After losing star senior point guard Maurice Watson to a torn ACL on January 16, the Bluejays lost seven of their final 12 regular season games, tumbling out of the top-25 rankings while barely clinging to NCAA tournament hopes.
On Friday night at Madison Square Garden, Seton Hall threw everything it had at 'Nova.
It's theirs to lose as they are more-than-likely heading into the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
Hart, who shot 9-for-18 from the floor and made four 3-pointers, also grabbed six rebounds on his way to becoming just the third player to win the Big East Tournament MVP award twice, joining Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Peyton Siva of Louisville.
Unlike Friday's game against Seton Hall, it didn't take Villanova the whole first half to get into a groove - no, just 10 minutes.
Hart (15), Brunson (11) and Jenkins (8) scored 34 of the Wildcats' 36 first half points. Averaging 17 and 10, Motley's value at both ends of the court has been crucial for Baylor. Villanova G Jalen Brunson scored in double figures in all three Big East tournament games. Seton Hall did everything they could in order to keep the Wildcats from taking control of this game and keeping the Villanova-dominant crowd quiet.
Darryl Reynolds (26 Min, 0 Points, 0 Shots, 4 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Turnover, 0 Steals, 4 Blocks, 115 ORtg) As a team, the Cats help Angel Delgado to 8 points and 8 rebounds - Reynolds played a part in that with his defense effort and work on the boards.
Such a display of class is a heartwarming talking point, but it speaks to something greater about Hart and Villanova: This team is mature. Hart would miss his one free throw which was rebounded by Myles Powell. The No. 2-seeded Mountaineers had been a scourge for the Cyclones the past two years, winning the last four meetings in relatively easy fashion. Still, we have the Jayhawks pegged as the second-best team in the country. Not only are they the defending national champs, they have a great shot at getting back to the Final Four as this region's top seed.
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Although Villanova's 31-3 record looks near flawless, the Wildcats are still fine-tuning for the three weeks ahead.
Josh Hart scored 29 points to lead Villanova to a 74-60 victory over Creighton in the Big East championship game. SMU plays No. 15 Cincinnati, an 81-71 victor over UConn, in today's final.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin. Happ is the fourth player in the East regional to be named as a player of the year candidate.
Macura had 22 points, including six 3-pointers for seventh-seeded Xavier (21-13). Moreover, Villanova leads the all-time series (9-2) against Creighton.
In fact, Creighton's offense was practically non-existent until Ronnie Harrell Jr. came off the bench in the second half and scored nine points in a matter of just minutes. This path has more potholes than the Wildcats saw before last season's Elite Eight, and then Duke has all the weapons to make it an interesting night of it if both get to a Madison Square Garden matchup, which, by the way, would be a tougher ticket than even the Final Four.
The score would be 72-69 in favor of Creighton with 30.4 seconds left to play when Xavier fouled Cole Huff to put him on the charity stripe. Virginia is playing much better since the 4-game losing skid in February and the emergence of freshman sharp shooter Kyle Guy has been a godsend in Charlottesville. Jenkins hit a long 3 at the halftime buzzer after a Villanova timeout with 3.3 seconds to play.
Better yet, the entire team has already been making their presence known with a sweeping win against St. John's Red Storm on March 9th, clinching the Big East Conference Quarter Finals.