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Joe Lunardi's bracketology: No. 6 seeds

  • East: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • West: Providence Friars
  • South: Duke Blue Devils
  • Midwest: Baylor Bears
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Can the Friars turn it around?

ESPN's Jeff Goodman notes Providence's recent struggles in dropping three of its last four. The Friars need a healthy Ben Bentil to help pull off a road win at Marquette this week. Five up, Five Down (Insider)

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Providence coach Ed Cooley after the Friars loss today. "I'm worried about the guys' psyche." Team has lost 2 straight -- to DePaul and 'Nova and now goes to Marquette, a place Providence has never won.

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Villanova withstands late Providence rally (1:05)

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Providence was thoroughly outplayed by Villanova in the first 20 minutes. Friars fortunate to only be down 12 at the break. Dunn has six points (four in transition) and Bentil has two points and two fouls -- and largely ineffective with that ankle injury.

Big East-leading Cats tip at Providence

Ben Bentil is expected to play for 11th-ranked Providence after he left a game this week with an injured ankle. But Villanova's center Daniel Ochefu is expected to miss a third straight game (concussion). Follow live

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Ben Bentil not in the starting lineup -- but unless something has changed, Ed Cooley said he will give it a go in a limited role.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

If Ben Bentil is as effective playing today as he is dancing pre-game, Providence will be just fine.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Ben Bentil out here a little more than an hour before the game doing some light jogging to see if he can go today against Villanova.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Providence coach Ed Cooley said in a text the Friars are working on Ben Bentil (right ankle) but doesn't look good for Villanova game at 2:30 pm at the Dunk. They may try and give it a go but he will be limited.

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College GameDay picks (4:38)
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Greenberg: Villanova must contain Dunn (0:57)

Joe Jones @BUCoachJones

Good Luck to our guy Ryan Polley and Men's Lacrosse as they take on the Providence Friars today at 1 pm. Go BU

Halftime: Villanova 31, Providence 19

The 11th-ranked Friars, who shot just 23 percent from the field, trailed by 19 at one point before closing the deficit to 12 at the break. Ryan Arcidiacono and Kris Jenkins led a balanced attack for No. 3 Villanova with seven points each. Box score

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Villanova hangs on vs. Providence 72-60

The 11th-ranked Friars trailed by 19 in the first half, but rallied to give the 3rd-ranked Wildcats a scare in Providence. Villanova's Darryl Reynolds went 9-of-10 from the field for a team-high 19 points. Box score

Villanova at Providence: Who wins?

Will Villanova avenge its overtime loss to Providence on Jan. 24? The Friars' chances of a sweep may depend on the status of Ben Bentil. Weekend Predictions

Xavier is Nova's biggest threat ... for now

The Musketeers are now two games ahead of Providence for second place in the Big East. The Friars' loss to DePaul may be hard to overcome, but another win over Villanova would make things interesting. Weekend Homework

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Craig Robinson picks Villanova/Providence, Baylor/West Virginia (0:57)
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Bentil, Big East's top scorer, still sore, iffy for PC

With a huge showdown vs. No. 3 Villanova set for Saturday in Providence, the Friars are bracing to be without top scorer Ben Bentil, who continues to nurse an ankle injury suffered Tuesday.

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.3180th
Rebounds Per Game36.7Tied-157th
Assists Per Game15.7Tied-54th
Points Allowed68.192nd