Conference: Big East Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
After a disappointing season in 2011-12, the Villanova Wildcats are back within the NCAA Tournament field here in 2013. The Wildcats’ resume was up in the air early on in Big East Conference play, but Villanova is lifted by three separate top ten victories this season. Simply put, Villanova has proven their worth, enough to warrant an at-large bid despite their elimination from the Big East Tournament in the quarterfinal round.
Head coach Jay Wright has a well-balanced squad that is led by both Jayvaughn Pinkston and Ryan Arcidiacono on the offensive end. Prior to missing the NCAA Tournament field in 2012, Villanova had qualified seven consecutive times. This year makes it eight of the last nine overall.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Jayvaughn Pinkston (13.1 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Mouphtaou Yarou (7.8 rpg)
Leading Passer: Ryan Arcidiacono (3.5 apg)
Bad Losses: Columbia, Seton Hall, Providence (twice)
Good Wins: Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette, Georgetown
If you look at the quality wins on this Villanova resume, you can see that they have the firepower to pull off some upsets. The most interesting part is they don’t have just one or two quality victories against the Big East’s most stout competition, but they have defeated four of the top players in the conference standings.
Villanova will certainly be interesting within the tournament field, but things all depend on what match-up(s) they receive.
The Villanova Wildcats are dancing!
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