reWe’ve got some chaos in the Big East on this Sunday afternoon. A second-half swoon proved fatal for No. 17 Villanova, as the Wildcats lost 66-54 to unranked Xavier.
It is the third-straight loss for ‘Nova, which has fallen to 20-8 overall and 11-4 in Big East play. The Wildcats are now one-and-a-half games behind first-place Marquette.
Xavier is 15-13 overall and 7-8 in league games. They are tied with Seton Hall for fourth place in the conference.
Trailing 44-41, Xavier took control of the game during a 20-2 run. The Musketeers were led by a balanced scoring effort, which featured four players in double figures.
Naji Marshall was the top scorer for Xavier with a game-high 17 points. Guards Paul Scruggs and Quentin Goodin combined for 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
X gives it to Nova!
Xavier uses a 17-0 run to UPSET No. 17 Villanova & hand the Wildcats their third straight L. pic.twitter.com/YISgSxC1rz
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 24, 2019
When the AP and Coaches’ polls are released tomorrow, expect the Wildcats to drop several slots.
The Big East has been crazy to follow this season. Outside of Marquette, and up until recently, Villanova, no one in the league has been able to find any consistency.
The tournament, which is set for Madison Square Garden in a few weeks, could be wide open.