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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Villanova Wildcats Game Thread

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No. 8/9 Virginia Cavaliers (8-1) vs. No. 12/13 Villanova Wildcats (8-1)

Time: 12:00 Noon ET
Date: December 19, 2015
Place: John Paul Jones Arena
TV: ESPN2
Online: WatchESPN
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: Vegas: UVA -5; KenPom: UVA 64, Villanova 60 (70%)
Last Meeting: Virginia 63, Villanova 73 (2004 NIT)

This is the second of three straight tough tests for the Hoos. Virginia took care of business at Madison Square Garden before the exam break, topping No. 14 West Virginia.

How big is this game? Virginia ranked No. 1 on KenPom. Villanova is ranked No. 4. Both teams' only loss have come to now-ranked teams: Virginia to No. 21/22 GW, and Villanova to No. 3 Oklahoma.

This is not a great matchup for Virginia, as the Pack Line Defense is designed to keep teams from being able to drive to the basket, forcing them to shoot outside. Unfortunately for the Hoos, Villanova is exactly the team that likes shooting from three. Tiki has your full preview here.

In the meantime, leave your pre-, in- and post-game thoughts here, and GO HOOS!