Villanova Wildcats labeled sleeper team going down final stretch in NCAA basketball

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Villanova University basketball team has a tradition of being a guard-oriented team that relies on hitting its outside shots.
This year’s Wildcat team can beat teams in a variety of ways.
The first of which is the ability to knock down outside shots.
Prior to the DePaul game on Feb 12, Villanova as a team was shooting 35 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Villanova relies on a plethora of guys to knock down threes and other timely shots.
Four players are shooting better than 35 percent from three.
Earlier in the season at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, Villanova upset then No. 2 team in the country, the Kansas Jayhawks.
In that game, sophomore point guard Ryan Arcidiacono was 0 for 5 shooting and looking awful.
Villanova was down one with 10.1 seconds to play, and Arcidiacono hit a three-pointer to put Villanova ahead for good.
Then the next night against No. 20 Iowa, James Bell hit a late shot to force overtime and another big shot in the extra period to help propel the Wildcats to back-to-back wins over a top 25 team.
The point being, there is no one star on this team.
There are no NBA caliber players.
Villanova does it all on teamwork and guts. Secondly, Villanova can beat teams on the inside.
The 6-foot 11-inch sophomore Daniel Ochefu has really emerged and developed this year for Head Coach Jay Wright.
Ochefu’s numbers at six points per game six rebounds per game and one and a half blocks per game don’t jump off the page and nor should they on this team orientated squad.
Ochefu, teamed up down low with junior JayVaughn Pinkston as a threat on the outside and a load down low, brings a versatile front court that not many teams in the nation can boast.
And the last way that Villanova has proven it can beat teams: defensively.
They have made tremendous growth on the defensive end.
Even though Villanova team defensive ranks are ground breaking, it’s the timeliness.
Big players make big players, and Villanova will be a force to reckon with come tournament time.
No team will want to see  the Villanova Wildcats in their bracket.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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