Madness! Villanova survivesby Eric Schwartz
This is why they call it Madness!
And for Villanova, the Wildcats need to be thankful they are still a part of it.
No. 2 Villanova erased an eight point deficit to No. 15 Robert Morris in the final four minutes of regulation to send the game into over time, where they eventually advanced with a 73-70 win.
Scottie Reynolds finished with 20 points, but had an awful shooting day, hitting just 2-of-15 shots. Reynolds knocked down 15 free throws, however, including 13 in the fourth and overtime.
The Wildcats appeared to be the beneficiary of some questionable calls down the stretch that helped the team get back in the game. The Robert Morris coach will surely be commenting on that in postgame interviews. He almost lost his marbles on the court.
Once overtime arrived Villanova played superior basketball, but was still able to just squeak by Robert Morris.
It’s not the kind of performance that gives Nova fans who picked their team to go to the Final Four any kind of good feelings, but a win is a win.
Last year in the first round, as a No. 3 see, Villanova trailed by as many as 15 to American before taking over the game in the second half. That team went on to play in the Final Four.
Fortunately for the Wildcats, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.