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 19 points and No. 6 Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time in 32 years by holding off undermanned Xavier 77-70 on Thursday night.
Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to lift No. 9 Villanova to an 82-79 win over Providence on Tuesday night.
Darrun Hilliard scored 22 points, JayVaughn Pinkston had 14 points and 11 rebounds and No. 6 Villanova beat DePaul 87-62 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight win.
Villanova coach Jay Wright reached 400 career victories. He has won 278 games at Villanova (278-146; 2001-present) after going 122-85 at Hofstra (1994-2001). Wright has led his teams to 10 NCAA tournaments and took the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four.
James Bell hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Darrun Hilliard had 17 to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 81-58 win over Xavier on Monday night.
It’s easy to throw out the records whenever two city teams meet in a Big 5 battle. Villanova has made it clear that Saturday’s showdown with Temple is no exception.
Knowing that Mount St. Mary’s is a team that likes to press and take away the 3-point shot, Villanova head coach Jay Wright hoped his offense would be able to score inside.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright faced his longtime assistant, Joe Jones, now the head coach at Boston University, and showed him that the teacher still knew a thing or two.