Title game rematch at Villanova in the Gavitt Games (B10/BE)

Submitted by redwings8831 on May 14th, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Villanova will host Michigan in the 2018 Gavitt Games, per a source.

— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 15, 2018

Other matchups:

St. John's @ Rutgers
Wisconsin @ Xavier
Seton Hall @ Nebraska
Penn State @ DePaul
Ohio State @ Creighton
Marquette @ Indiana
Georgetown @ Illinois

Comments

YakAttack

May 14th, 2018 at 10:40 PM ^

another team whose success hasn't translated to recruiting in the grand scheme. Minus Brunson and Divincenzo most likely with Spellman returning from what I've read.

M-Dog

May 14th, 2018 at 10:54 PM ^

Should be . . . interesting.

I don't hate them even though they took us to the shed.

Louisville on the other hand, can go die in a tire fire of their own making.

Oh, wait . . . 

 

Human Torpedo

May 14th, 2018 at 11:17 PM ^

In Big Ten-ACC Challenge. That could lead to a top-10 non-con SOS at the end of the season if you include a home game versus South Carolina and the away game at Cincy

goblue16

May 15th, 2018 at 12:56 AM ^

Love the matchup! We got a road game against Cincinati and the hall of fame tourney. With South Carolina coming to Crisler and a home against ACC opponent this should be a really good schedule. Yes the rest of our schedule will be cupcakes get over it. I do hope they schedule WMU CMU EMU detroit or Oakland. The more the better!

Bambi

May 15th, 2018 at 10:13 AM ^

I'm excited by this matchup obviously. It'll be interesting to see how good Nova is next year. They lose Bridges/Brunson for sure, return Booth and Paschall, and Spellman/DiVincenzo are on the fence. There was a rumor last week Spellman hired an agent but that hasn't be confirmed by anyone trustworthy.

If DiVincenzo/Spellman return, this team is another title favorite. Not the unbeatable powerhouse they were this past year, but a probable 1 seed again.

If they lose both I think our matchup against them becomes very interesting. They'd only return Booth/Paschal of last year's major contributors (the 5th and 6th best guys of that core 6) and they'd add 5 star PG Jahvon Quinerly to headline a class of 3 top 50 players. That's still a good team but not a title contender and one that's very beatable. Eary in the season at the new Pavillion I'd still take Nova, but it'd be an even matchup.

Two other things I'll say: The first is about Quinerly. He's a 5 star PG (#27 composite) from NJ who committed to Nova after he decommitted from Zona after the wiretap stuff came out. The assumption is he's eligible for next season, I'd be shocked if he wasn't, but it's worth following.

The second things is the aforementioned NBA decisions. Both DiVincenzo/Spellman are 50/50 shots to go (both are late firsts in a good amount of mocks) but despite the title game performance I think losing Spellman would be the bigger blow to Nova as a team. The biggest difference between last season Nova and 2 years ago Nova was Spellman. 2 years ago Paschall was the only useful big they had (they had another 6-9 guy who had an 11% useage rate, pretty invisible when he played). With Spellman not only did they have another real big, they had a real stretch 5 who could protect the rim and allowed them to perfect Wright's positionless basketball. If they lose Spellman they're only bigs will be Paschall, SO Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (was basically a filler as a freshmam with no shooting ability) and incoming freshman Cole Swider (6-7, 40th ranked composite player). That's a better situation than 2 years ago but no Spellman means Paschall's back at the 5 playing heavy minutes with not a ton of support and the positionless basketball is really hurt. Still a really good team, especially if DiVincenzo's back, but not the jugernaut they were this past year.

goblue16

May 15th, 2018 at 12:23 PM ^

Love the analysis but regardless of whether or not we win this it’s great to have a game like this on the schedule. A loss to Villanova on the road by 20 points>>>>>5 wins against Missouri southwestern state a&m tech

tlo2485

May 15th, 2018 at 8:08 PM ^

anyone else in the philly area? i wonder if they will play it on nova's campus or at the wells fargo center. do they still plan on playing a portion of their games in south philly?