Villanova's No. 1 Seed Hopes Dashed by Unlikely Buzzer-Beater

By Connor Muldowney
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They say March is the craziest basketball month of the year. Heck, it might even be the craziest sports month of the year in terms of unpredictable upsets and last-second finishes. The Villanova Wildcats got to see just why March can be mad and it looks like their hopes for a No. 1 seed are now dashed thanks to a crazy buzzer-beater by the Seton Hall Pirates in the Big East Tournament.

Not many people gave the Seton Hall a chance seeing as it was .500 during the regular season overall and a lowly 6-12 in conference play. As the No. 8 seed in the conference heading into round two, the Pirates had very little chance to take down the No. 1 seed Wildcats. That was, until this happened:

Just before this buzzer beater was knocked down by the Pirates’ Sterling Gibbs, Villanova hit a shot that seemed to be the game winner at the time with just over seven seconds to play.

The No. 3-ranked Wildcats seem to have lost out on their chance to be a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament and they will hope to be even a No. 2 seed. While a loss like this happens in March, it could still tear a team’s confidence apart and it could even drop the Wildcats to a No. 3 seed in the Big Dance.

Villanova has had a brilliant season, finishing with a 28-4 record, but it will take a great week of practice to help get the team’s confidence back after such an embarrassing loss.

If any coach can lead this team back to form, it’s Jay Wright.

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