How to Watch
When: 2:30 EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center; Philadelphia, PA
Bets are On
Villanova is favored by -9, according to OddsShark.
The Villanova Wildcats meet the Seton Hall Pirates this afternoon to defend their BIG EAST undefeated status. Now 6-0 in conference play (overall 15-4), Villanova has also continued their climb in the national polls, most recently ranked no. 18 in the AP Top 25. The senior duo of Phil Booth and Eric Paschall have made consistent efforts to lead the Wildcats to their multiple BIG EAST victories. Booth remains the strongest shooter for ‘Nova, averaging 18.4 points per game, and is also the Wildcats’ primary three-point shooting machine with 40.9% of 3FGs made. Paschall follows Booth in averaging 16.9 points per game, while additionally working as ‘Nova’s defensive stronghold. In fact, Paschall has been Villanova’s highest rebounder for 11 out of 19 games played.
Seton Hall enters Wells Fargo Center with a streak of their own, but one they would likely prefer to reverse. The Pirates have lost their past three games played against BIG EAST counterparts, bringing down their total conference play record to 3-4 (overall 12-7). The key to the Pirates’ winning revival is junior Myles Powell. Powell, an explosive shooter at his best, tops shooting for Seton Hall with a strong average of 22.2 points per game. While those stats have slightly dipped in conference play (moving down to 20.6), Powell is expected to be the driving force behind Seton Hall’s rally to return to the W column.