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

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

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 everything. Everybody is in tune with March Madness". The Wildcats won the national championship in 2016. When Konate rejected a Bridges fast-break dunk attempt and swaggered his way back down the floor, more than a few Wildcats fans surely thought about what had happened to so numerous tournament's other top teams and wondered whether their squad would be the next to fall. It gave VU a 65-60 lead with just under nine minutes to play in the second half.

Sadly, the season is over for Syracuse, while Villanova advances to the Elite 8. Much of this is due to their sophomore forward, Sagaba Konate, who ranks fourth in the country with an average of 3.23 blocks per game.

Battle had 19 points to lead the Orange.

The Red Raiders are into the regional final for the first time in program history after dominating 2-seed Purdue 78-65 in the last round.

Villanova: The Wildcats ran by Radford 87-61 in round one before beating up on Alabama 81-58 to get to the Sweet 16. Purdue never got closer than one point the rest of the way.

Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 30 points, including four 3-pointers.

Malik Newman had a team-high 17 points for Kansas, which is in the regional finals as a No. 1 seed for the third straight year.

Duke is in the Elite Eight for the first time since its 2015 title run.

Omari Spellman chipped in 18 points. But the Boilermakers allowed the Red Raiders 17 second-chance points.

Villanova (33-4) will play Sunday against the victor of Friday night's second semifinal game between No. 2 seed Purdue and No. 3 Texas Tech for the right to go to the Final Four for the second time in three years. The Wildcats drained four 3-pointers in a row during a late stretch that kept West Virginia at bay.

Daxter Miles led West Virginia with 16 points before fouling out with 2:12 to play.

The biggest Cinderella team remaining in March Madness continued their run with an inspired comeback and one huge shot
The Villanova-West Virginia Sweet 16 game included 2 monster blocks

There is no denying the importance of senior point guard, Jevon Carter, to the Mountaineers.

This time, it took everything Villanova (33-4) had.

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. Wildcats head coach Jay Wright has a team that can shoot from long range, play in a halfcourt setting and get out on the fastbreak. "We got a bunch of guys that really were looking for an opportunity to play at the highest level". "They're so relentless. They keep coming at you".

The Wildcats called timeout after Carter's basket and then went on an 11-0 run sparked by a three-point play from Brunson.

The man responsible for giving that scouting report to them, Bob Huggins, is most impressed with the way Villanova passes the basketball to get into position to make shots. Before Friday's Sweet 16 matchup with Villanova, the 64-year-old coach was asked to reflect on how basketball evolved over his years.

No. 1 Kansas 80, No. 5 Clemson 76: Kansas brought at least a temporary halt to the insanity this March, withstanding a wild comeback from fifth-seeded Clemson for a too-close-for-comfort win in Friday's first game.

But Villanova, with skilled guards Brunson, DiVincenzo and Phil Booth and forwards Bridges, OMari Spellman and Eric Paschall, should have the right ingredients to neutralize the Mountaineers' most potent weapon. Getting to the Final Four has been a different story - and the Jayhawks are on the doorstep once again.

JEVON CARTER: I felt like ever since our freshman year, we've always been underrated.

"When we got down six, I saw they pulled together so we could grind it out", said Wright, praising his veterans Brunson and Mikal Bridges, who added 16 points.

Still, it could've ended on Friday - in horrifying fashion - after Clemson stormed back from a 20-point deficit that stunned a crowd filled mostly with fans from Lawrence and surrounding areas, which are only a few hours from Omaha. Graham's offensive rebound after a Svi Mykhailiuk miss at the 1:57 mark allowed the Jayhawks to run nearly a minute off the clock. That's his best game of the season. But Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe each missed from beyond the arc.

We don't look at it as pressure, but we do look at it as a lot of responsibility.

"We finished the game about as poorly as a team can", Self said.

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