March Madness: Everything you need to know about Villanova
Villanova will take on Oklahoma in Saturday night’s first March Madness Final Four game at 6:09 p.m. ET in Houston.
Here is what you need to know about the Wildcats.
Coach: Jay Wright, who has complied a 352-157 record during his 15 seasons with Villanova.
Conference: Big East (joined in 1980)
Team Record: 33-5 (16-2 in conference)
Starters: G Jalen Brunson: (6-3, freshman): 9.8 PPG, 2.6 APG, 1.8 RPG; G Ryan Arcdiacano (6-3, senior): 12.3 PPG, 4.3 APG, 1.9 RPG; G Josh Hart: (6-5, junior): 15.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.9 APG; F Kris Jenkins: (6-6, junior): 13.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.2 APG; F Daniel Ochefu: (6-11, senior): 10.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.7 APG
Notable stats: Villanova ranks 4th and 7th in adjusted offensive efficiency and adjusted defensive efficiency, respectively.
The Wildcats also rank in the top 10 in field goal percentage on two-point shots (56.8%), free-throw percentage (78.4%), points (2,946) and assists (617).
Biggest wins this season: Defeated Xavier, 95-64, on Dec. 31, 2015. Two wins over Seton Hall (Jan. 6 and Jan. 21).
Tournament path: Beat UNC Asheville 86-56; beat Iowa 87-68; beat Miami 92-69; beat Kansas 64-59.
History vs. Oklahoma: 2-2, with their most recent meeting coming this season on Dec. 7, 2015, in the Pearl Harbor Classic. The Sooners topped Villanova, 78-55, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
NCAA Final Four History: Villanova is in the Final Four for the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2009. The Wildcats have appeared in two championship games, winning their lone school title in 1985 and finishing as the tournament’s runner up in 1971.
Five school facts:
Year founded: 1842
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mascot name: Will D. Cat
Notable alumni: Golden Globe-nominated actress Maria Bello, Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden, NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long.