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Villanova is the top seed in the Big East Tournament and the third ranked team in the country, but it’s business as usual on the Main Line.
Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and No. 8 Villanova set a school record for regular-season wins with a 73-56 victory over Marquette on Sunday.
It was the second straight win for Villanova since its second loss of the season to No. 11 Creighton.
The Villanova Wildcats sit at 23-3 this season (11-2 in the Big East) and they are now ranked ninth in the country as they get ready to welcome St. John’s to the Center on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Arcidiacono coolly guided No. 4 Villanova to a 94-85 overtime victory over Marquette on Saturday.
After a Saturday win over St. John’s, the Wildcats are 15-1 and this week they moved up two spots in the AP Top 25 poll.
JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds No. 8 Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John’s 74-67 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
By the time you read this, the Eagles-Dallas game will have been decided. Without Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys were expected to lean heavily on running back, De Marco Murray, who had been coming on strong of late. This season, he had surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his three-year career.
No. 2 Syracuse rallied past No. 8 Villanova 78-62 Saturday in a battle of unbeatens.
The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38.
They are 9-0, they already own a signature win over Kansas and a “Battle 4 Atlantis” tournament title. Throw in a couple of blowout wins over Big 5 opponents Penn and St. Joe’s and you get a #10 (AP) ranking in the country.
North Carolina’s 3-point shooting could cause a problem for Villanova when they face the Tar Heels on Friday because perimeter defense has been a season-long bugaboo for the Wildcats.
Villanova coach Jay Wright says he was doubting himself during the team’s early season struggles.
Mouphtaou Yarou made his first seven shots and scored 18 points, sending Villanova to a 66-53 victory over St. John’s in the second round of the Big East tournament Wednesday night.