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Villanova vs. Marquette: 3-Point Preview

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Three things to look for when the Wildcats take on the Golden Eagles.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Will Marquette get back on track?

Coming into this season, it was evident that it would be a rebuilding process for the Marquette Golden Eagles, and it's been just that bad so far. Marquette has only two conference wins so far, and is currently on a five game losing streak. The thing is though, none of these games has been exactly a blowout. The largest loss has been by 10 points, and none of the other defeats have been more by four points, including two in overtime. It seems, at this point, that Coach Woj and Co. are due for a win, and the season would take a major upturn if they are able to pull off the upset against a top-10 team in the nation.

Dylan Ennis looks to get back on track

As has been noted many times this season, the 'Cats have not relied on one single guy this season for offense, and it's really been a team effort all the way around. One of the guys who really was key early in the season was junior Dylan Ennis, and it seemed as if he would make major strides on offense this season. In the past two weeks or so, he's been nearly non-existent in the scoring department, and has failed to produce double-digit points in the past three games, including a goose egg on only one shot against DePaul. Eventually, Nova will need him to step up and produce later this season, and these poor performances on offense won't be acceptable come March.

How do the 'Cats prevent themselves from overlooking the Golden Eagles?

On paper this game looks like one which should be an easy victory for the Wildcats. Pair this assumption with an upcoming matchup against a Georgetown Hoya team which embarrassed Nova in January, and it's easy to see why the team may not be as focused as usual. Thus, it'll be interesting to see if Jay Wright and his guys have any sort of trouble in a semi-trap game, or if they are able to cruise through towards the Georgetown game on Saturday.