Sunday, February 17, 2013

Jay Wright's Finest Performance


During the 2012 offseason, people claiming to be Villanova fans were popping up all over the place and referring to Jay Wright as if he was a dead man walking. 26 games into the 2012-2013 season, it's looking like he will be on the short list for Big East coach of the year honors. In many ways, this season has been a vindication of the abilities of Jay as a coach, even though there are still people who doubt his fitness to coach. This is a man who has made us so spoiled that the first time he misses the NCAA tournament in seven years leads people to begin calling for his head.

So what changed this offseason? In short part, nothing. Villanova got better at defense, and their luck regressed to the mean this offseason. That's really about it. If this team could play better offense, (they're improving,) they would probably be even better at defense.

The true measure of a coach's performance is how much a team improves over the course of a season, and there is no question as to the improvement of the 2012-2013 Villanova Wildcats. I think we know what man deserves the lion's share of the credit for turning Villanova from a 13 win team last season, to one that is only a few wins away from making the NCAA Tournament.

Beat Rutgers.

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