Wichita State is a No. 4 seed for coach Gregg Marshall, who goes up against his namesake, where he worked as an assistant from 1996-98 in his last stop before becoming a head coach. But 11th-seeded Syracuse, which beat Arizona State 60-56 in a First Four game Wednesday night, might surprise somebody. Sexton averages 19 points and was named SEC co-freshman of the year and second team all-SEC.
After defeating Marquette and Butler in their first two games, the only team left in the Wildcats path Saturday evening was the No. 5 seed Friars. Brunson, the 6-foot-3 all-America junior guard and the team’s captain, said that despite being in the tournament the previous two years, this is a new experience with a new team.
Marquette was the only team to score 70 points against them in NY and Butler was the only team to come close to shooting 50 percent from the field (48.1). Their first match-up comes against the victor of the 16-seed play-in game between LIU and Radford.
Villanova smothered Radford on the defensive end and buried the Highlanders with a barrage of threes. Radford? Just 10 points on 4 of 20 from the floor.
“Jalen Brunson, a 6’3” junior who, like Bridges, was a first-team All-Big East player, is an incredible three-point shooter and is a big part of the leadership of the Wildcats.
Villanova was in complete control during a typical balanced stretch early in the second half, a 9-0 spurt that made the score 58-29: a driving hoop for Brunson, a three-pointer by Omari Spellman, a short jumper by Eric Paschall and a steal and dunk by Spellman. Then there was the year when CT looked like they were down (2014) and we had them in the second game. That’s all anyone really cares about.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Wildcats are 23.5-point favorites to knock off the Highlanders while the over/under now sits at 140 points.
The Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden saw the same sort of performances we came to expect at the beginning of the season from the Wildcats. “We have six games, let’s make it happen”. “Even with our shots not falling we were still right there in every game”. We’ve been in a lot of different situations through the years. When he’s got his game going, he takes away your soul. Despite the win, ‘Nova was unable to catch Xavier in the standings and the Musketeers took the regular season Big East crown. Wright has won 21 NCAA Tournament games, leading the Wildcats to five Sweet 16 appearances, two Final Fours and a national championship in 2016.
Villanova has a more urgent goal as a No. 1 seed than a Final Four.
Villanova players react as their seeding is unveiled on Selection Sunday. He has spoken about it at great length. “So we just have to go out and stick to our core values and keep getting better at it”.
“I don’t think it’s just going to be a little blip on the radar”, said John Tauer, the championship-winning coach at Division III St. Thomas in Minnesota, who doubles as a social psychology professor. Plenty of experts have picked No.3 MI or No.4 Gonzaga to win the West, though the Tar Heels have proven they’ve got what it takes to become champions.