, Villanova has lost just a single game to Big East opponents in the Finn since conference realignment. That lone loss came to Butler, and that’s who they’re playing at Wells Fargo. Problem solved! KenPom’s projections reflect that, as he gives Villanova a 60% chance to win all five of their remaining January games, the most difficult being an 86% chance to defeat Marquette at home.

The other reason it’s important for Villanova to rack up wins the rest of this month is that the back half of Nova’s Big East schedule will be challenging. It features two game series with what could be a fully healthy UConn team and the Big East’s second place team in Providence. Throw in always tricky road trips to St. John’s and Marquette, along with a regular season finale at Hinkle Field House, and Villanova needs every win it can get right now.

More good news, that’s very achievable. Villanova shoots 13% better at home this season than they have on the road. Ready for a crazy coincidence? On the season when comparing their home games to road/away games, the Wildcats are 13% better in FG%, 3FG%, and FT%.

Closing out the month of January would be the first time Villanova has gone undefeated in Big East play for an entire month (and played at least six games) since January of 2019. So I leave it to you Nova Nation, how will the Wildcats close out January and this five game home stand?

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How Will Villanova Finish Out The Month Of January?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    There’s no place like home: 5-0
    (289 votes)
  • 40%
    The Big East is always tough: 4-1
    (207 votes)
  • 1%
    Maybe stay off the message boards: 3-2
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    The sky is falling: Any losing record
    (3 votes)
506 votes total Vote Now

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