Villanova (7-0) wins their 7th straight game against Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s (4-2) 86-72, at Hagan Arena. The Wildcats were led in scoring by juniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins, who both finished the game with 18 points. Senior Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 17 points including multiple big shots.
Saint Joseph’s DeAndre Bembry had 17 points, but it was not enough for the Hawks to complete the upset. Senior Isaiah Miles continued his strong play with 14 points and 5 offensive rebounds. However, they couldn’t stop Villanova as the nationally ranked team shot 50% from the field and 87% from the line.
The Wildcats will next face sixth ranked Oklahoma while Saint Joseph’s travels to Columbia.
-William Derry and Benjamin Simon
-(1) Villanova defeats (3) Michigan in the National Championship