"I go back to crediting Providence's defense for that". A few minutes later Bridges hit another trey and Villanova's lead was up to 68-64 with 2:16 left. Jalen Brunson led the Wildcats with a game-high 31 points. Eric Paschall hit a floater in the lane that seemed to steady the Wildcats.
"It was old school Big East", Wright said. "We're at our best when we have balance".
But when Wenyen Gabriel knocked down his seventh 3-pointer on the next possession, the Wildcats were on their way. Fresno State makes almost 40 percent of the 3s it takes, but does not take many of them since its big men are not very versatile. "We're excited to move forward and see what we can do".
- Providence will host ME this weekend in a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series, with the victor advancing to the TD Garden in Boston for the Hockey East Semifinals next Friday, March 16. She had four assists and three steals and hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Villanova was rolling, and if a game can be over in the opening 5 minutes, this was the one. Sure they ran up and down the court, but every shot was contested. "They're going to be a tough out in the NCAA Tournament because you can't score on them", Wright said in a postgame interview on FS1. "They didn't miss to start the game". Providence's senior point guard had three critical moments against Villanova.
That halted the back-and-forth action but Villanova closed better.
It's expected that the Wildcats would get here, dispatching Marquette in the quarterfinals by 24 points, before thumping Butler right out the gate, for an 87-68 win. He coached the rest of the game that way. The Big East Freshman of the Year finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
So, it was cake and eating it, but the jolt of just being in this kind of struggle will do them good.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-10) advanced to play the victor of the game between No. 13 Tennessee and Arkansas. As a team, they shot 47.5 percent from the field. "But having said that, we still would have preferred to play in the finals". "We limited their threes and guarded well against Baldwin and Martin".
They could follow Villanova straight to the Final Four. Syracuse is at the top with five straight appearances. Villanova defeated Providence 89-69 on January 23rd 2018.
- The Friars boast recent success against ME, having won 12-consecutive games and claim a 16-game unbeaten streak (15-0-1) dating back to 2011.
Despite the effort put in by the Gatorade towel, Providence lost to Villanova, 76-66. Providence also beat Xavier two out of three games, so they definitely have the potential to topple giants. Friars are in the conference semifinals for the fourth time in five years.