Instant Replay: No. 2 Villanova 81, Georgetown 55

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Instant Replay: No. 2 Villanova 81, Georgetown 55


WASHINGTON -- No. 2 Villanova continued its recent dominance over Georgetown in a decisive 81-55 victory Saturday afternoon. 

It was another balanced effort by the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3 Big East) with four players in double-figures led by senior Josh Hart's 21 points. Villanova controlled the game and led for the final 30 minutes in handing its longtime rivals a program-worst 13th conference defeat.

Georgetown (14-17, 5-13) was led by graduate transfer Rodney Pryor's 21 points. The Hoyas have lost five straight heading into the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden next week.

Kris Jenkins had 19 points -- highlighted by going 11 for 13 from the line -- while Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges had 17 and 12, respectively.

The Wildcats remain in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament by beating Georgetown for the ninth time in their last 10 meetings dating back to 2013. Villanova recorded its largest away win at Georgetown since conference play began and the most since a 28-point victory in the 1949-50 season. 

The Hoyas never got closer than five points in the second half in finishing their second straight season with a losing record for the first since 1973.

The run
Trailing 15-11 in the first half, the Wildcats went on a 27-8 run over the next 10 minutes to take their biggest lead of the half at 38-23. The run started with a Hart three-pointer and ended with a Brunson trey. During that span, five Villanova players scored while Georgetown made just two field goals total. Villanova survived a poor shooting start (5 for 15) by forcing six Georgetown turnovers.

Stat of the day
Villanova committed just seven turnovers while forcing 20 Georgetown turnovers. Six Hoyas had at least two turnovers, with Jagan Mosely leading the way with four.

By the numbers
With the victory, Villanova improved to 63-9 in Big East regular-season play over the past four years.  

Georgetown’s Rodney Pryor joined former Sixers great Allen Iverson as the only players in school history to hit at least 80 threes in a single season. Pryor hit three threes Saturday, giving him 81 for the season. Iverson made 87 as a sophomore in 1996.

Up next
Villanova is off until the Big East quarterfinals next Thursday. Despite winning the previous three Big East regular-season crowns, the Wildcats have won the tournament title just once in that span -- 2015. Georgetown plays Wednesday night in the first round against St. John's as the ninth seed.

Déjà vu
If Georgetown wins its first round matchup against St. John's on Wednesday, the Hoyas and Wildcats will meet for the second consecutive year in the noon quarterfinal Thursday. The last time the Hoyas and Wildcats met in back-to-back Big East Tournaments was in 2007 and 2008.

Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Oregon football's uniform revolution

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Oregon football's uniform revolution

Forget about Chip Kelly for a second: When you think of the University of Oregon, you probably think of their uniforms.

Each season, the Ducks push jersey and helmet designs to new heights, and their trailblazing influence has trickled down throughout college athletics. It all started in the 1990s, when Oregon decided to get crazy - and it worked.

In the second episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, NBC Sports Northwest takes a deep dive into how Oregon sparked a fashion transformation across college football with a mascot change, and with unique Nike uniforms that helped push the program into the national college football coversation.

The episode features in-depth interviews with former Oregon football head coach Mike Bellotti, former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, and more.

The episode releases Thursday, June 11. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Jay Wright talks Saddiq Bey, missing March Madness, Phillies

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Jay Wright talks Saddiq Bey, missing March Madness, Phillies

It's been 12 days since Villanova's season ended abruptly due to the coronavirus crisis. Jay Wright held a video conference on Wednesday to discuss a number of topics. 

Here are the major takeaways from Wright's session with the media.  

This March is different

Villanova missed out on opportunities to win a fourth straight Big East Tournament and participate in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in the last 16 years. The Wildcats won eight of their final nine games to clinch a share of the Big East regular season title. Not having a chance to shine in the postseason stings. 

"Missing the NCAA Tournament is obviously tough for our guys," Wright said. "We felt like we were playing great basketball, coming on strong. I always say we want to play our best basketball at the end of the year, and I think we were doing that. It is what it is, our guys get it. 

"It's a great example of our mantra 'attitude'. We try to teach our guys that you don't have control over what happens in life. What you do have control of is your response to what happens to you. 

"I don't know if there's even been a March where I wasn't either in (the NCAA Tournament), watching it or recruiting during it. I'm testing myself on what else is there in me? Being a better father, being a better husband. Spending more time with the kids, watching more movies, reading more, trying to be more worldly. I'm not very good at it but I'm trying."

Will Saddiq Bey leave for the NBA? 

Arguably the biggest question concerning Wright's team heading into the offseason is will Saddiq Bey leave for the NBA or will he return for his junior season at Villanova? Wright mentioned that Bey was especially disappointed when this season was cut short. He realizes that he has a big decision to make on his future. Wright discussed Bey's future plans as well as freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who is also considered an NBA prospect. 

"The NBA is still on hold," Wright said. "They don't have a plan yet for what they're going to do with the pre-draft process or the draft yet. Saddiq and Jeremiah probably both will go through that process when we find out what it is. They're waiting on us for information, should they start working out? We're trying to get them as much information as possible. 

"If we were in a normal timeline, they would both go through the process. As we learn what the NBA is going to do there are so many possibilities. Just to take it to an extreme, there's a possibility they might not have a pre-draft process and just have the draft with no workouts, using the evaluations they had during the season. 

"We're communicating with both of them daily. Saddiq is having a tough time trying to find a place to work out in [his hometown] Washington D.C. He just got a gym to get into so he can shoot, he can't find a gym to get into to lift. Jeremiah is trying to find a place around here to get into to shoot."

2020 Summer Olympics postponed

Wright was supposed to spend a portion of his summer as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Tokyo. But with this week's announcement that the Olympics are postponed, his plans have changed. 

"It's the right decision," Wright said. "I feel bad for all of those athletes that it's once in a lifetime experience. I really feel bad for them. For basketball guys it's not as difficult. I talked with [U.S. head coach Greg Popovich] yesterday. It's postponed, obviously not cancelled, postponed until some time next spring or summer. There's a lot of questions there. They could do it late spring, when you might not have NBA players. If they did it in the summer maybe you do have NBA players. We have to wait for the IOC to make those decisions. 

"For us personally (at Villanova), it's kind of crazy because we thought we came up with this great plan. I was going to have to leave our offseason program for the Olympics. We had a plan to work around that, and now it doesn't matter. We'll be here in June and July. Now we don't even know if the players will be here. We worked so hard to put this plan in place for me being away and now it doesn't even matter."

Phillies season on hold

A Bucks County native, Wright is a huge Philadelphia sports fan. He had Phillies season tickets as a kid and is a regular at Citizens Bank Park during the summer months. Like all Phillies fans, he's disappointed the baseball season isn't starting this week.

"The end of the basketball season was always sobering," Wright said. "But what always saved us was the start of the Phillies. Opening Day and the start of baseball season in our family is a big deal. 

"We watch the spring training games, we'll even joke, 'Who do the Phillies play tonight?' It's really surreal. Spring time without baseball, especially the Phillies, is bizarre. It's really the way myself and my family get ourselves out of basketball mode. We go to Opening Day, we go to the Phillies games, we love 'Bark in the Park', we always bring the dogs. We're really going to miss it."

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