Meanwhile, the Marquette Golden Eagles, who share the same 19-4 record as Villanova, have averaged 79 points per game thanks to a 39.5 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. But in a game in which offense reigned supreme and the 3-point shot dictated the flow, it was Marquette's defense that stood strong in the final seconds to stifle Nova's would-be game-winner, giving Marquette a signature 66-65 victory.
Marquette will also look to disrupt Villanova's dominance of conference play in the Big East, where they're a whopping 10-0. The Wildcats (19-5, 10-1) suffered their first conference loss after becoming the first team to win 10 straight games to start a Big East season since CT in 1998-99.
Villanova answered with 10 consecutive points, pulling within 47-42 on Saddiq Bey's 3-pointer from the right corner. Sacar Anim added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Marquette in the loss, while Joseph Chartouny added 5 assists of his own and Theo John chipped in 8 points with 7 rebounds. Booth leads Villanova with an average of 18.3 points and 4 assists per game while Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game this season.
Villanova: After facing Providence at home, the Wildcats play three straight on the road at St. John's, Georgetown and Xavier.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles play three of their next four on the road, culminating in a rematch at Villanova on February 27. Marquette is 3-1 against other ranked opposition and are the better offensive team of the two here.
Villanova hosts Providence on Wednesday.