Villanova returned from the Bahamas as champions of the Battle 4 Atlantis and later earned a national ranking. But it's back to the basics on Wednesday night as Penn comes to the Pavilion for a Big Five battle (8:00 p.m./Fox Sports 1).
After claiming the Battle 4 Atlantis title over Thanksgiving weekend, the honors flowed in for Villanova on Monday. The Wildcats are in the top 20 of both polls this week and senior James Bell is the BIG EAST and Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week.
The Villanova Wildcats were in a 12-point hole with just under 14 minutes left in the second half on Saturday night. But three 3-pointers from James Bell in the span of 1:12 changed the game's dynamic and help propel VU to its seventh straight win.
The Villanova Wildcats have little time to savor Friday night's 63-59 upset of No. 2 Kansas. Next up is 7-0 Iowa in the championship game at Imperial Arena on Saturday evening.