Some Thoughts on Villanova

Kyle Scott - March 19, 2017

So I suppose I deserve to have to write this post:

I’m forlorn– no way to sugarcoat it. My fandom hurts. That thing that goes off so often as a Philly sports fan – that soul-crushing, unexpected loss thing – went off again yesterday. It’s gone off three of the last four years. Why? Reasons (forgive any typos, my spell check is too sad to care):

1) Wisconsin is really good

Plain and simple. They’re a powerhouse program. I wrote it on Monday— they’ve now been in four consecutive Sweet 16s, 6 out of the last 7, and 10 in 18 years. Worse, they are exactly the sort of team Villanova struggles against– big, slow, can score inside and out. Jay Wright is always complimentary of opponents, but he said it best on Friday– Wisconsin is a bigger, stronger Butler, a team that beat Villanova twice this season. There would’ve been no shame in losing to Wisconsin if this game was played at any other point during the year. Which brings us to…

 

2) Wisconsin wasn’t an 8 seed

They finished second in the Big 10 (which was admittedly down this year) and made it to the conference championship game. They were ranked as high as number five in the country in the USA Today Coaches Poll, just over a month ago on February 6 (!!!). At the time, their shooters became hampered by a string of leg injuries and the Badgers then lost five of their next six, which sent their ranking, and tournament seeding prospects, plummeting. Still, they bounced back, winning three of their next four, two of them against tournament teams (Minnesota and Northwestern), and made it to their conference championship game, which they lost to Michigan, also a tournament team. The Northwestern game is particularly noteworthy. Wisconsin blew them out by 28 points, 24 hours before the selection committee announced the bracket. And not only did both teams wind up with the same seed, but somehow Wisconsin got placed in the region with the top overall seed. Go fucking figure. It was just as unfair to Wisconsin as it was to Villanova, who ostensibly earned the right, by going 31-3, to not have to face a team as good as Wisconsin until at least the Sweet 16. Both of these teams are (were 😥) too good to have to play each other in a win-or-go-home game on the third day of the tournament. But don’t let me tell you why this was unjust. Let ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan do it:

Before Gonzaga’s goaltending stunted Northwestern’s 8-over-1 upset bid Saturday evening, another Big Ten-borne No. 8 had already knocked off a No. 1 Saturday afternoon.

Except in Buffalo, unlike in Salt Lake City, Wisconsin’s 65-62 win featured the downfall of the No. 1 overall seed, the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats. In Buffalo, unlike in Salt Lake, the No. 8 seed in question was not a team making its lovable first NCAA tournament foray but a roster whose seniors have been to two Final Fours and three Sweet 16s and played in 15 NCAA tournament games in the past four seasons — the most tourney-tested group of players in the sport. In Buffalo, unlike in Salt Lake, the No. 1 seed’s path to the second weekend went through one of the most underseeded teams in the 2017 NCAA tournament field.

Yes, Wisconsin was underseeded. Throw out the Badgers’ past accomplishments (the selection committee certainly does), and there remains no actual basketball explanation for why Greg Gard’s team was seeded where it was. The Badgers entered Selection Sunday 25-9 with a 12-6 record in the Big Ten — same as Maryland, a No. 6 seed, and one win better than Minnesota, a No. 5 seed that Wisconsin beat twice.

Brennan further explained why the NCAA simply got it wrong– read it here.

Gonzaga gets feel-good Northwestern (I’ve had enough of the family Collins), while Villanova gets powerhouse Wisconsin. Never mind that Butler gets Middle Tennessee State and Xavier gets Florida State, neither of which are as good as or better than Wisconsin. It’s horseshit.

 

3) Lack of top 10 teams in the Big East

I wrote last week that the Big East seems to be doing just fine. Indeed it is. They got seven – SEVEN – of their 10 teams into the dance, two of which (Xavier and Butler) have advanced to the Sweet 16. But when you look at Nova’s three early-round losses over the past four years, which have come at the hands of UCONN, NC State and now Wisconsin, you wonder if the Big East’s lack of top 10 teams ultimately hurts come tournament time. The conference has a lot of very good teams, but maybe only one or two great ones (Villanova and Butler). And when I looked last Sunday at the overall tournament seedings, as questionable as they may be, I worried that Villanova hadn’t played one team in the top 12 this season. They played and lost twice to number 13 overall seed Butler, and beat numbers 16, 17, 19 and 24, Purdue, Virginia, Notre Dame and Creighton (three times), respectively, a total of six times.

