Big East favorite Villanova perfect entering conference play

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Jay Wright is no different from the thousands of die-hard fans in Philadelphia.

The Villanova loves the Eagles, but had extra motivation for hoping they'd make a postseason run.

He says it keeps fan attention. But now that the Eagles are done, that attention is turning to Villanova.

Time for Philly fans to find out what the rest of the college basketball world has known all season: Wright has one of his best teams yet on the Main Line and a Final Four berth as a realistic goal.

The Big East-favorite Wildcats are 12-0 and No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll as they head into Wednesday's conference opener against Butler. They've blown out teams, knocked off ranked teams and gutted out improbable comeback victories, the kind of nonconference resume that has them ready for a rugged Big East schedule.

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