The Big East regular season championship will be on the line today when Villanova and Xavier meet in Cincinnati. The Top-5 matchup is rightly being billed as one of the games, if not THE game, of the college basketball season.
Villanova will be almost fully healthy (get well soon Phil Booth), but has looked out of sorts for the last week while picking up a couple of disappointing losses. They haven’t lost back-to-back games in about 5 years, so that streak gets a big test.
Xavier has won 9 straight games since getting pummeled in Philadelphia, and has only beaten Villanova once in 10 tries since joining the Big East (and generally hasn’t been competitive). Can they overcome whatever mental block is stopping them, or can ‘Nova join them atop the Big East standings?
Matchup: #3 Villanova Wildcats vs. #4 Xavier Musketeers
Venue: Cintas Center (Cinncinnati, Ohio)
Time: 4:30pm ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports GO
Odds: Villanova -1
Villanova Club Gamewatches
Pregame Meetup and Team Sendoff at D. Burnham Restaurant, Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel, 36 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH
Team Sendoff (approximate): 2 p.m.Pregame Meetup: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Akron: Winking Lizard, 1615 Main Street, Peninsula, OH
Atlanta: Hudson Grille Sandy Springs, 6317 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA
Austin: East Side Tavern, 1510 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX
Boston: The Warehouse, 40 Broad Street, Boston, MA
Charlotte: Dilworth Grille, 911 E Morehead St., Charlotte, NC
Chicago: Derby, 1224 W Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL
Fairfield County: Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, 268 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT
Philadelphia Location: Field House, 1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA
Main Line Location: Gullifty’s, 1149 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA
Hilton Head/Low Country: Drydock, 840 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC
Houston: Gorgeous Gael, 5555 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX
Jersey Shore: Surf BBQ, 132 E River Rd, Rumson, NJ
Lancaster & Central PA: arrive at 4pm, The Home of the Depietro’s, 2010 Wynfield Drive, Lancaster, PA
Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Beer and wine will be provided. Oh, and don’t forget your loud voices to cheer on the Cats!
Prost Grill & Garten, 652 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY
Jon Thomas Inne, 91 Howells Rd, Brightwaters, NY
Los Angeles: The Garage, 3387 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Michigan: Royal Oak Taphouse, 714 S. Washington Street, Royal Oak, MI
Naples: Boston Beer Garden, 2396 Immokaee Rd., Naples, FL
NC Triangle: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, 505 W Jones St., Raleigh, NC
New York City: Brazen Fox, 106 3rd Ave, New York, NY
Northern California: Pete’s Tavern, 128 King St San Francisco, CA
North Central New Jersey: Horseshoe Tavern, 36 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ
Orange County: Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA
Palm Beach: Duffy’s, 11588 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, FL
Phoenix: Kelly’s at Southbridge, 7117 E. 6th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ
San Diego: Home & Away, 2222 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA
Tampa Bay: Gecko’s Grill & Pub, Clark Rd & Honore Ave, 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, FL
Washington DC: Parlay DC Sports Bar & Lounge, 1827 M St. NW Washington, District of Columbia
Washington DC - Suburban: O’Malley’s Pub, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA
Drink That Guarantees The W: Creature Comforts Tropicalia
Barring a change I’ll be out at the Atlanta gamewatch (what a list of gamewatches, big game huh?), so at the mercy of the bar there. I fully plan on making a liquor move at some point as the stress increases at some point.