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Double-bye Alive with Marquette Loss

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Thanks to the Louisville Cardinals, Villanova is basically back to where they were before tipoff against Georgetown, as far as the Big East goes.  With Marquette losing to Louisville, Villanova now must win their final two games and hope for Marquette to lose one their final two for the Wildcats to get a double-bye.  Catching Pittsburgh is no longer a realistic option.

Villanova could know its fate anytime between Monday and Saturday, starting with their game tomorrow against Notre Dame.  A win against the Fighting Irish would have Villanova feeling good about its chances.

Marquette travels to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and with the way the Golden Eagles played today, it would be a shock to many if they won that game.  Their offense looked a step slower without Dominic James, and Jerel McNeal looked awful trying to compensate for the loss of his teammate.  Head Coach Buzz Williams will likely take the time to make the correct adjustments, but there is no doubt that Marquette is not an elite team anymore without James.  Even if they somehow beat Pittsburgh, a home game versus Syracuse on Saturday is no lock.

I feel as though Marquette will lose one of their final two, and I also feel Villanova will beat Providence on Thursday, so really it all comes down to tomorrow night in South Bend.  Notre Dame is a hard team to judge, but I think it will be a good game and a high scoring one too.  Villanova can ill afford a loss, and 24 hours from now we will know if they sustained one.

-David Cassilo

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