The former St. Joe's star will renew a rivalry with the Wildcats, with a Sweet 16 berth on the line.
The first-round triumph sets up a matchup at 7 p.m. Sunday of Philadelphia-bred coaches with Villanova's Harry Perretta going against Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw.
Did you notice this in the Wildcats win over the Crimson Tide?
The top-seeded Wildcats struggled in the first half but then took control behind Bridges, who scored 22 of his 23 points in the second half.
Football is king at Alabama, but the basketball team already won its first NCAA tournament game since 2006.
Red-shirt freshman Omari Spellman became the big man in the middle who could rebound and defend the paint.
"It's only on me, I'm the only one that's screwed it up," Jay Wright said. "The guys that are on this team, they don't have anything to do with it."
Villanova got off to a great start in the NCAA tournament, but the top seed will be facing a higher caliber of talent in No. 9 seed Alabama and highly-touted freshman Collin Sexton.
Jay Wright would not mind coaching a "one-and-done" talent but is doing just fine with his culture at Villanova.
No. 1 seeds are now 114-0 in the current format of the NCAA tournament.
Did you notice this in Villanova's NCAA win over Radford?
The Wildcats, seeded No. 1 in the East Region, got off to quick starts in each half and had six players finish in double figures.
The Wildcats (22-8) are back in the tourney for the first time in five seasons.