By Harry Allison

Jay Wright is taking his defending national champ Villanova Wildcats on the road this season, and New York’s Madison Square Garden may become their second home.

They’ll play at least three times at MSG this season, part of a 2018-19 men’s college basketball schedule that also features Duke, Kentucky and Syracuse.

Coming off their second NCAA title in three years, Wright and the Wildcats make the short trip to face new coach Dan Hurley and UConn on Dec. 22 in the renewal of an old Big East rivalry.

Villanova also tips off against St. John’s on Feb. 17 before participating in the 37th Big East Tournament at the Garden from March 13 to 16.