How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center; Philadelphia, PA
TV: FS1 (Joe Davis, Bill Raftery)
Radio: 610 Sports (Villanova), 1620 The Zone (Creighton)
Bets are On
Villanova is favored by - 13, according to Oddsshark.
The last time Big East fans watched Villanova and Creighton, the Wildcats defeated the Blue Jays in the 2017 Big East Tournament. Creighton will be looking to reclaim a part of their (metaphorial) crown tonight, and coach McDermott’s squad has a little historical luck on their side. Villanova may lead the all-time series 16-2, but the last time the two schools played against each other at Wells Fargo Center (February 2014), Creighton decidedly handed an L to the Wildcats, 101-80.
Phil Booth remains out for Villanova, due to his hand injury during the Wildcats’ win against Providence. For fans lamenting his absence, cue up the PowerPoint of #NovaNation Savior Jalen Brunson. Amping his already precision-minded game, Brunson has stepped up to fill ‘Nova’s offensive gap. Matching a career-high 31 points in a tough 85-82 win at Marquette, Brunson continues to prove his indispensability for the Wildcats.
With Booth sidelined, Donte DiVincenzo is projected to officially join the starting lineup. DiVincenzo’s high-energy playing, and the occassional three from the perimeter, is poised to keep ‘Nova’s shooting electric.
For Creighton, Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas will lead the task of keeping the Blue Jays soaring. Both players are averaging above 50% in field goal shooting so far this season, and Foster is averaging a commendable 19.9 points per game. Though Creighton remains undefeated at home, the Blue Jays have faltered 3-4 on the road.