Villanova Will Need an Upset Win or Things Could Be Headed South Quickly

Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

On Saturday afternoon, Villanova took another dive, falling on the road at Providence.

The loss marked their third consecutive defeat and their current streak of winless games could not have come at a worse time. Expecting improvement after a disappointing season a year ago, the Wildcats are facing a difficult stretch in which they must pull off an upset or things will be headed south rather quickly.

Riding the three-game losing streak, the Wildcats now return home to Philadelphia where they must play host to Louisville on Tuesday and then Syracuse on Saturday. The two upcoming match-ups give Villanova two great opportunities at home to shock the college basketball world and make a statement, but unfortunately there is the brutality over the back-to-back contests that could hurt more than they could help.

If Villanova is going stop the bleeding, they are going to have to make a big push on their home court, that’s the bottom line.

Following the back-to-back contests against the conference’s highest ranked squads, a trip to Notre Dame will follow. So, say Villanova cannot come away with any one of those three contests, the losing streak would extend to six. Of course, the Wildcats will take things one game at a time, but at 11-7 overall and 2-3 within the Big East, it’s a do or die stretch without a doubt for Villanova.

Prior to their current losing streak, Villanova had been gaining momentum on a seven-game winning streak, but things have quickly flipped in the other direction and barring a statement upset in the coming weeks, it could only get worse for the Wildcats and head coach Jay Wright.

 

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