Villanova Wildcats at Seton Hall Pirates

Villanova Wildcats Preview

The Villanova Wildcats will try to stay in contention for at least a share of the Big East regular-season championship when they visit Seton Hall on Wednesday. The Wildcats (22-7, 11-5 Big East) are in a second-place tie with Creighton (22-7, 11-5) while No. 8 Seton Hall (21-7, 13-3) has clinched at least a share of the league title.

The Wildcats’ five-game winning streak was snapped with a 58-54 home loss to Providence on Saturday. Villanova, 16-2 this season when outrebounding its opponent, was outrebounded by Seton Hall 43-32 in the first meeting, a 70-64 loss to the Pirates in Philadelphia on Feb. 8. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a 6-foot-9 freshman, ranks fourth in the Big East in rebounding at 9.4 per game.

Seton Hall Pirates Preview

The Seton Hall Pirates will attempt to clinch their first outright Big East title since 1992-93 with a victory Wednesday against Villanova. The contest will be the final home game for four seniors, including All-America candidate Myles Powell.

The star guard is averaging 21.5 points per game, which ranks second in the conference. He has 2,223 career points, placing him third on Seton Hall’s career list behind Terry Dehere (2,494 points from 1989-93) and Nick Werkman (2,273 from 1961-64). Quincy McKnight, another senior guard, is a candidate for Big East Defensive Player of the Year with a team-high 44 steals. Senior forward Romaro Gill leads the Big East and ranks third in the nation with an average of 3.4 blocks per game.