Villanova at Marquette preview
Tuesday at 8 p.m., BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1; WTEL-AM (610). Records: Villanova, 19-1 overall, 7-1 Big East, ranked No. 1 in Associated Press poll. Marquette, 13-6, 4-3.
Tuesday at 8 p.m., BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1; WTEL-AM (610).
Records: Villanova, 19-1 overall, 7-1 Big East, ranked No. 1 in Associated Press poll. Marquette, 13-6, 4-3.
Coaches: Villanova, Jay Wright (16th season, 373-158; overall, 495-243). Marquette, Steve Wojciechowski (3rd season, 46-38, and overall).
Series: Villanova leads, 20-9.
Last meeting: The Wildcats shot 65 percent from the field and defeated the Golden Eagles, 92-81, on Jan. 11 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Points per game: Villanova, 78.6; Marquette, 84.6.
Opponent points per game: Villanova, 62.0; Marquette, 74.1.
Marquette probable starters: G Markus Howard, 5-11, Fr., 12.8 ppg.; G Jajuan Johnson, 6-5, Sr., 13.0 ppg., 4.8 rpg.; G Haanif Cheatham, 6-5, So., 11.3 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 3.2 apg.; G/F Sam Hauser, 6-7, Fr., 9.2 ppg., 4.9 rpg.; C Luke Fischer, 6-11, Sr., 11.7 ppg., 5.8 rpg., 1.4 bpg.
Marquette key reserves: G Katin Reinhardt, 6-6, Gr., 11.1 ppg.; G Andrew Rowsey, 5-10, Jr., 9.4 ppg.; G Duane Wilson, 6-2, Jr., 5.4 ppg.
Villanova probable starters: G Jalen Brunson, 6-2 1/2, So., 13.9 ppg., 4.3 apg; G Josh Hart, 6-5 1/2, Sr., 19.2 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 3.6 apg.; G/F Mikal Bridges, 6-7, R-So., 9.8 ppg., 4.8 rpg.; F Kris Jenkins, 6-6, Sr., 14.3 ppg., 4.2 rpg.; F Darryl Reynolds, 6-9, Sr., 5.6 ppg., 5.6 rpg.
Villanova key reserves: G Donte DiVincenzo, 6-5, R-Fr., 7.6 ppg.; F Eric Paschall, 6-7, So., 7.0 ppg., 3.6 rpg.
About Marquette: The Golden Eagles picked up their first Big East road victory on Saturday by upsetting No. 7 Creighton, 102-94, in Omaha. Reinhardt led seven players in double figures with 21 points and Fischer added 18 plus six blocked shots. . . . Fischer has more offensive rebounds (56) than defensive rebounds (55). . . . Howard, who led Marquette with 21 points in the first meeting against Villanova, leads the conference in three-point percentage (50.6 percent) and free-throw shooting (94.9 percent). . . . As a team, the Golden Eagles lead the Big East making 41.7 percent of their three-point attempts and 79.9 percent of their free throws, and also with 10.2 made threes per game.
About Villanova: The Wildcats need a win Tuesday night to match their best-ever record after 21 games, which was set during the 2009-10 season. . . . They shot 51.7 percent from the field in Saturday's 78-68 win over Providence at the Wells Fargo Center. They held the Friars to 37.5 percent shooting from inside the three-point arc, but the visitors connected on 13 of 26 three-point attempts. The number of threes by an opponent was second this season only to the 14 that Marquette made against the Cats on Jan. 7. . . . Hart continues to lead the Big East in scoring after his 25-point performance Saturday. . . . The two-man 'Nova bench scored just two points on Saturday, and Paschall played just 10 minutes because of foul trouble.