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NCAA East Regional Semifinal Game #1

#1 Villanova vs. #5 West Virginia

Postgame Notes

General Notes

  • Villanova improves to 23-20 (.535) all-time against West Virginia with Friday’s 90-78 victory over the Mountaineers. The meeting was the first since Dec. 28, 2011.
  • Villanova advances to its 13th Elite Eight and fourth under Jay Wright (2006, 2009, 2016).
  • This marks the third straight year a Big East team has advanced to the Elite Eight (Villanova, 2016; Xavier, 2017; Villanova, 2018).
  • West Virginia has reached the Sweet 16 in eight of its last 12 NCAA appearances (1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2018).
  • Villanova trailed 60-54 with 11:00 to play in regulation and outscored West Virginia 36-18 the rest of the way.

Villanova Notes

  • Villanova was 27-for-54 (.500) from the field in the game, marking the 22nd time this year the Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better.
  • Jalen Brunson led the Wildcats with 27 points.  It marked the 14th game this season in which the junior guard has scored at least 20 points.  Villanova is 11-3 this season when Brunson scores at least 20.
  • Brunson’s 27 points give him 714 on the year, good for fifth in a single season in Villanova history. Brunson is the first Wildcat to score 700 points in a season since Kerry Kittles scored 706 in 1994-95.
  • Brunson jumped from 22nd to 18th on Villanova’s career scoring list with 1,625 points. His 27 points were a career-best in 11 NCAA tournament games (11.5 ppg).
  • Omari Spellman finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.  The redshirt freshman had 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks in the second half.
  • The Wildcats move to 24-13 (.649) in the NCAA Tournament under Jay Wright and 58-34 (.630) overall.
  • The Wildcats’ 13 three-pointers give them 432 on the season – good for third in a single season in NCAA Division I history. Villanova enters Sunday’s East Regional final needing 11 3-pointers to break VMI’s all-time record of 442 in 2006-07.

West Virginia Notes

  • Jevon Carter was responsible for nearly half of West Virginia’s first-half points (20 of 42 – good for 48%).  The senior guard scored eight points and dished out five assists, which accounted for 12 Mountaineers points.
  • Carter finished with 12 points and eight assists on the night.
  • Carter moved into second place all-time at West Virginia in NCAA Tournament scoring with 135 career points, surpassing Da’Sean Butler (134) while trailing only Jerry West (275).
  • With tonight’s game, Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. played in their 10th career NCAA Tournament game, tying for the most in school history.
  • West Virginia is 2-6 all-time in Sweet 16 games, having lost in the regional semifinal round in each of the last two seasons. The Mountaineers are 1-4 in the Sweet 16 under Bob Huggins.
  • It is just the second time this season that West Virginia has allowed 90 points – a 93-77 loss at Iowa State on Feb. 24.
  • This is just the 65th time under Bob Huggins (385 games) West Virginia has allowed its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better.
  • West Virginia is 31-29 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
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