Will Villanova Go Back to Back?

In College Sports by Ashleigh Binder

Villanova’s title run last year was nothing short of amazing. The last second shot by Kris Jenkins to win the game was one of the most memorable sports moments in recent history.  It was a long time coming for Jay Wright and his team after early exits the previous two seasons.  Many wondered if Nova would be able to find the same success this season.  After going 31-3 and winning the Big East Championship, they look like a sure bet to succeed once again in the tournament.  Head over to Skybook where you can find some great online betting odds at Skybook.

The Wildcats proved that they can win when no one believes in them, but can they do it when they are considered the team to beat?  Villanova officially received the overall number one seed in this year’s tournament yesterday during the official unveiling of this year’s bracket unveiling.  Nova is the number one seed of the East region which features Duke, Baylor, and Wisconsin just to name a few.  While there are some tough teams in the East, none have been more consistent than Nova.  Duke, arguably the biggest threat to Villanova in the region, has been wildly inconsistent this season.  The team lost to UNC less than two weeks ago, but then beat them 75-69 in the ACC tournament.

One thing this team has above some of the other tournament favorites?  They still have many of the players from last year’s championship run.  Jenkins, who made the championship winning shot is still with the team as is Josh Hart who was a player of the year nominee.  Hart is averaging over 18 points and 6 rebounds a game.  The team also has head coach Jay Wright’s attitude which keeps them playing at their highest level for the entire game.  Wright is known as a great motivator who is a “zen master” full of peace and harmony cliches. It must have worked because Wright was able to deliver the school’s first national title since 1985 last season.

The team has also brought in some new faces in their quest to repeat.  Sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson is averaging over 14 points and 4 assists a game.  Fordham transfer Eric Paschall has also helped make this Villanova team deep.  The bench player shot 50 percent from the field this season after underwhelming in his first season with the Wildcats where he was only a practice player.  He spent the offseason training and getting in the best shape of his life for this moment right now. This team is absolutely stacked once again and can take on almost any team in the tournament.  They have the talent, chemistry, and experience needed for this chaotic tournament.


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