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Big East Record: 9-6
As inconsistent Villanova has looked this year, the Wildcats show up in the big games.
Villanova has knocked off four teams ranked 26th or higher in the RPI rankings, and has won five of its last six.
Even though the Wildcats got off to a shaky start, their only head-scratching loss was against Columbia.
In this case, the pros of being hot and defeating the top Big East teams outweigh the cons of having one bad loss and 10 losses overall.
The Wildcats finish the regular season at Seton Hall, at Pittsburgh and at home against Georgetown. It's crucial for them to finish the regular season strong, not just to keep winning, but for the seeds in the Big East Tournament too.
With West Virginia's departure and Connecticut being ineligible, the 14-team format sets up well for the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds. If the Wildcats earn one of those spots, Villanova will get a first-round bye with its first game coming against an opponent like Seton Hall or DePaul.
If Villanova slips and gets a lower seed, it would have to face a much better and rested team like Cincinnati or Providence (lost to twice) in its first game
Nonetheless, for how well the Wildcats are playing, they will win two of their last three and make a run in the Big East Tournament.