Villanova vs. Providence: 3 keys to the Big East title game

Vols' NCAA Tournament History By the Numbers

Despite holding the lead, the 'Cats had gone ice cold at this point shooting just 3 of 10 on their last ten field goal attempts before half. Jalen Brunson continued to show why he was the Big East Player of the Year, as he scored 17 points and had three assists. Still, knocking off the No. 4 and No. 1 seeds in consecutive days is no small task no matter the margin of victory.

Prediction: The Musketeers nationally still don't get the respect they deserve and with the success that the program has had in past NCAA Tournaments they should.

"We're just a group of fighters, we don't give up", Cartwright said of having more space to operate. "We have high hopes".

Cartwright's last second shot, however, went long sending the game to overtime.

"I'm pretty sure some of you are surprised the game was played the way it was, because everybody thought the Friars were going to come in here and lay down", Cooley said. Some of those rebounds I wish would have ended up in our hands, but you can't wish, you gotta go get 'em. We wanted to bring two [defenders] to the ball, that worked for us all game. "We had a great player pick up a loose ball and shoot a three".

It continued on like that, back and forth, until Bridges hit a three-pointer with 3:37 left in overtime to give the Wildcats some space before the Friars ran out of gas.

Marcus Foster had 19 points to lead Creighton (21-11), which has wins over four ranked teams this season on its NCAA resume. Diallo scored with 1:51 left to make it 68-66 but the Friars were just 1-for-10 in the extra session as Villanova blitzed to the finish.

Villanova grabbed 16 offensive rebounds in the game, and outrebounded the Friars 41-36 overall.

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"I don't think we checked out the way we're supposed to, the way we practiced", Cooley said.

Closing out yet another comeback (they trailed by 12 in the second half) and taking home the Big East title would have been an incredible feat, but if anything, Providence enters the 2018 Tournament with a renewed sense that they can play with anyone in the country.

As he'd done against Xavier on Friday night, he kept the Friars within 10 by hitting a pair of jump shots to slow Villanova's growing momentum early in the second half.

Crunch time was dominated by classic plays.

Cartwright converted, splashing a fade away as the shot clock expired to tie the score at 58 with 1:28 to go. Cooley opted not to call a timeout and the Friars ended up with a decent 14-foot look by Cartwright that fell off the rim at the buzzer.

Brunson proved his worth as the best in the conference.

Nate Watson pulls Providence within two after a three-point play.

Creighton had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 7 at one point. Brunson went the length of the floor, but Edwards awaited him, drawing a charge and keeping PC alive at the 3:30 mark. The senior guard led all scorers with 27 points along with seven rebounds. He remained that way as he hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to send the game to overtime, even as one corner of the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden showered him with boos and one spectator shouted: "Not today, Brunson!"

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