Typically, 8-9 seeds are talented teams from power conferences that either struggled for one reason or another, or have a bunch of underclassmen. They frequently have more talent than better-seeded mid-majors and sometimes better-seeded power conference teams. In Nova’s case, their second round opponents have perhaps represented the most talented teams they’ve played over the final month of the past four seasons.

This is no fault of Jay’s scheduling – Villanova played Purdue, Notre Dame and Virginia out of conference, and the Big Five usually helps in rounding out the OOC schedule with decent mid-majors – but I’d love for him to figure out a way to get one more premium team on the schedule. An additional two losses and a three seed might be better than a stellar record and a one seed. Keep in mind, Jay’s two Final Four appearances have come as a three seed and two seed. The three times Villanova has had a one seed, they lost in the Elite 8 and twice in the second round.

 

4) Frontcourt depth

It’s always a problem for Villanova, but it was exacerbated this season by not having McDonald’s All-American freshman Omari Spellman, who, along with senior Darryl Reynolds, should’ve been able to capably step in and fill Daniel Ochefu’s shoes. But a goofy NCAA ruling regarding his eligibility forced him to sit out. Spellman, who dropped back to eighth grade after starting ninth grade, spent parts of five years in high school and took longer than the NCAA allowed four years to complete 16 core courses. That’s the reason the defending National Champions weren’t able to deploy their five-star recruit this season. Make no mistake, the NCAA fucked Villanova both on the frontside and backside of the season. Some real Eiffel Tower shit from Mark Emmert and his corrupt friends.

 

5) Guard depth

As I pointed out the other day, losing senior Phil Booth, who scored 20 points in the National Championship game last year, to a knee injury hurt the Wildcats’ guard depth. So Nova spent the entire season without two players on which it was counting to be a major part of its rotation. They still went 32-4, with three of their four losses coming to Sweet 16 teams.

 

6) Villanova writing

I’ve gotten a lot of shit over the past 24 hours or so. I deserve it. But I’m baffled by the people who say I can’t stand the way you write about Nova and then tell me they yearn for the days of our Morning Wood and Cliff Lee coverage. The fact is, the way I write about Nova is exactly the sort of tongue-in-cheek way I wrote about the Phils in 2011, or the Flyers for those 18 months or so when they owned the Penguins. I get it if you don’t like Nova and therefore don’t enjoy it as much, but it’s the same superfan voice I use for the other local teams. The problem is, Villanova has been the only team around here for at least four years that has had a legitimate shot to win the championship each year, or any year, for that matter. I’d love to write more often the way I wrote about a magical steed pissing excellence into the Citizens Bank Park night… the problem is, other than a few months of Joel Embiid, we haven’t had a player, let alone a team, deserving of such over-the-top, lighthearted praise. If you hate the Nova coverage, fine. But please, before you complain about it, consider the local sports landscape for a moment.

Ultimately, I don’t feel any embarrassment as a Nova fan today. I’d sign up for three early-round exits and one National Championship 10 times out of 10. I think all Philly fans can appreciate that particular proposition– close but no cigar, or one big fat cigar and a handful of disappointments. It’s a sport talk radio trope, and I’ve always said I’d take the outcome that includes the prize.

Ultimately, Jay has a rather impressive NCAA Tournament record, often doing more with less. This is a team that, currently, doesn’t have a first round NBA talent on its roster (though let’s give Donte DiVincenzo a few years…). It hasn’t had one since 2006, when it had two– Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry. And yet, Jay has turned Villanova into a top-flight national program, not unlike Gonzaga, that sometimes runs into problems when it has to play a talented team from a power conference for the first time in months come March. But they keep coming every year. I’m still proud to say I went to Villanova. Even today. And I totally didn’t cry myself to sleep last night. Nope, not at all.

136 Comments

  • Bang! March 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

    You’re dead, Vanillanova!

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    • glass mask March 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Kyle deserves credit for coming out and posting this today. But, he is trying to blame the Big East for Nova’s loss??? That’s pretty weak even for you Kyle. JAY WRIGHT is the ONLY one the BLAME here!!!!! He was outcoached. Outclassed. Outwitted. Jay Wright is far too busy promoting himself instead of focusing on high level recruiting…. which… is now becoming more and more difficult for NOVA. Wright blew it. He wasted this crucial year, coming off a title, their one shot to get top 5 talents. gone gone gone. Nova needs a hungrier coach.

