Villanova became the highest seed to be knocked out of the tournament so far Saturday night.
The No. 2 Wildcats were led by Darrun Hilliard’s 16 points, on 6-for-11 shooting, and 15 from JayVaughn Pinkston.
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The city of Philadelphia is buzzing about the possibility of a Villanova-St. Joseph’s NCAA Tournament matchup on Saturday. The Wildcats are only worried about Thursday.
The Wildcats will be the second seed in the East Region and will play in Buffalo on Thursday.
What makes this NCAA Tournament so interesting is that there are no world-beaters in the 68-team field.
Both Villanova and St. Joe’s had their names called in the 68-team field on Sunday Selection. And both are in the Eastern Regional.
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 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.
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.
Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead No. 8 Villanova to a 67-48 victory over Butler on Wednesday night.
It was the second straight win for Villanova since its second loss of the season to No. 11 Creighton.
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.