Thursday, March 5, 2009

Providence @ the Pavilion

Tonight is Villanova's regular season finale. They host Providence for a rematch of the February 4th meeting at the Dunkin Donuts Center. This time it is at the Pavilion where Nova is riding a 27 game winning streak.
This is a big game for both teams. With Marquette's loss to Pittsburgh last night, Villanova can lock up a top-4 seed and double-bye in the Big East Tournament with a win. Providence is on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, and a win tonight would probably put them in.

Since they last met, Providence has gone 4-3, highlighted by a 81-73 upset win over #1 ranked Pitt. Last time the Friars almost pulled off a remarkable comeback fueled by a barrage of 3-pointers. Nova will have to guard the perimeter tightly tonight because Providence has a few guys that can really shoot it.

I know Senior Night was technically February 19th versus Rutgers, but this is Dante, Shane, Dwayne, and Frank's last game at the Pavilion, and the last thing the winningest class in Villanova history wants to do is go out on a loss in front of the home crowd. Look for all the seniors to have big nights, especially Dante Cunningham. We all know how much he's improved since he stepped on campus, and I'm sure he'll want to cap it off with a great performance.


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