VILLANOVA'S Josh Hart, who coach Jay Wright insists would start for most teams, has been named the Big East's Sixth Man of the Year.
The 6-5 sophomore averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds for the nation's fourth-ranked team, which just finished the regular season 29-2. That's a program record, bettering the 28-3 from last season.
The only other Villanova player to be so honored was sophomore Corey Fisher in 2008-09.
The Wildcats, who have won their last 12, will next play either Seton Hall (16-14) or Marquette (12-18) in the Big East quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Right now they're projected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but a loss could drop them down to a 2.
They've only won the conference title once, in 1995. Last season they were also the top seed but lost in the quarters to Seton Hall.