(AP) -- Villanova has endured a few significant tests over its first eight games, though it is yet to play in a true road environment.
The 14th-ranked Wildcats will make the short drive to rival Saint Joseph's on Saturday for a Big Five matchup, playing their first game of the season on an opponent's court after reemerging onto the national scene last week.
"You can never tell how intense it's going to be," Villanova head coach Jay Wright told the school's official website. "You just know the intensity is going to be up there. It's St. Joe-Villanova - there's nothing like it in college basketball. It's an honor to be a part of."