By Julie Glass
Villanova’s coaching staff will have to do scouting reports on two teams today and tomorrow as they prepare to play Thursday night in the NCAA tournament in Pittsburgh.
The Big East Tournament champion Wildcats (30-4) earned the top in the East region and will open the East Region against the winner of tomorrow night’s LIU Brooklyn-Radford game.
The Wildcats were the overall top seed last year and lost to Wisconsin. Villanova lost opening weekend as a No. 1 seed in 2015, and as a No. 2 seed in 2014 and 2010. They failed to get out of the first weekend in 2011 and 2013. Villanova has advanced out of the opening weekend only twice in the last 10 seasons — when it reached the Final Four in 2009 and when Kris Jenkins hit a 3 at the horn to win it all in ’16.
“I think it’s been different each year,” coach Jay Wright said. “I don’t see one consistent issue. I looked at each one of them independently. I did try and find some consistencies. The only thing that was consistent was tough matchups.”