PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Josh Hart scored 18 points, Kris Jenkins had 17 and No. 3 Villanova closed out the regular season with an 84-71 win over Georgetown on Saturday.
The Big East champion Wildcats (27-4, 16-2) dominated from the opening tip and looked every bit the favorite to win the conference tournament in New York. Win a second straight Big East tourney, and the Wildcats are all but guaranteed a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova will savor this one against its longtime Big East rival.
The Wildcats raced to a 21-point lead midway through the first half and had a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center going wild. The NBA arena is the site of an NCAA regional final and the Wildcats would love to return and clinch a Final Four berth just a few miles from campus.
L.J. Peak led Georgetown (14-17, 7-11) with 31 points.
Without a true star player, the Wildcats relied on their usual mix of team ball and game-changing 3-point shooting. The Wildcats has 14 assists on 16 baskets in the first half and buried six 3s.
Ryan Arcidiacono had the most fun; the senior point guard scored on a reverse layup and then made a no-look dish to Hart down the lane for a 27-6 lead. Arcidiacono's highlight reel flip was his 500th career assist. He scored 16 points and received a huge standing ovation in his final home game.
Jenkins, who scored a career-high 31 points Thursday against Marquette, continued his recent surge. He hit a 3 at the first-half buzzer that sent Nova into the break with a 46-27 lead.
Jenkins averaged 23 points on 56 percent shooting and was 18 of 35 from 3-point range over the last four games.
Georgetown was a mess in its sixth straight loss and ninth in 10 games overall. Peak fired an air ball and Isaac Copeland's jumper grazed the rim on the same possession late in the first half, bringing out the Hoya hecklers. The Hoyas are on their longest losing streak since they lost the final nine games of the 2003-04 season. The Hoyas missed 12 of 13 3s in the first half.
The Wildcats not only thumped Georgetown on the scoreboard, but also on the recruiting trail: Jenkins, Hart, Daniel Ochefu and Phil Booth are all from Maryland. Georgetown coach John Thompson III is on the hot seat headed into the Big East Tournament.
Villanova, which reached No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in program history, is dominating like it usually does this time of the year. But now comes the tricky part. The Wildcats haven't advanced out of the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2009 when they reached the Final Four and they were eliminated three times over that span as a No. 1 or 2 NCAA seed.
Georgetown: The Hoyas are 45-52 against Top 25 teams under Thompson. ... Georgetown still leads the series, 44-33. ... Hoyas made only 4 of 26 3-pointers.
Villanova: The game was sold out with 20,173 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. The NBA-worst Philadelphia 76ers average 14,721 in the same building. ... Villanova is the No. 1 seed in the Big East tourney for the third straight season and fifth time in program history.
Georgetown and Villanova will play in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.
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