2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Villanova Wildcats
Conference: Big East Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region: No. 2 seed in East
The Villanova Wildcats probably weren’t expected to be this good, but they are. The Wildcats proved early on they were legit by knocking off Kansas and Iowa in back-to-back games. Winning their first 11 games of the 2013-14 college basketball season also showed that they were going to be a force.
A great and surprising season will mean nothing if Villanova cannot make a run in the 2014 NCAA tournament. However, Jay Wright‘s team should be more than ready no matter who it faces.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: James Bell (14.5 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: JayVaughn Pinkston and James Bell (6.1 rpg)
Leading Passer: Ryan Arcidiacono (3.4 apg)
Bad Losses: Seton Hall
Good Wins: Iowa, Kansas
Unlike previous seasons, the Big East Conference did not completely prepare Villanova for the dance. That can be said about every other team in this conference, but the Wildcats were challenged in their non-conference schedule, so they should be fine.
Although there are only two teams listed as good wins, Villanova beat many talented teams in the Big East and only lost to Creighton (twice) in conference play. Well, until the conference tourney that is.
Three players are averaging 14 or more points per game on this team, but it is JayVaughn Pinkston who other teams should be watching out for. He could become a star in this year’s tournament.
At the same time, three players have made 50+ threes on the year. James Bell leads the team in that category (81 made threes).
The Villanova Wildcats are dancing!