Kentucky’s close loss to UCLA will be Villanova’s gain, as the Wildcats will return to where they finished the season — ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Josh Hart led Nova with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, leading No. 2 Villanova to an 88-57 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday.
Hart, the preseason Big East player of the year, hit three 3-pointers and made 6 of 10 shots from the field overall.
The Hawks (3-4), who lost their fourth straight, led by 27-24 after 14 minutes.
Kris Jenkins topped Villanova with 20. Lamarr Kimble had 15 for the visitors.
Villanova won its 16th straight Big 5 game against teams like La Salle, Penn, Drexel, Temple and St. Joe’s.