Instant Replay: No. 6 Villanova 77, Georgetown 59

Instant Replay: No. 6 Villanova 77, Georgetown 59

March 8, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Josh Hart had six points, four rebounds and two assists in Villanova's win over Georgetown. (USA Today Images)


Villanova kept alive its hope for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament Saturday with a 77-59 win over Georgetown in the Wildcats’ Big East regular-season finale at the Wells Fargo Center.

The 18-point margin of victory is Villanova’s largest over Georgetown in 64 years and second-largest ever in 72 all-time meetings dating back to 1922.

Villanova, No. 6, improved to 28-3 overall. The Wildcats, who clinched the Big East regular-season title Thursday night with a win at Xavier, finished 16-2 in the Big East.

Junior Darrun Hilliard led five Villanova players in double digits with 19 points. JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points and seven rebounds, James Bell and Ryan Arcidiacono scored 11 each and Kris Jenkins added 10 off the bench.

What it means
Villanova’s win combined with Kansas’ loss to West Virginia gave the Wildcats a terrific shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournanament if it can win three games in New York.

Noted bracketologist Joe Lunardi elevated the Wildcats to a projected No. 1 seed after Kansas lost. Villanova beat Kansas in November.

Villanova and Georgetown have played twice 20 times, with the Hoyas sweeping eight times and the two teams splitting 11 times.

Turning point
Villanova led by just three at 28-25 with 6:40 left in the first half but finished the half on a 14-4 run to boost the lead to 13 at halftime.

By the numbers
Ryan Arcidiacono continued his terrific three-point shooting, making three of four. He’s 20 for 38 in the last eight games (53 percent) after shooting 29 percent in Villanova’s first 24 games. … Georgetown shot 50 percent from the field but committed 18 turnovers leading to 22 Villanova points. … Villanova continued to struggle at the foul line, making just 16 of 28 (57 percent). … The Wildcats shot 51 percent overall (22 for 53) and 47 percent from three (7 for 15).

What's next
The Wildcats open play in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden at noon Thursday against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Seton Hall and either Butler or DePaul.