Team of the Day: Villanova

February 21st, 2008

16-9 (6-7 Big East)
Computer numbers: 53 RPI, 63 SOS (coutesy of

On a night in which quite a few results had an impact on the NCAA Tournament bubble, the one-struggling Wildcats may have done the most for their postseason hopes with a 78-56 win over West Virginia. Dwayne Anderson led Villanova with seventeen, but it was their field goal percentage defense (WVU shot 35.6% from the field, 2-20 from three) that made the difference. After losing five straight to get themselves into trouble regarding the Big East Tournament (thanks to poor shot selection and sieve-like defense), Villanova has won three of their last four with the only blemish being the disputed loss at Georgetown. You still can't put this young team into the tournament, but given the fact that many of last night's results did more to muddle the overall picture than resolve it, Villanova has a shot. The next three games (UConn, Marquette, @ Louisville) will seal their fate one way or the other.

On the clock: Oregon and USC. Both need wins at this point in order to have a shot at an at-large bid. And the fact that they're playing each other tonight could make this an "elimination game" of sorts.