This will be the first meeting since the 1989-90 season when Villanova defeated a Clemson team that would go on to win the ACC regular season championship, 73-71 at a Christmas tournament in San Diego, CA. Villanova also defeated Clemson twice in Philadelphia in 1959-60 and 1972-73.
Villanova enters the NCAA tournament with a 20-12 record, including a 9-9 record in the Big East and an 8-9 record away from home. Villanova began the season with a 10-1 record and reached a number-16 ranking in the USA Today poll entering the turn of the calendar into 2008.
The Wildcats had a five-game losing streak between Jan. 23 to February 4. But Jay Wright's team won six of its last nine games after February 16 to reach the NCAA Tournament. Over the last nine games they defeated NCAA Tournament team West Virginia by 22 points and stopped a 13th ranked UCONN team 67-65.
Scottie Reynolds is the Wildcats leading scorer with a 15.6 average. He is shooting 78.3 percent from the foul line and 36 percent on three-point shots. Dante Cunningham is the only other double figure scorer with 10.4 points per game. He is also the top rebounder with a 6.5 average and paces the team in field goal percentage at .544.
Villanova averages 72.8 points per game and allows 69.3 points per game. The Wildcats shoot 43 percent from the field, 34 percent on three-point shots and 72.3 percent from the foul line.
Jay Wright is the head coach of the Wildcats. This will be his sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He has a 5-5 record at Villanova and Hofstra. He took Villanova to an Elite Eight finish in 2006 before losing to National Champion Florida.
Clemson and Villanova have just one common opponent this year. NC State defeated Villanova on a neutral site in Orlando over Thanksgiving, 69-68. Clemson swept the Wolfpack this year, winning 70-54 at Clemson and 71-64 in Raleigh.
Notes on Villanova
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