With one week to go in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Norway has established itself as the top medal leader. As of Sunday evening, the Norwegians have 26 medals total, well ahead of Germany’s 18, Canada’s 16, and the Netherlands’ 13.
Norway added to its medal total after several strong performances on Saturday. The cross country team took the gold in men’s 4×10 relay, while Oystein Braaten topped the podium at men’s ski slopestyle. In the men’s Alpine ski downhill, Henrik Kristoffersen got the silver position behind Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who picked up his second gold of this year’s games.
It’s a relatively quiet night, with no medal events in the NBC primetime window. Free skating returns with the ice dance short program, where American siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani are big podium favorites. Lindsey Vonn will ski again after placing first in the downhill training run, but that event won’t have its medals decided until Tuesday.
Other qualifying events to watch are women’s ski halfpipe, women’s snowboard big air, and women’s bobsled training runs. The U.S. women’s hockey team will play Finland in the semifinal round, with a potential Canada rematch looming.
Mikal Bridges was the scoring star for Villanova on Saturday, dropping a team-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 from behind the three-point line. As good as Bridges was, Donte DiVincenzo may have been even better. The sophomore was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, scoring 21 points of his own, and also chipped in nine rebounds and a team-high nine assists.
As a team, Villanova shot a scorching 38-of-63 from the field.
The offensive explosion by the Wildcats proved to be too much for Xavier. The Musketeers got 26 points from All-American candidate Trevon Bluiett and were a sparkling 19-of-22 from the free-throw line. In the end, making 10 fewer three-pointers than their guests proved to be too much to overcome.
Saturday’s loss marked Xavier’s first defeat in more than a month. The Musketeers had won nine straight games since an 89-65 loss at then-No. 1 Villanova on Jan. 10. The defeat also marked the first home loss for Xavier, which had been 16-0 at home this season.
Villanova’s win kept its chances of winning its fifth Big East regular season title in as many seasons alive. Xavier currently sits atop the standings a half game ahead of the Wildcats, but that’s only because the Musketeers have played one more conference game.