VILLANOVA'S basketball team won 20 games last season, after losing 19 the year before that.
Last night at the Pavilion, the team that just moved up three spots in the rankings to sixth improved to 20-2 by beating Xavier, 81-58.
The Wildcats still have nine more games left before the Big East Tournament.
Since losing by 28 to No. 12 Creighton in South Philly 2 weeks ago, they've won four straight. Three were on the road, all at places where they've had problems getting it done. On Friday, they'll host Seton Hall (13-9, 4-5 Big East), where they won by 16 in early January.
The 2005-06 Wildcats won 20 of their first 22 and ended up in the Final Eight. The 2009-10 edition also started 20-2 and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament before losing in the second round.
Draw whatever conclusions you feel are relevant.
This one was 28-22 after 20 minutes. On Saturday at Temple, they turned a five-point halftime lead into a 16-point win, as James Bell and Darrun Hill...