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Villanova vs Vanderbilt: Struggling Wildcats on the road to face Vandy

Villanova has lost three straight, and must now go on the road to take on Vanderbilt. The two teams have met just once before - at the 1994 NIT finals - and Villanova won, 80-73

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The struggling Villanova Wildcats travel to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday night as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge. The Wildcats started their season with three victories, but they have since dropped three games in a row. Vanderbilt is 2-3 after a win over UTEP last weekend.

The two teams are similar in that they both enjoyed success in the last decade, but have more recently fallen from grace. Both teams are very young, and have started the season on a disappointing note.

Unlike Vanderbilt, Villanova has done a decent job putting up points this year, averaging 72.2 points per game. The Commodores, meanwhile, have managed just 59.2 points per game in their first five contests. For a more complete statistical comparison, check out the great analysis of Brian Ewart on the VU Hoops Blog.

The Big East is looking very strong. At 3-3, Villanova has the worst record out of the 15 teams in the conference. With a tough schedule ahead, Villanova will have to turn its season around soon if it hopes to compete in the postseason.

Villanova at Vanderbilt

Time: 5 p.m. ET

Where to watch: ESPN2