Oct. 4, 2000
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A January encounter with UCLA, the preseason National Invitation Tournament and 16 Big East Conference games highlight the 2000-2001 Villanova Wildcats schedule announced today.
On Jan. 13 the Wildcats will travel to famed Pauley Pavilion to meet the Bruins for the first time since the two squads collided in the 1971 NCAA Final. This marks Villanova's first regular season matchup with a Pacific Ten Conference foe since the 1993-94 season, when the Cats played at Arizona State. The game with UCLA will be televised by CBS.
There are seven other encounters that will be available on national television in addition to the UCLA contest. Those include: at Virginia Tech on Jan. 6 (ESPN), at Connecticut on Jan. 24 (ESPN), at Georgetown on Feb. 12 (ESPN2), vs. Miami on Feb. 17 (ESPN), at West Virginia on Feb. 20 (ESPN2), vs. St. John's on Feb. 25 (ABC) and vs. Seton Hall on Feb. 28 (ESPN). There is also the possibility for more national television appearances if the Wildcats advance in the preseason NIT.
The Big East is split into two divisions in 2000-2001. Villanova will face division rivals Boston College, Connecticut, Miami, Providence, St. John's and Virginia Tech both at home and on the road. The Wildcats will face Georgetown, West Virginia, Seton Hall and Rutgers in crossover games.
For the 52nd consecutive season, Villanova will stage at least one home game in the city of Philadelphia. The Wildcats return to their home away from home, the First Union Center, for games against Pennsylvania on Feb. 6 and Connecticut on Feb. 10. The balance of Villanova's home schedule will be played on campus at the Pavilion (6,500).
In addition, there are four dates in the Philadelphia Big Five City Series. Preceding the contest with Penn are games vs. Temple (Dec. 5), at St. Joseph's (Dec. 11) and at La Salle (Dec. 14). Villanova earned a share of the Big Five crown in 1999-2000 with Temple.
"Villanova has always placed an emphasis on facing a strong national schedule and this reflects that," said Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "We have some very intriguing matchups with nationally prominent programs to complement our always rugged trips through the Big East and Philadelphia Big Five. Our national telecasts will allow our fans and alumni who may not live in the area, to follow us as well."
The Wildcats open the regular season with a preseason NIT game versus Fairfield on Nov. 14. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. and can be viewed locally on Comcast Sportsnet.