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Game 37: vs. #1 Pittsburgh

Familiar Foes meet for a trip to the Final Four this evening in Boston.

#1 Seed Pittsburgh (31-4) will wear the white uniforms tonight as they take on the 3 Seed Wildcats (29-7) with the winner earning a ticket to Detroit.

Since the last meeting on January 28th that 'Nova won by 10, the Panthers have been on a 13-2 streak with losses to Providence and West Virginia. Pitt has defeated E. Tennessee St., Oklahoma St, and Xavier in the NCAA Tournament to lead up to tonight's matchup with 'Nova.

Pittsburgh is led by the trio of Sam Young, DeJuan Blair, and Levance Fields. Young goes for nearly 9 points a game. Co-Big East Player of the Year Blair averages 15.6 points and 12 rebounds a game. Fields is scoring just under 11 points while dishing 7.5 assists each game.

Jay Wright knows that controlling or limiting these three, will be the key to the game. Villanova's defense have limited the two stars of the past two teams- UCLA's Collison, and Duke's Henderson to horrible shooting; if they can continue playing "Villanova Basketball" with hard-nosed defense, focus, and intensity, they should be able to continue Pitt's recent shooting woes (they shot 33% against Xavier).

Tipoff is set for 7:05p ET.

Quick Facts

  • Villanova leads the all-time series with Pitt, 31-27
  • The win over Duke gave Villanova 29 wins on the season- a school record
  • Jay Wright is now 10-4 in the NCAA Tournament at 'Nova
  • Jay has 299 victories as a Head Coach
  • In Villanova’s 30 NCAA Tournaments, they currently possess a 47-29 record
  • Since seeding began in 1979, no team has more wins as a lower seed than Villanova with their 14
  • ‘Nova is 14-12 in games as a lower seed
  • The Wildcats are 8-4 as a 3-Seed
  • Dante Cunningham will tie a Villanova record for career games played. Today, Dante will play in his 138th career game to tie Gary Massey (1985-89) and Doug West (1985-89)