Never has a team come into Selection Sunday with 31 wins.
That was until the Villanova Wildcats came into the day at 31-3 and avenging last seasons’ loss in the Big East Finals, 69-67 to Seton Hall. The Wildcats, however, went on to win the National Title.
Now, after a 74-60 win over No. 3 Creighton, the Wildcats had an automatic bid into the tournament; the question was where would they be.
Well, just after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, the NCAA Selection Committee announced that the Wildcats were the No. 1 overall seed.
It’s just the third time in school history that the school was the top seed. Nova is also the first defending champion to be named as the overall No. 1 seed since Florida in 2007.
Villanova will begin its run to defend its title in Buffalo against the winner of Mount St. Mary’s v. New Orleans (which is a play-in game) on Thursday. In the second round, Nova would face either Virginia Tech or Wisconsin. Interestingly enough, the No. 2 team in the bracket is Duke, a team many are surprised to see in the same quadrant as Nova. The Blue Devils are the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions.
One of the key players for the Wildcats, Josh Hart, is just the third player to ever win the Big East Tournament MVP twice and he ties a Villanova record with 29 points in the Big East Championship game. Hart is leading the team with 18.9 points per game.
Stay with PattisonAve.com for updates throughout the tournament as we see if Villanova will defend its title.