How to Watch
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Radio: 610 Sports (WTEL-AM)
Stream: Fox Sports GO
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Villanova is favored by -31.5, according to OddsShark.
This is the first meeting between the Villanova Wildcats and the Nicholls Colonels.
For their second nonconference match-up, expect Villanova to continue their pass-heavy play, as performed in the Wildcats' season debut against Columbia. Shining for Wildcats in his first official game, freshman Omari Spellman nabbed a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) and was named Big East Freshman of the Week. Utilizing his 6'9 frame from every vantage point on the court, Spellman's introductory offensive spark is poised to keep flickering.
Fellow freshmen Collin Gillespie, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, and Jermaine Samuels should all anticipate further playing time at Wells Fargo Center; based on the early minutes of 'Nova's first game, it's clear coach Jay Wright is looking to provide his newest Wildcats with ample gametime experience early in the schedule. Junior Jalen Brunson will likely lead 'Nova's offensive efforts, and continue racking up assists with fellow team leader Phil Booth.
In a high-scoring victory against Texas-Rio Grand Valley (111-106), Nicholls State will be aiming to repeat their massive shooting success. With four players scoring above 18 points in their season opener, lead by senior Rutledge Lafayette dropping 23 points, the Colonels will attempt to lean on their big-ticket offense to stay competitive against Villanova. If the Colonels' first game is any indication of their three-point proclivity, the Wildcats should prepare for a perimeter-centered game.