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2015-16 Schedule
1-4, 7th in Patriot

Nova joins exclusive company

Villanova's 41-point win over Lafayette made the Wildcats just the seventh school to win multiple NCAA tournament games by 40-plus points, joining Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas and Kentucky.

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Final: Villanova 93, Lafayette 52

The East's top seed put on quite the performance as it shot 63 percent from the field and had as many steals as turnovers (8). This was two points shy of the school's largest NCAA tournament win -- a 90-47 win vs. Penn in 1971. Box score


Balanced beatdown by Villanova

All five Villanova starters have scored at least a dozen points -- and all eight Wildcats that played have scored at least 7.

Villanova not fans of Patriot League

The largest NCAA tournament loss for a Patriot League team came last season when Wisconsin beat 15th-seeded American by 40 points. Villanova currently leads Lafayette by 42 with under 10 minutes left. Follow live


Half: Villanova 49, Lafayette 26

The Wildcats shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half, opening up a 23-point lead over the Leopards in an all-Pennsylvania matchup between the 1 and 16 seeds.


Everything going right for Wright

We're not sure why Villanova's Jay Wright is upset here. His squad is shooting better than 60 percent and leads 16-seed Lafayette by 19 points late in the first half. Follow live

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Nova-Lafayette battle for Pennsylvania

The last intrastate 1-vs-16 game was between Kentucky and Western Kentucky in 2012.

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Villanova-Lafayette by the numbers

  • 97.6% of brackets on ESPN picked Villanova
  • ESPN's BPI gives Nova a 98.2% chance to win
  • Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Wildcats as a 22.5-point favorite

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(16) Lafayette vs. (1) Villanova, 6:50 ET

Villanova, which is a No. 1 seed for the second time in school history, rides a 15-game win streak into its NCAA tournament opener. Lafayette is 0-4 all-time in the tourney. Leopards coach Fran O'Hanlon played for Villanova from 1967-70.

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Medcalf: Who can beat Kentucky?

There are 65 non-Kentucky teams left in the NCAA tournament. Which of them could beat the Wildcats? And how could they do it?

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Bracket Projection: Lafayette

Joe Lunardi and his team of Bracketologists examine the 2015 NCAA tournament outlook for the Lafayette Leopards.

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Brennan: Looking at all 68 teams in the field

The field is set. Take a first look at the 2015 NCAA tournament college basketball teams. We give a comprehensive look at the full field and provide some answers.

Studio analysis: East Region

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Top of East Region

Thursday in Pittsburgh:

  • 1 Villanova vs. 16 Lafayette
  • 8 NC State vs. 9 LSU
    Friday in Seattle:
  • 5 No. Iowa vs. 12 Wyoming
  • 4 Louisville vs. 13 UC Irvine


Lafayette holds off American for Patriot title

Nick Lindner scored 25 points and Lafayette held off several second-half runs by American to win the Patriot League tournament title with a 65-63 victory over the Eagles on Wednesday night.


Lafayette headed to Big Dance

Lafayette weathered a late run from American to hang on in the Patriot League final, 65-63, and earn a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000. Nick Lindner led the Leopards with 25 points. Box score

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.2242nd
Rebounds Per Game28.8347th
Assists Per Game13.8Tied-163rd
Points Allowed87.6Tied-337th