Watching the Villanova-St. Joe's game got me excited because I could feel the energy and intensity through my television. The TV people did a great job explaining the uniqueness of the Big 5. Anyone who thinks the rivalries have diminished are off base. The players and coaches could not possibly go at it any harder.
We are obviously excited about playing Villanova Sunday for many reasons. I have often said it to our fans, but to me the Big 5 is a measuring stick and not just locally. If you win in Big 5 games, history shows you have a great chance of being a postseason team.
There is no one key to playing Villanova. You have to handle great ball pressure, you have to fight for the rebounds and loose balls and you have to defend talented players. Sunday night promises to be another hardfought game.