Villanova, DePaul at a glance

Jalen Brunson and the Wildcats avoided a near upset loss to DePaul last December.

Villanova at DePaul

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at Wintrust Arena, Chicago

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 610 WTEL-AM


Coaches: Jay Wright, 18th year at Villanova (398-161); Dave Leitao, 3rd season at DePaul (2nd stint, 83-84).

Series: Villanova leads, 24-8.

Last meeting: Junior Jalen Brunson scored 18 points and had four rebounds, four assists and three steals as Villanova won, 75-62, in Rosemont, Ill.

The latest: Villanova – The Wildcats (12-0) enter the Big East schedule ranked No.1 in the AP and USA Today coaches polls. … Paced by Brunson (18.1 ppg) and junior swingman Mikal Bridges (17.3 ppg.), Nova has five players who average at least 11.3 points. … Almost a year ago to the day, at the Pavilion, the Wildcats survived an upset bid and won 68-65. … Villanova got the Big East double with Brunson being named Player of the Week and forward Omari Spellman voted Freshman of the Week. DePaul – The Blue Demons (7-5) have entered Big East play with seven wins the last two seasons but managed just two conference wins the rest of the way. … DePaul is 0-5 against teams from the Power Five conferences. … The Blue Demons are led by 6-foot-6 junior guard Max Strus, who averages 17.3 points. … The Blue Demons are 6-2 at the new Wintrust Arena. … Villanova has won 14 straight against DePaul.

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