Nova faces tough test vs No. 10 Marquette
No. 10 Marquette (23-4, 12-2) vs. Villanova (20-8, 11-4)
Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 10 Marquette presents a tough challenge for Villanova. Villanova has won two of its five games against ranked opponents this season. Marquette has won its last four games against conference opponents.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Villanova’s Phil Booth has averaged 18.4 points while Eric Paschall has put up 17.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. For the Golden Eagles, Markus Howard has averaged 25.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and four assists while Sam Hauser has put up 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds.
CREATING OFFENSE: Booth has had his hand in 44 percent of all Villanova field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 18 field goals and 10 assists in those games.
STREAK STATS: Marquette has won its last six road games, scoring 85.2 points and allowing 74.3 points during those contests. Villanova has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 75.7 points while giving up 63.8.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Golden Eagles. Villanova has an assist on 43 of 63 field goals (68.3 percent) over its previous three matchups while Marquette has assists on 39 of 89 field goals (43.8 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Villanova as a collective unit has made 10.7 3-pointers per game this season, which is 10th-best among Division I teams.