Championship Recap: Villanova Beats UNC

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The 2016 NCAA championship game will forever be remembered for Kris Jenkins’ buzzer beater. Probably the next biggest storyline was the breakout performance from Phil Booth down the stretch. The sophomore guard hit some extremely difficult shots late in the game to maintain a lead for the Wildcats.   However, before the heroics of Booth… Read more »

Oklahoma-Villanova Final Four Preview

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In Saturday’s first Final Four game, Villanova and Oklahoma will play in a rematch of December’s game played in Hawaii. The Sooners won that first meeting 78-55, handing Villanova their first loss of the season. The story of the game was three-point shooting. Oklahoma finished 14 for 26 (54%) from three while Villanova finished just… Read more »

2016 NCAA Final Four Values

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The last three years I have looked at the concept of finding value in your NCAA bracket. The idea is to not only pick the teams with the best chance of winning, but also the teams being undervalued in your pool. You can find the 2013 version here, the 2014 version here, and the 2015 version… Read more »

2015 NCAA Final Four Values

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The last two years I have looked at the concept of finding value in your NCAA bracket. The idea is to not only pick the teams with the best chance of winning, but also the teams being undervalued in your pool. You can find the 2013 version here and the 2014 version here.   The… Read more »

Villanova’s (Not So?) Balanced Offense

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Villanova is comfortably a top 10 team in the country for the second season in a row. The Wildcats are 53-7 since the start of last season despite their supposed lack of a superstar. Watch any game the team has played in this season and you are sure to hear the announcers raving about the… Read more »

Villanova’s Aggressive Defense

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Villanova enters tonight’s big test against VCU having under-performed to start the season. The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season, but have struggled in both of their games against Patriot League opponents (Bucknell and Lehigh). A look at Villanova’s points per possession to start the season would probably lead one to believe the offense has… Read more »

2014 NCAA Final Four Values

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Last year, I wrote about the idea of finding value in your NCAA bracket. The larger your tournament pool, the more important “value” becomes. That means not only picking who has the best chance of winning, but also considering who everyone else is going to pick. You can get three Final Four teams right, but… Read more »

Early Season Outliers

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It’s probably not a good idea to judge any team based on 40 minutes of basketball. We all know that Duke won’t shoot 76% from two and 62% from three this season. It can be tough to decide if a team is really better/worse than previously thought or if we are simply watching an outlier. To… Read more »

End of Game Execution

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Over the weekend, I tweeted about late game execution in the NBA versus the NCAA. It seemed like this weekend especially, coaches were unable to help their teams execute down the stretch to win close games. We saw this in the Michigan-Michigan State game, but also in many games across the country. The two I picked… Read more »

Villanova’s One Dimensional Offense

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After missing the NCAA Tournament in 2012 for the first time in seven years, Jay Wright’s Villanova squad was looking for a bounce back year. However, the team has struggled to a 3-3 start against D1 opponents. Off the court, the Big East has continued to decline and Villanova has largely remained silent about the… Read more »