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2017-2018 Villanova basketball schedule

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2017-2018 Villanova basketball schedule

Villanova’s full 2017-18 schedule is out and the Wildcats will be making themselves at home in South Philadelphia in the upcoming season.

With the Pavilion undergoing a $60 million renovation project, Villanova will play the bulk of its home games at the Wells Fargo Center in '17-18. Instead of the usual few games 'Nova normally plays at the home of the Sixers and Flyers, the Wildcats will play 12 games at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Big East slate features challenging road games at Xavier, Butler and Georgetown. Jay Wright’s squad will compete in the Battle for Atlantis in the Bahamas, play a non-conference game against 2016-17 runner-up Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic as well as a neutral-site game at Nassau Coliseum against Hofstra.

Wright spent seven seasons as the head coach at Hofstra from 1994-2001 where he amassed 122 wins.

Villanova, which finished 32-4 (15-3 Big East) last season, will be led by 6-foot-2 junior guard Jalen Brunson, who averaged 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game in his second year with the Wildcats.

Here's a look at Villanova’s full schedule:

Nov. 10: Columbia (WC)
Nov. 14: Nicholls State (WC)
Nov. 17: Lafayette (PPL)
Nov. 22: Western Kentucky *
Nov. 23: Tennessee or Purdue *
Nov. 24: Battle for Atlantis *
Nov. 29: Penn (JN)
Dec. 2: at Saint Joseph’s
Dec. 5: Gonzaga (MSG)
Dec. 10: La Salle (WC)
Dec. 13: at Temple
Dec. 22: Hofstra (NC)
Dec. 27: at DePaul
Dec. 30: at Butler
Jan. 6: Marquette (WC)
Jan. 10: Xavier (WC)
Jan. 13: at St. John’s 
Jan. 17: at Georgetown
Jan. 20: at Connecticut
Jan. 23: Providence (WC)
Jan. 28: at Marquette
Feb. 1: Creighton (WC)
Feb. 4: Seton Hall (WC)
Feb. 7: St. John’s (WC)
Feb. 10: Butler (WC)
Feb. 14: at Providence
Feb. 17: at Xavier
Feb. 21: DePaul (WC)
Feb. 24:  at Creighton
Feb. 28: at Seton Hall
March 3: Georgetown (WC)
March 7-10: Big East Tournament

WC — Wells Fargo Center
PPL — PPL Center, Allentown Pa.
JN — Jake Nevin Field House, Villanova, Pa. 
MSG — Madison Square Garden  
NC — Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
*Battle 4 Atlantis, Bahamas

Villanova picked to win Big East in preseason coaches' poll

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Villanova picked to win Big East in preseason coaches' poll

For the fourth year in a row, Villanova was picked to win the Big East in the league's preseason coaches' poll.

The Wildcats received eight of the 10 possible first-place votes in the poll, which was released on Wednesday and doesn't allow coaches to vote for their own teams. Seton Hall and Xavier received the other two first-place votes.

Villanova finished the 2016-2017 season with a 15-3 record in the Big East, good for first place in the conference, and capped it off with the Big East tournament crown.

The Wildcats finished last season with a 32-4 record overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The team returns two starters from last season, including forward Mikal Bridges, who was picked for the All-Big East second team, and point guard Jalen Brunson, who was selected as the 2017-2018 Big East Preseason Player of the Year. Brunson's averages of 14.7 points and 4.1 assists led him to an All-Big East first team selection in 2016-2017.

Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game on his way to making the Big East all-freshman team, is another returning player that will play a big factor for 'Nova. The Wildcats also add freshman forward Omari Spellman to the mix after he redshirted last season. Spellman was picked in the coaches' poll as the preseason Freshman of the Year.

Jay Wright's squad tips off the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 against Columbia.

James Madison shows why it's No. 1 in FCS with win over No. 11 Villanova

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James Madison shows why it's No. 1 in FCS with win over No. 11 Villanova


HARRISONBURG, Va. — Bryan Schor threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, and defending FCS champion James Madison beat Villanova 30-8 on Saturday to set a conference record with 18 straight victories.

The Dukes broke Richmond's Colonial Athletic Association mark, set from 2008-09. James Madison hasn't lost to another FCS member since the second round of the 2015 playoffs against Colgate.

James Madison built a 13-0 lead at halftime after holding Villanova to just 58 yards with three sacks and an interception. The Wildcats pulled to 16-8 early in the fourth but Schor connected with David Eldridge for a 29-yard score. Brandon Hereford capped it with his first career pick and touchdown with 1:57 left.

Terrence Alls made seven catches for 83 yards for James Madison (6-0, 3-0), which hosted ESPN's College Gameday for the second time.

The popular pre-game program aired for the eighth time from a FCS location. It helped draw the second-largest crowd in school history with 25,993.

Jimmy Moreland made an interception on Villanova's third play of the game and James Madison got to the Wildcats' 5 before settling for a 3-0 lead. Clayton Cheatham extended it 13-0 by catching an open pass over the middle and breaking tackles near the end zone for a 23-yard score.

Schor went over 5,000 career passing yards in the first half.

Freshman Kyle McCloskey started the second half at quarterback for Villanova (4-3, 2-2). He threw for 15 yards and added 43 yards on the ground. The Wildcats, who entered allowing just 13.2 points per game, were held to 174 total yards.

College Gameday
The ESPN crew was also live from James Madison in 2015 in front of more than 12,000 fans. The game against Richmond drew a Bridgeforth Stadium-record crowd of 26,069.

Up Next
Villanova has a bye week before hosting Elon on Oct. 28.

James Madison plays at William & Mary next Saturday.