2k Empire Classic , Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut; Thursday, 9:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Arizona State is taking on Villanova in the 2k Empire Classic. Villanova earned a 76-67 win over Boston College in its most recent game, while Arizona State emerged with a 94-88 win against Rhode Island in its last outing.
DID YOU KNOW: Each of these teams posted winning records against non-conference competition last season. Arizona State went 9-3 against teams outside its conference, while Villanova went 11-2 in such games.