Joe Lunardi on Villanova: ‘If they win the Big East Tournament, they’re absolutely No. 1’

The Big East’s Villanova Wildcats are always an interesting team come the NCAA Tournament, usually having a decent seeding only to fall short in the big dance. But that isn’t stopping Villanova from receiving a great deal of love from ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi who, appearing on a conference call, said that the Wildcats would “absolutely” be a No. 1 seed so long as they won the upcoming Big East Tournament.

“If they win the Big East Tournament, they’re absolutely going to be a No. 1 seed,” Lunardi said. “You can’t deny what they’ve done as a body of work. Same as last year. They won 33 games last year. Does that outweigh losing as a No. 1? I guess it does. But not in terms of seeding.”

Lunardi then dropped some bracketology science, saying that Wildcats coach Jay Wright has been “seeded to play 29 games and he’s played 26 games” during his lengthy history in Philadelphia. That gives him an “almost perfect” bracketology score according to Lunardi, who then praised Wright’s overall performance at Villanova in spite of “having to take off my St. Joe’s hat.”

But regarding Villanova’s seeding, Lunardi is absolutely right. This year’s college basketball season probably set a new record in parity and given how strong Xavier has looked in the Big East, not to mention the fact that they split the season series with Villanova, the Musketeers cannot be ruled out as a potential No. 1 if they win the Big East tourney.

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