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      • brad wesley March 19, 2017 at 12:49 pm

        Jealousy is a stinky cologne

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        • BRAD 24 YEAR OLD TINDER BBC DP STUD March 20, 2017 at 9:25 am

          Who gives a fuck!
          Its shitty college basketball.
          College basketball is more boring than NASCAR.
          What’s wrong with your stupid fucks?

          What’s most important is that i managed to limp home saturday night after get piped
          and didn’t shit blood all day sunday!
          It was big and tasty bbc, but i managed through it.
          Brad out!

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      • white suburban guy with a huge dick March 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

        So you Philly sports fans were routing for Wisconsin? That makes a lot of sense.

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      • Rowhome March 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

        Jay had his team up 6 late in the game. The kids didn’t make another shot. Learn the game.

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        • Max cherry March 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

          Listen you sheep. Jay failed to recruit good enough players this past offseason, you idiot. That is what everyone is talking about. That is why EVERYONE wants him fired.

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          • Rowhome March 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

            Great point.

            He can’t recruit good enough to win it all!!!

            EVERYONE knows that and we all want him fired. Jay will never win!! EVERYONE knows that.

          • Jackie brown March 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm

            Didn’t I blow your mind this time

          • Beaumont Livingston March 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm

            What top 5 recruit did Jay Wright get?

        • Krystal Klei's Pert Posterior March 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

          I’ll agree that Wisconsin as underseeded if you admit that Villanova was overseeded.

          Nova/Wisky could have been seeded 1-8, 2-7,3-6. All that matters is that Wisconsin is better than Villanova.

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        • Beaumont Livingston March 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

          Fuck yo ass. Learn the game ? What ? I done forgotten mo bout basketball than yo dumb ass ever guna know.

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    • Rocky balboa March 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      The banquet tour really came back to bite jay weight and that fat fuck who hit the game winning 3 last year. Didn’t have the eye of the tiger

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    • Rollie Messamino March 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      choke, CHOKE, CHOKE

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    • Rollie Messamino March 19, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      CHOKE

      Reply
  • Still laughing since last night March 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Choked

    Reply
    • Jay Wrong March 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Chuck berry died saturdsay and yopu’re worried about a shitty villirnova basketball fucking shit game!

      limey fuckahs!

      Reply
  • Robert March 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Ahahahahahaha YES! Fuck Villanova!

    The argument of “Wisconsin wasn’t an eight seed” is fucking pathetic. So what? Doesn’t matter if they were a 16 seed or a 2 seed. If Nova truly was a number 1 seed, they would have beaten them regardless of what round and what seed.

    Nova lost. I’ve had an erection for almost 24 hours now.

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    • Bob dole March 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

      You may want to see a doctor about that.

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      • Robert March 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

        Nope, feels pretty great to be able to ejaculate over and over again. I just can’t stop ever since Nova lost in embarrassing fashion.

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        • Rowhome March 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

          Me too. I hate kids with successful parents and a future.

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  • Wade Garrett March 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Tough matchup for nova. That big ape 🦍 with the dreadlocks on Wisconsin is a beast

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    • brad wesley March 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      I’m guna butter your bread.

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      • Daulton March 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm

        Wesley!

        FUCK YOUUUU!

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  • Robert March 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

    If you went to another Big 5 school and you were rooting for Villanova to win, you are a traitor to your school. That’s like saying you hope the Mets win because they happen to also be in the NL East.

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    • Ummm March 19, 2017 at 11:32 am

      No it definitely isn’t.

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    • Kid Rock March 19, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I didn’t go to school around here, so I don’t have a dog in the fight.

      The hard truth “Big 5ers” need to swallow is the only program capable of winning a national title in the Philadephia area is Villanova.

      St. Joes, Temple, ect are mid-majors. If they were in college football, the best they could be is Boise State-like school, while a school like Villanova is a Clemson.

      Clemson can win a national title, Boise State can’t.

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  • Denny Jean March 19, 2017 at 11:34 am

    When’s the parade?

    Ahaha

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    FUCK Villanova

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    • Lee King Snatch March 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

      It was – last April, moron. You missed it.

