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ESPN College GameDay FREE LIVE STREAM UConn vs. Villanova basketball: How to watch

ESPN's College GameDay visits UConn ahead of a game against Villanova. Get ready with free pregame shows on streaming services.

ESPN's College GameDay basketball crew will be making a special appearance at the home of the defending national champions on Saturday, February 24th ahead of a highly anticipated matchup between No. 1 UConn and Villanova.

For those who have cut the cord, there is good news as you can watch the pregame show for free starting at 10 a.m. Eastern on streaming services such as FuboTV and DirecTV Stream. Additionally, Sling TV is offering promotional pricing for new customers.

This marks the first time in a decade that GameDay has made the trip to Storrs, Connecticut, where the inaugural GameDay basketball edition aired in 2005. Host Rece Davis will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg, and Andraya Carter on set inside Gampel Pavilion.

The highly anticipated game between the Huskies and Wildcats is set to tip off at 8 p.m. Eastern on FOX.

Here are more details on how to watch GameDay via various streaming services.

Now, let's take a closer look at the background of the UConn vs. Villanova matchup.

The Villanova Wildcats (15-11, 8-7 Big East) will be facing off against the UConn Huskies (24-3, 14-2 Big East) in Storrs, Connecticut on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST.

The Huskies are coming off a tough loss where Tristen Newton scored 27 points in UConn's 85-66 defeat to the Creighton Bluejays.

UConn has been dominant at home with a perfect 14-0 record in home games. They also boast an impressive 18-2 record in games decided by at least 10 points.

On the other hand, the Wildcats have had a decent season with an 8-7 record against Big East opponents. Villanova ranks sixth in the Big East with 24.3 defensive rebounds per game, led by Tyler Burton who averages 5.2 rebounds.

In terms of scoring, UConn averages 81.4 points, which is 15.5 more than the 65.9 points that Villanova allows. The Wildcats, however, have been successful from beyond the arc, averaging 9.3 made 3-pointers per game this season, which is 3.3 more than the 6.0 per game UConn gives up.

As for the top performers, Newton has been a key player for the Huskies, averaging 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. Cam Spencer has also been impressive, averaging 13.4 points over the last 10 games for UConn.

On the other side, Eric Dixon has been a standout player for the Wildcats, scoring 15.9 points per game with 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. TJ Bamba has also been contributing, averaging 11.9 points over the past 10 games for Villanova.

In their last 10 games, the Huskies have been on a roll with a 9-1 record, averaging 78.6 points, 38.4 rebounds, 16.9 assists, 6.7 steals, and 5.0 blocks per game, while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 62.7 points per game.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats have had a tougher time with a 4-6 record in their last 10 games, averaging 69.3 points, 31.7 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 6.0 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game, while shooting 44.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 67.2 points.

This matchup is sure to be an exciting one as the top-ranked UConn Huskies take on the Villanova Wildcats. Be sure to tune in for what promises to be a thrilling game.

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