No. 1 Villanova starts slow, finishes Mount St. Mary's in first roundBy Norman Carr Mar 17, 2017
The thought crept into his mind.
Mount St. Mary's, meanwhile, advanced to this round by beating Southland Conference champion New Orleans 67-66 Tuesday night in the First Four in Dayton, marking the second NCAA tournament win for the Mount as a Division I school.
Since the NCAA went to seeding in 1985, No. 1 seeds are 130-0 against No. 16s.
"No, no", Wright said. The redshirt freshman scored the Wildcats' first points on a jump hook 6:06 into the game.
It was right. The Mountaineers scored the opening basket of the second half, then Villanova reeled off 13 straight points as part of a 21-4 run. But again it's on all of us. Nobody's nervous, and we have to keep that in mind.
"You know those teams, they can get it going and they put game pressure on you when you're a 1 seed", he said.
Villanova will be trying to extend the undefeated run by No. 1 seeds against No. 16 seeds at the NCAA Tournament, which now sits at 128-0 all-time.
Instead, Villanova held a tremulous 30-29 edge against No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's and Christian, a 2000 graduate of New Kent High.
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We chose to go with the good, bad, ugly format we use for Eagles games. But Junior was hitting his shots so I knew I had to give him the ball and he was playing the point a lot more than I was. You've got to give them credit. But that's still not an excuse for not coming to play. In the second half, Villanova shot 63 percent, compiling 16 layups and dunks.
It isn't a lock by any means that any of the No. 1 seeds will even make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but they are still favored by most brackets to do so. They played like it by shooting much better in that half. The defending champs won by 20, but Mt. St. Mary's was down only one at halftime. We didn't go out and set a tone and that's on us, the three seniors. "And we're looking forward to it". "But that older generation, like Tyler Ennis and Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, they made it way easier for us". "The offense came tonight after just pushing it on offense after getting a rebound. They played their butt off".
Mount Saint Mary's, in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will play Villanova Thursday night in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.
But what really turned this game was energy. "But we didn't come out ready to play Villanova basketball".
Villanova didn't get their first lead in the game until the 1:22 mark in the first half, on an Eric Paschall slam.
"There were a lot of things we did well a year ago preparing and some things we didn't do well", said Wright. It only graduates one senior, Will Miller, who started just two games this season.
"It was a "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" a little bit", Jackson said. That's on me, too. "I honestly don't have an answer". The Villanova's sharpshooter did just that.
Yet Villanova seldom gets into foul trouble and for the season has out-rebounded the opposition by an average 3.6 boards per game. Their offense was relegated to taking any three point look they could get, and exhausted legs were unable to keep up on defense. Locals said that they are so happy to for the team.
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