High-profile non-conference games against Ohio State, Kansas and Connecticut and an appearance in the Myrtle Beach Invitational are among the highlights of Villanova’s 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule that was announced Thursday.
The Wildcats, who finished with a 26-10 record last season and earned their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, open their season -- the 19th for Jay Wright as head coach -- on Nov. 5 against Army at Finneran Pavilion.
Villanova will travel to Ohio State for a matchup in the Gavitt Games on Nov. 13. Kansas will visit the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Wildcats on Dec. 21, and UConn comes to the same venue for a Jan. 18 contest.
The Wildcats begin competition in the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Nov. 21 against Middle Tennessee and play two more games after that. Mississippi State, Utah and Baylor are among those in the tournament field.
The schedule also includes a Big Five week during which the Wildcats will play home games against La Salle on Dec. 1 and Penn on Dec. 4 before heading to Hawk Hill for a Dec. 7 matchup with St. Joseph’s. They will meet Delaware on Dec. 14 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., in the Never Forget Classic.
The Cats begin Big East Conference play on Dec. 30 against Xavier at Finneran Pavilion, followed by a road trip to Marquette on Jan. 4. Georgetown comes to the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 11, beginning a stretch of four straight home games. In all, Nova will host eight games at Finneran Pavilion and seven at Wells Fargo Center.
Villanova plays five of its last seven games on the road, including its Big 5 finale against Temple on Feb. 16. The Cats close their regular season at Seton Hall and at Georgetown.
Thursday, Oct. 10 BLUE/WHITE SCRIMMAGE 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 at USC (exhibition) 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 ARMY (FP) 8:30 p.m./FS1
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Ohio State (GG) 7 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Nov. 16 OHIO UNIVERSITY (WCF) Noon/FS2
Thursday, Nov. 21 Middle Tennessee State ^ 11:30 a.m./ESPN2 or ESPN
Friday, Nov. 22 Mississippi St./Tulane ^ Noon/2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24 Myrtle Beach Invitational ^ TBD/ESPN Networks
Sunday, Dec. 1 LA SALLE (FP) B5 6:30 p.m./FS1
Wednesday, Dec. 4 PENN (FP) B5 6:30 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Dec. 7 at Saint Joseph’s B5 3 p.m./ESPN2
Saturday, Dec. 14 vs. Delaware (NFT) 2 p.m./TBA
Saturday, Dec. 21 KANSAS (WFC) Noon/Fox
Monday, Dec. 30 XAVIER* (FP) 6:30 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Jan. 4 at Marquette* 2 p.m./Fox or FS1
Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Creighton* 9 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Jan. 11 GEORGETOWN* (WFC) Noon/FS1
Tuesday, Jan. 14 DEPAUL* (FP) 8:30 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Jan. 18 CONNECTICUT (WFC) Noon/FS1
Tuesday, Jan. 21 BUTLER* (FP) 7 p.m./CBS SN
Saturday, Jan. 25 at Providence* 1 p.m./CBS
Tuesday, Jan. 28 at St. John’s* 6:30 or 7 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Feb. 1 CREIGHTON * (WFC) Noon/FS1
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Butler* 6:30 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Feb. 8 SETON HALL* (WFC) 2:30 p.m./Fox
Wednesday, Feb. 12 MARQUETTE* (FP) 8:30 p.m./FS1
Sunday, Feb. 16 at Temple TBA
Wednesday, Feb. 19 at DePaul* 9 p.m./CBS SN
Saturday, Feb. 22 at Xavier* 2:30 p.m./Fox
Wednesday, Feb. 26 ST. JOHN’S* (FP) 6:30 p.m./FS1
Saturday, Feb. 29 PROVIDENCE* (WFC) Noon/Fox
Wednesday, Mar. 4 at Seton Hall* 8:30 p.m./FS1
Saturday, March 7 at Georgetown* Noon/Fox
Mar. 11-14 BIG EAST Tournament TBA
FP - Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
WFC – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
* Denotes BIG EAST Conference game
B5 – Philadelphia Big Five game
GG – Gavitt Games, Columbus, Ohio
^ - Myrtle Beach Invitational, Myrtle Beach, S.C.