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College basketball preview: Notre Dame vs. Villanova

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend

Records: Notre Dame 16-4, 4-3 Big East; Villanova 13-7, 4-3


Radio: 1480 AM, 106.7 FM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (14.4 ppg); Cooley (10.8 rpg); Eric Atkins (6.4 apg)

Villanova leaders: JayVaughn Pinkston (13 ppg); Mouphtaou Yarou (6.3 rpg); Ryan Arcidacono (3.3 rpg)

Key matchup: Arcidacono, the Wildcats’ 6-foot-3, 195-pound freshman guard, is second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg). Atkins, the Irish’s 6-2, 182-pound junior guard, is third on the team in scoring (12 ppg).

The skinny: Villanova defeated then-No. 3 Syracuse 75-71 in overtime Saturday after beating then-No. 5 Louisville 73-62 on Jan. 22 to become the first unranked team to beat two top-five teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, according to STATS LLC. … Notre Dame fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after going 2-3 in its past five games. … The Irish lead the Big East in field goal percentage offense at .478, while the Wildcats at second in field goal percentage defense at .383.

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette