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One woman held up a sign that read, "We're gonna party like it's 1957" - a reference to the only time Mount St. Mary's had beaten Villanova in their first 11 meetings.

Villanova coach Jay Wright anxious all season about his team being satisfied after winning last season's title.

Villanova is led by Wooden award candidate and Big East player of the year Josh Hart, who averages nearly 19 points a game on 51% shooting.

Mountaineer guards are swarming on defense, preventing Nova from getting open looks and the Wildcats just keep chucking them up as their 1-9 for three.

To say "The Mount" has a daunting mountain to climb would be an understatement.

As for Mount St. Mary's, the Mountaineers had to play the New Orleans Privateers in order for this shot. But at the same time, the Mountaineers finished their final game of the season by walking off the court to an arena chanting "Mount St. Mary's". Now a Division 1 school, Mount St. Mary's competed for decades at the Division II level.

MR. BIG SHOT: Jenkins made one of the most iconic shots in NCAA history, draining a buzzer-beating 3-pointer against North Carolina in last year's championship.

Villanova not only survived a tough test from the Mountaineers but a horrendous shooting night by senior Kris Jenkins.

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Wisconsin got better as its first-round game went along too, but not so dramatically. Once Villanova was able to match Mount St. Mary's energy, it was no contest.

Eventually, the Wildcats would start to warm up and chip away at the Mountaineers lead after hitting five straight points to bring the lead down to 10-7. Forcing them to use the entire shot clock to get any sort of looks at the bucket and doing a good job blocking whatever looks Villanova could manage. The Blue Devils enter the Round of 64 gunning for a 12th straight postseason win when favored by 20 or more points when they battle No. 15 Troy as 20-point favorites. Villanova is more than happy to stay in the background.

Does yesterday's poor performance bode poorly for Villanova's chances at a repeat?

The Wildcats will await the victor of Wisconsin-Virginia Tech on Saturday, though tomorrow's day off will provide them an opportunity to tighten up some of the mistakes made early to avoid a potential letdown.

Good defense from the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers and sloppy play from Villanova led Mount St. Mary's to an early 10-2 lead early in the 1st half. If the senior leader is on, he can carry the Wildcats, at least, back to a title game. "I thought we were capable of coming out and missing some shots, coming out and making some mistakes".

"One thing Coach Phelan was always great with is, he always gave his guards a ton of freedom", Christian said.

1 seed Villanova will square off against No. 8 seed University of Wisconsin, Madison. Neither of those adjectives applies to Jay Wright's team in any form.

- Written by Kyle Kensing, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a sportswriter in Southern California.


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