It’s looking like an eventful week for Villanova sports. Five different teams are looking forward to action this week: Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Tennis, and Men’s and Women’s Track & Field. Here’s what’s coming up:
Big Five Battle:
The women’s team is finishing off Big Five play with a game against the Penn Quakers a little later today at 5:30 p.m. Villanova is currently 2-1 versus Big Five opponents, with the only loss coming from St. Joe’s. Penn is currently sitting atop the Big Five at 3-0, with an overall record of 8-5. Should the Wildcats pull out a victory, they will also have a share of the Big Five title. History is on their side, as Villanova is 22-2 all time in games played at the Palestra. The Wildcats enter today’s game after getting a bounce back win over Xavier. This game will also cap off Villanova’s three game road trip. The Wildcats will resume Big East action at home on Friday night with a game against Seton Hall and then a Sunday matinee with St. John’s.
City Six Showdown:
Keeping up with the Philadelphia theme, the men’s tennis team will be getting their first taste of action since the ITA Regional Championships in mid-October. Villanova will begin the City Six Tournament with a match versus Temple on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. After taking on the Owls, they will play rival St. Joe’s on Saturday morning. The women’s team will have to wait a little longer before they get a chance to shake off the rust. They don’t resume action for another week.
Both the men’s and women’s track teams are heading back to New York for the Metro Team Challenge on Friday at 11 a.m. Overall, both teams performed well in last week’s Gotham Cup, which was also held in New York. They will not have much time to rest those legs after Friday’s competition, as they will head over to New Jersey for the Princeton Invitationals. Like the Metro Team Challenge, the Princeton Invitationals will also begin at 11 a.m. It’s looking like a busy stretch for the Wildcats, but not something that they haven’t done before.
Last but not least is the men’s basketball team, who will return home after a loss to Georgetown. They will take on Creighton this Sunday night at 7 p.m. in hopes to get that evasive win over the Bluejays. The Wildcats were swept by the Bluejays last season, but things have changed since then. Creighton has lost some key players and is currently winless in conference play. Making matters worse for the Bluejays, they are also in the middle of a seven-game losing streak. Villanova hasn’t lost in the Pavilion since 2013, so it’s looking like they will be able to grab their first Big East win over Creighton. Stay tuned for a full game preview coming later this week.