Heading into this season, Villanova had a reputation as a team that was always favored to go far, but then fell short. 2016 was not one of those years.
Instead of underachieving, Villanova abandoned its usual run-and-gun style in favor of a slower pace focused on on-ball defense. As a result, the Wildcats are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2009 and have a win over No. 1 Oregon to thank for it.
But the question remains: is this Villanova’s year? Jay Wright has coached the program since 2001 and has come close once or twice, but the Wildcats are definitely reputed as a perennial “also-ran” and are in a position to shock the basketball world if they can beat Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners to reach the national championship game.
Thus, let’s dig deeper into Villanova and see just what it is about this year’s team that is different from tournaments past.