Villanova will play only one on-campus game. And that will be at Jake Nevin Arena, where it hasn't played since 1986. That's what happens when your Pavilion is getting renovated. The Wildcats have enjoyed many big moments in South Philly as well. So the venue thing might not be too big a mitigating factor. It's just different.
They're in the Battle For Atlantis (Bahamas) over the Thanksgiving holiday. In the second round they could get Purdue. They won at Purdue last season, but the Boilermakers will start in the Top 25. And the third matchup might be with Arizona, which will start in the Top 10 if not higher.
They face Gonzaga, which lost in the title game to North Carolina, on Dec. 5 in New York.
They've won 18 straight Big Five games, 17 by at least 10 points. They do go to St. Joseph's and Temple in December.