3 Reasons Why Villanova Will Repeat as NCAA Champions
The Villanova Wildcats are the defending NCAA champions suffered key losses in the offseason, as they saw four players jump into the NBA following the team’s national title run in 2018.
But the Wildcats still have professional level talent and a bunch of returning champions who know how to get the job done. Although the program has slipped in the rankings this year, Villanova, has the experience and firepower to get back to the big game in 2019.
Nitrogen Sports Blog distills and discusses below some of the most important qualities of the Wildcats that can determine whether they will end up cutting the nets again this year or come up short in their mission to defend their championship.
Villanova is coming to March Madness branded as a big and physical team. Rebounding was one of the strengths that led it to a title in 2018, and it remains a strength for the Wildcats this season.
Nova is strong on the boards at both ends of the court. As a result Villanova gets way more second chances than opponents, making them a tough team to beat when it establishes a lead.
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Villanova has four players who shoot above 36 percent from beyond the arc. Saddiq Bey has emerged as a hot shooter. He leads the Wildcats in 3-point percentage this year. He’s also top three in overall field goal percentage for the Cats and is one of the most efficient 3-point shooters in the Big East play with a 42.5 percent accuracy from distance.
Eric Paschall, Phil Booth, and Collin Gillespie also pitch in from downtown at a good clip. Having so many competent outside shooters gives Villanova the same strength it had in last year’s March Madness run to become NCAA champions.
It has been said that Jay Wright has turned Villanova into the best place to play college basketball in the country.
The Wildcats have been the model of dominance in the Big East over the last several years. They’ve been running over conference rivals, as evidenced by the three Big East tournament titles they’ve won over the last four years. And of course they went on to cut down the nets in 2016 and 2018 as the NCAA National Champions.
This is a resilient team with plenty of talent and the motivation to win.
It’s not a good idea to count out the Villanova Wildcats. They may not be as strong as they were last season, but Jay Wright’s squad remains a force to reckon with not only in the Big East but on the national stage.
As mentioned in this March Madness guide, Villanova can win the NCAA Tournament, given their experience, talent, championship pedigree, and the qualities dissected above.
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