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No. 5 Villanova storms back to beat Vols

Villanova guard Phil Booth (5) brings the ball up during an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services Photo via AP)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Fifth-ranked Villanova walked into the locker room at halftime facing a double-digit deficit against Tennessee and several players battling foul trouble.

The way coach Jay Wright figured, there was at least one positive note: His Wildcats should be fresh and ready to roll out of the break.

Jalen Brunson scored 25 points to help Villanova rally from 15 down and beat Tennessee 85-76 in Thursday's semifinals at the Battle 4 Atlantis, earning a trip to the championship game.


AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke5-0
2 Arizona3-1
3 Kansas4-0
4 Michigan State2-1
5 Villanova4-0
6 Wichita State4-1
7 Florida3-0
8 Kentucky5-1
9 North Carolina3-0
10 USC4-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Temple3-0
2 Texas A&M4-0
3 UT Arlington2-1
4 Vermont4-1
5 Nevada5-0
6 North Carolina3-0
7 Alabama4-0
8 Toledo3-1
9 Missouri3-1
10 Kansas4-0
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