(5) Villanova earns quality over (12) Winthrop
This was another no-brainer for most brackets. Though being a 5 seed and depleted due to injuries, Villanova still showed that they could play at a high level. Winthrop was able to keep close in the first half, but the Wildcats started to pull ahead and win the game in the second half. Franklin’s Jermaine Samuels helped 11 points and 7 Rebounds helped propel Villanova towards their W.