Instant Replay: Seton Hall 66, Villanova 65

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Instant Replay: Seton Hall 66, Villanova 65

BOX SCORE

NEWARK, N.J. -- Villanova suffered a heartbreaking 66-65 loss to lowly Seton Hall at the Prudential Center on Monday night.

With under 13 seconds left and Villanova clinging to a two-point lead, James Bell had the ball stolen from him and Seton Hall’s Fuquan Edwin drained an open three-pointer from the corner to give the Pirates the win.

The loss snapped Villanova’s (18-11, 10-7 Big East) three-game win streak.

The Pirates (14-15, 3-13 Big East) broke a nine-game losing skid with the win.

Turning point
After a pair of free throws by the Pirates, Villanova inbounded the ball to Bell. The guard was trapped in the backcourt and tried to split the two defenders.

The ball was poked away from behind and ended up in the hands of Tom Maayan, who kicked it to Edwin for the game-winner.

Ryan Arcidiacono missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to hand Villanova the defeat.

Big men on campus
Edwin's clutch three gave him 18 points and Seton Hall the win, but it was Aaron Cosby that kept the Pirates in the game. He had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Mouphtaou Yarou was a difference maker down on the low block, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. He also reached the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Arcidiacono led Villanova with 16 points.

Inside the box score
 JayVaughn Pinkston scored 15 points before fouling out.

• Villanova made 25 of 27 free throws in the game.

• Seton Hall made nine field goals in the first half, eight of which were three-pointers. Kyle Smyth accounted for four threes in the first frame for all of his 12 points.

• The Pirates started the game 8 of 13 from three-point range. They finished 13 for 21 from downtown.

When was the last time …
Villanova leads the all-time series against Seton Hall, 63-37. The Wildcats had won the last 10 meetings between the two schools prior to Monday.

What’s next?
Villanova will close the season out against some of the toughest competition that the Big East and the country have to offer.

The Wildcats travel to Pittsburgh to face No. 23 at noon on Sunday. They haven’t beaten the Panthers on their home floor since 1996.

‘Nova will then finish off the regular season at home on Mar. 6 against seventh-ranked Georgetown.

NCAA hoops committee to give tournament snapshot on Feb. 11

NCAA hoops committee to give tournament snapshot on Feb. 11

NEW YORK — The selection committee for the NCAA Tournament is planning to give a look at its top 16 seeds in February, one month before the 68-team field locks in on March 12.

NCAA and CBS Sports officials say the top four teams in each region will be revealed on Feb. 11 during a March Madness preview show on CBS. It's the first time the men's basketball selection committee has revealed its thinking during the season, giving teams an idea beyond outside rankings of where they stand heading into the tournament.

Committee head Mark Hollis, the athletic director at Michigan State, is scheduled to take part in the reveal show.

The picks will come with plenty of hoops still to play, including the end of the regular season and conference tournaments.

The move mirrors a similar early reveal for the women's NCAA Tournament. The women's committee revealed its top 16 seeds on Monday night, and plans to do so again twice more before the bracket is unveiled March 13.

Scouting reports: Villanova-Marquette and St. Joe's-St. Bonaventure

Scouting reports: Villanova-Marquette and St. Joe's-St. Bonaventure

Two City 6 schools are in action Tuesday night. Let’s take a look at the matchups.

No. 1 Villanova (19-1, 7-1 Big East) at Marquette (13-6, 4-3 Big East) 
BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee - 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

Last time out
Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins combined for 44 points as No. 1 Villanova won its fifth straight game Saturday afternoon, dispatching Providence, 78-68, at the Wells Fargo Center in a game that saw four Wildcats score 10 or more points, record three or more assists and three or more rebounds.

After the game, Villanova head coach Jay Wright talked about the Wildcats’ “constant challenge” of a national championship hangover and how ‘Nova has overcome it (see story).

Marquette is coming off a 102-94 upset win Saturday over No. 7 Creighton in the second game of a difficult three-game stretch against top-25 teams. Last Monday, the Golden Eagles fell, 88-80, to No. 13 Butler, and tonight, they tip off against the top team in the nation.

Scouting report
While Wright admitted the Wildcats are fighting through a championship hangover, it might not seem that way if you take a look at the scores during their current five-game winning streak.

Villanova won by an average of 18 points during the streak, including a 25-point win over then-No. 15 Xavier and a 30-point win over Seton Hall. Jenkins has scored over 15 points and shot 50 percent or better from three in four out of the five games.

Marquette started the year 10-3 but has seen a drop-off since. The Golden Eagles have lost three of their last six games, including one to Villanova on Jan. 7.

Marquette ranks second in the Big East in points per game at 84.6 a night and leads the conference in three-point percentage at 41 percent. The Golden Eagles have five players averaging double digits, with JaJuan Johnson leading the way with 13 points per game and Markus Howard not far behind at 12.8 points a night.

What it means
With a victory, Villanova would extend its win streak before its matchup with No. 12 Virginia on Sunday afternoon.

A win for Marquette would help its résumé for the NCAA Tournament. It currently has an RPI ranking of 53, and a victory over ‘Nova would give its profile a significant boost.

History
This will be the second of two meetings between the schools this season, as Villanova beat Marquette back on Jan. 7 in its first game after its first loss of the season — a 66-58 defeat to then-No. 18 Butler on Jan. 4. The Wildcats shot a season-best 60 percent from three against Marquette in the victory, with Jenkins shooting 6 of 9 from downtown and scoring a game-high 23 points.

What’s next
Villanova takes on No. 12 Virginia at 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX. 

Marquette will face Providence at home Saturday.

St. Joe's (9-9, 2-4 A-10) at St. Bonaventure (12-6, 4-2 A-10)
Reilly Center in St. Bonaventure, New York - 7 p.m. on TCN

Scouting report
The Hawks have lost four of their last six games entering tonight, and with Shavar Newkirk out for the season with a torn ACL, Lamarr Kimble and James Demery have become St. Joe’s primary scorers, averaging 14.7 and 14.9 points, respectively.

Charlie Brown is coming off a stretch that earned him A-10 Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season. The freshman is averaging 15 points and 7.5 rebounds over his previous two games and scored a career-high 19 points against Penn last Saturday. 

But the Hawks will have their hands full with St. Bonaventure's backcourt. For the Bonnies, Jaylen Adams averages 21.8 points, while Matt Mobley averages 19.9. St. Bonaventure also leads the A-10 in scoring, averaging 81.6 points.

History
The Hawks fell to St. Bonaventure, 98-90, last season at the Reilly Center. St. Joe’s had five players in double-figures but it wasn’t enough, as Marcus Posley put up a game-high 47 points. 

But the Hawks will be without four of those five players that put up double-figures last March. DeAndre' Bembry is now with the Atlanta Hawks, Isaiah Miles and Aaron Brown both graduated and Newkirk tore his ACL in December. The Hawks will need to count on Kimble.

What’s next
St. Joe’s will take on La Salle in a Big 5 matchup at Hagan Arena on Saturday.

St. Bonaventure plays Rhode Island Saturday afternoon.