2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 2 Villanova vs No. 7 Connecticut

By Taylor Sturm
Villanova 2014 NCAA Tournament
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The No. 2 seeded team in the East region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Villanova Wildcats, dominated Milwaukee en route to a 73 – 53 victory and a spot in the Round of 32. The Wildcats never really looked like losing once the second half began and will face the No. 7 seeded Connecticut Huskies next.

UConn defeated the No. 10 seeded St. Joe’s Hawks in overtime in their opening game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament behind Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels combining for 35 points on top of Shabazz Napier’s 24. The Huskies looked shaky, but a win is a win, and they will feel that they can upset Villanova in the next round.

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Napier scored 24 points on what could be called an off night for the UConn star; he was just 2 – 8 from three point range and 7 – 22 from the field. Napier has a 40 point game in him, and the Huskies will need it if they are to defeat Villanova. For the Wildcats, James Bell and Darrun Hilliard II are two elite, veteran college basketball players that will have their hands full trying to compensate for Napier’s scoring, but they should be able to do it.


As much as I want to call the upset, Villanova is just a better all-around team than Connecticut. If Napier, who is one of the top five players in college basketball, can go off, the UConn can pull off the upset. However, the Wildcats are just too good of a team to allow the Huskies to pull off the upset.

Villanova 68, Connecticut 60

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