As the head coach at Robert Morris, Rice pushed Villanova to the brink in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season, nearly becoming just the sixth No. 15 seed to upset a No. 2, before falling, 73-70, in overtime.
Though he was criticized in some quarters for his animated behavior in that game — Rice felt the "last 15 calls" went against his club.
"It's the way it goes," Jardine said. "This is the Big East. This is one we should've won."