By Harry Allison
Villanova and Virginia, the two most recent NCAA champions, will play each other in the “Holiday Hoops Classic” on Saturday, December 19 at Madison Square Garden.
The storied programs will tip-off in a non-conference game at 8:00 pm EST that will be nationally televised live on FOX.
Villanova (3-1), currently ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25, won the NCAA Championship in 2016 and 2018, while Virginia (1-1), presently ranked No. 15, claimed the Championship in 2019. This will be the first meeting between the schools since January 29, 2017. The Cavaliers hold a 5-3 advantage over the Wildcats in the all-time series which dates back to 1981.