Villanova Basketball: 5 questions for Wildcats against West Virginia in Sweet 16

March Madness 2018 Villanova vs. West Virginia matchup pick predictions

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That and-one layup launched Villanova on an 11-0 run, which became a 22-6 run, and by the time the clock hit zero, the Wildcats had secured a comfortable 90-78 win that earned them a berth in the Elite Eight.

The Boilermakers, who did not attempt any free throws and were outscored in bench points 16-2. An 11-0 Villanova run midway through the half - capped by a putback slam by Omari Spellman - put the Wildcats ahead, 65-60, with nine minutes remaining, and they would not look back.

If the first night of the Sweet 16 games from the 2018 NCAA Tournament are any indication of what's in store for Friday night, the battle between the Villanova Wildcats and West Virginia Mountaineers should be a good one for basketball fans to watch. And Villanova head coach Jay Wright as his team made just one of its last 10 shots to that point.

Huggins typically only studies videotape of the five most recent games when preparing for an opponent, but he may be inclined to venture back a little bit farther to see how St. John's limited Villanova to shooting 41.8 percent in a 79-75 Red Storm victory on February 7, or what Creighton did to cause the Wildcats to make just 41.1 percent of their shots in an 89-83 overtime victory on February 24.

Zone Defense. If you enjoy man to man defense, then this is not the game for you, but if you enjoy zone defense and three point shooting then you will enjoy this game.

"First off, I want to say "thank you" to Coach (Huggins) for giving me the opportunity to play for West Virginia, and thank you to the state for showing us, just being great my four years", Miles said. While Orange is the New Black is the bigger show with a longer history on its side, The Ranch was the Cinderella story of our tournament previous year, advancing all the way to the final round where they came up a few votes shy of winning against the Gilmore Girls.

During a stretch like the one Villanova put together in the second half Friday against a famously physical West Virginia team, West Virginia can seem to operate on a different plane.

Wright called a timeout to settle his team down and remind them to stick to the game plan with plenty of time left.

To beat Villanova, the Mountaineers are going to have to figure out a way to disrupt Villanova's outside shooters, something they were not able to do in their losses to Kansas.

"I just try to be myself", Spellman said after practice earlier this week.

West Virginia adjusted for a while, taking advantage of a more than three-minute Villanova scoring drought to take a 60-54 edge with just over 11 minutes left.

Then again, Villanova also can wear down an opponent with its depth, speed, shooting and defense. However, the Big 12 advanced four teams to the Sweet 16. "I wish we would have kept going, but I enjoyed every moment".


This is West Virginia's third trip to the Sweet 16 in the last four years and the third straight time it has to get past a No. 1 seed to keep its season alive. "When you over help they make shots". The Wildcats led, 44-42, in a fierce and frenetic first half.

Jevon Carter and Sagaba Konate each at 12 points to lead West Virginia.

The Wildcats came out firing, connecting on their first seven field goals. They'll play Sunday against the victor of Friday night's second semi-final between No2 seed Duke and 11-seed Syracuse.

"I think Clemson's overrated", he said.

"I just looked at Jalen, Mikal (Bridges) and Phil (Booth) and I could see in their eyes we were good", he said.

The Boilermakers have now been to the Sweet 16 four times in the last 10 seasons, and as almost everyone knows at this point, the first three of those trips ended in defeat.

The second game matched the Purdue Boilermakers against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Carter 3 gives WVU its first lead. "And the 3-point shot".

Despite the outcome, Carter said he is proud of his classmates' four-year run.

Most of this year's tournament has been defined by characters (Sister Jean, Mariah Musselman), its Cinderellas and its history, the East Regional simply has good teams.

Carter said the tournament will always mean a lot to both of them. So too are Florida State, Kansas State and MI in this maddest of Marches.

"Most importantly for us, nothing changes", Brunson said. "Anything can happen in March". We started with 32 shows and now we're cut in half to 16 and we'll soon see a champion crowned.

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