The Villanova Wildcats (2 seed, East Bracket)
Record: 28 – 4 (16 – 2 in Big East)
Coach: Jay Wright
Big Wins: Marquette, Xavier, Providence, St Johns, Kansas
Big Loses: Seaton Hall, Syracuse, Creighton
The Villanova Wildcats have been playing at a steady pace through the Big East Conference. It has landed them at the highly praised 1 seed. They have had to face some tough teams that tested their will to win. This team is currently at 28 – 4, proving undoubtedly that there will is strong. With all players playing together in rhythm, they have been serious contenders. There star player put up 14.5 points per game, and Darrun Hillard II put up a strong 14.3 to follow. The combined efforts on offense have been aiding them in the many victories they have. All of the players that were apart of the past roster have transitioned into another phase of their game. For example, Hillard II was a budding star trying to get it together the previous year, and now he is on the rise. This young man took care of the intangibles. That additional determination is what rubs off on his teammates. It is not without question that Hillard’s progress has increased the whole team format. The Wildcats have been like one unit, and that is a huge part of what makes them so successful. However, they will need a little more of a collective defensive and offensive stance to hold teams off in the tourney. They lost to Seton Hall at the buzzer, and that game was a grinder. It has taken a bit of thunder out of them, but they never except defeat.
|Darrun Hilliard II||14.3||.485||.704||.415|
|Darrun Hilliard II||2.8||1.3||2.1||1.3|
F – JayVaughn Pinkston
F – Daniel Ochefu
G – Darrun Hillard II
G – James Bell
G – Ryan Arcidiacono
Who’s Hot: The players that have been offering there everything to this team on both ends are Ryan Arcidiacono, and JaVaughn Pinkston. The Wildcats have been contributing some stellar numbers. There overall style of play placed them in the top seed in The Big East. That is a true testament to there skill set beyond what where their current ranking is.
Who’s Not: Outside of there interior defense and exterior defense being up to par, they still lack consistency. Though it may be on for some games, they have not maintained it. They have fallen short recently. That inconsistency is why they lost to Seaton Hall. They also have to handle the ball better and make every possession count. Villanova had 25 turnovers in their battle with Louisville. That is unacceptable, and changes need to be made for them to be considered a contender.
Outlook: This team has been handed a few tough losses. If they can recover from them, it would prove that they deserve to be here. If they do not, then so long. They have not won a Big Eastern title since 1982. The weight of that might have been hanging over there heads lately. Unfortunately, it may prove to be there reality again this year.
Commentary By: Schelett Rickenbacker