Villanova will head into Big East tournament play as the outright regular season champion. The Wildcats have won five regular season crowns in the last six years.
Villanova, the defending national champion, will be the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament. The Wildcats will play the winner of the No. 8 seeded Butler and No. 9 seeded Providence game, which will take place on Wednesday, March 13. The Wildcats (22-9 overall, 13-5 league) will play the winner on Thursday, March 14 at noon. The tournament will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Villanova is led by its seniors, guard Phil Booth and forward Eric Paschall. Booth and Paschall were first team All-Big East selections. Booth, a 6-foot-3, 194-pounder, averaged 18.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game. Paschall, a 6-foot-8, 255-pounder, tallied 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.
Saddiq Bey was named the Big East All-Freshman team. Bey, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman, averaged 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
In the American Athletic Conference, Temple picked up a third seed in the conference basketball tourney. The Owls (23-8 overall, 13-5 league) will play the winner of the No. 6 seed Wichita State and No. 11 seed East Carolina at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15 (ESPNU). The tournament will take place at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Temple is led by senior guard Shizz Alston Jr. who was tied for the regular season scoring title (19.7 ppg) with Memphis’ Jeremiah Martin. Alston was also named first-team All-Conference. The Owls’ junior guard Quinton Rose was named to the AAC second team. Rose averaged 16.5 points a game.
In the Atlantic 10 Conference, Saint Joseph’s (13-18 overall, 6-12 league) has earned a 10th-seed in the A-10 Basketball Championship and will face seventh-seeded Duquesne (19-12 overall, 10-8 league) in the second round on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. (NBCSN). The conference tournament will be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Hawks’ top players are 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Charlie Brown (18.8 ppg., 5.9 rpg), 6-foot junior guard Lamarr Kimble (16.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and 5-foot-10 freshman guard Jared Bynum (11.3 ppg, 4.6 asp).
La Salle (10-20 overall, 8-10 league) is seeded No. 9 and will face eight-seeded Rhode Island (16-14 overall, 9-9 league) in the second round the A-10 tournament. The game will be played on Thursday, March 14 at noon. The Explorers’ leading scorer is 6-foot guard graduate Pookie Powell who averages 15.4 points a game.
In the Ivy league, Penn (19-11 overall, 7-7 league) will face Harvard (17-10 overall, 10-4 league) on Saturday, March 16 at noon (ESPNU). The Quakers, the defending Ivy League champions and this year’s Big 5 champs, got the final spot in the Ivy League tournament with a 58-51 victory over Brown Saturday night. Penn is led by 6-foot-8 junior forward AJ Brodeur (17.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and 6-foot senior guard Devon Goodman (14.0 ppg, 2.3 app).
In the Colonial Athletic Association, College of Charleston eliminated Drexel, 73-61, in the CAA quarterfinals Sunday night.