Record: 28-4 How they got here: At-large bid Strengths: The Wildcats usually pounce right out of the gate, pushing the tempo and firing away from long range to gain an early edge. Villanova entered the final week of the regular season ranked No. 30 nationally in scoring (78.5 ppg.) Senior guard James Bell leads the team 14.5 ppg, while the Wildcats have gotten a boost from co-Big East most improve player honorees Darrun Hilliard and Daniel Ochefu. The team is 4-0 in overtime games, including a double overtime victory against Providence. The school is making it second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and aiming for its first Final Four trip since 2009. Weaknesses: Villanova is vulnerable against teams that dial in from 3-point range and can hit a variety of mid-range jumpers. Creighton forward Doug McDermott, who can score prolifically inside and on the perimeter, proved to be an especially tough matchup for the Wildcats and played a big role in two of Villanova's four losses this season. Seton Hall stunned the Wildcats with a buzzer beater jumper in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference Tournament, sending Villanova into the NCAA Tournament on a bit of down note.
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