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  • Innes' Failed Diet March 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

    You can’t​ say Nova is a great team when you are writing the same “I can’t believe they were knocked out in the first weekend” story 3 out of 4 years. That makes the good year the exception, not the other 3.

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    • The ceiling is the roof March 19, 2017 at 11:52 am

      You ain’t never lied…….

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  • I exhumed Jake Nevin's corpse and.... March 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Blew him to cheer him up. Get em next year, cats!!

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  • Rollie Massimino loved his goomah's March 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

    This is the fucking 3rd time in four years that the Wildcats lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a top two seed. Fucking joke, at least they had last year

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  • Garganos broken scale March 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

    You Villanova haters are worse than Villanova fans. You sound pathetic. I don’t even like Villanova. But I don’t hate them either. I dont care about them. I picked them to lose in the Sweet 16. Seems like you care more about what they do than your actual school. And if they’re one of the big 5 schools, you should really focus on the lack of success they have instead of Villanova.

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    • Robert March 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Yes, and let’s root for the Cowboys this year too, if the Eagles lack success.

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Fuck Villanova, you fucking mouthbreather.

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      • Garganos broken scale March 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

        You are quite possibly the dumbest commenter this site has ever seen

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        • MIKEY GARGANGELO, Ron Burgundy & Sean Brace's dead brother. March 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

          We disagree.

          Reply
  • Lifelong Philadelphian March 19, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I get the main line resentment, the ‘they think they’re better than any other big 5 team’, and Rollie was a hugh jassole. But, they sort of are better than any other city school and once the ball is tipped don’t you root for them and discard the other shit? Count me as a row home douchebag that was bummed by the loss.

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    • Except March 19, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      They’re not a city school.

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      • Rowhome March 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        Darn right!

        If you seen in crime riddled neighborhoods with trash and horrible neighborhoods we don’t claim you. We sleep with our own.

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    • Truth hurts March 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Jay Wright was a douche too. Don’t need to go back 30 years. Wright blackballed Temple from the old Big East several years back.

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      • No March 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        Jay Wright IS a douche.

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  • Big Al March 19, 2017 at 11:47 am

    THWND

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  • The ceiling is the roof March 19, 2017 at 11:50 am

    The kid on the right looks like a young reggie noble

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  • Kate March 19, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Nova alum and Mayfair native here. Like what you wrote, and for the life of me, I can’t understand the Nova hate. They are a quality program who are in the conversation. Love what Jay has done.

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    • The ceiling is the roof March 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Kate, you have no idea what you just walked into

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      • Temple blows March 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        I think their play over the last 10 years is reason enough.

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    • Fansango March 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Temple fan here. Why don’t you ask your nova friends why temple was blocked from getting in the old big east.

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      • Kid Rock March 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm

        If you have to ask Nova for a favor, you are asking a larger extinistal question about the Temple program without realizing it.

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    • #1 Nova Hater March 19, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Maybe it’s because of the type of dbags the school seems to attract. Maybe it’s the fact that Jay Wright blocked any other local schools from joining the same conference as Nova. Maybe it’s the fact that their fans are delusional to think they are a Philly school and always crying for our acceptance. Maybe it’s the fact that the school had one good tournament mixed in with a series of failures, but their fans think they are elite. The list goes on.

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      • Garganos broken scale March 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        So let me ask you then. I don’t live in the city of Philadelphia. I live in a suburb outside of Philly. Does that mean I can’t root for any of the 4 major sports teams? You take it too literally. It’s the Philadelphia area not just the actual city.

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        • #1 Nova hater March 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm

          No, it means when you are raised in the suburbs and go to school at Nova you can’t question why the city doesn’t accept you. The average person from the city has little in common with people from Nova. Pro and college are different. Pro fandom is weird in that we are all really just rooting for a bunch of mercenaries that happen to have the city printed on the front of the uniform. College is more local and personal. The proximity isn’t much between Nova and the city schools, but the difference in the people is huge.

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          • Rowhome March 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm

            Yeah!!!!

            I hate this successful people so I pretend they are elitist jerks. It’s really my insecurities but it’s easier to hate than to look in the mirror. I agree with you Bobby.

          • Krusty kunt March 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

            And with that response GARGANOS BROKEN SCALE just got owned.

          • Garganos broken scale March 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

            Actually I didn’t. The only difference is your jealousy that your school isn’t good and they are. Your inferiority complex is astounding.

