Preview: @ Villanova Wildcats

The ‘gauntlet' concludes Saturday as the Marquette Golden Eagles head to Villanova, Pa. to face the Wildcats for the second time in seven days.

Marquette Golden Eagles (10-5, 1-2 Big East) vs. No. 6 Villanova Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big East)

The Pavillion– Villanova, Pa.

Time: Saturday January 9, 1 pm CST

Coverage: ESPN360/Big East Network/TWS32 (Bob Picozzi play-by-play, John Celestand color-analyst)

Life in the Big East is never easy and for the Marquette Golden Eagles, it certainly doesn't get any easier this weekend.

After defeating the twelfth-ranked Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday the Golden Eagles play at No. 6 Villanova on Saturday afternoon. Villanova is the fourth ranked team the Eagles will face in as many games.

Villanova enters the game with a 13-1 record, including a win over Marquette last Saturday at the Bradley Center. They also own a 34-game homecourt winning streak at their on-campus arena, The Pavillion.

Marquette captured their first Big East win on the season, a victory over Georgetown on Wednesday, and finds itself at 10-5 on the season entering Saturday's contest.

Both teams should be familiar with each other, as this is the fifth meeting between the two teams in the past two seasons. The pair met last Saturday at the Bradley Center, where Villanova outlasted the Golden Eagles, 74-72, in a highly contested match.

Scottie Reynolds scorched the Golden Eagles for 23 points (8-of-12 shooting) and freshman guard Maalik Wayns got in the lane at will en route to 16 points off the bench. Villanova also out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 31-28.

Four different players scored in double figures for Marquette who was led by junior forward Jimmy Butler with 19 points. The Golden Eagles shot just 40 percent from the field and just 29 percent on three-pointers, 13 points below their season average.

Other than the venue, there are some differences since last Saturday's matchup. Mouphtaou Yarou, Villanova's 6-foot-9 freshmen will be back in action after missing 11 games due to Hepatitis B. He made his debut Wednesday against DePaul and scored 4 points in 14 minutes.

Meanwhile, junior guard Corey Stokes suffered a hamstring injury in practice and sat out Wednesday's game against DePaul. He is listed as day-to-day.

Head Coach: Jay Wright (191-92 9th Season, 313-177 16th overall)

Probable Wildcat Starters:

G – #10 Corey Fisher (6'1" 180 lbs, Junior) --- (13.0 ppg, 3.1 rbg, 4.5 apg)

G – #1 Scottie Reynolds (6'2" 195 lbs, Senior) --- (17.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.8 spg, 39% 3PT)

G – #15 Reggie Redding (6'5" 205 lbs, Senior) --- (13.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 42% 3PT)

G – #24 Corey Stokes (6'5" 195 lbs, Junior) --- (8.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

F – #0 Antonio Pena (6'8" 235 lbs, Junior) --- (12.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 58% FG)

Key Reserves:

F – #31 Taylor King (6'6" 230 lbs, Sophomore) --- (11 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 47% 3PT)

G – #5 Maalik Wayns (6'1" 185 lbs, Freshman) --- (8 ppg, 1.4 apg)

G – #23 Dominic Cheek (6'6" 185 lbs, Freshman) --- (5.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

C – #13 Mouphtaou Yarou (6'10" 250 lbs, Freshman) --- (4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

C– #25 Maurice Sutton (6'11" 215 lbs, Freshman) --- (2.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg)

F– #34 Isaiah Armwood (6'7" 195 lbs, Freshman) --- (2.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

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