Villanova Wildcats survive cold shooting, top Houston Cougars to make Final Four of NCAA tournament.


Villanova rarely deviates from his principles, and this has drawn him back to a familiar place for the wildcats.

They are on their way to their third Final Four in the last six NCAA tournaments, expanding their chances of winning their third national championship on the same.

In a grind-it-out affair at the AT&T Center on Saturday night, 2-seed Villanova was out for an early lead over 5-seeded Houston.


Never held back and got away in the final minutes for a 50-44 win.

Villanova shot just 28.8% (15-for-52) from the field.


She became the first team since UCLA in 1971 (29%) to win the Elite eight games, shooting under 30% off the floor.

The Wildcats' 50 points also equaled the lowest of the Elite Eight's win.

If you told me before the game that we'd hold them 28% off the ground, they're going to shoot 23% from the 3-point line.

And we will lose, I will not have believed in you.

Houston coach Calvin Sampson, whose Cougar also struggled off the field, shot 29.8% (17-for-57).


I knew it was going to take a good team to beat us. And a good team did. I thought there were two great cultures tonight.

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