In the NCAA Tournament – the Villanova Wildcats, top seed in the East Region will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. The winner will head to the Elite 8 and take on either Texas Tech or Purdue. This game and Sunday’s game will be played at the TD Garden in Boston. The Villanova Wildcats are 32-4 on the season, and tournament wins by an average of 24.5 points.
The West Virginia Mountaineers come into the game with a 26-10 record on the season. The Mountaineers beat Murray State in the opening round, then smacked Marshall on Sunday. West Virginia finished second in the Big 12 behind Kansas. The Villanova Wildcats are -5.5 over the West Virginia Mountaineers in this Sweet 16 game on Friday.
The 5th seeded West Virginia Mountaineers have yet to be challenged in this postseason. The Mountaineers smacked Murray State by 17 and Marshall by 23. The Mountaineers have scored 89.5 points per game through the first two games, and that leads all of the NCAA Tournament. In the regular season, West Virginia scored 80.2 points per game, and allowed 69.
Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr are two of the toughest pairs to guard in all of college basketball. Carter, in his senior season was one of the top players in the country with more than 17 points per game, and dishing out 6.6 assists per game. The Mountaineers are seeking their 3rd trip to the NCAA Final Four, and 32nd NCAA Tournament win.
Wildcats Familiar with the Dance
The Villanova Wildcats are the team that many feel is the best remaining team in the tournament. Jay Wright and his Wildcats won the tournament back in 2016 over North Carolina. Jalen Brunson was a freshman on that team. Now, the guard out of Chicago continues to shine as one of the toughest players in the nation to guard. The junior guard is scoring 19.1 points per game, and dishing out just shy of 5 assists.
The Wildcats have just four losses all season. The first was at Butler, while the next three were against St. John’s, Providence and Creighton. The Wildcats are the top scoring team in all of College Basketball with 86.9 per game. The defense allowed just over 70 per game. Villanova is seeking their 6th NCAA Final Four appearance, and in their school history they have 60 tournament wins.
Mountaineers Stun Wildcats
What a game this should be. Both teams can really shoot the basketball, and score. The Mountaineers are going to want to speed the Wildcats up, but it’s hard to make Jalen Brunson make a mistake. But, they get the job done. This is the year of Bob Huggins. With his best team at West Virginia, they have a chance to win it all. They win this game and move to the Elite 8 either against conference rival Texas Tech or Purdue. Take West Virginia +5.5.
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