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Friday / April 23.
  • Will No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 3 Villanova play on Super Bowl Sunday?

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    UPDATED: No. 3 Villanova will play Georgetown on Sunday, so there won’t be a matchup with No. 1 Gonzaga.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 3 Villanova both have the weekend off…so will they play on Super Bowl Sunday?

    It’s not likely, but not out of the realm of possibility.

    Wildcats coach Jay Wright said Bulldogs coach Mark Few called him about the possibility, and Wright said his first priority was to the Big East Conference. Several industry sources said if Villanova does play this weekend, it would likely be against a Big East opponent.

    “Our priority has to be the Big East,” Wright said Tuesday on a Zoom call. “We would see what we could do with the Big East first. If we can’t get a Big East game, we’ll talk about it.”

    Villanova (11-1, 6-0 Big East) plays at St. John’s on Wednesday but Sunday’s game with Xavier was postponed by COVID issues at Xavier.

    Unbeaten Gonzaga (17-0, 8-0 WCC), meantime, had its games against Santa Clara Saturday and Feb. 11 postponed due to a COVID pause at that school.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.