Villanova's magical 10th league win

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Villanova's Darrun Hilliard drives past Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 67-57. (Michael Perez/AP)

Villanova's win Wednesday night over Georgetown in their Big East season finale gives the Wildcats a final conference record of 10-8, which is significant for a lot of reasons.

For instance, according to reports, Big East teams that record double-digit conference victories makes the NCAA Tournament 94 percent of the time. That includes teams with more than 10 conference wins and teams that reached that figure in league schedules shorter than this season's 18 games.

So, we went over the 13 seasons prior to this one in which the Big East played an 18-game schedule and found 18 teams that finished exactly 10-8. One of them (Syracuse 1992-93) was ineligible for postseason play. Five others (*) won the Big East tournament, including the last two seasons when Louisville and Connecticut both used that as a springboard to the the Final Four.

Nine of the 12 remaining 10-8 teams received at-large bids. One of those that didn't was Villanova's 1994 club, which went on to win the NIT.

Teams that have finished 10-8 in regular season Big East conference play:

 
 Season

 School
 Pre-
 NCAA   
 NCAA
 Record   
 NIT
 Record   
 2011-12     *Louisville  26-9  4-1   —
 2010-11  *Connecticut  26-9  6-0  
 2009-10

 Notre Dame
 Georgetown
 23-11
 23-10
 0-1
 0-1
 
 
 2008-09
 
 West Virginia
 Providence
 23-11
 19-13
 0-1
 — 
 
 0-1
 2007-08  *Pittsburgh  26-9  1-1  
 1998-99

 Villanova
 Syracuse
 21-10
 21-11
 0-1
 0-1
 
 —
 1996-97
 
 Providence
 Pittsburgh
 21-11
 16-14
 3-1
 
 
 1-1
 1995-96  Boston College     18-10  1-1  
 1993-94

 *Providence
 Villanova
 Georgetown
 20-9
 15-12
 18-11
 0-1
 
 1-1
 
 
 5-0
 
 
 1992-93  Syracuse  20-9  Ineligible 
 1991-92

 *Syracuse
 Connecticut
 21-9
 19-9
 1-1
 1-1
 
 

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