Villanova shoots down West Virginia pressure — March Madness

Villanova's Sweet 16 matchup is against an old Big East Conference foe
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24 March, 2018

Daxter was a great player himself, Jones recalled, so it wasn't a surprise when his old friend resurfaced with Daxter Jr.in tow at games that Jones' own son, Cyrus Jr.

Tattooed on Miles' right forearm is the number 240, for 240 Bond Street, where he grew up in East Baltimore. Fittingly, it took place in what used to be a Big East city.

But despite visual evidence to the contrary, the Wildcats had prepared extensively for how the Mountaineers would play them. As if that was an issue.

Texas Tech will play top seed Villanova in the East regional final Sunday.

In 2015, the Mountaineers beat No. 4 seed Maryland and Melo Trimble in the second round to advance to face unbeaten Kentucky.

West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins was asked if the foul trouble had altered the game. To watch these streams, you'll have a free preview before needing to sign in to a TV provider to keep watching, but if you don't have cable, you can do this by logging in with your Hulu credentials.

One of Villanova's greatest traits this season has been its ability to adapt on a game-by-game basis.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts up a shot during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Seton Hall Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan.

The top-seeded Wildcats are being tested by the fifth-seeded Mountaineers' pressure defense. Want to turn it into a track meet?

After 20 minutes, it's Villanova 44, West Virginia 42. In all, Villanova spent the first two rounds trailing its opponents for just 122 seconds, and its biggest deficit has been a mere three points.

The defining moment came with 11:04 to play. No. 1 seed Villanova continued its outside shooting feast against West Virginia, downing the fifth-seeded Mountaineers 90-78 to earn its first trip to the Elite Eight since winning a national title in 2016.

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The Wildcats gave no reason to doubt them in the first two rounds, and with all the experience now residing on that roster, I don't expect a hiccup in the second weekend.

"It's just our confidence we have in each other", Brunson said. "If I looked in their eyes and saw fear or worry, I wouldve maybe went a little insane, but I didn't". Instead, Wright was a picture of calm as the two teams went to the break. If you don't stay attached to all of them they will make shots.

Over the last 10:58, Villanova began to land blow after blow. VMI hit 442 3-pointers in 2006-07.

It's not an accident that Villanova knocks down shots. Wendell Carter Jr. posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Grayson Allen finished with 15 points and eight assists.

Q. Jevon, on Brunson, I guess what makes him such a tough matchup? But I guess don't nobody else besides us see us that way. It's all starting to form together. We just got to key in on guys, follow the scouting report. "We do what we do, and we've got to try and do what we do better than what they do". "It's us not being satisfied with where we are".

Malik Newman led the Jayhawks (30-7) with 17 points in a one-time runaway that got much closer and, quite frankly, won't mean much to KU fans if their team can't finish the job in the Midwest Region final Sunday. Brunson made his first free throw to cut WVU's lead to 60-55, but missed the second.

"It was right before the, I think, the 12-minute timeout, which we don't normally like to do", Wright said. "That's what we did". "This is March. This is what we came to do".

As the second half played out, Nova's Omari Spellman straight up took over. Defensively, West Virginia yields 69.0 points per game against the opposing teams. "We're better when we score, and we're better when the game is sped up". We've been in this situation.

Loyola-Chicago and its game-planning nun are headed to the Elite Eight. "They're gonna be 36-1", he said.

"Some coaches have guys who can make shots but can't bounce it or guys who can bounce it but can't make shots".

The Wildcats trailed by six with 11:08 to play, then outscored the Mountaineers by 18 the rest of the way to win by a dozen. He passed Ryan Arcidiacono (1,604), Hubie White (1,608), Bill Melchionni (1,612) and Tom Ingelsby (1,616). That's third best in NCAA history.


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