No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mt. St. Mary’s/New Orleans Prediction, Game Preview

    Villanova vs. either Mt. St. Mary's or New Orleans prediction and game preview, as the No. 1 overall seed Wildcats await one of the No. 16 seeds who play in the First Four.

    March 13, 2017

    Villanova vs. either Mt. St. Mary’s or New Orleans prediction and game preview, as the No. 1 overall seed Wildcats await one of the No. 16 seeds who play in the First Four.

    Villanova is in a position befitting the reigning national champion: No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. And while they sit in the catbird seat for March Madness, the Wildcats must wait to find out who they play in the first round. That distinction will go to either the Mt. St. Mary’s or New Orleans, who will square off in Dayton on Tuesday, March 14.

    Once the final pairing is set, we’ll update this post. For now, here is some data on the defending champion Villanova Wildcats

    Villanova vs. Mt. St. Mary’s/New Orleans Game Preview

    Date:  March 16
    Time:  7:10
    Venue:  KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
    Region: East

    Villanova Strengths

    The most important strength is their championship experience and knowing what it takes to win six in a row in March. Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, Kris Jenkins, etc., all have been there before. The Wildcats won’t beat themselves in this tournament.

    Villanova Weaknesses

    Villanova and Kansas are probably the most complete teams, but it’s even tougher to find a Wildcats’ weakness. They play solid defense, knock down their free throws and share the ball. If they can avoid an off shooting night, we could be looking at a repeat national champion.

    Villanova Statistics

    Scoring Margin: 14.5 (11th nationally)
    Rebound Margin: 3.7 (71)
    Turnover Margin: 1.9 (61)
    3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 36.8% (90)

    Villanova Wildcats In-Depth Analysis

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    NOTE: Once the First Four game between the Mountaineers and Privateers has been played, we will update with strengths, weaknesses, statistics and a Villanova vs. Mt. St. Mary’s/New Orleans Prediction prediction.

    For a full preview of the contest between Mt. St. Mary’s and New Orleans Prediction, click here.

    MORE: Complete NCAA Tournament Bracket, Previews, Predictions


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