Jan. 9, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Fresh from Sunday's 87-71 BIG EAST win over DePaul, Villanova now sets its focus on the No. 1 team in the nation, the Syracuse Orange. The Wildcats host SU on Wednesday evening at the Wells Fargo Center.
"It's exciting," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "We love it. It's the greatest thing about being in the BIG EAST. You are going to run into a No. 1, a No. 2, or a No. 3 team somewhere along the line and host them on your court. You don't get to do that if you're in other conferences. It's going to be fun."
Syracuse brings a 17-0 overall record into this matchup and is 4-0 in the BIG EAST. The Wildcats and Orange split a pair of games against one another in 2011-12, with each school winning on the others' home court. VU upended the No. 3 ranked Orange 83-72 in January before Syracuse returned the favor at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 21 with a 69-64 triumph.
"I think the win over DePaul helps us," stated Wright. "To play well against (Syracuse), you have to play with confidence. Syracuse plays with great confidence."
"It's almost the same kind of game we saw on Sunday. They don't let you run offense. Even though it's a zone, Syracuse is very aggressive in it. We are going to have to make smart basketball plays."
The Wildcats last faced the nation's No. 1 team on Feb. 13, 2006, when the Wildcats, sparked by Kyle Lowry and Randy Foye, downed Connecticut 69-64. Villanova also owns a win over a No. 1 Syracuse team - the Wildcats upset the Orange 93-74 on Jan. 6, 1990 at the Carrier Dome.
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