Villanova has the clearest path to the Final Four after dismantling Alabama

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Seeing how the Sweet 16 shook out Kentucky has reason to celebrate its path to the Final Four. Andy Lyons Getty Images

"I didn't realize how important it was until it was all over", DiVincenzo said.

"Where's the other one?"

Mikal Bridges scored 22 of his 23 points in the final 20 minutes as Villanova outscored Alabama 49-31 in the second half.

Phil Booth and Dahmir Cosby-Roundtree chimed in, too.

"It's all love between everybody", Bridges said. I have liked them all season and I think they pull the upset in this one.

Bridges, who averaged 17.9 points and has played his way into a likely National Basketball Association draft lottery pick, scored one point and missed all five of his shots from the field in the first half. Key scored five of his six points in the first half but was mired in the Crimson Tide's second-half shooting struggle.

The 6-5 redshirt sophomore was happy to oblige.

PITTSBURGH - E.C. Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and Rhode Island topped dynamic scorer Trae Young and the Sooners. DiVincenzo shot 6-for-10 overall and 5-for-9 from 3-point land in the first half, and connected on three straight triples to break the game open.

In fact, in a seven game stretch from January 28 through February 21 that coincided with the loss of redshirt junior guard Phil Booth (fractured bone in his right hand), the Wildcats surrendered 79 points per game.

"Some nights, we're going to have them", Wright said.

"Coach told me to be aggressive and be ready, play off my jump shot", Bridges said.

The Wildcats seem to have the easiest road to the Final Four of any remaining team in this year’s NCAA Tournament.   NCAA
The Wildcats seem to have the easiest road to the Final Four of any remaining team in this year’s NCAA Tournament. NCAA

The 2017-18 Villanova Men's Basketball season is presented by KeyBank. The Wildcats did just that.

Villanova (32-4), which next plays the victor of No. 5 West Virginia/No. 13 Marshall in Boston, hit 17-of-41 3-pointers, with Bridges scoring 22 of his 23 points after halftime, and DiVincenzo also hitting five 3-pointers, with five assists.

Donte DiVincenzo did that in the first half against Alabama. "I've got to admit, in the middle of that game, I was like, 'This is really cool".

"It was insane", said Petty, who had just 3 points after an 18-point outburst in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech.

DALLAS - Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as third-seeded Tennessee advanced to the second round by overwhelming Wright State. For all intent and purposes, the game had been put away just like that.

"And so we need to continue to get reps at that, and I wish - I thought tonight was a great - a great game, and just didn't come out on the end we wanted to". He found his groove once the second half tipped. No problem, though, Bridges was there to take the baton and run with it. As a team, the Wildcats attempted 74% (20 shots) of their shots from beyond the 3-point line in the first half.

The Rams (26-8) and their senior-laden roster never threatened after the opening 10 minutes.

It was that way all weekend.

I said before round one that I didn't like this draw for the Crimson Tide, but as we saw on Thursday, this is a unsafe team when everyone is contributing. Jalen Brunson contributed 12 for Villanova, which made 17 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.

Of course, it may be hard for those guards to get going since Texas Tech features one of the most efficient defenses in the country.

"It's all good", DiVincenzo said.

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