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NCAA Tournament 2016: Villanova vs. Miami will be determined by the guards


Huuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaaay! Lots of #taeks yesterday about the 'Nova-Canes matchup and how it's evenly matched. I agree. The guards are dominant on both teams, and that's the easy analysis on this matchup. And the question seems to be how can Villanova slow down the Canes' Angel Rodriguez.

Listen, Angel Rodriguez is getting a ton of credit and rightfully so. He's been good. I'd even say great through the first two rounds. Luckily for Villanova, they don't have to make this a Rodriguez vs. Arch, Brunson or Booth matchup. We have a 6'7" freak of nature to sic on him. Hi Mikal. Do work on Thursday.

And now, the "news."

Guard play will be important factor for both Villanova and Miami | The Philadelphia Tribune: Sports
After defeating UNC Asheville and Iowa, respectively, in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Villanova will face Miami in the Sweet 16. The tipoff for this matchup between the Wildcats (31-5) and the Hurricanes (26-7) will be in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

Jay Wright: Success comes with playing Villanova basketball | ESPN Video
Villanova coach Jay Wright joins Scott Van Pelt to discuss the locker room celebrations his team goes through after every road win and the upcoming matchup against Miami.

Villanova freshmen emerging in NCAA run |
The intense spotlight of the NCAA tournament can swallow up even the best freshmen unaccustomed to playing in such pressure-packed games when an error can end a season. It had to be even hotter for Villanova freshmen Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges given all that was on the line for the Wildcats last weekend in Brooklyn.

Villanova's senior walk-ons enjoy their roles |
Whenever Villanova coach Jay Wright talks about his team's seniors and their contributions to the 113 victories achieved over the last four seasons, he mentions Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu but he never forgets the three whom few people know, walk-ons Henry Lowe, Patrick Farrell and Kevin Rafferty.

How Wright, Villanova snagged Arcidiacono away from Florida | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Senior Ryan Arcidiacono is the winningest player in Villanova basketball history, but he almost chose Florida instead. Here's how it went down.

Villanova Fans Treat Wildcats To Spirited Sweet 16 Sendoff | CBS Philly
More than 100 fans gathered on campus this morning to cheer on the team as they departed for Kentucky on the road to college basketball's national championship.

Here’s proof Larranaga knows how to beat Villanova | Palm Beach Post
There’s a nugget on Miami coach Jim Larranaga’s coaching resume that reaffirms his worth in very specific terms as the Hurricanes prepare for Villanova in the Sweet 16.

Sweet 16 Preview: The 16 best players left in the NCAA tournament, plus 16 more | CollegeBasketballTalk
Who's too high? Who's too low? 32 players, 3 Villanovans.

Why Villanova’s Offense Is So Lethal | Rush The Court
Let’s clear the air about something: Villanova is not a three-point reliant team in the traditional sense. A few rare instances aside, this is not a unit that will simply fire shots from the perimeter because three points is worth more than two. There is a logic behind its strategy, one that insists that Jay Wright‘s group is much more balanced than people think.

Ranking the remaining 16 coaches by their NCAA Tournament success

Villanova's Talley holding annual fund-raiser |
Longtime Villanova football coach Andy Talley, who will be retiring after this season, has been involved with the national bone-marrow donation program since the early 1990s. For the last eight years his "Get in the Game, Save a Life" initiative.

Providence guard Kris Dunn declares for NBA Draft | Big East Coast Bias
The worst kept secret in college basketball is now officially out.

ACC dominating NCAA Tournament, but Jim Boeheim won't say it's better than old Big East |
Former UConn Coach Jim Calhoun reflects on the legacy of the Big East as well as explains how he would prepare for the second weekend of March Madness.

Doctors say that Craig Sager has 3 to 6 months to live | For The Win
With a Real Sports special set to air on HBO Tuesday night, more light has been shed on Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager’s battle with leukemia. Doctors have told Sager that he has three to six months to live.