Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Villanova and Richmond meet on Saturday
for the 31st time in a series which dates back to 1955.
This year's contest has a little more interest because each team has taken a
big step in what was thought to be a rebuilding season. Through the season's
first five games, Villanova has exceeded and Richmond matched its win total
from last year.
After an early 0-1 start, Villanova has won four straight games and has a
chance to remain perfect in CAA play, having already defeated Rhode Island and
Maine. Coach Andy Talley's squad, which was 2-9 last season, has had success
thanks to its conference-leading run game.
Three Wildcats are in the top 10 in rushing in the CAA, led by conference
leader Kevin Monangai (102.8 ypg)
Under first-year head coach Danny Rocco, Richmond looks like a completely
different team compared to last year's 3-8 squad which was winless in CAA
play. The Spiders have opened the start with a 3-2 mark and quarterback John
Laub has played very well in his first year as a true starter.
Richmond is 1-1 in the conference after a late rally last week came up short
at Old Dominion.
Villanova has a 21-9 series advantage.
Saturday's game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET
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