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Villanova tops Creighton to win Big East

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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he made an "awful mistake" for using language that caused pain for the players "that look to me as a mentor and as a leader." He was on the bench for the Bluejays for the first time since he apologized on social media for urging his players over the weekend to "stay on the plantation."

"We need to get back to Omaha and regroup a little and have some more conversations which we need to have so that I can help them and they can help me," McDermott said.

McDermott's use of a phrase evoking slavery overshadowed what was expected to be fantastic showdown between the top two teams in the Big East.

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