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2017 Bracketology: No. 15 Seeds

  • East: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
  • West: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
  • South: UNC Asheville Bulldogs
  • Midwest: Vermont Catamounts
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Villanova too much for UNC Asheville (1:51)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova's season has ended at the hands of a lower-seeded team in the second round each of the past two seasons -- and hasn't been out of the first weekend since 2009. After beating UNC-Asheville, the Wildcats get another chance on Sunday. Can they exorcise their demons?

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Daniel Ochefu looks completely different than a week ago, when he was limited in the Big East Tournament with a sprained ankle. Moving better, making quicker moves with his back to the basket. Has given Nova an entirely different dimension at both ends of the court.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova ends the half on a 16-4 run -- capped by a Ryan Arcidiacono 3-pointer at the buzzer. Wildcats made 3-pointers on four of its last five possessions, and Asheville has found it difficult to score in a half-court setting. UNCA's defenses have made things difficult for Villanova, but the Wildcats have been able to maintain a lead through the outside shot.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Asheville's multiple defenses -- mainly the trapping 1-3-1 zone -- has been giving Villanova some issues since the opening few minutes. On the flip side, though, UNCA can't score. Five-minute drought.

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First Round: UNC Asheville (15) vs. Villanova (2)

In their past five tourney appearances, the Wildcats haven't made it out of the first weekend despite being second-seeded or better three times. Villanova allows 93.8 points per 100 possessions (best in the Big East), while UNC Asheville allows a Big South-best 94.8 points per 100 possessions. Follow live

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova vs. UNC Asheville gets underway in about 20 minutes. Jay Wright and the Wildcats haven't been to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2009. One interesting thing to watch: Asheville has the nation's second-best 3-point defense, while Nova ranks in the top 25 nationally in 3-point attempt rate.

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How to bet Friday's NCAA tourney games

After an exciting start to the NCAA tourney on Thursday, Chalk's experts offer an in-depth game-by-game betting breakdown of all 16 games on Friday.

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Coaching breakdown: Friday's matchups

Our three former coaches -- Seth Greenberg, Fran Fraschilla and Dan Dakich -- look at all the matchups, point out strengths and weaknesses and figure out what each team needs to do to advance.

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BPI doesn't count out the No. 15 seeds

BPI projects nearly a one-in-five chance that a No. 15 seed beats a No. 2 seed in the first round for only the eighth time in NCAA tourney history. Florida Gulf Coast was the last team to do it, in 2013. BPI predicts the tourney

ICYMI: Villanova a vulnerable No. 2 seed?

We've got you covered with everything needed to fill out your bracket all at one place. Let's start with the top upset chances in the South region:

  • No. 11 Wichita State over No. 6 Arizona: 42.4 percent
  • No. 13 Hawaii over No. 4 California: 36.4 percent
  • No. 15 UNC Asheville over No. 2 Villanova: 12.9 percent
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Team Stats

Points Per Game68.0Tied-294th
Rebounds Per Game30.0344th
Assists Per Game14.4Tied-139th
Points Allowed69.6Tied-137th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record2-4
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances4