The Red Raiders are in the Elite Eight for the first time.
West Virginia committed a bunch of fouls early in the second half and Villanova took advantage of it.
A big second half effort by Villanova got the Wildcats past West Virginia into the Elite Eight.
The top-seeded Wildcats turned the game around with a 19-4 run thanks to a strong defensive effort anchored by Omari Spellman, and advanced.
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.
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.