March Madness is finally here and Villanova, Temple and St. Joe's are going dancing.
The Wildcats earned the No. 2 seed in the South Region and will play No. 15 UNC Asheville (22-11) on Friday in Brooklyn. Jay Wright's squad had a golden opportunity to wrap up a No. 1 seed, but was upset by a hot Seton Hall team in the championship game of the Big East Tournament.
Temple, the No. 10 seed in the South Region, will tip off against No. 7 Iowa (21-10), also on Friday in Brooklyn. If both Villanova and Temple take care of business in the second round, the two will face off in the third round. Villanova routed Temple, 83-67, in the only matchup between the two teams this season.
With Villanova playing in the South, it will not have the opportunity to play Sweet 16 or Elite Eight games in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.
St. Joe's, winners of the Atlantic 10 championship, earned the No. 8 seed in the West Region and will face No. 9 Cincinnati (22-10) on Friday in Spokane, Washington. The Hawks finished the year with a 27-7 record.
Villanova's seeding was up in the air following its Big East championship loss to Seton Hall on Saturday night. Villanova entered the game as the third-seeded team in the nation, but the loss hurt its chances for a No. 1 seed. The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 29-5 record and will look to rebound from their Big East championship loss.
Last year, Villanova received the No. 1 seed in the East Region, but was unable to make it past the third round, where it fell to No. 8 NC State, 71-68.
Temple went 21-11 during the regular season, good enough for the best record in the American Athletic Conference, but lost out on a chance for an automatic bid during the AAC Tournament. The Owls fell to the streaking Connecticut Huskies in the semifinals. UConn received a No. 9 seed, also in the South Region, and will face No. 8 Colorado in the second round.
After being snubbed for the tournament last year, Temple made a deep run to the Final Four of the NIT Tournament in 2014-15, where the Owls lost a heartbreaker to NIT champion Miami.
St. Joe's most recent trip to the NCAA Tournament came in 2013-14, with the No. 10 Hawks falling to the eventual national champion Connecticut Huskies in the second round.