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A look at Villanova’s potential opponent

The Wildcats, who secured the double-bye, will not know who their first opponent is in the Big East Tournament until Wednesday afternoon.  They do know they will face either Marquette, Georgetown or St. John’s.  Here is a brief look at how each team matches up against Villanova.

Marquette:  The Golden Eagles split the season series with the Wildcats, but they are a much different team than the last time these two teams played.  Without Dominic James, Marquette only really has three offensive threats in Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews and Lazar Hayward.  However, those three can all score at impressive rates.  Where Villanova has a clear edge is its depth, as Marquette does not have a good bench.

Georgetown:  The Hoyas beat Villanova in their only matchup this season.  Like Marquette they are not a very deep team and rely on their starters for almost all their scoring.  They are a hard team to figure out as their offensive and defensive production seems to fluctuate from game to game.  DaJuan Summers does most of the scoring, but both Greg Monore and Chris Wright are developing strong offensive games.  Georgetown is the conference’s enigma as they have beaten UConn and Villanova and have lost to St. John’s and Seton Hall.

St. John’s:  The biggest strength the Red Storm may have is the venue of the Big East Tournament.  At Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm play at a higher level, and they have knocked off Notre Dame and Georgetown there.  This is a team that has been ravaged by injuries, as they have lost Anthony Mason Jr. for the season and Malik Boothe for a large portion of the season.  In their absence, sophomores Paris Horne and D.J. Kennedy have stepped up their scoring.  Overall, they do not have a lot of firepower on offense.

-David Cassilo

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