Friday, March 18, 2011

Villanova Learned Nothing

Heading into the 8-9 match-up between Villanova and George Mason, I was convinced Nova would win despite the team's epic slide down the stretch. Here's why: For one, few people believed Nova could right itself, so it only made sense that they would. It is March Madness after all. Second, I thought Jay Wright would use the end of the season as a teaching tool and have his team prepared to correct those mistakes in the NCAA Tournament, since Nova has been a very strong tournament team under Wright.

I was wrong. Dead wrong. Instead, it was the same old Villanova. Blowing a double-digit lead? Check. Making boneheaded plays late? Check. Missing crucial foul shots? Check. And Corey Stoke choking big time? Check. I mean, seriously, that was the best final shot of your career you could get? A god-awful shot off the side of the backboard? Corey Stokes is terrible.

This Villanova team was the most undisciplined and least mentally tough squad in the Jay Wright era. And they should be ashamed of themselves. They learned nothing all season long, and they got what they deserved. Check that, they got more than they deserved. This team should have been an 11 seed at best, a 14 at worst given how horrendous it was in February and March.

Now Philadelphia's hopes lie in the hands of Temple, and nothing would be sweeter than seeing the Owls upset No. 2 seed San Diego State.

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