By Joe Juliano

STAFF WRITER

American (3-7) at No. 1 Villanova (11-0).

When: Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the Pavilion.

TV/Radio: FoxSports 1; WTEL-AM (610).

Coaches: American, Mike Brennan (4th season, 52-58; same record overall); Villanova, Jay Wright (16th season, 365-157; overall, 487-242).

Series: Villanova leads, 10-0.

Last meeting: The Wildcats defeated the Eagles, 73-52, on Dec. 22, 2011, at the Pavilion.

Points per game: American, 61.7 ppg; Villanova, 80.0 ppg.

Opponents points per game: American, 67.2; Villanova, 62.4 ppg.

AMERICAN

Nov. 11 at Maryland, 56-62

Nov. 14 at Texas A&M, 53-76

Nov. 17 at Akron, 62-72

Nov. 22 Wagner, 65-73

Nov. 26 St. Francis (Pa.), 62-69

Nov. 29 Western Illinois, 57-50

Dec. 3 at Howard, 54-71

Dec. 6 New Hampshire, 70-80

Dec. 10 Youngstown State, 77-62

Dec. 19 Maryland-Eastern Shore, 61-58

VILLANOVA

Nov. 11 Lafayette, 88-48

Nov. 14 at Purdue, 79-76

Nov. 17 Western Michigan, 76-65*

Nov. 18 Wake Forest, 96-77*

Nov. 20 Central Florida, 67-57*

Nov. 23 Coll of Charleston, 63-47

Nov. 29 at Penn, 82-57

Dec. 3 St. Joseph's, 88-57

Dec. 6 La Salle (Palestra), 89-79

Dec. 10 Notre Dame (Newark, N.J.), 74-66

Dec. 13 Temple 79-57

*Charleston Classic at Charleston, S.C.

American probable starters

G Sa'eed Nelson, 6-1, Fr., 16.8 ppg., 3.0 spg.

G James Washington, 6-1, So., 7.3 ppg.

G/F Delante Jones, 6-5, So., 12.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg.

F Leon Tolksdorf, 6-8, Sr., 4.0 ppg., 4.5 rpg.

F Mark Gasparini,6-10, Fr., 12.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.

Key reserves

G/F Charlie Jones, 6-4, Sr., 3.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg.

F Matt Cimino, 6-10, Jr., 2.3 ppg.

Villanova probable starters

G Jalen Brunson, 6-2 ½, So., 12.7 ppg., 3.6 apg.

G Josh Hart, 6-5 ½, Sr., 20.1 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 3.7 apg.

G/F Mikal Bridges, 6-7, So., 10.3 ppg., 5.2 rpg.

F Kris Jenkins, 6-6, Sr., 13.4 ppg., 4.2 rpg.

C Darryl Reynolds, 6-9, Sr., 6.3 ppg., 5.7 rpg.

Key reserves

G Donte DiVincenzo, 6-5, Fr., 7.2 ppg., 3.5 rpg.

F Eric Paschall, 6-7, Soph., 7.8 ppg., 4.0 rpg.

About American: Brennan, who played his college ball for Pete Carril at Princeton, was an AU assistant coach in 2009 when the 14th-seeded Eagles threw a scare into No. 3 Villanova in an NCAA first-round game at what is now the Wells Fargo Center before the Wildcats pulled out an 80-67 victory on their way to the Final Four. … Nelson, who averages 37.5 minutes and shoots 48 percent from the field, is a graduate of St. Augustine Prep in South Jersey. … Jones was the Patriot League rookie of the year last season. … The Eagles struggle from beyond the three-point line, where they are shooting 27.9 percent and average 5.3 treys per game.

About Villanova: This will be the Wildcats' final game before they open up Big East play next Wednesday at home against DePaul. … They will have one more regular-season non-conference game, a nationally televised contest against Virginia on Jan. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center. … Guard Phil Booth is expected to miss his ninth straight game with left knee swelling. … Hart, who is averaging 31.5 points in his last two games, is shooting 56.6 percent from the floor, 45.3 percent from three-point territory and 79.6 percent on free throws. … Jenkins has knocked down a team-high 31 three-point baskets and has hit 43.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.