NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Hart had 15 points in his latest brilliant performance off the bench, and top-seeded Villanova turned the Big East championship game into a Saturday night blowout by beating Xavier 69-52 for its second tournament title.
Looking to lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, the fourth-ranked Wildcats (32-2) made an impressive statement much to the delight of a pro-Villanova crowd at Madison Square Garden.
After squeezing past Providence 63-61 with the help of a questionable call in Friday night’s semifinals, Villanova had no such trouble against the sixth-seeded Musketeers (21-13).
Dylan Ennis scored 16 points and Darrun Hilliard had 12, sending the Wildcats into the NCAA Tournament on a 15-game winning streak. They’ll find out Sunday if the selection committee rewards them with one of the four top seeds.
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