2017 Bracketology: No. 15 Seeds
- East: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
- West: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
- South: UNC Asheville Bulldogs
- Midwest: Vermont Catamounts
There were only 7,659 perfect brackets remaining after Syracuse beat Dayton and Villanova beat UNC-Asheville on Friday.
Led by Daniel Ochefu's inside presence, 2-seed Villanova handled 15-seed UNC Asheville 86-56 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points, including a buzzer-beating 3 at the end of the first half, as 2-seed Villanova beat UNC Asheville 86-56 to advance in the NCAA tournament.
Villanova's season has ended at the hands of a lower-seeded team in the second round each of the past two seasons -- and hasn't been out of the first weekend since 2009. After beating UNC-Asheville, the Wildcats get another chance on Sunday. Can they exorcise their demons?
Daniel Ochefu looks completely different than a week ago, when he was limited in the Big East Tournament with a sprained ankle. Moving better, making quicker moves with his back to the basket. Has given Nova an entirely different dimension at both ends of the court.
Villanova ends the half on a 16-4 run -- capped by a Ryan Arcidiacono 3-pointer at the buzzer. Wildcats made 3-pointers on four of its last five possessions, and Asheville has found it difficult to score in a half-court setting. UNCA's defenses have made things difficult for Villanova, but the Wildcats have been able to maintain a lead through the outside shot.
Asheville's multiple defenses -- mainly the trapping 1-3-1 zone -- has been giving Villanova some issues since the opening few minutes. On the flip side, though, UNCA can't score. Five-minute drought.
In their past five tourney appearances, the Wildcats haven't made it out of the first weekend despite being second-seeded or better three times. Villanova allows 93.8 points per 100 possessions (best in the Big East), while UNC Asheville allows a Big South-best 94.8 points per 100 possessions. Follow live
Villanova vs. UNC Asheville gets underway in about 20 minutes. Jay Wright and the Wildcats haven't been to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2009. One interesting thing to watch: Asheville has the nation's second-best 3-point defense, while Nova ranks in the top 25 nationally in 3-point attempt rate.
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UNC-Asheville doesn't have the size or athleticism to stay with Villanova, which is No. 1 in scoring defense at 65.9 points per game. This should be a fairly low-scoring game, as Villanova should win comfortably without a foul-fest at the end to push it over. Betting guide (Insider)
The Bulldogs can annoy anybody with their relentless pressure, but they're undersized and allow their opponents to shoot 51.9 percent on 2-point attempts. With an upset chance a shade under 13 percent, they need the Wildcats to go cold. Giant Killers (Insider)
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