The Villanova Wildcats are one of the most complex teams in the entire nation. Early, and often, Nova would lose to teams that a program such as theirs should be ashamed to even acknowledge. Then, because this season has been insane, the Wildcats would beat teams such as the Syracuse Orange, Louisville Cardinals, and Connecticut Huskies. Because of all of that it has been very hard to determine how good of a basketball team Villanova actually is.
Yesterday saw another piece of the NCAA Tournament bubble puzzle for the Wildcats drop, a victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles. Taking the slew of the bad losses out of the picture(Some of which aren’t as bad because the teams they lost to are better than expected), and only looking at the Villanova victories, a case can easily be made that they are on the right side of the bubble.
With wins against the aforementioned Big East foes, plus the now not so bad losses(Alabama Crimson Tide, Providence Friars), Nova just needs a steady finish in their Big East regular season and a decent outing in the conference tournament. A “Run or done” situation no longer applies to the Wildcats.
Three games are remaining on Villanova’s schedule. Away against the Seton Hall Pirates, Pittsburgh Panthers and then home to battle the Georgetown Hoyas. At worst that’s a 1-2 finish, giving them 19 wins before the Big East Tournament even gets underway. Considering not many other teams can claim victories over (a then) five, three, and 17th ranked teams in the country, Nova coach Jay Wright has to feel good about their NCAA Tournament chances.
It doesn’t hurt that Villanova is riding a three game winning streak either. The Selection Committee loves teams that play hot towards the end of the year and the Wildcats are playing their best basketball of the season late in the schedule.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone