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Villanova's Bell wants to finally experience March Madness for more than one game

By John Vogl

This is it for James Bell. The Villanova senior is set to play in his third NCAA Tournament, and it'll obviously be his final one.

He wants to finally feel the joy of victory.

The Wildcats were eliminated in the opening round in 2011 and 2103. As the second seed in the East Region, Villanova should advance past No. 15 Milwaukee. But Bell has learned not to take anything for granted.

"It means a lot to me to get a win in the tournament," Bell said this evening in First Niagara Center. "Being my senior year, you never want to go out. Somebody has to lose their last game, but you never want to go out like we have in the past.

"But for us, if we play the way we're supposed to play, win or lose, that's good enough for me. We've just got to go out and do it the way we do."


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