The Villanova Wildcats have enjoyed a good start to the 2020-21 season. The number three ranked team in the country won their first two games against Boston College and Arizona State and were declared the champions of the 2K Empire Classic. In their game against the 18th ranked Sun Devils, Villanova were clicking on offense, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field as a team, and on the boards as they out rebounded their opponents 43 to 27. This combined with 28 points from Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and 16 from guard Justin Moore were enough to earn them a 83-74 victory on Thanksgiving Day.
It was such a great start to the year in the Mohegan Sun Arena that they have decided to play another game there. Due to Temple halting all of the actives within their basketball program for two weeks, their matchup against the Wildcats that was supposed to happen on December 3rd was canceled. So Villanova quickly found a replacement opponent and will now be facing the Virginia Tech Hokies in Montville, Connecticut. This wasn’t the only schedule change for VU as they will be pushing back their game against Saint Joseph’s from Monday to Wednesday.
This was will be the second game of the season for Mike Young and his team. They won their season opener against Radford thanks to 19 points from Keve Aluma and as a team the Hokies shot the ball brilliantly from three. They hit 11 of their 26 attempts from three (42.3 percent) and also forced 15 turnovers in the 77-62 win. Just like Villanova, VT were supposed to be playing Temple in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament but that game has been canceled as well. So instead both teams will be playing each other instead. In fact, as of yesterday, Villanova were added to the Tip-Off Tournament. After this matchup, the Hokies will continue their stay at the tournament playing South Florida tomorrow before being scheduled to face VMI on December 3rd.
Meanwhile, Villanova are set to still have their matchup with Saint Joseph’s next week followed by a game against Texas on December 6th.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game Time: 8PM E.T.
Radio: 95.7 Ben FM (Villanova)
Stream: WatchESPN (where streaming is available)
Spread: Villanova are currently a 9.5 point favorite at most places. You can even find them at -10 at PointBet. (via the Action Network).
O/U: The over/under is set at 137.5 for most places (via the Action Network). But in some places you can find 137 and even 138.
Last Time They Met
It’s been a while since these two programs have faced off against each other, 16 years in fact. All the way back in 2004, the last contest ended with a 80-68 victory for the Wildcats at home (via the Virginia Tech game notes). A lot has changed for both teams with the exception of Jay Wright, who was just in third year coaching Villanova. That year the program went 18-17, finishing with a NIT quarterfinals appearance. But their fortunes would change the following season as Villanova went 24-8 and kicked off a streak of seven straight NCAA tournament appearances
By The Numbers
Villanova is 4th in KenPom’s overall rating with an adjusted offensive efficiency rating of 113.9 (3rd) and an adjusted defensive efficiency rating of 88.3 (15th). Meanwhile, Virginia Tech are 35th overall. They have an adjusted offensive efficiency rating of 107.6 (41st) and an adjusted defensive efficiency rating of 90.0 (33rd).