Coach John Giannini earned his 500th career victory in the Explorers' win over the Rams.
The Wildcats play at Georgetown and new head coach Patrick Ewing. Temple, La Salle and St. Joe's are at home.
Temple freshman Nate Pierre-Louis was named this week's American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after scoring a career-high 23 points in Saturday's 75-72 overtime loss to visiting Memphis.
Duquesne guard Mike Lewis II scored 11 of his 24 points in the third overtime to down the Explorers.
AMHERST, Mass. - La Salle's Pookie Powell scored a career-high 30 points, but Massachusetts guard Luwane Pipkins did him one better, setting a Mullins Center record with 44 points as UMass topped the Explorers, 86-79, in overtime on Wednesday night.
Wednesday night's action is highlighted by a Wells Fargo Center showdown between No. 1 Villanova and No. 10 Xavier.
Johnson, the leading scorer in the A-10, missed three games with an ankle injury and came back Saturday but ran out of gas.
The Owls have suffered five straight losses, in all shapes and sizes, including four to start play in the American Athletic Conference.
Deas scored 17 points after traveling from South Carolina after attending his grandmother's viewing.
The redshirt junior has a special knack for converting near the rim in a way that's seemingly impossible to even some of his teammates.
All but Penn will begin conference play this week. The Quakers have the second-biggest win in the city, behind only No. 1 Villanova.
Bucknell's Nana Foulland scored a career-high 30 points to down the Explorers.
La Salle, which needed to go through three overtimes to beat Mercer last season, got the job done in regulation time on Sunday.