Connecticut @ Villanova
Current Records: Connecticut 15-5; Villanova 16-6
What to Know
The #12 Villanova Wildcats are 4-0 against the #17 Connecticut Huskies since January of 2018, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success on Saturday. The Wildcats and UConn will face off in a Big East battle at noon ET at Wells Fargo Center. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they’ll have plenty of motivation to get the ‘W.’
Villanova came up short against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Wednesday, falling 83-73. Despite the defeat, Villanova got a solid performance out of forward Brandon Slater, who had 18 points.
UConn lost a heartbreaker to the Creighton Bluejays when they met last March, and they left with a heavy heart again on Tuesday. UConn fell just short of Creighton by a score of 59-55. This was hardly the result the Huskies or its fans were betting on, as they were favored by 10.5 points over the Bluejays heading into this contest. Forward Isaiah Whaley put forth a good effort for the losing side as he had 20 points in addition to six rebounds and four blocks. Whaley hadn’t helped his team much against the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday, so this was a nice turnaround for him. Whaley’s points were the most he has had all season.
The Wildcats are now 16-6 while UConn sits at 15-5. Two defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Villanova enters the matchup with only 61.1 points allowed per game on average, good for 21st best in college basketball. As for UConn, they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 38.50%, which places them 14th in college basketball.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- TV: FOX
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
Villanova have won all of the games they’ve played against Connecticut in the last eight years.
- Feb 20, 2021 – Villanova 68 vs. Connecticut 60
- Jan 18, 2020 – Villanova 61 vs. Connecticut 55
- Dec 22, 2018 – Villanova 81 vs. Connecticut 58
- Jan 20, 2018 – Villanova 81 vs. Connecticut 61