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Insider Intel: Nova marches to own beat

Villanova's deep backcourt can throttle anyone off the bounce

Originally Published: March 21, 2009
By Jordan Brenner | ESPN Insider

Drive and kick. And drive. And kick. And drive and kick.

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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesCorey Fisher and the rest of Villanova's guards attacked UCLA off the dribble at will.

That's the rhythm of Villanova's offense. When the Wildcats maintain that flow, when every drive leads seamlessly into every kickout, when the pattern clicks just right, hardly anyone can muffle the sweet music that results. UCLA couldn't do a thing to disrupt that refrain Saturday afternoon. And if the Wildcats do things their way, whomever they meet in the Sweet 16 -- and maybe beyond -- will be in trouble, too.


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Brenner writes for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Insider. He covers the NBA and college basketball.