Villanova gets No. 2 seed, Temple No. 5by Eric Schwartz
The brackets for the NCAA Tournament were unveiled today, with Temple and Villanova each finding out its fate.
Despite a late-season slide Villanova managed a No. 2 seed in the South and has a very favorable draw. The Wildcats will begin their march to the Final Four against No. 15 Robert Morris and would see the winner of No. 7 Richmond and No. 10 St. Marys in the second round. From there possible matchups with Baylor and Notre Dame exist.
Should the Wildcats get into the Elite Eight there is a good chance the only team that will be standing in their way to the Final Four will be Duke. Villanova crushed Duke in the Sweet 16 last year and much of the roster from both teams are still in place.
Temple, meanwhile, didn’t get seeded quite as nicely. Despite being ranked No. 17 by the AP and winning the A-10 Tournament today, the Owls were only able to garner a No. 5 seed.
Playing out of the East, Temple will face No. 12 Cornell in the opening round and will follow with No. 4 Wisconsin or No. 13 Wolford.
The Badgers would be a tough matchup for the owls as they went 23-8 this season.
If Temple were to advance to the Sweet 16 a likely matchup with No. 1 Kentucky would be on the slate.
Kansas and Syracuse earned the other two No. 1 seeds.