Tonight in the City 6: Villanova aims for fourth straight

Tonight in the City 6: Villanova aims for fourth straight
February 25, 2013, 2:00 pm

Just one City 6 team is on the schedule tonight, as Villanova travels to New Jersey to battle struggling Seton Hall.

Villanova (18-10, 9-6 Big East) vs. Seton Hall (13-15, 2-13)
9 p.m., Prudential Center

Villanova has been notoriously streaky this season, but are in the midst of a good run. The Wildcats have won three straight and five of six to improve their Big East record to 9-6. In its last game, ‘Nova upset 17th-ranked Marquette, 60-56, thanks to a 22-point performance from Darrun Hilliard. The Wildcats were outrebounded by nine, but made 18 free throws, twice as many as Marquette.

Seton Hall has not won a game since Jan. 23. The Pirates have dropped 13 of 14 after starting the season 12-2. In their last game against Louisville, they committed 19 turnovers and put themselves in a 14-point halftime hole from which they could not recover. Seton Hall center Eugene Teague played well, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds (five offensive) in the loss.

Top players
Villanova has been led by a cast of different players this season, but most recently by Hilliard. The sophomore guard has scored 14 and 22 points in the last two games, and committed just one turnover in each. The Wildcats are 9-4 in games where Hilliard has one or no turnovers.

Junior guard/forward Fuquan Edwin has been one of the lone bright spots for Seton Hall this season. Edwin is averaging 16.9 points, sixth-best in the Big East, and 5.7 rebounds. He has three double-doubles on the season, and has been held under 10 points just three times. Edwin also shoots 41.5 percent from three, good for fifth-best in the conference.

Keep an eye on...
Villanova’s defense. The Wildcats have allowed 70 points just once in their last eight games (5-3). The Pirates have not reached the 70-point mark in their last 13 games (1-12) and are averaging just 65.9 on the season.

Recent series
The Wildcats have won 10 straight over Seton Hall dating back to 2004. In last season’s 84-76 victory, JayVaughn Pinkston stood out with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

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