  • South Jersey White Trash Flyers Fan March 19, 2017 at 11:52 am

    You are worse than that little pu$$y kid who was crying during the northwestern game.

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  • Nova nation March 19, 2017 at 11:58 am

    One Shining Moment, when it shines bright enough, will live on forever, and there will never be a moment that shines brighter than Jenkins game-winner. People don’t remember what it took to get there or what happened after. They remember the moment.

    They remember the title.

    It’s amazing what The Shot can do to change a narrative.

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  • //\\ March 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Jay’s done more with less……

    …… has the worst record as a #1 seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament. 5-3.

    Hahahahahahahahahahha.

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  • Please clarify March 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    So Nova should have played some better teams, lost a few more games, and been a 2 or 3 seed. Wisconsin should have been seeded higher than 8. Wouldn’t they then end up playing each other in the 2nd round anyway?

    Everything you wrote about depth, conference, schedule, etc is admitting they really shouldn’t have been the top overall seed. Just wondering where that opinion was on Thursday morning.

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  • Brad the 24 year old tinder Stud March 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Tinder Brad here. Just got finished doing the walk of shame back home. But what a glorious night it was.

    3 women in one weekend. Personal best for the Bradster. The one chick swore up and down she never did hookups but had to meet me because I’m so hot. Feels good man.

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  • Innes' Failed Diet March 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Once again you play the underdog card while claiming Nova is elite You can’t have it both ways. You can’t claim they are underdogs that do more with less while also saying they are one of the best programs year after year. If you are elite you don’t need to write a post listing excuses on why they lost to a decent team. When you are elite you show up every night and take on all challengers. The truth is that Nova is neither a lovable underdog or elite program. They are a decent one, nothing more, nothing less.

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    • Another early loss for Nova March 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Burn

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    • Rowhome March 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Right. Elite means you win the tournament every year!!!

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      • steve lappas March 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        No, elite means when you are a 1 or a 2 seed you make it out of the 1st weekend every year. Unless you’re Jay Wright.

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        • Rowhome March 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

          Yeah – that is what elite is.

          Coach K – not elite

          We determine what elite is. Who cares if Jay has his choice of coaching jobs. We say he is not elite.

          We know. We are rowhome people.

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        • Rick Pitino March 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm

          A 2 seed and out.

          I am not elite.

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  • No excuses for the loss March 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    But here is a list of six excuses.

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  • Bill Self March 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Since 2009, when they advanced to the Final Four for the first time under Wright, they have been to the tournament seven times and survived the opening weekend only once.

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  • Kyle: P e r k a $ i e is definitely not Doylestown March 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Stop pretending your home which is closer to that in Quakertown than Doylestown. Bloggers can’t afford Doylestown

    Love your argument that the Big East doesn’t offer good enough competition. Hahahaha. Didn’t Jay take his annual 2nd round exit at the hands of St Mary in 2010?

    Mid major. Nova is a mid major program.

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  • Empty suit with a hundred dollar haircut March 19, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Bang!!!!!!!!

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  • kyle trump March 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    hard to be critical …but let me try.
    mr suits seems to only win when things go his way….like if shots are not falling , Mr Suits doesn’t have a plan b or plan c…..
    just saying….he’s lucky they got every break last year…he can coast off that for at least 10 more years of paychecks.

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  • Another early loss for Nova March 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Damn Kyle, that’s a whole case of whine.

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  • Gargano's pal Boo March 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Is Jay Wright still a better coach than Coach K?

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    • jay wright March 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      I’m basically Steve Lappas with a better wardrobe.

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      • Jay March 19, 2017 at 1:49 pm

        ….with millions and a ring.

        Other than that we are identical.

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    • Jim from havertown March 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Look on the brightside at least jay wright will be able to be a guest on cuz’s meat locker this Thursday

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  • Jimbo March 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    How do you not recruit a big man? They were eaten alive down low the whole game. You have no rim protection at all coming off of a championship year? That’s shit recruiting.

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  • Kyle scott, Expert NCAA analyst March 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Last week: “The Big East is great! 70% of the teams made the tournament!”

    Yesterday: “The Big East sucks! If Villanova played in a better conference, they’d be more tournament-ready!”

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  • Sean Braces dead brother March 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    This loss is the best thing to happen to your site since “I will fight every nagger in here”

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    • Riley cooper March 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Real talk. Even turning comments on for Leslie wouldn’t draw like this.

