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BOSTON, mass., – A new and unfamiliar opponent awaits the no. 1 seed villanova wildcats (33-4) on sunday in the elite eight of the NCAA tournament. The no. 3 seed texas tech red raiders (27-9) advanced to the east regional final with a 78-65 victory over no. 2 seed purdue in friday’s second game.

This clash for the right to advance to the final four in san antonio next weekend is set for 2:20 p.M. It will air on CBS with ian eagle, jim spanarkel, and allie laforce courtside at TD garden. Ryan fannon and whitey rigsby will have the call for the nova nation on 610 sports radio.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Villanova will face representatives from the big 12 conference in consecutive contests, after ousting west virginia 90-78 in the opening game of the doubleheader on friday evening.West virginia

the wildcats rallied from a 60-54 deficit with 11:09 to play in the contest to earn the ticket to the elite eight – the 11th in program history.

The wildcats were 13-of-24 from beyond the 3-point arc against the mountaineers. In three NCAA tournament games, they have made 44 triples, the most ever in an opening three game stretch.

Yet equally as vital to the win was a defensive effort that limited WVU to .386 shooting on the night. It was the seventh time in their last eight outings that the wildcats have held their opponent to 43 percent shooting from the field or lower.

“I think the deeper we go, the better the teams are going to get,” stated junior guard jalen brunson, whose 27 points helped pull villanova through the fire friday night. “but most importantly for us nothing changes.

“nothing changes no matter who we play, no matter where we play, what time, what day.NCAA tournament it doesn’t matter. Nothing changes for us. We play every game like it’s our last. Sticking to our core values. 40 minutes of villanova basketball. That’s our mindset every game. As long as we stick together, those 40 minutes or more, and that’s all we can pray for and all we want to do.”

Of course, this will be the second elite eight game in the villanova careers for several of the upperclassmen. Brunson, mikal bridges and phil booth all were part of the 2016 unit that outlasted kansas in the south regional final. Donte divincenzo and eric paschall were on the team, though not in uniform on that saturday night in louisville.

“I think our experience is definitely going to be able to help,” stated brunson. “just being able to go through what we did a couple years ago and last year. It shows the highs and lows of college basketball.”

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Villanova improved to 24-11 (.686) in the NCAA tournament under head coach jay wright with the win over west virginia. This will be its fourth NCAA elite eight appearance since 2006 and second in three seasons. Wright liked many things about the win over west virginia, not the least of which is the kind of game it was – tough and physically demanding.

“in this tournament,” wright noted, “to be down six against a team like that in the second half and battle back, you know in the next game that’s going to happen. So you don’t want it to happen the first time in a final eight game.

“and just the physicality, the toughness of that team, that’s what a final eight game is going to be like. I think that’s a really valuable game for us, really valuable.”