By Harry Allison
This is the week that was for Villanova’s Wildcats.
After losing at home on Saturday to Seton Hall, they face another Big East power in Marquette Wednesday night at the Wells.
Marquette is hitting its stride at the right time, while Villanova now has lost three straight games.
The Golden Eagles won the first meeting between the two teams, with Markus Howard and Koby McEwen combining for 51 points and 25 free throws.
Villanova likely will fall out of the top 20 with another loss.
The Cats are now 17-6 and also play at Temple on Saturday.
Villanova likely saw its Big East regular-season title hopes go up in flames with a home loss to Seton Hall on Saturday, and the Wildcats now have lost three games in a row and sit three games behind Seton Hall in the Big East.
There have been issues at both ends of the floor, but the defense has been the primary culprit during the losing streak.
Villanova has allowed at least one point per possession in all three games. Essentially, teams are making shots and the Wildcats aren’t turning opponents over.
The latter has never really been a strong suit for Jay Wright-coached teams over the past few years, but opponents shooting 46.4% on 56 attempts from 3-point range over the past three games is tough to overcome.