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BOSTON — It has been a tournament of upsets, but Villanova, one of just two No. 1 seeds to make the round of 8, is through to the Final Four after beating No. 3 Texas Tech by 71-59 on Sunday, winning the East Region of the bracket.
Villanova, which has been the most consistently dominant team of the tournament, built a 13-point lead at halftime at Boston’s TD Garden and, despite a few runs by the Red Raiders in the second half, the Wildcats held strong behind a team effort. Eric Paschall, a 6-foot-9 junior, finished the game with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Jalen Brunson led the Wildcats with 15 points
Keenan Evans, a senior guard, led Texas Tech with 12 points, and Jarrett Culver chipped in 11.
Villanova now advances to the Final Four for the second time in three years, and the third time in Coach Jay Wright’s tenure with the school, which began in 2001. They will face the winners of Sunday’s game between No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Duke.