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Josh Hart wins Big East 6th Man of the Year award

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Hart was the odds-on favorite, and the conference made it official on Monday morning.

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Villanova Wildcats sophomore Josh Hart has won the Big East's 6th Man of the Year award, the conference announced on Monday morning. The honor was a deserved one for Hart, who averaged 9.7 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game for the Big East champions as the first man off the bench.

Hart also increased his 3-point shooting percentage to 44% (up from 31% a year ago), which made him the second-most accurate shooter in the conference.

Hart's energy off the bench was a catalyst for the Wildcats all year as they cruised to the Big East regular season title for the second straight season with a 16-2 record, and head in to the Big East Tournament as the favorite to win in New York and land a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The conference also announced that Kris Dunn and Sir'Dominic Pointer were the Co-Defensive Players of the Year, with Pointer also landing the Most Improved Player award from the conference. Alex Barlow was given the Sportsmanship Award.