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Joe Catalano

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:22 PM GMT

The Villanova Wildcats look for back to back NCAA Championships and thus far, they've done nothing to hurt their case as they're the top team in the land. Tonight, the Wildcats take to the road against a Marquette Golden Eagles squad in which they've historically beaten Marquette 20 out of 29 times. 

  #1 Villanova Wildcats (19-1,7-1) vs Marquette Golden Eagles (13-6, 4-3)Hangover Effect?

Villanova head coach Jay Wright has recently admitted that the Wildcats are experiencing a hangover effect from last season's National Championship. Villanova has gotten out to the best start of any team in college basketball ever that's won a national championship in their previous year other than Duke.

While the Wildcats could be headed down that same road, being complacent with a "hangover effect" is not something that I want to hear as any team such as Marquette could knock them off of their perch at any time. Butler has beaten the Wildcats this season and this is a Marquette team that's flying high after a 102-94 over 7th ranked Creighton. It's a huge victory for Marquette as they look to avenge an early season loss against Villanova as they lost on the road to the Wildcats 93-81.

 Big Win For the Golden Eagles

We take a look at Marquette's victory over Creighton and while defense wasn't a strong point, their offense was as the Golden Eagles shot a sizzling 60% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.

This was a total team effort as all 5 starters scored in double figures and senior Katin Reinhardt came off the bench to lead the team with 21 points and 7 assists. What's also impressive is center Luke Fischer's 6 blocks to go along with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Fischer, who averages 11.7 points per game, had really struggled in the loss to Butler and the blowout victory against DePaul. His presence in the middle is vital against Villanova and if he show's up tonight, this game could get interesting

 

Still #1

With wins over Purdue, Notre Dame, Creighton, and Xavier, Villanova has nothing to prove as they've had a tough schedule and beaten the top rated opponents while blowing out the remaining teams in the process.

Offensively, this isn't a team scores like Gonzaga and they're also not a big-time rebounding squad, but with tough defense, teamwork and timely hoops, they've proven that they're #1 at the present time.

Look for senior Josh Hart to play a huge role in this game as he's coming off of a 25 point, 6 rebound effort in a victory over Providence and Hart has very good size for a guard at 6 foot 6 which enables him to be a multi-faceted player and it show's in his seasonal numbers. He's leads the Cats with 19.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

I look for Marquette to give Villanova a run for their money after a huge win in a tight battle tonight.

Free NCAAB Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles +5 (-107)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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