Seton Hall Pirates players celebrate after winning the championship game of the Big East conference tournament against Villanova at Madison Square Garden. We've got a lot of games like this. "Great players made plays".
Josh Hart: "I have so much respect for that program". "The key was that as long as we gave ourselves an opportunity, I think that we've earned the right to be in that conversation". I saw he put a little too much mustard on it, and I was like, 'You know what?
More than likely in Villanova's case, though, three games before the real fun begins. The Wildcats took their first lead in the game at the 9:18 mark in the 2 half when Josh Hart went on to slam an emphatic dunk and make it a 41-40 contest. For Seton Hall, Desi Rodriguez led the way with 14 points, while Khadeem Carrington and Myles Powell added 11 apiece.
"Just missed it", an upset Delgado repeatedly told a scrum of reporters. "I'm always happy", Delgado said. That's good because this matchup deserves to move into the big arena in Philly, even if for just one year. "That's it. I've got to live with it".
How can you tune in to today's conference championship game? But shortly afterward, its loss was the ACC's gain, with Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse joining the league and ending the Big East as we knew it.
"It's definitely special for them, because they can get over here and then then go over to Brooklyn and everything is right here", Jenkins said.
Villanova should be the odds on favorite to win this year's NCAA Tournament. "It really was", Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
Eric Paschall, a Fordham transfer from Dobbs Ferry, proved a physical presence against the Pirates. "That's not easy. It's purely talented players making plays at the end of the game". Both teams came up empty on two possessions until Hart rebounded Jenkins' 3-point attempt for the winning basket.
Villanova shot 51.5 percent (17 of 33) in the first half, including 9 of 20 from 3-point range. Scoring 55 for the game, only Hart (19) and Jalen Brunson (13) were in double figures.
"These guys are dying to prove people wrong", said Cooley, whose Friars had won four of the past half-dozen games by margins of 10 points or fewer, having compiled a 10-6 record in such situations.
Darryl Reynolds (26 Min, 0 Points, 0 Shots, 4 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Turnover, 0 Steals, 4 Blocks, 115 ORtg) As a team, the Cats help Angel Delgado to 8 points and 8 rebounds - Reynolds played a part in that with his defense effort and work on the boards.
Villanova, which played a near flawless game in the 108-67 quarterfinal win over St. John's, struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 26.9 percent (7 of 26), including 3 of 13 from 3-point range.
Marcus Foster sized up the moment and took a look over at Creighton coach Greg McDermott.
Villanova: Mikal Bridges started for the Wildcats but played just one minute because of a stomach virus. Interestingly enough, Butler beat Villanova in both matchups this year, which raises questions about what this game could have been had Butler not lost early on.
This time, Seton Hall grabbed a 27-20 half-time lead behind an impressive defensive performance.
The defending national champion Villanova Wildcats will take the court after wins over St. John's and Seton Hall to reach the championship game.