The Villanova Wildcats may have lost their first game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but they had a surprisingly good season.
Villanova had a terrible out-of-conference schedule, losing four games and being 3-3 to start the season, but this team definitely rebounded in Big East play.
For a team that did not look like they would make the Big Dance this season, Villanova sure did surprise a lot of teams. The Wildcats beat three top five teams (at the time) this season, which included the national champion Louisville Cardinals.
Villanova finished the season with a 20-14 record and 10-8 in the Big East, which is not too bad for a team that lost five of seven games in the conference at one point in the season.
Assuming that Villanova does not lose too many or any players during the offseason–there will already be two seniors that will no longer be on the team for obvious reasons–the Wilcaats should have a pretty good season next year. At times, this team looked like it could win a conference title, but at other times, who knew what was going through these player’s minds.
With that said, the Wildcats beat some good teams this season, which Jay Wright should be proud of. Who knows, Wright could very well have a deadly team on his hands next season, but Villanova still has a lot of work left to do before it becomes a threat in college basketball once again.
This was still a great season for a team that was really not being talked about entering this year.
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