A Saturday Night Clash With St. John's Up Next for the Wildcats
Jalen Brunson
Feb. 3, 2017

TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Jamie Erdahl)

Radio: 610 Sports Radio (Ryan Fannon and Whitey Rigsby)

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The Villanova Wildcats return to the Wells Fargo Center for their fourth and final appearance of the regular season when they host the St. John's Red Storm on Saturday night. The Wildcats bring a 21-2 overall record and 8-2 BIG EAST mark into this contest.

The Red Storm (11-13 overall, 5-6 BIG EAST), meanwhile, come to South Philadelphia after posting an impressive 86-72 victory over Marquette on Wednesday evening while the Wildcats were posting a road victory at Providence, 66-57.

"St. John's is a young team that just keeps getting better," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "They have been a tough matchup for us in the past and on tape you can see how much progress they have made since we saw them last month."

Villanova earned a 70-57 victory over the Red Storm on Jan. 14 at Madison Square Garden that wasn't nearly as easy as the final score may have indicated. Last season, St. John's gave VU a stern test before the `Cats ultimately posted a 73-63 win at the Center on the first Saturday night of February 2016.

Sophomore guard Jalen Brunson scored 21 points to help spark Villanova's victory on Wednesday evening against the Friars. He's connected on 18-of-30 field goal attempts in his last three outings and now is second on the Wildcats in scoring behind senior national player of the year candidate Josh Hart.

"It's great having a guy like that -- someone who's talented and whose basketball IQ is as high as it can be," stated Hart of his teammate. "The way he can just get in the lane to get himself and other people shots -- and know when to do it -- is something great to see. He's only a sophomore. He's only going to get better.

 

 

"Playing alongside him it's great to see him succeed. I look forward to watching him get better."

The pregame festivities begin at Xfinity Live, highlighted by the "Wildcat Walk" as the team stops by the event on its way into the Center.

On Friday night, Wright, Hart and Kris Jenkins will represent the Wildcats' 2016 NCAA national championship team as it is honored as "Team of the Year" by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association. The organization is to honor the Wildcats at its annual banquet in Cherry Hill, N.J.

The bust stretch of basketball for Villanova will continue on Tuesday night when the Wildcats step on to the Pavilion court for a game for the first time in three weeks. Georgetown will make only its third-ever appearance at the Pavilion and first since 2006 when it meets the Wildcats in a game that is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. (FS1 and 610 Sports Radio).

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