"Great players made plays". "Their game plan was better". Saturday in the title game, the Wildcats will play Creighton, which also won its semifinal in thrilling fashion Friday. "This was purely about talented players". He was again Friday night. Villanova won both meetings with Creighton this season, covering the spread in both games as well. The Wildcats shot 59 percent in the second half.
But they play some wicked defense.
"Players are stepping up at the right time, we're figuring out ways to win - we just had to figure out how to play with each other". Chrabascz didn't score a single, solitary point in that game. Most of it was individual effort, going one-on-one or recognizing an opportunity before anyone else on the court saw it. No team gets a clean ride through conference play and then the NCAA play beyond.
Jay Wright says they're good enough to do some damage. "That's a good feeling", Wright said. That turnover led to Isaiah Whitehead's game-winning basket and foul shot and Seton Hall's upset win over Villanova.
Both games turned out to be instant Big East Tournament classics, making it very hard for fans to leave the "World's Most Famous Arena" and await Championship Saturday.
If Villanova wins the conference tournament, the Wildcats' KenPom.com RPI of 2 and 10-2 record against top-50 teams should lock up the No. 1 overall seed heading into Selection Sunday.
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Foster hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 to go to put Creighton ahead 70-67.
Foster and Justin Patton each had 21 points for Creighton, which hit 13 of 20 from long range, including seven straight in one stretch bridging the first and second halves. Villanova pulled away in the second half for a 79-63 on February 25 in the final regular season contest at the Pavilion before it closes for a renovation that will take it off line for the 2017-18 season.
Villanova fell behind by double-digits against Seton Hall and didn't take it's first lead until there was 9:18 left.
But after the buzzer sounded, instead of running to his teammates and letting the Seton Hall players take their time to sulk, Hart went over to them and gave out hugs. He scored a game high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as well. The Wildcats, led by Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, and Kris Jenkins, can make it back-to-back Final Four appearances this year if they continue to play team basketball and gut out close wins just like tonight.
The Pirates ran a solid set and got Delgado the ball in the low post. "And they're going to get some people in the (NCAA) tournament".
Josh Hart: "I have so much respect for that program". I think he was kind of surprised he was so open. "I'm not sure there's a more physical team in our league and Delgado is just an absolute beast". It's kind of a whacky four-pack of teams squaring off, as top seeded Villanova was the only one of the top four seeds in the tournament to advance.