Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to a dominating 77-59 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, preserving the Wildcats’ hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
James Bell scored 16 points, and No. 9 Villanova prevailed in a messy, foul-plagued game of stops and starts Monday night for a 65-60 victory over Georgetown, the Hoyas’ fifth straight loss.
“We’re probably looking at an economic impact of eight to ten million dollars,” says Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.
With the Wildcats on the brink of putting themselves in position to secure at least an at-large bid, one major obstacle looms: No. 5. Georgetown.
Austin Freeman scored 10 of Georgetown’s final 12 points — he had an assist on the other two — and finished with 30 in a 69-66 victory over No. 8 Villanova on Saturday.
The Wildcats fell to 17-3 for the season with that surprising 83-68 loss at Providence on Wednesday night.