So says ESPN:

No. 1 in the East Villanova Wildcats
First round: Defeated Radford 87-61
Second round: Defeated Alabama 81-58
Up next: West Virginia

How they’ve gotten this far

It is fairly straightforward: 3-point shooting and defense. In their double-digit wins over Radford and Alabama, the Wildcats made a combined 31 3-pointers — the second most over a two-game stretch in NCAA tournament history. But it goes beyond the shooting. Players pointed to their effort on defense, too, especially against Alabama, limiting Crimson Tide standout Collin Sexton to 17 points. Overall, Radford and Alabama each failed to reach 62 points.

What it’ll take for them to keep winning

If Villanova keeps shooting and playing defense the way it did in the first two rounds, it’s going to be hard to slow down the Wildcats. This is a team that doesn’t lack confidence in its outside shot, especially with four different players averaging more than 40 percent from the 3-point line. Just as promising is the way they played defense against a more athletic Alabama team: