NCAA Tournament: Villanova Cruises Past Duke, Reaches Elite Eight

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2009

BOSTON - MARCH 26:  Scottie Reynolds #1 of the Villanova Wildcats goes up for a shot in front of Gerald Henderson #15 of the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regionals at TD Banknorth Garden on March 26, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It was never really close, was it? Duke, the No. 2 seed in the East, was expected to win by many, but the No. 3 Villanova Wildcats had a different plan, defeating the Blue Devils 77-54 at T.D. Banknorth Arena Thursday night.

Villanova was led by Herndon-native Scottie Reynolds, who poured in a game-high 16 points. The Wildcats shot 42.2 percent from the floor, while holding Duke (30-7) to a dismal 26.7 percent. Duke made just 16 of 60 shots and missed 22 of 27 three-pointers.

Kyle Singler scored 15 (5 of 13 field goals) for the Devils and Jon Scheyer scored 13 on 3-for-18 from the field. Greg Paulus, in his final game, only scored three points on 1-for-2 shooting.

Dante Cunningham came off the bench to score 14 for 'Nova, and Reggie Redding added 11.

Villanova (29-7) will play the No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday evening, with the winner not only being crowned East Regional Champions, but they also punch their ticket to the Final Four in Detroit.