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’Nova looks for refresher course in NCAA history

Villanova wants to leave the past behind and move forward. Exactly how far ahead may be another story.

Villanova wants to leave the past behind and move forward. Exactly how far ahead — for the school that still holds the distinction of being the lowest seed to win it all (No. 8, 1985) — may be another story.

Jay Wright’s Wildcats, the first team to lose its last five games and still be named to the field as a No. 9 seed, don’t seem to mind. Not even the prospects of a potential, second-round matchup against No. 1 Ohio State (presuming they can knock off No. 8 seed George Mason) can spoil this.

“The five-game losing streak is over,’’ said ’Nova’s leading scorer Corey Fisher. “It’s onto the next game.”

Wright said there was little doubt there would be a next game for Villanova (21-11), which has been plagued by injuries and shooting woes down the stretch, after starting off 16-1. Still, the team elected to watch yesterday’s selection show privately.

“We’re thrilled, but we have a tough first opponent,” said Wright, who recalled having all kinds of matchup problems in an 84-76 win over the Patriots in 2007. “We just have to get back to our midseason form. We have a different perspective. Going in as a high seed, there’s high expectations. Now, we’re in kind of an underdog role. It’s almost like we have to prove ourselves.”

 
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