VILLANOVA, Pa – The Villanova Wildcats are returning to Allentown for a special night of basketball presented by KeyBank.
. The Wildcats’ men will host Lafayette, while the women’s squad will meet Lehigh on Friday, Nov. 17 at PPL Center 54 miles north of the Villanova campus. Tickets for this rare twin-bill may be purchased by clicking the link above this story. Game times and television information will be released at a later date. KeyBank will serve as the event’s presenting partner.
This will mark the second time in program history that the Wildcats’ men will host a regular season contest at the PPL Center, a venue which opened in 2014 and serves as the home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League. VU hosted Lehigh on Nov. 14, 2014, posting a 77-66 victory in the first college basketball game played in the arena. The game served as a homecoming for then senior guard Darrun Hilliard, a native of nearby Bethlehem, Pa.
The Villanova men were 32-4 in 2016-17, earning the BIG EAST regular season and postseason tournament titles. The Villanova women finished 20-15 and advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT.
The Villanova men’s squad will play all of its 2017-18 regular season home games away from campus as the renovation of the Finneran Pavilion, which began in May, continues. The Villanova women’s team will play its home games in the Jake Nevin Field House. The complete 2017-18 schedules for both Villanova basketball teams are expected to be released in September.