Villanova Wildcats Can Secure NCAA Tournament At-Large Bid by Winning Out

By Joseph Nardone
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There should be no reason that a team as solid as the Villanova Wildcats (18-11, 9-7 Big East) should have to win out to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Well, actually there is, losing to a team such as the Seton Hall Pirates after making everyone think that the team has progressed to being better than average.

You see, Villanova has had a wild season this year. They started of super-poorly coming out of the gates, winning only four out of their first eight games. And no, those losses weren’t at the hands of quality teams but to programs you would think made my fictional programs of the future list. Then something strange happened, the Wildcats seemed to right the ship and started playing really well in Big East play. Sadly for the Wildcats, all of their hard work is for not, as losing to a team as putrid as Seton Hall has put them in a run or done situation.

Nova has two games left against two of the better teams in the nation, the Georgetown Hoyas and the Pittsburgh Panthers. Assuming that head coach Jay Wright doesn’t want to rely on the Big East Tournament, winning these two games should be enough to put the Wildcats in a position to earn an at-large bid. However, a loss to either will likely spell doom for Villanova.

Wright and the Wildcats have put themselves in this situation, no one told me them to lose to a bunch of horrific teams to start the year. While beating two teams as good as the Hoyas and the Panthers might be asking a lot, neither was asking them to beat the Columbia Lions to start the year.

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone

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