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Villanova downs West Virginia, 90-78, in Sweet 16

24 March 2018, 02:10 | Stacy Ballard

NCAA Predictions: Will Villanova cover vs. West Virginia? 3/23/18

The biggest Cinderella team remaining in March Madness continued their run with an inspired comeback and one huge shot

One player Huggins won't have to worry about is senior guard Jevon Carter, who is known for his focus and work ethic and wants to get the Mountaineers back to the Final Four for the first time since 2010.

"The matchup with West Virginia, it's what you get at this point in the tournament", Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

On the other side of the floor, West Virginia consistently ran its offense through Jevon Carter (12 points, 8 assists) and Daxter Miles Jr. After West Virginia ousted Marshall this past Sunday, Mountaineers' assistant coach Ronnie Everhart offered a daunting scouting report of his team's upcoming opponent.

The Wildcats called timeout after Carter's basket and then went on an 11-0 run sparked by a three-point play from Brunson.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) celebrates after an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Seton Hall Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. It was an 8 a.m. game on the farthest court in a sprawling gym, and Carter, a lightly recruited point guard from IL, was the only player pressing full-court on defense. "They're so relentless. They keep coming at you".

No. 15 West Virginia's cross-country trip in the NCAA tournament heads to the east coast today when the Mountaineers (26-10) take on an old nemesis, No. 2 Villanova (32-4), at 7:27 p.m.at the TD Garden (19,580) in Boston, Mass. But West Virginia came up with a 6-0 run to re-take the lead at 48-47 with 16:07 to play in the second half.

Miles later hit is third three-pointer of the game to bring West Virginia within seven points, but the Mountaineers were unable to slow down Villanova during the game's final minutes as the Wildcats sealed the game with free throws. But Villanova heated up again. West Virginia had six points over the next five minutes and 18 the rest of the way.

The first-team guards were Jalen Brunson, whom you will get to compare to Carter on Friday evening, for he is Villanova's top player and a National Player of the Year candidate; and two players you've had a chance to compare Carter to, Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte' Graham of Kansas and Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who just declared for the NBA. Both of these teams play zone defense the whole game and both teams should be taking their fair share of three point shots.

The Wildcats were together in a Pittsburgh hotel room last weekend when they watched top overall seed Virginia's unprecedented first-round loss to No. 16 seed University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The Wildcats were a No. 1 seed in last year's tournament when they lost to eighth-seeded Wisconsin in the second round.

The Red Raiders beat second-seeded Purdue 78-65 on Friday.

Keenan Evans had 16 points and the third-seeded Red Raiders overcame an early first half hole and dominated second-seeded Purdue down the stretch to earn a 78-65 victory in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.

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Mikal Bridges added 16 points and six rebounds while Eric Paschall contributed 14 points.

"Our mindset was to continue to play Villanova Basketball", stated Brunson of falling behind.

The Boilermakers (30-7) were playing in their second straight regional semifinal. Now that they have reached the Elite Eight, the expectations have not changed one bit.

Villanova will face the victor of the East Region's late Friday game between No. 2 Purdue and No. 3 Texas Tech.

Purdue's 7-foot-2 standout Isaac Haas is hoping to get in the game against Texas Tech, thanks to an arm brace quickly engineered by grad students in hopes of meeting NCAA safety standards.

Here's a look at the complete schedule and picks for Friday's Sweet 16 games, as well as updated betting odds, according to OddsShark.

"I think about it all the time". I think they are similar to us in the fact that they are playing their best basketball right now.

Clemson trailed 62-42, but climbed to within six with 2:27 left. Graham's offensive rebound after a Svi Mykhailiuk miss at the 1:57 mark allowed the Jayhawks to run nearly a minute off the clock. The trend of the game suggests this one might come down to the wire. But Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe each missed from beyond the arc. "We just haven't seen it anywhere else this year".

DeVoe finished with a career-high 31 points.

"He was definitely a guy that picked on me", Brunson said.

"We didn't have our best game".

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