Preview of Wednesday's City Six Games

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Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) goes to the basket as Marquette guard Sam Hauser (10) defends.

St. Joseph’s (7-7, 2-1 Atlantic Ten) at George Mason (7-9, 1-2)

Wednesday, 7 p.m., at EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va.

TV: None

Radio: 98.1 WOGL-FM HD2

Livestream: Atlantic 10.com; SJUHawks.com.

Coaches: Phil Martelli, 23rd season at St. Joseph’s (421-300); Dave Paulsen, 3rd season at George Mason (38-44).

Series: St. Joseph’s leads, 4-1.

Last meeting: George Mason won on Hawk Hill, 75-67, on Jan. 10, 2017 despite a combined 51 points from Lamarr Kimble, Charlie Brown and James Demery.

The latest: St. Joseph’s is 2-6 away from Hagan Arena, and Martelli is a little concerned. “I have to stay on them about their maturity, and I’m going to continue to do that,” he said. … Taylor Funk, a 6-foot-9 freshman, leads the conference in three-pointers, making an average of 3.1 per game, and shoots 44.8 percent from deep. … Senior forward James Demery has scored in double figures in all 14 games. … George Mason was trounced, 86-59, at home by Davidson on Sunday. … Junior guard Otis Livingston II averages 15.8 points and scored a career-high 33 in a road win at Massachusetts on Jan. 3. … Basketball analytics expert Ken Pomeroy ranks George Mason as the 15th-youngest team in Division I.

La Salle (7-9, 1-2 Atlantic Ten) at Massachusetts (8-8, 1-2)

Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass.

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Radio: None.

Livestream: TV: Atlantic 10 Digital Network; Radio: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/lasalle/# or Tune-In radio app.

Coaches: John Giannini, 14th season at La Salle (206-216); Matt McCall, 1st season at UMass (8-8).

Series: UMass leads, 21-16.

Last meeting: The Minutemen defeated the Explorers, 84-71, on Feb. 26 in Amherst. Pookie Powell scored 24 points and B.J. Johnson 20 for La Salle.

The latest: Johnson, the Atlantic Ten’s leading scorer, is considered day-to-day as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. He played 26 minutes in Saturday’s loss to VCU after missing three games. … Powell has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five contests. … Freshman Miles Brookins grabbed a career-high seven rebounds Saturday. … Massachusetts shot 58 percent in the second half Saturday in a 62-60 win at Dayton. … Junior Luwane Pipkins leads the team in scoring with an 18.3-point average. … Rashaan Holloway, a 6-11 junior who played his high school ball at Schalick in South Jersey, is UMass’ No. 3 scorer (9.9) and rebounder (4.9).

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Temple (7-8, 0-4 AAC) at Southern Methodist (12-5, 2-2)

Wednesday, 9 p.m., at Moody Coliseum, Dallas

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 1210 WPHT-AM

Livestream: WatchCBS; Tune-In radio app.

Coaches: Fran Dunphy, 12th season at Temple (237-144); Tim Jankovich, 3rd season at SMU (51-10).

Series: SMU leads, 6-4.

Last meeting: The Mustangs, then ranked No. 25, went into the Liacouras Center and left with a 66-50 victory. Shizz Alston led Temple with 13 points.

The latest: It’s not a good stretch for Temple. Three days after losing, 60-39, at Central Florida for their fifth straight defeat, the Owls head to an arena in which SMU has won 33 straight games, second-longest active home court streak in the country. … Freshman Nate Pierre-Louis has provided a spark and is Temple’s No. 2 scorer in AAC games with a 10.3-point average. … The  SMU Mustangs’ starting five all averages double scoring figures, led by the wonderfully named Shake Milton, who tops the team with 17.0 points and 4.5 assists per game. … SMU is eighth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 60.8 points per game, and is second in the AAC in turnovers forced at 15.7 per game.

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Xavier (15-2, 3-1) at Villanova (14-1, 2-1)

Wednesday, 8 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Center

TV: FS1

Radio: 610 WTEL-AM

Livestream: villanova.com/collegesportslive/

Coaches: Jay Wright, 18th year at Villanova (522-247, 400-162 at VU); Chris Mack, ninth year at Xavier (201-93).

Series: Villanova leads, 22-5.

Last meeting:  Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo each scored 17 as the Wildcats won, 73-57, last season in Cincinnati. Xavier shot just 35 percent in the game.

The latest: After a one-week stay at No. 3, the Wildcats moved back to the top of the rankings after beating Marquette, 100-90. … Brunson had 27 points and eight assists. He’s averaged 26.7 points and six assists in three Big East games. … Eric Paschall matched his career high with 19 points, and freshman Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree scored 10 on 5-for-5 shooting. … Xavier dropped from fifth to 10th after losing at Providence. The Musketeers had won 10 straight before falling, 81-72. Senior all-America candidate Trevon Bluiett leads the Musketeers with 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.

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