Creighton set a BIG EAST Conference record with 21 three-pointers in tonight's game. That total is also the most allowed in a game at Wells Fargo Center by Villanova (the overall record for three-pointers by a Wildcats opponent is 24 by Redlands on November 22, 2003).
The nine three-pointers made by Ethan Wragge are the most made in a single game against Villanova. The previous mark of eight three-pointers against the Wildcats was accomplished by Delray Brooks of Providence on January 10, 1987 and matched by Jason Maile of Pittsburgh on February 12, 1997.
Ethan Wragge was one three-pointer away from tying the BIG EAST Conference single-game record of 10, which was set by Donta Wade of Providence (against Notre Dame) on February 23, 2000. Wragge tied the single-game Creighton record which was originally set by Kyle Korver against Evansville on January 15, 2003.
The 96 points scored by Creighton and the 28-point margin of defeat are both the most against Villanova for a game at the Wells Fargo Center. The previous scoring record against the Wildcats was 90 points, done by three teams and most recently by Notre Dame on January 26, 2008. The largest previous margin of defeat in the building was a 22-point loss to Syracuse (74-52) on January 5, 1999.
Villanova is now 36-33 (.522) all-time at Wells Fargo Center and 24-29 (.453) in BIG EAST games in the building. Entering tonight's contest the Wildcats had won 26 of their previous 43 games in the building, dating back to the start of the 2004-05 season.
The biggest run of the game by Creighton was a 15-0 spurt in the first half which stretched the score from 9-5 to 24-5 with 14:39 left in the opening period. After that run the Creighton lead was never fewer than 13 points the rest of the way. Ethan Wragge scored 12 of the 15 points during that run.
Earlier in the day Villanova rose to No. 4 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Wildcats had previously been 23-5 (.821) as the No. 4 ranked team, including 18-0 against unranked opponents. The last time Villanova was ranked in the top five of the national polls and lost to an unranked opponent was on February 15, 2010 when the Wildcats lost 84-75 to Connecticut. That game was also played at Wells Fargo Center.
Villanova played the first of four regular season games at Wells Fargo Center tonight. The remaining schedule in the building is on February 22 against St. John's, March 2 against Marquette and March 8 against Georgetown.