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The Sun’s Arizin: First Place On The Line For Villanova Basketball

The Wildcats can get back atop the Big East with a win tonight.

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Happy Game Day Nova Nation! With the surprising 32 point blow-out Providence suffered at Marquette last night, Villanova suddenly finds itself with an opportunity to jump into a three way tie for first place. The Creighton Bluejays currently sit alone atop the conference at 2-0 with a win over the Wildcats in Omaha, so this will also be a revenge opportunity for Nova.

There are certainly a number of factors at play in this one, but I’ll be keeping an eye specifically on the three point shooting. As we’ve discussed for a while now, Villanova has been in a bit of a slump behind the arc. They’ve hit 30% or fewer of their threes in each of the last five games, including a season low 17% against Creighton. Meanwhile, Creighton, who averages a ho-hum 33% on the season shot over 39% in their first meeting with the Wildcats. To put that into perspective, had each team shot their season average in that game the scoring gap closes by about 18 points. Considering it was a 20 point loss, I’d certainly say it was a contributing factor.

So is tonight the night that Villanova can finally start connecting from three? With the season average sitting at 35%, we’ll let you be the judge.

Poll

Will Villanova shoot O/U 35% from three tonight against Creighton?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Over 35%
    (227 votes)
  • 46%
    Under 35%
    (194 votes)
421 votes total Vote Now

In other news, Creighton previews, weird NBA contract rules delay Arch becoming a Knick, and the UConnn women are clearly dodging Villanova. Enjoy!

Villanova vs Creighton

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NBA Wildcats

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Villanova Women’s Basketball

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