Mike Jensen: Can Villanova make another deep NCAA Tournament run? The win over Providence showed hints.

"Я ошибался, но я никогда не допускал ошибки, утверждая, что никогда не ошибался." Джеймс Гордон Беннетт ©

Now that they’re back playing basketball, you look at the Villanova Wildcats for certain stretches and you can’t help wondering … that’s the third-ranked team in the country? Gritty, gutty, smart, etc. Sure, all that. But third-ranked? Yeah, maybe. You wouldn’t question such a ranking during the second half Saturday as Villanova had its way with Providence, a 71-56 final score at Finneran Pavilion offering few clues of hills climbed to get there. The halftime score — Providence 27-24 — offered a different window, especially when you note that it was 27-21 after two Friars free throws with 4.3 …

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