Former bitter longtime conference rivals will meet on Saturday night for a chance to advance to the East Region Sweet 16, and you can bet the game and rivalry will be as intense as ever.
The No. 7-seeded UConn Huskies (27-8) and No. 2-seeded Villanova Wildcats (29-4) each won their second-round contests, but they did it in very different ways.
The Huskies trailed for much of the night against No. 10-seeded St. Joseph's, largely due to the struggles of stud guard Shabazz Napier, before coming back in the second half, forcing overtime and pulling away in the extra frame for an 89-81 victory.
The Wildcats struggled a tad in the first 20 minutes against No. 15-seeded Milwaukee, but they finished strong, outscoring the Panthers 46-30 in the second half to secure a 73-53 win.
This game has the very real feel of a pick 'em and very few people would be surprised by the final result, regardless of who emerges with the victory.
That's why in a game as close as this one figures to be, the details matter.
These are the five X-factors that will determine if it's UConn or Villanova heading off on Saturday night to the Sweet 16.