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How to watch Villanova vs. DePaul

The quest for 5 straight Big East championships begins at DePaul.

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After a *perfect non-conference schedule, Villanova begins the gauntlet of Big East play with a road trip. Things start off with a trip to brand spankin’ new Wintrust Arena to see DePaul. So, nothing too scary.

But DePaul has been...not a total tire-fire? The Blue Demons have won the games you’d expect them to win and lost the games you’d expect them to lose. That’s a step in the right direction, even without the services of Billy Garrett Jr.

Instead, they’ll rely on Eli Cain and Max Strus to pave the way, and Dave Leitao has relatively solid depth at his disposal for the first time since his first go-round.

At the end of the day, hoever, Villanova will rightfully be considered heavy favorites and shouldn’t have too much trouble if they can avoid playing down to the competition.

*Fine, but we’re going to wax UConn next month.

Matchup: #1 Villanova Wildcats vs. DePaul Blue Demons

Venue: Wintrust Arena (Chicago, Ill.)

Game Time: 7:30pm ET

TV: CBS Sports Network

Live Stream: Watch CBS Sports Network (cable subscription required)

Radio: 610 AM (Villanova)

Game Watches

Pregame Meetup: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Team Sendoff (approximate): 4 p.m. (CST)

Pregame Meetup: 4:30-6 p.m.

Central New Jersey: Brick House Tavern + Tap, 3569 US Highway, Princeton, NJ

Hilton Head/Low Country: Drydock, 840 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC

New York City: Brazen Fox, 106 3rd Ave, New York, NY

Northern California: Pete's Tavern, 128 King St San Francisco, CA

Drink That Guarantees The W: Goose Island Bourbon County

I’m lucky enough to have received a bottle of this as a gift for Christmas. Part of me doesn’t want to waste it on friggan DePaul, but then again what’s the point of being King (Villanova) if you aren’t going to rub the peasant’s (DePaul) nose in it?