The battle of the undefeated is upon us. Notre Dame and Villanova square off to decide who will be one of last no loss teams. Here’s how to watch Notre Dame vs Villanova online.
Three weeks ago this game was thought to be nothing more than an easy win for #1 ranked Villanova. But nine games later, the Fighting Irish are cruising their way through the season.
Notre Dame’s biggest advantage in this game is Bonzie Colson. The dynamic forward has dominated the boards all year. Villanova’s weakness in down low, and against Colson it will be exposed.
In the backcourt, Matt Farrell and V.J. Beachem will do their best to slow down Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins. With the abundance of guards they have on the roster, the Irish should be able to slow the Wildcats backcourt at least.
There’s more on the line in this one than an undefeated record. Villanova will likely slide down the rankings with a loss, while Notre Dame would drop right out of the top 25 without a win. On the other hand, a win by the Fighting Irish would move them up, possibly into the top 15. The Wildcats would remain #1 with a victory.
Three weeks ago this game meant nothing. Now, it’s the game of the week. These two teams are some of the last group of veterans in college basketball. Both teams have experienced players who’ve developed through the program. For college basketball, it’s refreshing to see two of the best be teams with upperclassmen.
I think Saturday’s kinda neat where maybe the discussion can be around two teams with veterans back that have won instead of a lottery pick freshman…
Throughout the week, Notre Dame head coach, Mike Brey, told the media, “I think Saturday’s kinda neat where maybe the discussion can be around two teams with veterans back that have won instead of a lottery pick freshman who maybe is hurt but maybe he’ll be back before Christmas. Or a lottery pick freshman who’s getting his butt beat. We’ve got two
teams that have won a lot the last two years, and they’re older driven.”
It is refreshing. These are two teams that are quietly taking over the 2016-2017 season. They may be #1 vs #23 right now, but come March they could easily be two top 10 teams.
It’s hard to say who will win this one. When it boils down to it, Notre Dame has Bonzie Colson, and that will be a huge key to success. If the guards are able to throw Villanova’s backcourt off their game, Notre Dame should come up with the victory.
Here’s how to watch Notre Dame vs Villanova:
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Newark, NJ
Venue: Prudential Center
Live Stream: CBSSports