Weather people are predicting a big snowstorm that will hit Villanova this weekend. There have been rumors of it affecting Saturday’s big men’s basketball game between Providence-Villanova. Regardless of what happens, whether it be campus shuts down again or if the predictions are flat out wrong, here are the things to watch for this week.
The women’s basketball team is riding a four-game winning streak going into this weekend. The Wildcats will have a chance to extend their streak to six, with games against Big 5 rival Penn and Georgetown to finish off a home stand. Villanova has played well at home, boasting a 6-1 record. While Villanova has this big winning streak, Georgetown (9-9) will come limping in to the Pavilion with a four-game losing streak. The Hoyas just haven’t been able to get it going, hovering around the 35% shooting percentage line during this slump. However, the same can’t be said for Penn. The Quakers (11-2) are rolling. Like Villanova and Georgetown, the Quakers have a streak of their own. Penn has won six straight, and hasn’t tasted the bitter feeling of losing since early December 2015.
It’s a Trap!:
The men’s basketball team heads over to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. to take on the Seton Hall Pirates. The Pirates are coming off of an upset victory over the Providence Friars. Last time Seton Hall and Villanova played, the Pirates kept the game respectably close until Villanova was able to break away at the end in front of a Pavilion home crowd. The Wildcats will have to see if they can avoid the upset bug that has already gotten Providence, Xavier, and a number of other top ten teams outside of the Big East. After Seton Hall, Villanova will come back to Philadelphia for its first game at the Wells Fargo Center this season. While a snowstorm will be raging outside, another kind of storm will be rocking the arena as last year’s co-Big East Players of the Year square off against each other – Ryan Arcidiacono for Villanova and Kris Dunn in the other corner for Providence.
Swimming Hens and Cats:
The men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will travel over to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens in a meet. For the women’s team, this is its first taste of action in over a month. They haven’t hit the pool since the Big A.I. Open in early December, a weekend that was led by Darby Goodwin‘s record-breaking performances. Eyes will be on the freshman phenom, as she has been following up every big performance with an even greater one at almost every step of the way. As for the men’s team, they are coming off a home victory in a Senior Day meet against Providence last week.
Villanova’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will return back to the Ocean Breeze Park Track and Field Athletic Complex for the third time this season for the NYC Gotham Cup. They have been there for the past two weekends so far and have been pretty successful overall. Both teams won the Villanova Open and the women’s team finished second overall the following week, while the men’s team came in sixth. The women’s team will try to defend their Gotham Cup title after winning it last year. Meanwhile, the men’s team will try to crack the top five and maybe even go for the trophy.
Philadelphia Plays Tennis:
The men’s and women’s tennis teams will be participating in the City Six Tournament this weekend. The City Six is similar to the Big 5, which includes Villanova, Penn, St. Joe’s, Temple, and La Salle, but also includes Drexel. The men’s team is looking to add more wins to its belt, after securing the season opening win over Delaware on January 17. Meanwhile, as for the women’s team, this is the first glimpse of the regular season for them. The men’s team opens up play against St. Joe’s on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. The women’s team will also take on the Hawks to begin the tournament and the season. Their match will be on Friday night.