- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - No. 2 seed Villanova will open NCAA tournament play Thursday in the East Regional by trying to stop No. 15 Milwaukee’s surprising postseason run.

Milwaukee (21-13) posted a 7-9 Horizon League record in the regular season but earned its first NCAA bid since 2007 by winning the Horizon tournament as the No. 5 seed. Milwaukee defeated Wright State 69-63 in the Horizon championship game to snap the Raiders’ six-game winning streak.

Villanova (28-4) won the Big East regular-season title and set a school record with 28 regular-season victories.

A Villanova victory would set up a potential Saturday showdown with former Big East foe Connecticut (26-8) or local rival St. Joseph’s (24-9). Villanova and St. Joseph’s are both located in Philadelphia. Villanova beat St. Joe’s 98-68 on Dec. 7.



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