Villanova's Big East tournament seed coming into focus

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Villanova's Maurice Sutton (25), Tony Chennault (5) and JayVaughn Pinkston (22) celebrate from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 67-57. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

The picture for Villanova in the Big East tournament is getting a little clearer.

The Wildcats, who finished the conference regular season Wednesday night with a 10-8 record after their 67-57 victory over No. 5 Georgetown at the Wells Fargo Center, must wait for Saturday's game between Providence and host Connecticut to know what their seed will be when they begin play on Wednesday.

A Providence win will create a tie for seventh at 10-8 and, since the Friars swept the season series against Villanova, they will be the No. 7 seed. The Wildcats would drop to the No. 8 seed and play Wednesday at noon. Should UConn win, the Cats would be the seventh seed and taking the court at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats' opponent for their first game will be either St. John's or Cincinnati depending on the results of Saturday's games. The Red Storm host Marquette and the Bearcats are at home against South Florida.

During the regular season, Villanova defeated St. John's in overtime at the Pavilion in its conference season opener, while losing at Cincinnati last month.

--Joe Juliano

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