Cincinnati (19-6, 7-5 Big East) has relied on Kilpatrick for most of its offense lately with point guard Cashmere Wrighton the mend. Kilpatrick has averaged nearly 21 points over the last seven games, leading the Bearcats in scoring each time.
Wright had 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting, his second-best point total in his last seven games.
Villanova (15-10, 6-6) had won its last two games with high-percentage shooting. The Wildcats had a tough time getting open against Cincinnati's trapping defense and turned it over 19 times. JayVaughn Pinkstonled Villanova with 12 points.
The Wildcats were only 3 of 13 behind the arc and 7 of 15 on free throws.