March Madness Recap: Villanova vs. West Virginia Betting Odds

27 points to lead top-seeded Villanova to the East Regional final. Credit Charles Krupa  Associated Press

Konate sidled up into the group of Wildcats between Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall to try and catch a glimpse of what Villanova coach Jay Wright was drawing up.

The advantage later grew to four, 44-40, on Paschall's 3-point basket with 48 seconds left, but Esa Ahmad's dunk made it a two-point game at the break.

Villanova's Sweet 16 plan for the team nicknamed "Press Virginia": Attack the stifling defence head-on.

"What a game, man", Wright said. The No. 5 seeded Mountaineers are known as "Press Virginia" for their relentlessness and they way they cause havoc on everything the opposition tries to do. After trailing by six, the Wildcats are in the midst of an 11-0 run and lead 65-60.

The Mountaineers (26-11) stayed close throughout the night, ramping up the pressure and making Villanova play faster than it wanted to early.

"When they came in, we were struggling", recalled Huggins, whose clubs posted 13-19 and 17-16 records in the two seasons prior to the arrival of Carter and Miles. "They made open shots, we didn't", said Huggins, whose team was called for 17 fouls in the second half.

"Nobody is going to know who I am", Brownell said. West Virginia went on a 10-0 run in the opening minutes as it took the Wildcats out of their element.

But Villanova heated up again.

"We're happy for each other's success", Brunson said.

West Virginia never got closer than 4 points the rest of the way. "Coach Huggs, man, he gave me an opportunity, like I said...." "The further you go in the tournament there's less and less open shots so when you get one, you have to make it".

The half featured six ties and four lead changes.

The outgoing seniors set an example for those Mountaineers behind them.

But what changed the game was that 22-6 run that eventually turned into a 29-11 surge.

It is always just a matter of time before the avalanche comes.

"I have so much respect for the way West Virginia plays, how physical, how relentless they play, how mentally tough they are". (16 points). The duo did everything that they could to pull off the victory but it was not enough in the end. But Carter said at least it was a heck of a show.

Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles would not suit up for the Mountaineers ever again after falling to No. 1 seed Villanova inside TD Garden. "They work", Huggins said.

Since 1983, Mark Herrmann has coveredBrookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton on the news side, and high schools, the Islanders, the Mets and golf for Newsday sports.His assignments have includedthe Olympics, March Madness, the Triple Crown, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl and World Series.

Self, of course, can say the same thing, though some roll their eyes since the Jayhawks' Big 12 dominance is reflected in 14 consecutive league championships. "Anything can happen in March".

Villanova: Plays Texas Tech in Sunday's regional final.

Kansas 74-67. Many people thought Clemson was primed for a first round upset after they lost then top scorer Donte Grantham, but they have rallied for two huge wins, but the road ends here as Devonte Graham leads Kansas back to the elite eight.

Zach Smith added 14 points and five rebounds.

The Wildcats will meet Texas Tech tomorrow. "... I've never had one complaint about either one of them".

The Boilermakers (30-7) were playing in their second straight regional semifinal.

But not one hair on the Villanova coach's well-coiffed head was out of place when he left the floor.

The Red Raiders shot a near-perfect 17/18 from the charity stripe and assisted on 15 of its 28 field goals. They just fought. And they'll have one more fight in Boston to get to San Antonio, Texas.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - No insane comeback story here.

Villanova remained in the East and continues to save the Big East's collective bacon nearly every March. The Mountaineers scored eight straight points at to regain the lead at 33-30 with 4:30 to play in the first period.

OMAHA, Neb. - Kansas made it through the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row as a No. 1 seed after surviving a late scare and beating fifth-seeded Clemson in a Midwest Region semifinal. They won it all in 2016, and then a year ago bowed out in the second round.

Clemson trailed 62-42, but climbed to within six with 2:27 left. But thanks to Devonte' Graham's offensive rebound with 1:57 left, the Jayhawks ran nearly a minute off the clock. "We knew he could hit shots, but what did he have, five threes?"

"We just kind of played not to lose down the stretch", Self said. The trend of the game suggests this one might come down to the wire.

Gabe DeVoe had a career-high 31 points for Clemson, which finished the season 25-10.

Brunson needs two points to become the 10th player in program history to score 1,600 points in three seasons.

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