VIDEO: Early-season loss to Oklahoma benefitted Villanova

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Saturday’s national semifinal between No. 2 Villanova and No. 2 Oklahoma was a rematch of a game played in Hawaii on December 7, with the Sooners winning by 23 points in a game that wasn’t all that close. The second meeting of the season was even less competitive, with Jay Wright’s Wildcats rolling to a 95-51 victory to advance to Monday’s title game.

Following the game Wright made note of that first meeting, saying that it helped his team when it came to the rematch.