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14 March 2007


Best and worst cases for 'Nova

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/14/2007 05:07:00 PM
ESPN's Pat Forde is by far my favorite college hoops scribe, so it's only appropriate today to highlight what he has to say about Villanova in his 64-team wildest dreams and worst nightmare guide.

According to Forde, here is the best-case scenario for Nova:

Curtis Sumpter and Scottie Reynolds carry the Wildcats to an unlikely second consecutive regional final, upsetting Kentucky, Kansas and Southern Illinois along the way. Jay Wright outdresses every coach in his path, smiles graciously at all times, and between games helps old ladies across the street outside the arena. Back home in Philly, Phil Martelli remains bald.

Hey, I'd take an Elite Eight. It's also good to see Jay Wright finally getting some attention for his meticulously selected wardrobe.

The worst nightmare:

Wright loses a button on his pinstripe sport coat, gets several hairs out of place and earns a technical as his Wildcats shoot 29 percent and melt down against Kentucky. Reynolds scores 30 in a losing effort and proceeds directly to the pros.

Joking aside, poor shooting is always a legitimate concern for this streaky Villanova team. Reynolds turning pro after a fantastic NCAA showing is another real threat. Let me be the first to say it: Stay, Scottie, stay. Great things are coming next year.

Those two issues are where the concerns end, though. There is no way on Earth that Jay Wright loses a button or messes up his hair.

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