Bracket Projection: Villanova

Villanova's success is partially due to the strong backcourt tandem of Ryan Arcidiacono and Darrun Hilliard. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats made a habit of knocking off some of the top-ranked teams in the country this season, and Jay Wright has said his team can beat anyone. Will they get a chance to knock off another top seed?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

What a phenomenal season for the Wildcats, who rebounded from a rare off year under Jay Wright to slay several giants and return to the NCAA tournament. The 'Cats are at least a year ahead of schedule in both returning to the tourney and gaining a single-digit seed. But this is not a great draw for a mostly young Villanova team, and I think they'll struggle mightily against North Carolina.


Best wins: Louisville, Georgetown, Marquette, Syracuse

Worst losses: Columbia, at Seton Hall, Providence (twice)