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No. 1 seed Villanova did exactly what it was expected to do on Thursday afternoon and Friday, crushing St. John’s and surviving a tough test from Seton Hall to advance to the Big East title game. And just as our experts predicted, the Wildcats took care of business in the title game on Saturday with a 74-60 win over Creighton. Jay Wright likes his championship hardware, it seems, and now he’s got a Big East regular season and postseason crown to hang in the trophy case.

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Gary Parrish: Villanova

Matt Norlander: Villanova

Chip Patterson: Villanova

Jerry Palm: Villanova

Howard Megdal: Villanova

Kyle Boone: Villanova


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Scores (All times Eastern)

Wednesday, March 8 (First round)
Game 1: No. 8 St. John’s 74, No. 9 Georgetown 73
Game 2: No. 7 Xavier 75, No. 10 DePaul 64
Thursday, March 9 (Quarterfinals)
Game 3: No. 1 Villanova 108, St. John’s 67
Game 4: No. 4 Marquette 76, No. 5 Seton Hall 82
Game 5: No. 2 Butler 57, Xavier  62
Game 6: No. 3 Providence 58, No. 6 Creighton 70
Friday, March 10 (Semifinals)
Villanova 55, Seton Hall 53
No. 6 Creighton 75, No. 7 Xavier 72
Saturday, March 11 (Championship)
No. 1 Villanova 74, No. 6 Creighton 60