HERE ARE THE MADNESS RED FLAGS FOR VILLANOVA

By Annie Ross

Villanova is the No. 2 seed in the South region, and the Wildcats open Friday against North Carolina-Asheville in Brooklyn.

The Wildcats have had a fantastic year, but it wasn’t exactly a banner season for the Big East.

In fact, Villanova hasn’t defeated a top-25 KenPom team since 2015, when it downed Xavier on New Year’s Eve. The weight of recent history also isn’t in the Wildcats’ favor as they haven’t made it out of the first weekend since the 2009 Final Four trip.

The draw doesn’t help their cause either as they have a potential tricky second-round matchup against Iowa, a one-time top-five team who has fallen on hard times, not to mention Kansas, the No. 1 overall seed, would potentially be blocking their path in the Elite Eight.

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