Caleb Daniels added 14 points to the Wildcats (30-7), and the only goal from Colin Gillespie’s game, who scored a fifth-year senior, was a late hit from the clutch.
Because both teams wanted to limit possession, first place in this year’s Final Four in New Orleans was decided in a game that was ugly to watch with all the missed shots.
Vilanova scored from the field 28.8% (15 of 52). The Cougars were only slightly better – 29.8% (17 out of 57), missing the last five shots and 10 out of 11 overall, and they made just one of 20 three-pointers.
Taiz Moore scored 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (32-6), who were denied a place in the Final Four for the first time since 1982-84 during the era of Phil Straw Jama.
The starting five has been completely changed from last season, including Moore and two other senior newcomers.
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