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

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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