The university boasts that its 600 student athletes in 24 varsity sports have maintained better than a 3.0 GPA for 29 consecutive semesters, scoring nearly 3.3 last fall. The average GPA for the overall student body at Villanova is 3.4.
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.
Scottie Reynolds' legendary game-winner in Boston put the Wildcats in the 2009 Final Four. Nothing has been the same since for them or the Panthers.
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 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.
Under Jay Wright, Villanova has become perhaps the best college basketball program in the country. Where does that put him on the city's all-time list of great coaches?
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."
This year's group features five former players and includes Saint Joseph's athletic director Don DiJulia as his long tenure on Hawk Hill ends.