Today in the City 6: Villanova hosts No. 17 Marquette

Today in the City 6: Villanova hosts No. 17 Marquette
February 23, 2013, 9:00 am

Four City 6 schools play on Saturday, highlighted by Villanova welcoming nationally ranked Marquette to the Pavilion. Here's a preview of all the action.

No. 17 Marquette (19-6, 10-3 Big East) at Villanova (17-10, 8-6 Big East)
The Pavilion, 6 p.m.

The Wildcats are coming off a two-game winning streak and have won four of their last five, which seems to have somewhat halted their up and down form. They have also won six of their last nine.

The Wildcats, however, have another Big East challenge in nationally ranked Marquette. Marquette’s go-to player, Vander Blue, scored 19 in both of the Golden Eagles’ last two victories, which came against Georgetown and Seton Hall.

Marquette comes in averaging 69.7 points per game.

Villanova is 12-1 when it has scored 70 points or more this season, and the Wildcats are 5-9 when they have failed to eclipse 70. Furthermore, prior to last week’s win at Connecticut, Villanova had not rallied to win when trailing at the half all season.

Drexel (11-16, 7-8 CAA) at Towson (15-13, 10-5 CAA)
Towson Center Arena, Noon

The Dragons are coming off a tough overtime loss to Delaware Thursday night. Drexel must now take on a Towson team that has won five of its last six and defeated the Dragons on Jan. 5, 69-66.

Towson’s junior forward Jerrelle Benimon -- a Georgetown transfer -- is among the nation’s leaders in double-doubles, averaging 16.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Towson is one of the best rebounding teams in the country, averaging 40.1 per game, 13th in the country.

Drexel leads the all-time series against Towson, 46-14. Towson has gone 8-5 since defeating the Dragons in early January, while the Dragons have gone 6-7.

George Washington (12-12, 6-6 A-10) at St. Joe's (14-10, 5-6 A-10)
Hagan Arena, 4 p.m.

The Hawks come off a week-long rest after their defeat at the hands of Big 5 rival La Salle last Saturday. If St. Joe's beats George Washington, it will mark the program's 350th victory on its home court.

The Hawks are averaging 67.7 points per game and have scored 69 points or less 15 times. However, St. Joe's has let its opponents score 70 or more in nine games this season. The Hawks on average hold their opponents to 65.1 points, which is notable considering the Colonials average 66 points on the year
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The Hawks have gone 1-3 in their last four contests

Penn (7-18, 4-4 Ivy) at Columbia (10-13, 2-7 Ivy)
Levien Gym, 7 p.m.

Penn is looking for a season-sweep of Columbia and hopes to extend its season-long two-game winning streak.

Tony Hicks erupted for 29 points on Friday night, leading the Quakers to a come-from-behind victory at Cornell.

Columbia, a team that surprisingly earned a 20-point win at Villanova early in the season, has disappointed in Ivy League action. The Lions have lost seven of their last eight, yet, their lone victory during that stretch came against first-place Harvard.

Columbia is led by guard Brian Barbour, who tops the team in scoring and assists.

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