- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Ryan Arcidiacono hit seven 3-pointers, scored 27 points and showed No. 16 Villanova might again be the team to beat in the Big East, thumping No. 6 Xavier 95-64 on Thursday.

The two-time defending regular-season Big East championships and the 2015 tournament champs raced to a 20-point lead in the first half in the conference opener for both teams

Josh Hart scored the first 13 points of the second half for the Wildcats (11-2) and had 15 overall.

James Farr led Xavier (12-1) with 15 points.

NO. 12 PROVIDENCE 81, NO. 9 BUTLER 73



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rodney Bullock scored a career-high 25 points, Kris Dunn came close to a triple-double and Providence rallied to beat Butler in the Big East opener for both teams.

Dunn had 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists to help the Friars (13-1) to their seventh straight win. Kelan Martin led Butler (11-2) with 20 points, and Roosevelt Jones had 19.

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