Why They’ll Win It All: Villanova

  • 04/01/2009 10:58 am in

Throughout the week, we’ll be running small capsules on the remaining Final Four teams, stating why they’ll win it all. Next up: Villanova.

Villanova is just barely a sleeper in this Final Four, in so far as no one thought any non-No. 1 seeds would make it to the Final Four. (With the possible exception of Memphis, but that didn’t go so well.) But in their run to the tournament, Villanova has showcased exactly what makes them so dangerous to teams: their complete and utter understanding of how to play fast-placed basketball.

A lot of times people associate high-tempo stuff with a willy nilly style, a style that seeks to deconstruct what most of us spent our entire childhoods learning about basketball. Get back on defense. Four passes before a shot. (Via Norman Dale.) Get good looks. Make the extra pass. But Villanova, and other teams like them, have shown that a good team can be fast-paced and pressing without abandoning any of those core concepts. With enough practice, they can have the best of both worlds.

That’s what Villanova brings to the table. North Carolina wants to run. Most teams want to slow North Carolina down. But Villanova won’t — it has a super capable group of guards, and its center, Dante Cunningham, is perhaps at his best when running the floor. Unlike most teams, Villanova will be able to run with UNC, and be efficient while doing so.

That’s the thing about Villanova’s style. It actualizes those guards, and when they’re on, when they’re hitting shots, Villanova can pour it on. They’re the real deal, and when they’re efficient, they can beat anyone in the country. That’s why they’ll win it all.

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  • JerryCT

    I wanted Jay Wright as our coach last year and my appreciation of his teams has not changed. Aside from having active players at every position Nova is fearless and very tough mentally. It should be very interesting to see if Corey Fisher can get Lawson in foul trouble or if Reynolds can actually defend the point of UNC attack.

    Nova may be back next year as they had a top notch recruiting class and Wright's players usually stay several years.

  • Unknown

    I know this is off topic, but if Crean is looking for someone in the 2009 class maybe he should look at Whitney Young’s Marcus Jordan…not just because he has good blood lines but i have watched 3 games of his high school and AAU games, and I was impressed even though he is small he gots spunk and is great worker and a good character all around….

  • ALH_00

    This is my favorite team to watch right now. It just seems like every guy they trot out there (which is a bunch) is the same…o.k., except Cunningham, who is extra special. To me, though, the most impressive aspect of Nova is their defense. Man, do they get after the ball. This is the type of team that would kill IU or MSU (set plays), because they don't allow you to get into anything. I'm not sure if they can beat UNC, and I think it is a bad match-up for Nova. But, I really would like to see this team play for the title.

  • ALH_00

    This is my favorite team to watch right now. It just seems like every guy they trot out there (which is a bunch) is the same…o.k., except Cunningham, who is extra special. To me, though, the most impressive aspect of Nova is their defense. Man, do they get after the ball. This is the type of team that would kill IU or MSU (set plays), because they don't allow you to get into anything. I'm not sure if they can beat UNC, and I think it is a bad match-up for Nova. But, I really would like to see this team play for the title.

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