Game Plan: Villanova

Villanova's combo of great guard play and toughness could pose problems for UNC

Originally Published: April 2, 2009
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.

The Villanova Wildcats are the toughest team in the Final Four. They are on a scary roll, saving their best basketball for the NCAA tournament. The way they destroyed UCLA and Duke and found a way to beat Pittsburgh -- one of the most physical teams in the country -- is mind-boggling. So while North Carolina is everyone's pick to beat Nova, the 'Cats may be a team of destiny. It helps that they are versatile, talented and play with no distractions, but just one purpose: to win.

John Carroll

Scouts, Basketball Recruiting
John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.