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Tuesday / February 21.

Loss Will Likely Cost Villanova a No. 1 Seed

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NEW YORK — Villanova’s stunning 64-63 loss to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals likely means the end of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Entering the day, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had Villanova as the No. 1 seed in the East, where they were poised to face No. 2 Duke in the East final back here at Madison Square Garden.

“This was not about 1 seeds, 2 seeds,” said Villanova’s Jay Wright , the Big East Coach of the year. “This was about we wanted to come to Madison Square Garden and win the Big East Tournament. Winning the Big East Tournament would have meant more to us than being a No. 1 seed.

“My belief is 1,2, 3, it doesn’t matter that much, you’re going to play great teams,” Wright said.

The 1 seed in the East appears to be up for grabs, with Virginia, Duke and possibly Syracuse in contention depending on who wins the ACC Tournament.

Villanova (28-4), meantime, could be shipped out of the East after losing for just the fourth time this season.

“There’s so many variables,” Wright said. “We’re happy to be in there. We’ll play anybody anywhere.”


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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.