In other Villanova news, the Wildcats will visit Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge, the Wildcats' first appearance in the event since 2007.
The challenge, in its sixth year, will feature 12 games over three days. All games are played on campus sites, with each conference hosting six games. All games will be telecast by an ESPN network.Overall, the Big East leads, 16-12, and went 8-4 last season, when the event expanded to 12 games.
Villanova beat LSU, 68-67, in its only other game in the challenge. Vanderbilt is making its third appearance in the event. The Commodores lost to Louisville, 62-60, in overtime last season and beat South Florida, 71-52, in 2008.
The Wildcats had two junior guards leave early for the NBA draft: Maalik Wayns and Dom Cheek, their top scorers from a team that missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. - Daily News staff report