The round of 64 in the March Madness 2015 Tournament kicks off Thursday, March 19 in various arenas across the nation. It’s 32 games in 48 hours and when it’s all said and done the field of 64 will be cut in half. The evening game for the East bracket is No. 1 Villanova and No. 16 Lafayette.
Whether through an automatic bid or a committee selection, Villanova was expected to go dancing. Instead of leaving their tournament fate in the hands of the selection committee, the Wildcats secured their automatic bid to the dance by knocking off Xavier, 69-52, to win the Big East Conference Tournament.
Villanova finished with a No. 4 ranking in the nation’s top 25 and is heading into the NCAA Tournament with a 32-2 (16-2) record and will face-off against Lafayette first.
Unlike Nova, Lafayette was not supposed to be dancing this March. After finishing the Patriot League schedule with a 9-9 record, the Leopards received the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. Lafayette bypassed fifth-seeded Boston U., regular-season winner Bucknell and clinched the automatic bid with a 65-63 victory over No. 6 American. The Leopards are heading into play with an overall 20-12 mark.
But before that happens, here’s how to watch Villanova vs. Lafayette online and on mobile:
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