Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes
CHICAGO (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 20 points, Phil Booth added 17 points and six assists and No. 1 Villanova beat DePaul 103-85 on Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
The Wildcats (13-0, 1-0 Big East) closed in on last year's program-record 14-0 start and gave coach Jay Wright his 399th victory in 17 seasons at Villanova.
Bridges and Booth each made four 3-pointers, and the Wildcats nailed 15 of 31 from long range.
Jalen Brunson had 16 points and five assists. Eric Paschall scored 16, and Villanova hit the 100-point mark for the third time this season.
Max Strus had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for DePaul (7-6, 0-1), which dropped its 13th straight against ranked opponents. They fell to 3-21 against No. 1 teams.
No. 6 XAVIER 91, MARQUETTE 87
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trevon Blueitt had 23 points and J.P. Macura scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half for Xavier.
Tyrique Jones added 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Xavier (13-1, 1-0), which won its eighth straight game.
Andrew Rowsey led the Golden Eagles (9-4, 0-1) with 31 points but missed a 3 while open from a couple feet from behind the arc with 1:16 left with his team trailing 85-82.
The Big East leader in free throw shooting (79.8 percent), Xavier sealed the road victory by going 6 of 6 from the line over the final 28 seconds.