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The Villanova Basketball three-pointer narrative is wrong

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This team can win a title. It needs to get hot, just like everybody else.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! I'm on my way back to Atlanta as you read this, and I'm proud of the 'Nova Nation for their turnout at MSG yesterday. Easily the biggest crowd I remember, and that's a product of repeated winning. Love it.

Villanova scorched the nets yesterday. Which naturally prompted a fresh round of "Villanova relies on the 3" analysis. It's not only tired, it's just plain wrong. They've shot the 3 just fine (39%) in losses to Virginia and Xavier. They did not in losses to Oklahoma and Providence. So, again, this narrative is just lazy regurgitation of last year's failures.

Even if you want to argue they do, how are they 28-4? Because they play some of the best defense in the country. That's the main difference with this year's team - which is again a completely different team - and it needs to be recognized.

/Rant

And now, the "news."

Villanova lives by the deep ball, but could be dead quickly if shots aren't falling | Sporting News
Maybe watch the team and come up with your own opinion instead of recycling an old narrative?

Villanova shows why it’s legit title contender | New York Post
Villanova is in the midst of one of the best runs in Big East history, having captured three straight regular-season championships and one tournament title, while winning nearly 90 percent of its in-conference contests.

Hormel Hot Takes: Villanova's tournament chances | Video - CBSSports.com
Rip Hamilton thinks Villanova stinks because of Jay Wright. This is the hottest of taeks.

Ryan Arcidiacono solves MSG hex to help No. 3 Villanova advance | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Team captain Ryan Arcidiacono solved his MSG woes by leading Villanova past Georgetown Thursday, 81-67, and into the Big East tourney semis.

Villanova advances to Big East semis, but faces uncertainty with star's injury | The Dagger - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Villanova defeated Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals despite limited minutes and a bum ankle from Daniel Ochefu.

Ryan Arcidiacono solves MSG hex to help No. 3 Villanova advance | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Team captain Ryan Arcidiacono solved his MSG woes by leading Villanova past Georgetown Thursday, 81-67, and into the Big East tourney semis.

Rick Pitino to interview with NCAA in April | ESPN
Louisville coach Rick Pitino is slated to meet with NCAA officials for the first time regarding allegations of sex parties involving players and recruits at a team dormitory, a source told ESPN.

Eddie Jordan fired as Rutgers basketball coach | NJ.com
The Scarlet Knights are just 3-35 in Big Ten games since joining the league.

Board of Governors approves $200 million distribution to DI members | NCAA.org - The Official Site of the NCAA
The NCAA’s highest-ranking membership committee on Thursday announced it would release additional financial assistance to support programs that benefit student-athletes in Division I. The NCAA Board of Governors approved a supplemental distribution of $200 million to Division I schools, which must be used explicitly in ways that benefit student-athletes.