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Ryan Cooper | | January 29, 2017

Virginia-Villanova highlights and recap

  Villanova mounted a furious late rally after trailing for most of the game.

For the second day in a row, a massive non-conference matchup exceeded the hype.

No. 1 Villanova looked to be in trouble for the second time this week, being smothered by No. 12 Virginia's defense for much of the afternoon. But an incredible rally made for a thrilling last few minutes, capped off by Donte DiVincenzo's tip-in buzzer beater as time expired.

Read below for a full recap of the crazy game in Philadelphia, as Villanova avoided a two-loss week with a 61-59 win.

In a crazy week filled with upsets, Villanova was dethroned for the second time as the nation’s top-ranked squad when Marquette erased a late 13-point deficit on Tuesday. The Wildcats, whose five-game winning streak came to an end, now step out of conference play for the final time and welcome No. 12 Virginia. The Cavaliers toppled No. 14 Notre Dame on Tuesday for their fifth straight win since falling to Pittsburgh and No. 20 Florida State.

Players to watch  

Cavaliers guard London Perrantes is averaging a team-best 12.3 points, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. The senior has scored 20 points in three of the last five games after doing so twice in his previous three-plus seasons.
Wildcats guard Josh Hart is a Wooden Award contender with a team-high 19 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. The senior has scored in double figures in every game.

Key stats

Virginia is 5-2 all-time against Villanova.
Virginia is 1-28 all-time against top-ranked foes.
Cavaliers guard Marial Shayok is averaging 10 points per game and has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games after doing so four times in the first 12 outings.
Virginia boasts one of the nation’s top defenses at 53.3 points per game.
After the 74-72 loss to Marquette, Villanova fell to 46-4 when scoring 70 points since last season.
The Wildcats are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc while holding opponents to 30.2 percent.
Villanova forward Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.7 points per game and has three 20-point performances in the last eight outings.
The Wildcats are 10-0 at home this season and 57-2 since the start of the 2013 season.
Villanova has made 49 more free throws (301) than its opponents have attempted (252).

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