College basketball has been full of upsets lately. Tonight, we got another one.
Villanova, the No. 3 team in the country, fell to Providence. The Wildcats lost, 76-71, on the road to the Friars.
The game varied a lot by half. It was really low-scoring in the opening 20 minutes, with Providence leading, 27-23, at halftime.
The second half had a ton of scoring. The Friars barely out-paced the Wildcats in the second half, 49-48.
Upset in the Big East!
Providence takes down No. 3 Villanova, 76-71 pic.twitter.com/5d94LzzpOF
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 15, 2018
This is Villanova’s second upset loss in the span of a week. The Wildcats fell to St. John’s last week. The Red Storm came into that game having won zero conference games.
Villanova drops to 23-3, 10-3 in the conference. The Big East now features one team alone at the top of the standings.
Xavier, a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, is now all by itself in the conference standings. The Musketeers are 11-2, a full game ahead of Villanova.
Things are really heating up heading into the NCAA Tournament. We’re less than a month away from Selection Sunday.