The Villanova Wildcats have declined the opportunity to be considered for Sunday's CBI draw, according to Joe Juliano. Villanova will miss the NCAA Tournament this season for the first time since 2004 and will not participate in any postseason action, thus bringing a close to their season.
(Editor's Note: No 20-loss season!)
Jay Wright, who endured perhaps his worst season as Villanova coach, gave some insight into the rough season.
"They learned that all the guys before them were a lot more committed to detail and not just playing off their talent," Wright said. "When they were recruited, they watched great players win. It looked like those great players were just out there playing. But they were out there playing because they were very disciplined, and they were given freedom because they were disciplined.
"They came in here, and we won and the older guys were disciplined. Now they're starting to realize, 'You know what, there's a lot more to it than just being talented.' I think they definitely learned that this year. It's not like they fought it. I just think this group had to learn it the hard way. I'm sorry to say that."
Pretty strong message to his players, and I also think it is absolutely dead-on.Then again, I think he should shoulder a lot of the responsibility as well.
Thoughts on this guys?