Villanova seeks another Final Four and more
This season marks the 25th anniversary of the “Perfect Upset” and the program’s only national championship. Stop by the Pavilion or take a peek at who has the prime seats for NCAA tournaments games, and it seems those Wildcats are still as much a part of the program as Reynolds and Wright.
This year’s team wants to give that 1985 squad some championship company.
“This team has a chance,” Reynolds said.
The Wildcats already have raised a banner to the rafters celebrating last season’s Final Four berth.
“There’s a real sense of pride here, there really is,” Wright said. “We’ve always had it. It’s kind of on another level right now. There’s also more responsibility that goes with that. We have to maintain that tradition (that previous classes) set. That’s where the pressure comes for us, not from the outside.”
If any coach can deflect pressure off his team, it’s the always collected Wright. He enters his ninth season at
Each day at practice, Wright finds the freshman trying to outdo each other.
“They make you say, ‘Wow,”‘ Wright said. “Then a different one each day really looks like a freshman. That’s freshmen, but I’m sure glad we have them.”
Wright’s also sure glad he has Reynolds.
The Wildcats’ 6-2 point guard returns as a
He’s out this year to be the steady senior leader
“He’s trusting that a year of just getting better, getting smarter, making better decisions, being a leader is going to make him an NBA player,” Wright said.
Reynolds already has his spot in
He’s tried to downplay the clutch basket, even as others won’t let him.
“Everyone’s still on a high from the Final Four around here,” Wright said.
That postseason trip to
The flirtation was brief, and Wright is back on the Main Line.
“I knew I didn’t want to leave here, but it was the 76ers. It was my hometown team,” Wright said. “I don’t want any other job. I love this job, but that one made me stop and think. I thought about it and I thought I just loved this job. I didn’t want to leave this.”
He had to deal with one headache when guard
The learning curve is a short one when every team is coming after the conference favorites. Nothing can be assumed, Wright says.
“I never think we should win the