‘Nova looks to secure #1 seed in NCAA tournament

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    Villanova's Josh Hart dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown

    Villanova's Josh Hart dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown

    Villanova enters this year’s Big East Tournament with an eye toward snagging one of the much coveted first seeds in the NCAA tournament.  NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller talked about Villanova’s astounding success this year with Inquirer Staff Writer Joe Juliano.

    “They have about as good a chance as anybody to advance in the NCAA tournament, perhaps even to the second weekend or, dare we say, the final four,” says Juliano.  “They are that talented.”

    With a 28 and 3 record, Villanova is currently ranked third in the nation.  Two of those three losses came at the hands of Creighton, the only other Big East team assured of an NCAA berth.

    “It’s just a terrible matchup,” Juliano said.  “And Creighton lost four games during the Big East season.  So they are beatable, it’s just that Villanova can’t seem to find their number yet.”

    If they make the tournament as a one seed, Villanova would likely join the University of Arizona, the University of Florida, and Wichita State.

    “You know I personally like Arizona,” said Juliano.  “I think they have a great balance.  Florida has proven they’re a very capable team.  They went through the Southeastern Conference Season undefeated at 18-0.  And Wichita State still hasn’t lost yet.”

    Listen to the full audio interview featured on NewsWorks Tonight using the player above. 

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