The Villanova Wildcats might not be as exciting or as explosive as they were the last few seasons, but it doesn’t mean people should sleep on them in March. After all, gone is the idea that Jay Wright can’t get it done in the NCAA Tournament, and in that narrative’s place is Wright being Mr. Big Dance.
Funny how that works.
On Thursday, Villanova did what it usually does, winning a postseason game. This time it was in the Big East Conference Tournament against the Providence Friars. After the game, Eric Paschall, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, described Nova’s ride this season.
“Coach tells us we have to lead by example, talk to our younger guys and just do all the little things — playing defense, rebounding, not worrying about if our shot’s going in,” Paschall said. “I just feel like our whole team has been doing that. Our whole team’s had a great attitude, and we’re taking a step in the right direction.”
And that’s how a team with slightly less elite talent continues to excel. It sounds easy enough, but being great at all the little things is something every coach wishes their team could do.
The Villanova Wildcats next play Xavier on Friday.
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