Wednesday, March 07, 2007

#9 Villanova Downs #8 DePaul in Big East Tournament Opening Round, Will Face #1 Georgetown on Thursday at Noon

#9 Villanova downed #8 DePaul, 75-67, in the opening round of the Big East tournament in New York City on Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

The Wildcats improved their record to 22-9 overall, and advanced to face top-seeded Georgetown on Thursday, March 8, 2007, at noon. DePaul fell to 18-14 overall: it was the Blue Demons' first-ever Big East tournament game, as it is only their second season in the conference, and last year they did not qualify for the tournament.

However, although they are now officially off the NCAA bubble, the Blue Demons will receive a NIT bid. It was the first time these two schools had met in Madison Square Garden since the 1963 NIT.

An in-depth recap has been posted, which can be found beneath both a comprehensive preview of the Villanova/Georgetown contest on Thursday, and an updated Villanova/Georgetown Rivalry History; just keep scrolling down.

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