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2018 Schedule
24-3, 2nd in Big East

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

A month ago Trae Young had a large gap after him in our opponent adjusted win shares metric. He still leads in the metric but Jock Landale, Jalen Brunson, Devonte Graham, Jevon Carter, and Keita Bates-Diop have almost caught up.

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The 12 teams that can win it all this year

In a wide-open college basketball season, few teams have stood out. Can just about any team win it all? Not quite. It's time to go through the list of legitimate candidates.

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Virginia strengthens hold atop AP Top 25 poll

Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins. Middle Tennessee checked in at 24th, marking its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.

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2dJeff Borzello

College hoops Power Rankings: Will SEC's depth hurt teams in March?

Eleven SEC teams are within striking distance of the tournament, so what's the problem? They're building their résumés and metrics by beating each other, so the committee might value the league differently when selecting the field.

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2dJeff Borzello

Inside Villanova's epic five-year run

Over the past decade, the Wildcats have become college basketball's most consistent winner. It started with Jay Wright's cultural rebuild and a whole lot of attitude.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

After Saturday's win over Xavier, Villanova's Jay Wright said Phil Booth (11.6 PPG, 43 percent from the 3-point line) could play limited minutes against DePaul on Wednesday.

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Villanova tops Xavier in top-5 matchup (1:11)
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Big East showdown: No. 3 Villanova 95, No. 4 Xavier 79

Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the third-ranked Wildcats showed they're not ready to relinquish their reign in the Big East, beating No. 4 Xavier 95-79 on Saturday in a showdown for the league lead.

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Gillespie connects on second-chance triple (0:26)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova from 3-point range last three games: 17-for-71 (23.9 percent). Villanova from 3-point range tonight: 16-for-34 (47.1 percent).

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Bridges drops dime to set up Villanova dunk (0:23)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Down the stretch, Jay Wright will have to manage Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall, both with four fouls. This is where Trevon Bluiett is at his best. He'll just keep attacking and drawing fouls and nibbling at this lead if Nova can't stay in front of him.

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Tempers flare between Villanova, Xavier (0:56)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Double technical fouls on Omari Spellman and Paul Scruggs after their brief confrontation. Surprised this didn't happen earlier in the game. Lot of trash talk. Huge fourth foul for Scruggs, too.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Mikal Bridges was the biggest problem for Xavier in the first half. JP Macura couldn't stay with him. Naji Marshall, a lengthy, 6-7 combo forward is on him to start the second half. That's slowing Nova's offense.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Important to note that Villanova only connected on 15 of its 53 attempts (28.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the last three games. Made 58 percent (11-for-19) in the first half at Xavier.

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Bridges skies for alley-oop slam (0:15)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Xavier came into the Big East in 2013, Villanova is 9-1 against the Musketeers with wins coming by an average of 17.6 points.

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Spellman flushes one-handed jam (0:20)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier is actually playing good perimeter defense. Active on the 3-point line. But the Wildcats continue to make contested 3-pointers. Just hot right now. They've made 63 percent of their 3-pointers. But again, Xavier isn't missing assignments. They're rotating off screens and making sure they don't surrender open looks. Nova just making ridiculous shots.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Mikal Bridges, have yourself a day.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple of key matchups to watch. Eric Paschall has shadowed Trevon Bluiett in the first half. Doing a good job of denying his touches. Bluiett working hard to get open. The other matchup to watch is JP Macura on Mikal Bridges. Once Bridges goes downhill, Macura can't keep up without help, so he's giving him extra room so he can react when Bridges drives. Those matchups could dictate the outcome of this game.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Booth's injury is significant for this Villanova squad, especially on the defensive end. The Wildcats have held opponents to just 0.95 points per possession (29.8 percent from the 3-point line), while creating turnovers on more than one-fifth of their possessions, per hooplens.com. Much harder to run players off the 3-point line and guard the perimeter without the guard.

Team Stats

Points Per Game87.41st
Rebounds Per Game35.1Tied-196th
Assists Per Game16.826th
Points Allowed70.9Tied-139th

Tournament History

Final Fours5
Tournament Record58-36
Championship Seasons1985, 2016
Tournament Appearances37