Feb. 23, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Tonight marked the 39th time in the history of the Pavilion that Villanova hosted a nationally-ranked opponent. With the victory the Wildcats are now 19-18 (.514) all-time against ranked opponents in the building.
The record of 19-18 against ranked opponents at the Pavilion includes a 12-6 (.667) mark since Jay Wright became head coach. In addition Villanova has now won 11 of its last 13 games versus ranked opponents in the building. That streak began with an 84-46 win over West Virginia on January 5, 2005.
In games at the Pavilion where the opponent is ranked but the Wildcats are unranked, Villanova now has an all-time record of 10-16 (.385), including 4-4 under Jay Wright.
Of the 39 games at the Pavilion against nationally-ranked opponents, 32 have been BIG EAST regular season games. Prior to tonight's game the last time the Wildcats hosted a ranked opponent at the Pavilion was on February 12, 2011 against No. 4 Pittsburgh.
Villanova is 5-0 at the Pavilion against Marquette. Since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference the Wildcats have played seven home games in the series, going undefeated on campus as opposed to 0-2 at the Wells Fargo Center.
The final score of tonight's game was 60-56 and the score represented the fewest points that Villanova has scored in a win this season. The last time the Wildcats scored fewer than 60 points in a victory came on December 11, 2008 in a 59-56 win over Saint Joseph's.
Over the course of the season there have been several indicators of success for Villanova. These include a 12-1 record when scoring 70 or more points and a 14-0 mark when making at least six three-pointers. In tonight's game the Wildcats scored only 60 points and were held to just four three-pointers but still came away with a victory.
The only previous game this season that Villanova won when scoring fewer than 70 points and making as few as four three-pointers came in a 61-53 win at USF on January 9.
Villanova notched its third win of the season against a ranked opponent, adding to previous wins against No. 5 Louisville on January 22 and No. 3 Syracuse on January 26. The last time the Wildcats had at least three wins against ranked teams was in 2010-11 (five wins). Since Jay Wright became head coach this is the sixth time that Villanova has defeated at least three ranked teams in a season.