PHILADELPHIA – At the final horn, Villanova fans stayed in the stands, and the Wildcats exchanged some casual high fives.
The postgame celebration was novel but what preceded it looked so familiar: Another win for Villanova over a top-five team.
Make it 3 for 3 at the Wells Fargo Center for a team suddenly primed for the NCAA tournament.
JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova beat a top-five team for the third time this season, 67-57 over No. 5 Georgetown on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (19-12, 10-8 Big East) have put themselves in solid shape for at least an NCAA tournament at-large bid. Coach Jay Wright said the Wildcats should be tournament bound.
I would think given where everything is right now, we would be, Wright said. We also know were close enough that things could happen, too.
Villanova students stormed the court after the first two wins, but, with students on break, only a few fans made the dash this time.
No. 11 FLORIDA 66, VANDERBILT 40: In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 15 points, Pat Young added 14 and the Gators clinched the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.
IOWA STATE 87, No. 13 OKLAHOMA STATE 76: In Ames, Iowa, senior Will Clyburn scored 20 points and the Cyclones (20-10, 10-7 Big 12), bolstered their NCAA hopes by beating the Cowboys (22-7, 12-5).
No. 17 SYRACUSE 78, DEPAUL 57: In Syracuse, N.Y., Brandon Triche and James Southerland combined for 37 points in the final home game of their careers, and the Orange (23-7, 11-6 Big East) snapped a three-game losing streak.
No. 21 VCU 93, RICHMOND 82: In Richmond, Va., Treveon Graham scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 2:58 to play, as the Rams (24-6, 12-3 Atlantic 10), beat their city rival.
No. 16 DELAWARE 86, GEORGIA STATE 58: In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and Danielle Parker reached 1,000 career rebounds.
No. 25 TOLEDO 63, BALL STATE 39: In Toledo, Naama Shafir and Yolanda Richardson scored 14 points apiece for the Rockets.