Location: Villanova, PA (read: Philly)
Conference: Big East
Coach: Jay Wright
Record: 32-2 (16-2)
Kenpom ranking: 5
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Butler x 2 (23), Xavier x 3 (26), Providence x 3 (28)
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): @ Georgetown by 20 (21), @ Seton Hall (104)
Tournament appearances: 35 (current streak)
Best result: Champions (1985)
NBA alumni: Kyle Lowry, Kerry Kittles and Paul Arizin
Best name: Ryan Arcidiacano
Famous alumni: Jill Biden and Howie Long
"WHO IS VILLANOVA'S STAR," they cackled. "WHO WILL TAKE THE LAST SHOT?" Game-in, game-out, the Wildcats showed that these questions don't need definite answers: They're just a very good team capable of hanging a bunch of points on you in a lopsided win. The Wildcats only lost twice all year, and blew the doors off opponents a lot of the time -- 15 of 21 games in the highly competitive Big East were won by double digits, including the championship game.
Style of play: Nova-achieving
There isn't a part of Villanova's offense that isn't good: They can spread the floor with four three-point shooters, hitting 8.8 threes per game, 16th most in college hoops. And they'll do so with legit inside scoring threats in Daniel Ochefu and Jayvaughn Pinkston. That leads to one of the top-five most efficient offenses in the nation. (They also have one of the top-20 defense in the nation, but that's not even the best thing about them.)
Key player: Archie D
The powers that be decided that Ryan Arcidiacono is the most important player on Villanova's roster, awarding him with Big East co-player of the year honors. He doesn't lead the team in scoring -- that's Darrun Hilliard -- or rebounding -- that's Daniel Ochefu -- and he leads the team in assists by just 0.1 per game. But the 6'3 junior brings the ball upcourt and is credited as the leader of the well-balanced Wildcats.
MVP (Most valuable priest)
If you look at the end of Villanova's bench or watch the team through warmup lines, you'll see a rare sight -- a priest in full priest's garb, Roman collar and all. This is Father Rob Hagan, an associate AD for Villanova who serves as the chaplain for the basketball and football teams. Father Rob provides pregame blessing and spiritual guidance in tough times, such as Allan Ray's gruesome eye injury in 2006.