Villanova has made a recent tradition of taking part in one of the growing list of early-season exempt tournament events. This season is no different as the Wildcats travel to Anaheim to take place in the ESPN-owned 76 Classic. They open the tournament on Thanksgiving Day, with a 4:30pm EST appointment with the UC Riverside Highlanders.
UC Riverside – KenPom Ranking: 228th
The Highlanders are the only opponent that we know Villanova will play. Coming out of the low-major Big West conference, the Highlanders are one of the weak sisters in the competition after failing to secure a win over Division 1 opposition. UCR losses to UTEP and Youngstown State and their sole victory was over Cal Lutheran, a tiny