Villanova basketball Latest News 2022: Villanova Heading Back to Sweet 16 After Beating Ohio State

The Wildcats are headed back to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row and the fourth time in seven years after beating Ohio State, 71-61

ollin Gillespie scored 20 points, Eric Dixon hit a big 3-pointer late and second-seeded Villanova fended off seventh-seeded Ohio State 71-61 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday

The Wildcats (28-7) earned their eighth trip to the Sweet 16 under Jay Wright after surviving a second-half push from the Buckeyes (20-12), who trimmed a 15-point deficit to two before Villanova regained its footing

The Wildcats will continue their quest for a third national title in seven seasons when they face 11th-seeded Michigan (19-14) in the South Region semifinals on Thursday night in San Antonio

Malachi Branham scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half. E.J. Liddell added 17 in likely his final game with the Buckeyes before heading to the NBA

Villanova led wire-to-wire but there were some tense moments down the stretch

A 3-pointer by Ohio State's Jamari Wheeler drew the Buckeyes within 60-58 with 5:39 to play. The Buckeyes got no closer

Samuels hit a layup and Gillespie knocked down a pull-up jumper while Ohio State went cold

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