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24-4, 1st in Big East

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

After Saturday's win over Xavier, Villanova's Jay Wright said Phil Booth (11.6 PPG, 43 percent from the 3-point line) could play limited minutes against DePaul on Wednesday.

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Villanova tops Xavier in top-5 matchup (1:11)
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Big East showdown: No. 3 Villanova 95, No. 4 Xavier 79

Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the third-ranked Wildcats showed they're not ready to relinquish their reign in the Big East, beating No. 4 Xavier 95-79 on Saturday in a showdown for the league lead.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevon Bluiett has 63 points on 25 shots in his last two games. That's absurd.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Down the stretch, Jay Wright will have to manage Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall, both with four fouls. This is where Trevon Bluiett is at his best. He'll just keep attacking and drawing fouls and nibbling at this lead if Nova can't stay in front of him.

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Tempers flare between Villanova, Xavier (0:56)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Double technical fouls on Omari Spellman and Paul Scruggs after their brief confrontation. Surprised this didn't happen earlier in the game. Lot of trash talk. Huge fourth foul for Scruggs, too.

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Bluiett converts 4-point play (0:19)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Mikal Bridges was the biggest problem for Xavier in the first half. JP Macura couldn't stay with him. Naji Marshall, a lengthy, 6-7 combo forward is on him to start the second half. That's slowing Nova's offense.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Important to note that Villanova only connected on 15 of its 53 attempts (28.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the last three games. Made 58 percent (11-for-19) in the first half at Xavier.

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Bluiett gets bounce for bucket (0:19)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Xavier came into the Big East in 2013, Villanova is 9-1 against the Musketeers with wins coming by an average of 17.6 points.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier is actually playing good perimeter defense. Active on the 3-point line. But the Wildcats continue to make contested 3-pointers. Just hot right now. They've made 63 percent of their 3-pointers. But again, Xavier isn't missing assignments. They're rotating off screens and making sure they don't surrender open looks. Nova just making ridiculous shots.

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Xavier's Goodin throws sweet behind-the-back pass (0:21)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple of key matchups to watch. Eric Paschall has shadowed Trevon Bluiett in the first half. Doing a good job of denying his touches. Bluiett working hard to get open. The other matchup to watch is JP Macura on Mikal Bridges. Once Bridges goes downhill, Macura can't keep up without help, so he's giving him extra room so he can react when Bridges drives. Those matchups could dictate the outcome of this game.

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Xavier's Macura hot from deep early (0:27)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Booth's injury is significant for this Villanova squad, especially on the defensive end. The Wildcats have held opponents to just 0.95 points per possession (29.8 percent from the 3-point line), while creating turnovers on more than one-fifth of their possessions, per hooplens.com. Much harder to run players off the 3-point line and guard the perimeter without the guard.

Chris Mack @CoachChrisMack

Xavier Security, you let those (foaming at the mouth) students in yet? Been here since 8am. Xavier Nation, we ready? LOUD please...

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The race for the No. 1 seeds is more wide open now after a few recent upsets. Per BPI, here's where we stand: Virginia 99% Villanova 98% Purdue 71% Michigan State 52% Xavier 32% Duke 29% North Carolina 9% Tennessee 4% Auburn 3% Kansas 2%

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Bluiett leads Xavier past Seton Hall (1:07)

Team Stats

Points Per Game85.39th
Rebounds Per Game38.4Tied-50th
Assists Per Game16.923rd
Points Allowed74.6239th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record27-27
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances27