TGIF, ‘Nova Nation! One more day is all we have.
NBC’s Rob Dauster wrote a really nice feature on Jay Wright and the small-ball revolution. Whether he meant it or not, give credit to Wright. Because other coaches are. And now it seems they are all playing catch-up.
The insight into his offense - about 5 plays total - is pretty fascinating too. We knock Jay for his Xs & Os from time to time compared to his peers, but if his coaching style is based on concepts and freedom...who are we to argue with the results?
And now, the “news.”
Changing The Game: Inside Villanova’s transition to small-ball, positionless basketball | NBC Sports
Ever since Villanova changed how they coach -- and recruit -- they've become college basketball's preeminent powerhouse.
March (and decades-long) Madness: Meet the kings and queens of Nova Nation | Philly.com
A retired couple has made it to 85 straight Villanova games. Their friend has missed one Villanova NCAA tournament game since 1972.
Cole Swider: Villanova's Next Elite Scorer | YurView
For the second time in three years the Villanova Wildcats are in the Final Four. They have the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in Omari Spellman and they have an elite recruiting class, featuring Saint Andrew's forward Cole Swider. So the future is looking bright in Philly for years to come.
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and the Villanova season that almost didn't happen | Philly.com
The 6-foot-9 freshman forward nearly took a redshirt season after leg surgery, but has instead become a big part of Villanova's run to the Final Four.
Four Keys to the Villanova – Kansas Final Four Showdown | College Hoops Digest
It’s a showdown fit for the Final Four at the Alamodome. Villanova and Kansas. The beast of the BIG EAST against the longtime king of the Big 12.
Villanova's Omari Spellman combines basketball and poetry as his outlets | Philly.com
The Wildcats' redshirt freshman has helped his team reach the Final Four with his perimeter shooting and interior defense. But he is a thoughtful and introspective student off the court.
How to beat Kansas, Villanova, Loyola Chicago, Michigan | ESPN
"These mini-runs are the death of you," another said. "Because they shoot the 3 so well, and they continue to stay with it. They are the best team I've seen in the last couple of years, going from like a four-point game to a 14-, 15-point game. They're baiting you until the moment they snap your neck."
Syracuse commit Darius Bazley to jump to G League | Yahoo! Sports
McDonald’s All American and Syracuse commit Darius Bazley — a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA draft — has decided to turn professional and plans to sign in the NBA G League, Bazley told Yahoo Sports. Bazley, 17, told Yahoo Sports he has decommitted from Syracuse and will play in the G League