Villanova can expect test against West Virginia defence

That, by the way, was the last time the Mountaineers knocked off a No. 1 seed in the tournament, upsetting Kentucky in the East regional finals in Syracuse, New York. The Tigers have trailed by 20 on three occasions. But Konate has a great instinct for defense, and has recorded four or more blocks 14 times this season - including in a win at Baylor in which he blocked nine shots. The Wildcats coasted in their first two games of the tournament, crushing both Radford and Alabama in impressive fashion.

Texas Tech 78-73. The Red Raiders have the guard play of Culver, Smith, and Evans to get past Haas-less Purdue.

Zach Smith added 14 points and five rebounds.

The back-and-forth first half action continued and Villanova took a 44-42 lead heading into the locker room. The Mountaineers then answered back with an 8-0 run which included six free throws and a layup from West to take a 33-30 lead with 5:15 left until halftime. In one sequence, after DiVincenzo fell to the court while corralling a defensive rebound, he got to his feet and recollected the ball only to be surrounded by defenders who forced a 10-second violation.

Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 30 points, including four 3-pointers. Now that they have reached the Elite Eight, the expectations have not changed one bit.

Texas Tech (27-9) also got 33 points from its bench, compared to just 6 for Purdue.

Villanova advanced in the East Region final by rallying for a 90-78 win against No. 5 West Virginia.

It's officially the end of an era for West Virginia. Carter added 12 points and eight assists.

Villanova, meanwhile, missed seven straight field goals and fell behind 52-47 before an Omari Spellman 3-pointer from the corner ended the dry spell.

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.

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"What a game, man".

BOSTON-It was physical, exhaustive and intense because, for the most part, it was a typical West Virginia game.

Duke 68-61. The Syracuse zone will have the ability to keep the game close, but Duke has too many shooters and they have Bagley on the inside who should eat up offensive rebounds on the inside.

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

Mar 23, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate (50) high fives guard James Bolden (3) during the second half against the Villanova Wildcats in the semifinals of the East regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at the TD Garden.

The final round of Sweet 16 games are underway. Things typically start with Jalen Brunson (19.1 ppg, 3.7 apg) but the emergence of potential lottery pick Mikal Bridges down this recent stretch run has really elevated the team into a title favorite.

The Wildcats' near future means an Elite Eight game here Sunday, after a moment to exhale. In fact, this marks the sixth time Bill Self's team has been seeded first since KU won it all in 2008; the Jayhawks haven't made the Final Four one of those times. "I don't think there's any secret".

Not bad for a guy that looked like this just three years ago before he was in a college strength program.

"That was the most physically challenging and mentally challenging 40 minutes that we've played in a long time", said Villanova coach Jay Wright. 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. "Since it's one of the games, they're throwing it in on a lot of the parlays". "It wasn't a matter of fear like, 'Don't let it happen to us.' It's just: You just have to respect these teams".

Gabe DeVoe had a career-high 31 points for Clemson, which finished the season 25-10. There are a few more predictable, better seeded teams facing each other on Friday, but it should still bring us just as much madness that Thursday brought us.

  • Regina Holmes