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      • Andy Bloom's coke dealer March 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

        Radio wars with actual numbers is worth 150-200 comments.

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  • King of all GMs March 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I once was, as a young man, a commercial/residential real estate agent on the main line. It was always a good time heading to brownies with the Villanova coke head broads. The after hours party alone was magical.

    That memory is so much more meaningful then your Nova championship

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  • 'Than' March 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I suspect you were not successful.

    Obviously a city school kind of fella.

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    • King of all GMs March 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Yes I know than. That was a slip up I admit. Any successful person knows opportunities arise that take you in a certain direction

      My accidental use of then is certainly not an indicator of success.

      Side note, you are batting .000 on assumptions.

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  • Realist March 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Why do you keep saying it was “unfair” for Wisconsin to have to play Nova? They got to play an overrated number one seed and won the game. It wouldn’t have even been that close if Koening didn’t get called for some garbage fouls.

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  • billy batts March 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Hey Jay, go get your shine box punk

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  • Tracy Wolfson's Malignant Mole March 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I’m so serious, why don’t people respect me. I could be the next Lesley Pisser.

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  • Boss March 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I’m a Temple guy who was rooting for Nova. The reality is Jay Wright is not a very good coach. He can recruit, yes, but the national championship was obviously the exception to the guys career. He’s not a good “get my guys ready to play or game day coach”. How many times has his team not made it out of the first weekend s a 1 or 2 seed. 4, 5 times?

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    • Therealdelco March 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Totally agree. They won last year because of leadership and passion of ryan a (and talent of course). Jay is a good guy and coach. However, he does not inspire and needs people around him who do! Kind of a shame. And this is coming from a Hawk. I kind of feel sorry for them. I genuinely was hoping they would win. I have many friends who went there.

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      • Haters gonna hate March 19, 2017 at 5:11 pm

        Your basketball program is a joke!

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        • Therealdelco March 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

          Agree

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    • Johnny Utah March 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      He’s the char Manuel of college coaches . Nice guy

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      • Therealdelco March 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

        Yes. But a little more articulate and better dressed. But basically very similar.

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    • Haters gonna hate March 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Temple has missed NCAA 3 of last 4 years losing in 1st round the year they made it.

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      • So what Nova March 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

        Has been to the tournament seven times and survived the opening weekend only once since 2009.

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  • Johnny Gud Times March 19, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I understand your love for nova. As all philly people should root for nova. but come on they got beat. no excuses about seed and crap. Be self aware about your school. I read crossing broad every day and i understand your sarcasm about other philly teams, but come on I wish you would be more self aware about nova and the other teams. Nova does have talent and they got beat by a team that was looking to beat a #1. Josh Hart has been discussed as the best collge player. Keep doing you. Give the other boiz some credit.

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    • Basic March 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      You should probably learn what self aware means. You use it a lot.

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  • Typical WIP caller March 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I can’t wait to hear Cataldi’s analysis of the Villanova game. He is so knowledgeable and the voice of the Philly fan.

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    • jackie marlow March 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Will he even talk about it?

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      • Angelo's fake laugh March 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

        I don’t know anything about sports, but I’m rich beeoch.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  • Garganos broken scale March 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    So basically any Villanova hater is a Temple student. Get over yourselves. You had one decent football year and now you think you have a voice for an entire city? St Joe’s, LaSalle and Drexel have very similar tuitions as Villanova but they are elitist? Temple fans are just jealous their basketball is a laughing stock. And I don’t even like Villanova but you guys make it too easy to stick up for them.

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    • Sal pal March 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      I agree.

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  • Boss March 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    What does Temple ‘s recent tourney succes (or lack thereof) have to do with the fact Jay Wright is not a good “coach” in the purest sense of the word. Fran Dunphy, another “nice guy”, who needs to go. Wright’s tourney history speaks for itself.

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    • True March 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      National Championship.

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      • Ted Nugent March 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm

        Jay Wright doesn’t even know what conference Temple plays in.

        He wipes his ass with newspaper clippings of Temple’s ‘stadium’ project.

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        • Therealdelco March 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm

          He is a classy guy. At least he looked good getting spanked! Great suit and tie. So he has that going for him….which is nice!!!

