After Providence loss, Villanova’s NCAA Tournament aspirations are looking even more bleak

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Another litmus test for Villanova was here in a season that has had plenty of them. Like the rest before them, it ended in a Villanova loss. This one, though, maybe felt a little different going in. The Wildcats were on a three-game winning streak and finally healthy. It didn’t matter. Any hope that Villanova could impart onto its fans that a run to Big East glory next month at Madison Square Garden — though unlikely — was possible evaporated inside a sold-out and raucous Amica Mutual Pavilion, where No. 24 Providence sent the Wildcats back under .500 in a 85-72 win. The Fri…

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