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Gonzaga and Creighton have agreed to a home-and-home series, beginning with the Bluejays visiting the McCarthey Athletic Center next season, sources told The Spokesman-Review.
Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region.
Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and NCAA Tournament top seed Villanova shook off a slow start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary’s.
North Carolina’s Joel Berry II still replays it in his mind, over and over. The ball left the hand of Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, reached the height of its arc as the horn sounded then dropped through the net a split second before confetti started falling from the rafters. And as the Wildcats celebrated a national championship, the Tar Heels walked off the court in Houston in disbelief.
Gonzaga climbed two spots to No. 2 in both major college basketball polls.
This time, Villanova is going into the NCAAs with a conference tournament title and probably the No. 1 overall seed.
Josh Hart scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 9.6 seconds to play and No. 2 Villanova beat Seton Hall 55-53 in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. Hart’s three-point play on a rebound was the fifth lead change of the final 4 minutes and there were two ties.
The second-ranked and top-seeded Villanova Wildcats shot 63.2 percent (36 for 57) and committed just five turnovers in a record-setting 108-67 victory Thursday over St. John’s in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.
Josh Hart wore the perfect patriotic bow tie for his trip to the White House. His red, white and blue fashion accessory caught President Barack Obama’s eye when Villanova was feted for its national championship.
WASHINGTON – Cheshire cat grins flashed across the faces of Villanova senior guards Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins as they pondered coming home to the D.C. area to face Georgetown one last time. “Regular game, man,” Hart said. “Regular game.”
Villanova coach Jay Wright has recounted the national championship season in the new book, “Attitude: Develop a Winning Mindset On and Off the Court.” Wright’s book outlines the steps Villanova made to reach the pinnacle of college basketball and is sprinkled with inspirational leadership tidbits that showcase how it takes more than topflight talent to build a prominent program.
Gonzaga dropped to No. 4 in both major polls, ending a
Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help Villanova wrap up its fourth straight Big East regular-season title.
Gonzaga is No. 1 in both major college basketball polls for the fourth straight week, eclipsing the 2013 team’s three-week stint as the longest in program history.
Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo scored 17 points apiece in Villanova’s balanced offense, and the Wildcats led most of the way to in a 73-57 defeat of Xavier, which suffered another significant injury.
Gonzaga received a No. 1 seed but was fourth overall when the selection committee unveiled its top 16 seeds on Saturday’s “March Madness Bracket Preview Show.”
Gonzaga remained No. 1 in both major polls after its two closest pursuers dropped games in another upset-filled week of college basketball.
There isn’t a consensus at the top of the college basketball polls but there is on Gonzaga.
Gonzaga’s methodical march up the rankings continued Monday when the Zags reached No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the USA Today poll.
Josh Hart scored 25 points and Jalen Brunson added 13 as No. 1 Villanova barely held off DePaul, 68-65 on Wednesday night, the Wildcats’ 19th straight win.