March 9, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats are the No. 7 seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters and will meet No. 10 seed St. John's (16-14 overall, 8-10 BIG EAST) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Madison Square Garden (ESPN2)/Villanova IMG Radio Network). The winner of that contest advances to meet No. 2 seed Louisville on Thursday night, also at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats (19-12 overall, 10-8 BIG EAST) were assured of the No. 7 seed earlier on Saturday when Connecticut knocked off Providence in Hartford. A Friars victory would have given Providence a 10-8 league record and the Friars would have won the tiebreaker thanks to their sweep of both games against VU this season. As it is, UConn and Villanova both finished with 10-8 records though the Huskies are not eligible for the 2013 post-season.
The 10 regular season BIG EAST wins are the most by Villanova since the 2008-09 squad finished 13-5 en route to a trip to the NCAA Final Four.
So it is that the Wildcats will face a St. John's squad that was edged 69-67 in overtime on Saturday at Madison Square Garden by Marquette.
Villanova and St. John's opened the 2013 BIG EAST regular season at the Pavilion on Jan. 2. The Wildcats outlasted the Red Storm 98-86 as freshman guard Ryan Arcidiacono scored a season-high 32 points.
Georgetown, Louisville and Marquette completed the regular season with 14-4 league records and each will have a double-bye into Thursday's quarterfinal. Pitt, which was 12-6, earned the No. 4 seed and will also receive a double bye.
The 2013 BIG EAST Championship begins on Tuesday evening when USF meets Seton Hall at 7 p.m. Rutgers and DePaul will square off in the nightcap on Tuesday night.