The Villanova Wildcats advanced to a familiar situation on Friday: the Big East championship game. And I know how much time Mitch spends in there - usually because the music he plays is a little different than everybody else's, so I know it's him, him or Tyler Clement. As a team, they shot 47.5 percent from the field. Overall, the Friars have won 12-consecutive games in the series, including a 3-2 overtime win on February 9.
"We made a lot of mistakes, but these guys made timely plays, timely shots, free throws", Cooley said.
"I wanted them to be up there and a part of it", Wright said. "Having that aggressive mindset in the beginning helped me out and helped the team out".
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS- Maine (18-14-4, 9-7-3 HEA) enter the weekend coming off a two-game sweep over New Hampshire in the Hockey East Opening Round at Alfond Arena.
"It was old school Big East", Wright said.
"We're more concerned about how to stop them".
Brunson has prepared for games like these.
For most of the night, Brunson had carried Villanova on his back. Despite Brunson's absence, the Wildcats went into the locker room at the half with a comfortable 44-25 lead. Junior guard Paul Jorgensen scored 11 points off the bench and senior starting forward Tyler Wideman had 10.
The Wildcats, as they have done all year, counteracted the momentum shifting against them with a barrage from three-point range.
No other Villanova player scored in double figures, though Eric Paschall led all players with 13 rebounds. The Wildcats, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.2, had a phenomenal mark of 35.3, while the Bulldogs had a turnover percentage of 17.2 (above their season average of 13.9).
"I pride myself on getting to the offensive glass", he said.
NEW YORK (AP) - As confetti fluttered down on a court still simmering from an epic title game, Jay Wright wrapped his arms around several Wildcats. "Three games in three days is really hard".
Ultimately, it wasn't meant to be, as Villanova tied it on a pair of free throws with 30 seconds to play, PC couldn't convert a last second shot, and the Wildcats closed out the Big East Championship in the final minute of overtime.
Creighton took its largest lead as Foster drained a three-pointer to put CU up 33-26 on the first trip of the second half, but Providence rallied and retook the lead at 51-49 on a trey by Isaiah Jackson with 7:19 left.
And it's the Big East Tournament, so you can say it was a John Thompson II-inspired towel-based remedy. The Friars (21-12) will play either Villanova or Butler for their third conference championship on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.