Villanova’s First Round Game: March Madness 2017 Preview

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Big East champions Villanova will return to the NCAA tournament, and will be a top seed in the XX region. The Wildcats are defending NCAA Champions, and looked strong throughout the season en route to a 31-3 regular season record. Head coach Jay Wright has his team motivated to repeat, and a 14-point win in the Big East champion is a sign that they are focused for a title defense.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats will have to wait to find out their first-round opponent. Villanova will play either Mount Saint Mary’s or New Orleans, who will play before the tournament officially starts on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the Wildcats’ opening matchup and game details:


DATE: Thursday

OPPONENT: Mt. St. Mary’s or New Orleans


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Villanova at a Glance

RECORD: 31-3

LOCATION: Villanova, Pennsylvania


COACH: Jay Wright

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Josh Hart (18.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 SPG), Jalen Brunson (14.8 PPG, 4.2 APG, .541 FG%), Kris Jenkins (13.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.0 APG)

Potential Opponents:

Mount Saint Mary’s 19-15, won NEC title

New Orleans 20-11, won Southland conference title