Despite a mid-week loss at #5 Xavier, Villanova still has control of the Big East entering this weekend. They're in possession of a one-game lead in the standings, and if they can win their final road game of the season they'll feel good about winning their third straight conference championship with just DePaul and Georgetown left to close out the season.
2016 has been a mixed bag for Marquette. They are loaded with talent, but most of it is still young and inexperienced. Injuries have plagued the Golden Eagles as well. Their 18-10 mark isn't terrible, but they're just 7-8 and toiling in the lower half of the Big East. Bu with Henry Ellenson and Luke Fischer manning the frontcourt, they'll be formidable.
Game Time, TV Schedule: 2:00pm ET. The game will be aired on FOX..
Odds: OddsShark has the line opening at Villanova -10
Radio: All Villanova Men's Basketball games air live on radio in the Philadelphia market on 610 WIP. Westwood One will also air coverage of the game - check your local listings, or you can use a radio app such as Tune.in.
Live Video Stream: Fox Sports GO
GAMEDAY EVENTS & GAMEWATCHES
Pregame Reception and Team Sendoff: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST (arrive by 10:30 for the sendoff), Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI. Meet local Villanovans before the game while enjoying light appetizers and a cash bar.
Atlanta: 2 p.m., Hudson Grille Sandy Springs, 6317 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA
Austin: 1 p.m., Gino's East (upstairs private dining area), 214 E. 6th St., Austin, TX
Baltimore: 2 p.m., The Rowhouse Grille, 1500 Light St., Baltimore, MD
Boston: 2 p.m., Warehouse, 40 Broad St., Boston, MA
Charleston: 2 p.m., Mac's Place, 215 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC
Colorado: 11:30 a.m., TBD
Dallas/Fort Worth (Dallas location): 1 p.m., Trinity Hall Irish Pub, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX
Dallas/Fort Worth (Fort Worth location): 1 p.m., Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill, 425 West 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX
Greater Philadelphia: 2 p.m., Kildare's Irish Pub Manayunk, 4417 Main St., Philadelphia, PA. $20 Drink Package and 1/2 Price Appetizers available.
Greater Washington DC (Dupont Circle location): 2 p.m., Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge, 1827 M St. NW, Washington, DC
Greater Washington DC (Columbia Heights location): 2 p.m., Lou's City Bar, 1400 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC
Manhattan: 2 p.m., Gramercy Ale House, 272 3rd Ave., New York, NY. Click here to view food and drink specials.
Monmouth/Ocean: 2 p.m., Rod's Olde Irish Tavern, 507 Washington Blvd., Sea Girt, NJ
Northern New Jersey (Hoboken location): 2 p.m., Mills Tavern, 125 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ
Northern California: South Bay Game Watch at Double D's Sports Grille, 354 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA, 95030. Doors open at 11 a.m. Show-up early so that we can claim the side room with a massive big screen TV.
Northern New Jersey (Ridgewood location): 2 p.m., Park West Tavern, 30 Oak St., Ridgewood, NJ
Orange County: 11 a.m., Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA
South Florida: 2 p.m., American Social Brickell, 690 SW 1st Ct., Miami, FL
Events updated on Villanova.edu
BEVERAGE OF CHOICE
Escape Artist (Asheville Brewing Co.)
I'm trapped in North Carolina (building up the wife-credit so I can follow the 'Cats around in March) but I've heard good things about this brewery from friends. Full disclosure, I've never had this beer but I liked the name. Final road game of the year. Blow them out, win a close one, I don't care. Just get out of the Bradley Center with the W and then clean up the cellar dwellers next week at home!