Brunson and Carter, the leaders of their respective teams, will be the focus as the No. 1 seed Wildcats seek to advance in the NCAA tournament against the No. 5 Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers could be playing with fire but will play the way they play against the top-seeded Wildcats.
The small hill from the Davis Center entrance to Ithan Ave., proved to be a formidable obstacle because of the snow, but the Wildcats made it to Boston to prepare for Friday night's NCAA Sweet 16 game.
The two teams each average more than 80 points, but defense, rebounding and the Wildcats' ability to handle the press will be the keys.
Jay Wright has been Villanova's coach for 17 seasons. If he wants another challenge, this could be the time.
The East bracket wasn't marred with the first-weekend surprises that shook the other regions. So the top-seeded Wildcats get a tough regional-semifinal draw in No. 5 West Virginia.
"I always thought Villanova was consistent throughout the year in that you knew they were going to be there when the smoke cleared."
The tournament isn't perfect and the bracket was flawed, but not if your team made it this far.
The Wildcats' redshirt sophomore gained confidence playing Oklahoma's Buddy Hield on the scout team before the 2016 Final Four. He has starred this season as sixth man, and currently in the NCAA tournament.
"Her connection with the student-athlete experience and basketball jumped to me," Martelli said of his new boss. Bodensteiner will succeed DiJulia on June 1.
The two coaches faced off only six times in Big East play before West Virginia left the conference, but Villanova's coach called their relationship "very good."
The No. 1 seed Wildcats played West Virginia 23 times in Big East play from 1995-2012, and will face the fifth-seeded Mountaineers on Friday night in Boston.
The No. 1 seed Wildcats, who won their first two NCAA East Regional games by a combined 49 points, have no scholarship seniors on their roster and use three freshmen in their rotation.