Villanova was an NCAA Tournament team in 2012-13, which was a surprise to, among other people, Wildcats head coach Jay Wright. Jon Rothstein talked to Wright about the program's resurgence, and its prospects for this season.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim won for the 903rd time in his career to pass Bob Knight for second all-time in Division I in career wins. Louisville overcame a slow start to defeat Providence for its eighth straight win. South Florida defeated in-state rival Central Florida to win its fourth consecutive game.