NCAA Basketball

#14 Villanova Wildcats (16-5)


Sat. 2/20 Tue. 2/23 Sun. 2/28 Wed. 3/3 Sat. 3/6
vs. UConn 
W 68-60
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vs. StJn 
W 81-58
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@ Butler 
L 61-73
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vs. Cre 
W 72-60
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@ Prov 
L 52-54
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Late tip-in helps Providence hold off No. 10 Villanova 54-52

No. 10 Villanova is limping into the postseason with a third-string point guard and a bit of a road slump.

David Duke and Nate Watson scored 20 points apiece, and Duke outjumped his taller teammate and four Wildcats to tip in the game-winner with 2.8 seconds left on Saturday as Providence held on after blowing a 20-point lead to beat the Big East champions 54-52.

Although the TV broadcast credited the 6-foot-10 Watson with the tiebreaking putback, the box score said it was Duke, a guard who is five inches shorter. Watson said he wasn't sure - and he didn't much care.

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Leaders
Points: J. Robinson-Earl15.2
Rebounds: J. Robinson-Earl8.4
Assists: C. Gillespie4.6
FG%: J. Robinson-Earl48.3%
FT%: C. Gillespie83.3%
3P%: C. Daniels39.4%
Steals: C. Gillespie1.0
Blocks: J. Robinson-Earl0.5
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Gonzaga24-0
2 Baylor21-1
3 Illinois20-6
4 Michigan19-3
5 Iowa20-7
6 Alabama21-6
7 Houston21-3
8 Arkansas21-5
9 Ohio State18-8
10 West Virginia18-8
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Gonzaga24-0
2 Baylor21-1
3 Illinois20-6
4 Michigan19-3
5 Alabama21-6
6 Iowa20-7
7 Houston21-3
8 Arkansas21-5
9 West Virginia18-8
10 Ohio State18-8
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Big East Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
14 Villanova 11-4 16-5
17 Creighton 14-6 18-7
UConn 11-6 14-6
St. John's 10-9 16-10
Seton Hall 10-9 13-12
Providence 9-10 13-12
Xavier 6-7 13-7
Georgetown 7-9 9-12
Marquette 8-11 13-13
Butler 8-12 9-14
DePaul 2-13 4-13
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 75.8 (71)
Rebounds: 9.6 (191)
Assists: 15.4 (55)
FG%: 45.0% (130)
FT%: 77.3% (23)
3P%: 35.5% (95)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 66.9 (83)
Rebounds: 24.9 (220)
Assists: 12.1 (109)
FG%: 44.9% (244)
FT%: 65.6% (14)
3P%: 35.0% (262)
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