• No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mt. St. Mary's preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction


    The No. 1 seed Villanova Wildcats (31-3) take on the 16th-seeded Mt. St. Mary’s Mountaineers in the first round of the East Region. The game will be played at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo on Thursday. Tip is at 7:10 p.m E.T.

    Preview: Villanova clinched the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of winning the Big East regular and postseason championships. They also have quality non-conference wins against Notre Dame, Purdue, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Wildcats lost twice this season to Butler and once to Marquette. They are led by senior guard Josh Hart (18.9 points, 6.5 rebounds per game), a national Player of the Year candidate. Jalen Brunson (14.8 ppg) and Kris Jenkins (13.4 ppg) aren’t bad supporting actors.

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