Team preview: Villanova Wildcats
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2012-13 season, exclusively on Insider
Updated: October 17, 2012, 3:17 PM ETBlue Ribbon Yearbook
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(Information in this team report is as of Oct. 1.)
COACH AND PROGRAMJay Wright had warned everyone early. After directing Villanova to 20 or more victories and NCAA tournament berths in each of the previous seven seasons as head coach, he served notice at the start of last season that the Wildcats were going through a rebuilding phase with no seniors, only one reliable offensive player and a class of talented but untested freshmen. However, few in Nova Nation were actually prepared for the product they saw on the court. The Wildcats couldn't shoot consistently. Their defense was horrendous. They blew big leads and lost tight games. Wright tried a bigger lineup but it was mostly ineffective. The final result was a school record-tying 19 defeats and the second-worst Big East record in their 32-year history in the conference. The defensive numbers were particularly eye-opening, especially in Big East games where the Wildcats gave up nearly 76 points per game, ranking next to last. Overall, the team went 2-15 when allowing 72 or more points. A staggering total of 19 opposing guards put up 20 or more points on 'Nova, with West Virginia's Darryl Bryant, Temple's Ramone Moore and Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb each topping 30.
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