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  • Jason Friedman March 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    My son is 7 years old. When he gets to eight years old, nine years old, 10 years old, when he finally starts realizing that sports are more than something that keeps him from being able to watch Elmo on TV, he’s not going to wonder about the context of Villanova’s title. He’s not going to think about whether or not Villanova was fortuitous in putting together a title-contending team in a year where the other contenders weren’t all that good.

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    • Huh? March 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Huh?

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    • Villanova Alum March 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Hey JASON FRIEDMAN your kid is retarded if he’s still watching Elmo at that age. Thankfully we won’t have to worry about his mongoloid ass getting into Villanova in another 10-12 years depending on how many times he gets left back.

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  • Boss March 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Nobody is hatin on Nova. It’s just reality man. Jay Wright is not a very good coach. He’s just not.

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    • True March 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      National championship

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    • Haters gonna hate March 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      If you are not a hater, you just have no clue.

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      • Therealdelco March 19, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        You need to let go of your bitterness and be a little objective. Take a deep breath and think a little bit. Boss makes a little sense. That is a very talented team that underachieved in a significant way……and it was not the first or second time.

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  • Temple has become lasalle under Fran dunphy March 19, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    How does Fran dunphy get a free pass?? How did he let mark Macon’s and ric Brunson sons go to Arkansas & nova

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    • Philly sports media is the show March 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      He let Temple alum Rheewa talk to them.

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    • Bill mlkvy March 19, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      The magical negro doesnt coach there anymore, so their prospective recruits just go where can they get the most money.

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      • Carl Cherkin March 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

        Hey, are you “the Owl without a vowel?”. I used to talk about you all the time on a talk show that no one listened to!

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  • Kyle & Jim: An Erotic Thriller (Part I) March 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Kyle Scott Laskowski sighed a heavy sigh. It was 11:00 PM and he had a massive, long order of Bang! Villanova shirts to get to his throbbing, hungry customers first thing in the morning. The snow was coming down — hard — and Kyle’s wife had taken their baby to her mother’s. The house empty. It was quiet. The dread of filling the big order was overwhelming Kyle. He needed help.

    “Hello?”

    Jim Addair answered the phone even though he knew he was tired. His boss was calling and he needed to respond quick. He was in bed in a tight pair of boxer briefs. There was a buldge in his pants.

    “Hey, could you come here? I need help getting this shirts out. I know it’s late and snowing but it’s an emergency.”

    Kyle knew what he was doing. He knew how Jim would answer.

    “I’ll be right there.”

    Jim lived in the city and Kyle lived in Bucks County, far away from the unsavory types of non-whites he fears. Jim also doesn’t make enough money to afford a car, so he took out his phone. The Grindr app was open. He closed it and pulled up Lyft. Estimates arrival time: 12:15 AM.

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  • Duke lost, now we can all be happy March 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Tomorrow is Coach K excuse day.

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  • My cousin boo March 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Of course the sixers win to cap off a shitty weekend. Time to shutdown Dario

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  • fj March 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The seniors gave us a great 4 years. Nova is poised to stay in the elite area. Best record in college bball, at this level, in the last 4 years, 4 BE regular season champs, 2 years BE tournament champs and 1 year NCAA champs. Thank you gentlemen.

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    • The big east is weak. March 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

      And nova is not elite.

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  • Elite programs March 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Make it out of the first weekend more than once in seven years.

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  • This really sucks the most if March 20, 2017 at 9:32 am

    you have tickets for Friday night. Yay!!!

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    • No nova, no duke... March 20, 2017 at 10:31 am

      No sales. Scalpers will be giving those shits away.

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  • Quick analysis March 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Not that it matters now, but essentially lost all their games this season with an execution/coaching implosion at the e x a c t same point in the game –

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  • Jay Right's playbook March 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Clear out for Hart, let him force a drive and lose the ball or fall down.

    Use play late in close games.

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    • Bill Self March 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      But Jay Wright is the greatest coach to ever walk the earth according to Kyle.

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  • Jekyll & Hyde March 21, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Villanova fans before the tournament: We are not getting enough respect. If any other team had won a national championship and was the number one overall seed the next year, they would be getting so much more attention.

    Villanova fans after the tournament: Wah wah we should have had an easier road to the second weekend. Wisconsin was under-seeded. The Big East isn’t good enough for us.

    By the way, let’s see if UNC fans demand that Duke fans now support them for the rest of the tourney because THEY’RE FROM THE SAME CITY. I predict exactly zero reports with this premise because it makes absolutely no sense outside of the Main Line.

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