Live blog tonight! I'm running out now, hopefully I'll be back in time for the start of the game.
Sorry for the delay. I'm back and the Wildcats are leading 16-14 over Providence.
The bottom line just gave me great news! Illinois and Penn State are playing again! The combined O/U is 50.
20-14 Villanova as we get shots of blind resumes. I don't know why they have to make suspenseful by doing it blind, the comparison would get through either way, but whatever, I guess.
Media timeout time. Villanova is on a 9-0 run and lead 20-14.
Whoa, I just received news that the Eagles just traded Greg Lewis to New England. No surprise, he won't be missed. They also get a 2010 draft pick and the Eagles get a 2009. No complaints from me.
Pena is fouled as he tried to shoot from inside. Wildcats are up by 6, 22-16. And Dave and Len make a good point that Villanova could easily end up in Philadelphia (they only play 3 or less games in the Wachovia Center during the regular season) with these economic times, the less teams have to fly out far away, the better.
Why on earth is the Morgan St.-Coppin St. basketball game in a delay?
3 FOR REYNOLDS! And the Wildcats are up by 9! This is it, if Villanova wins, they get a double-bye in the Big East tournament (which will reduce the wear and tear before the NCAA tournament, and that's the biggest benefit, imho).
Providence keeps turning the ball over. The turnover ratio is 8-1.
12-point lead at the 8-minute timeout, 32-20 Wildcats.
Providence is making a run at things, it's now a 7-point game, although a pair of freebies from Nova as turned it into a 9 point lead.
Big 3 for the Friars! It's now a 7-point game. Hankey with the hook shot and it's now a 5-point game. The Friars are battling back.
Turnover by Cunningham! McKenzie with a wide open 3 shot and he air balls it!
I have mixed feelings about the championship tournaments. They're as fun as hell to watch, but other than for the sake of winning a trophy, there really is not much on the line other than a few seeds unless you're a team that had a horrible season but got hot at the exact right time (see Georgia in last year's SEC tourney).
HAHA! A-Rod may be out for 4 months. Sorry, I can't stand the Yankees.
Villanova misses at the line and they are just letting Providence back in this game.
WHOA! HOW DID PROVIDENCE COME AWAY WITH THAT ONE! Brooks with a nice jam after the scramble and it's now a 3-point game. It looks like Marquette may have to end up losing again.
STOKES FROM 3! 6-point game now and they need that. 10 seconds to go.
Yay! More blind resumes. We've got Providence again and this time they are being compared to Minnesota and Maryland.
NICE SAVE BY PROVIDENCE! 3-BALL DOES NOT GO IN! THEY GET A REBOUND AND GO FOR THE DUNK AND HE MISSES AND THAT'S THE END OF THE FIRST HALF!
40-34 Villanova at the break.
Wow, did you catch that massacre by Stephen Bardo? He could not think of the term double bye and he talked about teams banging each other. Niiicee...
Providence starts the half by turning the ball over and ANDERSON QUICKLY CONVERTS IT INTO A 3! Nice transition play by the Cats.
Efejuku is called for his 3rd foul. Providence is trying to hang tough with Villanova. They're back within 5. EFEJUKU ALLEY-OOPS IT! IT'S A 3-POINT GAME! Out of bounds on Providence after a bunch of misses and rebounds by Villanova.
ANDERSON CONNECTS FROM 3! AND CURRY AT THE OTHER END CONNECTS FROM DOWNTOWN!
"Louisville and West Virginia, both probably in the NCAA tournament." - Dave Pasch
I would suggest that Louisville is a little better than probably.
Was that Gary Throne doing the commentary in that Buffalo Wild Wings commercial?
Misfires on both sides of the court. Providence trails by 5 at the media timeout.
"Welcome back to Villanova where Len Elmore has come up with the Blind Resume play at home game!" -Dave Pasch
Anderson has been a house of fire tonight. Cunningham gets called for an elbow.
8-point Wildcat lead. Kale gets called for a foul.
McDermott gets called for a foul and it seems like we've had one every 30 seconds or so this game. Or maybe it's just me, I am really tired...
REJECTED! Too bad it was called a foul. Clark has 4 fouls and he'll take a seat on the bench.
"The last time Villanova won 5-games was 1951." - Dave Pasch
Wait, weren't they a #1 seed a few years ago? I guess they have more games now.
Villanova's trap causes Providences' 14th turnover. FISHER FROM 3.....ONIONS! 10-point lead! TURNOVER! IT'S A 2-1! FISHER TO REYNOLDS FOR THE EASY LAY-UP! 63-51 Villanova and barring a catastrophic meltdown, they're going to the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
It's now a 10-point lead. Did Pena just tip the ball in for Providence? TRAITOR! Well, at least he made up for it with that basket.
REYNOLDS FOR THREE! 13-point lead with 9:10 to go!
Am I smelling a 100-point performance for the Wildcats?
Efejuku jams it down for the Friars! They either need a big comeback here or a deep run in the Garden.
70-59 Villanova with under 8 to go.
Efejuku is literally the only player on Providence that has bothered showing up with the desparation needed. He trails the Wildcats by 8.
ANOTHER REYNOLDS 3, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!
REYNOLDS DOES IT AGAIN! 21 points on the day and 5-9 from 3-Land!
Efejuku is fouled on the 3-point shot. He makes all 3. Anderson misses the 3 and Providence gets the rebound. STEAL! FISHER CONNECTS WITH A LAY UP! 80-69 Villanova and they can smell the Big East quarterfinals.
Curry from 3! Villanova somehow escapes a turnover. Cunningham connects with a basket AND 1!
All right, there's some action in Ohio it seems.
How would Len Elmore difuse a fight? Ponder that for a second. (49er16)
That's one of those questions that no one will ever know the answer to...
10-point Villanova lead, 85-75 with 2:49 to go.
"Providence can look back at this and look at the shotty ball handling." - Len Elmore
Damn, he pronounced his syllables crrectly!
ANOTHER VILLANOVA 3! TURNOVER! REYNOLDS LAY-UP! HELLO BIG EAST QUARTERFINALS!!!!!
Villanova is running up the score thanks to Providence turnovers, and it's now a 21-point game.
Talking bubbles, as I mentioned in the comments section, Penn State is going to be in and I believe that despite some bad losses (i.e. last night vs. NC State), BC is in.
And the seniors walk off the court on Senior Night at The Pavilion.
I'll be live blogging the Big East Tournament from the quarterfinals onward to the championship, regardless of how Villanova does. And I'll interwine that with some ACC live blogs as well and maybe the A-10 championship if a Philly team makes it (we have 3, so the chances are there). If there's a game that anyone wants to take over for me, you're more than welcome to step up and take it.
97-80 is your final score. The Wildcats have a double bye in the Big East tournament. See you around!