College basketball is coming back to Madison Square Garden this month. In a matchup between the past two NCAA champions, Villanova and Virginia are scheduled to square off Dec. 19 in the heart of New York City, the arena announced Tuesday.
After his team's first loss of the season, Villanova coach Jay Wright wanted to give his bench more playing time against Hartford. Eric Dixon came off the bench to score 14 points and grab 10 rebounds and the 12th-ranked Wildcats used a balanced attack to rout the Hawks 87-53 on Tuesday. Villanova's reserves outscored Hartford's 40-12.
No. 3 Villanova is extending its stay in Connecticut's ''Bubbleville'' and coach Jay Wright says the Big East might want to look at the format for its tournament this season. The ''Bubbleville'' event is an the 11-day gathering of college basketball teams at the Mohegan Sun resort casino for early season nonconference play. ''You feel safe,'' Wright said.