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First of all, who put a hole in the side of the Spectrum? They're tearing the iconic Philadelphia arena down. It's a bit disconcerting to see the building relatively intact but with a hole in the side as if Road Runner ran through a cartoon wall.

Fortunately, the Terps-Wildcats game (1:00 start) is in the Well Fargo Center, which has no holes that I can detect.

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So here it is, Maryland's last chance for a nonconference win against a nationally-ranked team.

Villanova reminds me of some guard-oriented Maryland teams before Jordan Williams arrived. The Wildcats are loaded with good guards -- Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, Maalik Wayns -- and can play four guards at once if they want to go small.

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But Villanova has been getting inside help from senior Antonio Pena (56.5 percent from the floor) and Mouphtaou Yarou (9.7 points per game).

That balance -- few teams have it -- is a big reason why the Cats are 15-1 (4-0 Big East).

Remember last season?

Maryland had surrendered 11 threes and 49 points to Villanova by halftime. The Terps aren't built to win shootout games, so they'll obviously need to play better defense this time around.

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