Villanova back into Sweet 16 with 87-68 rout of Iowa

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Villanova Advances to Sweet 16

Josh Hart scored 19 points and second-seeded Villanova advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009 with an 87-68 rout of seventh-seeded Iowa on Sunday in the South Regional.

Villanova's senior class, led by Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, made it to the tournament's second weekend for the first time. They were upset in the round of 32 the last two seasons and didn't make it that far as freshmen.

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The Wildcats (31-5) will meet third-seeded Miami on Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.

There was no doubt in this one. Villanova led 54-29 at halftime and by as many as 34 points in the second half. The closest Iowa (22-11) got was 16 points in the final minutes.

LISTING THE HIGHEST-PAID COLLEGE COACHES:

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Villanova back into Sweet 16 with 87-68 rout of Iowa

25. Mike Anderson, Arkansas: $2,239,588

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24. Rick Barnes, Tennessee: $2,250,000

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23. Mark Turgeon, Maryland: $2,252,488

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22. Matt Painter, Purdue: $2,428,795

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21. Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh: $2,445,682

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20. John Beilein, Michigan: $2,498,242

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19. Scott Drew, Baylor: $2,508,015

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18. Travis Ford, Oklahoma St: $2,625,000

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17. Steve Alford, UCLA: $2,630,000

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16. Josh Pastner, Memphis: $2,650,000

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15. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma: $2,750,000

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14. Jay Wright, Villanova: $2,775,846

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13. Kevin Ollie, Connecticut: $2,800,000

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12. Shaka Smart, Texas: $2,800,000

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11. John Thompson III, Georgetown: $2,838,271

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10. Tom Crean, Indiana: $3,046,250

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9. Bob Huggins, West Virginia: $3,265,000

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8. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State: $3,300,000

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7. Thad Matta, Ohio St: $3,372,000

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6. Sean Miller, Arizona: $3,484,500 

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5. Tom Izzo, Michigan St: $4,006,955

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4. Bill Self, Kansas: $4,955,186

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3. Rick Pitino, Louisville: $6,004,529

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2. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke: $6,043,979

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1. John Calipari, Kentucky: $6,356,756

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