There seems to be a magic number surrounding Villanova heading into this week's Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Jay Wright's Wildcats (27-4 overall) are the No. 2 seed for the tourney in the Big Apple as No. 1 seed Xavier (also 27-4 overall) over owns a better conference record, 15-3 to Villanova's 14-4.
But the 'Cats hold the advantage in the AP poll this week as they're back up to No. 2.
After topping both Seton Hall and Georgetown to close the regular season last week, the Wildcats moved up two spots, just behind unanimous No. 1 Virginia.
Xavier, which Villanova beat twice this season, is No. 3. Michigan State and Duke rounded out the top five this week.
The fact of the matter is, the AP rankings are thrown out the window this week. The Big East Tourney seeds aren't the biggest deal in the world, either, because at the 2-seed, Villanova and still can't meet Xavier until the tournament final on Saturday. Villanova on Thursday at 7 p.m. will get the winner of Wednesday's Marquette-DePaul game. If the Wildcats were to advance from there, they would get the winner of Seton Hall-Butler before potentially seeing Xavier in the final.
But the only rankings that matter right now are the ones that are released by the selection committee on Sunday evening.
Outside of a total meltdown in NYC, Villanova is still primed for a No. 1 seed and a trip to Pittsburgh for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament and potentially Boston for the East Regional.
But that's all in the future. The now for Villanova is to take care of business at MSG.