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For the second time in three years, Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats are heading into a new season as the defending National Champions. After a brilliant 2017-18 season that culminated in a 79-62 championship game victory against the Michigan Wolverines, the Big East powerhouse will look to run it back. However it won’t be so easy, as the Wildcats have another tough conference schedule as well as some fantastic non-conference matchups.

Let’s take a look at a few of Nova’s best games this upcoming season.

Villanova vs. Michigan

November 14 (6:30 PM)

If you’re interested in a rematch of the 2018 National Championship game, you won’t have to wait long to see it. Nova’s third matchup of the season brings John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines to town.

After a blowout win in last season’s title game, the Wildcats will look to have a repeat performance at home in The Pavilion. If you’re looking for tickets, they’re available here.

Villanova vs. Kansas

December 15 (11:00 AM)

Nova’s other exciting non-conference matchup takes the Wildcats to Kansas to take on Bill Self’s Jayhawks. This will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA Final Four game that saw two powerhouse number one seeds go head to head.

Much like the title game, Villanova beat up on the Jayhawks, and the team will look to do the same in December. Tickets are available here.

Villanova vs. Marquette Golden Eagles

February 27 (9:00 PM)

Most followers of the Big East will remember the Wildcats’ blowout win over the Golden Eagles in the conference tournament quarterfinals. However, Marquette gave Nova a run for its money in both regular season matchups, losing by just three back in January.

On February 27, the Golden Eagles make a return to The Pavilion in hopes of capturing a rare conference win over the Wildcats. Tickets are available here.

Villanova vs. Xavier

January 18 (8:30 PM)

At Philly’s Wells Fargo Center, the Wildcats will face off against the Xavier Musketeers, last season’s only other top-25 ranked Big East squad. Despite having a great year, Xavier didn’t put up much of a fight in either matchup against Nova but will look to change that this season on the big stage: the home of the Philadelphia 76ers. Tickets are available here.

Villanova vs. Butler

March 2 (2:00 PM)

In a pre-New-Year’s matchup last year, the Butler Bulldogs handed Nova its first conference loss in a 101-93 thriller in Indianapolis. This season, the Bulldogs will meet the Wildcats in Wells Fargo Center in the second-to-last game of the year. This late season meeting could potentially have an impact on Big East rankings, as well as NCAA tourney implications, so you definitely won’t want to miss it. Tickets are available here.

As champs in two of the last three NCAA seasons, it won’t surprise you that these games will be extremely popular and likely sold out. If you’re looking for tickets, your SeatGeek app is your ideal place to find the best seats for the best prices.

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