Wednesday night’s game between Villanova and Syracuse at the Wells Fargo Center will mark the 20th time the Wildcats have played against the No. 1 team in the country in the Associated Press poll. Villanova is 5-14 against opponents ranked No. 1.
The Wildcats pulled off the upset in their most recent game against a top-ranked team, defeating Connecticut 69-64 on Feb. 13, 2006 at the Wachovia Center. The Cats, who were ranked fourth at the time of that game, recovered from a 12-point deficit in the second half.
Another Villanova win over a No. 1 team came against Syracuse, when the Wildcats of Rollie Massimino knocked off the Orange, 93-74, on Jan. 6, 1990 at the Carrier Dome.
Villanova’s other three victories against No. 1 teams were 96-73 over Connecticut on Feb. 18, 1995 at Storrs, Conn.; 66-64 over Georgetown in the national championship game on April 1, 1985 at Lexington, Ky.; and 56-53 over North Carolina on Feb. 13, 1983 at Chapel Hill, N.C.