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Viewing Guide: How to watch Villanova Basketball vs. Xavier

Villanova can open up a 2-game lead in the Big East with a win.

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NCAA Basketball: Xavier at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats kick off one of their toughest stretches of the season when they take on the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon. It’s the first of a three-game roadtrip for the ‘Cats.

Villanova destroyed Xavier 79-54 in early January, a game Chris Mack referred to as “the annual Villanova ass-kicking.” Since then, the Musketeers have lost Edmond Sumner for the year but have won four straight games since he injured his knee.

A win will give the ‘Cats a two-game cushion atop the Big East standings, but a loss sends Xavier into a tie at the top. Plenty on the line in a game that KenPom gives ‘Nova just a 59% chance of winning (their lowest probability left in the season).

Game Time, TV Schedule: 2:30pm ET. The game will be televised on FOX.

Live Video Stream: FoxSports GO will have a live stream of the game.

Pregame Meetup & Team Sendoff: Arrive by 12pm for the sendoff at Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter - 10 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, KY. It’s a 15-minute drive to the Cintas Center. Registration is not required and all are welcome!

CLUB GAME WATCHES

  • Baltimore: The Rowhouse Grille, 1400 Light St., Baltimore, MD
  • Charlotte: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (Morehead Room), 911 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC
  • Colorado: Tavern Wash Park, 1066 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (Dallas location): Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, 5319 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 100, Dallas, TX
  • Greater Philadelphia (Center City location): Field House, 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA. Food and drink specials available.
  • Greater Philadelphia (King of Prussia location): Tilted Kilt (2nd floor), 826 W. Dekalb Pk., King of Prussia, PA. RSVP to Jamie Yannacone.
  • Greater Washington DC: Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge, 1827 M St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Hilton Head: Drydock, 840 William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Houston: McIntyre's, 1235 W. 19th St., Houston, TX
  • Lehigh Valley: Chickie's and Pete’s, PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA
  • Los Angeles: The Garage, 3387 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA
  • Michigan/Northern Ohio: Bailey's, 1965 W. Maple Rd., Troy, MI
  • Naples: Boston Beer Garden, 2396 Immokalee Rd., Naples, FL
  • New England: The Harp, 85 Causeway St., Boston, MA
  • North Central Jersey: Sona 13, 13 South St., Morristown, NJ
  • Northern California: The Brick Yard, 1787 Union St., San Francisco, CA
  • Northern New Jersey (Hoboken location): Village Pourhouse, 205 1st St., Hoboken, NJ
  • Northern New Jersey (Ridgewood location): Steel Wheel Tavern, 51 N. Broad St., Ridgewood, NJ
  • NYC (2 locations): Gramercy Ale House - 272 3rd Ave, and Proper West - 54 W. 39th St. Read about our food/drink specials, social media prizes and text alerts.
  • Orange County: Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA
  • South Jersey: Chickie's & Pete's, 6055 E. Blackhorse Pk., Egg Harbor Township, NJ

BEVERAGE OF CHOICE

Hudson Mule

Oddly enough I discovered this drink 30K feet in the air when my seatmate ordered one. I inquired and followed suit, and damn it was good. The book on cocktails I just received for my birthday (along with copper mugs) had this drink in it which jogged my memory so we’re going to bring it back out for Saturday. Measure to your own design but it’s made with vodka, apple juice and ginger beer.