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29 March 2009


FINAL FOUR
'NOVA EDGES PITT IN CLASSIC

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/29/2009 03:25:00 AM

Villanova 78
Pittsburgh 76
(box score)


[See end of post for video highlights.]

Villanova defeated the top-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers tonight in Boston to earn a trip to the Final Four after one of the greatest, most epic, and most nerveracking games in Wildcat history.

It was fitting that a game featuring a ridiculous 10 ties, 15 lead changes, and 66 AP photos would come down to two last-second shots -- one rimming in, and one bouncing just high off the backboard after time expired.

Facing a tied score and a possible overtime with the Wildcats in severe foul trouble, Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds dribbled nearly the length of the floor to put in the winning floater with half a second left. The play will no doubt go down in Villanova and NCAA tournament history as one of the greatest winning baskets ever.

Reynolds's brilliant shot put the Wildcats ahead, 78-76, which was the final score after Levance Fields's desperation heave from 65+ feet bounced just errant off the backboard, way, way too close for comfort.

Although the entire game was an instant classic, the last few minutes were especially amazing. With a little over three minutes to go, Villanova trailed by four points, and Pittsburgh had the ball. Chances of a comeback seemed slim.

Dwayne Anderson, though, had different ideas, as he stole the ball and put in a crucial and-one layup -- and hit the foul shot. That play itself should be considered one of the most clutch sequences in Villanova history.

Then, up by two points with 13 seconds left in the game, Villanova called timeout before attempting to inbound the ball on its own baseline. Instead of simply inbounding the ball safely and shooting free throws to put the game out of reach (Villanova had made an astounding 22 of 23 fouls shots), Villanova and Reggie Redding executed one of the most boneheaded plays in NCAA tournament history.

Redding attempted to hit Dante Cunningham for the "home-run" play, throwing the ball almost 90 feet and nearly out of bounds. Not only did the play turn the ball over, it did not run much time off the clock.

I don't know if that was the play drawn up by Jay Wright in the timeout, but it seems likely it was, given Cunningham's home-run trajectory -- and Redding's eagerness to roll the dice. You cannot fault Jay Wright too much, however, as it was a good coaching job to even have the team in position at the end to potentially put the game away.

The inbounds play, in my mind, ranked right up there with Chris Webber calling timeout with none remaining in the 1993 championship game. Had Villanova lost this game, it would have been in the parthenon of all-time NCAA tournament errors. Thankfully, that did not happen.

Villanova proceeded to foul Levance Fields on the ensuing Pitt possession with just over five seconds remaining, which was nearly as bad a decision as Redding's inbounds throw.

After Fields calmly sank two free throws, the prospect of overtime looked grim for the 'Cats, who were beset by front-court foul trouble.

But then Scottie Reynolds made a play that will be included in NCAA tournament highlight reels for decades to come, and the rest is history.

Villanova advances to its first Final Four since the 1985 NCAA championship.

All in all, Villanova's last-second win over Pitt concluded one of the greatest basketball games in recent memory. I would argue that it topped this year's six-overtime thriller between Syracuse and Connecticut in the Big East tournament, simply because the game meant so much more and ended much more closely.

Personally, I have never rooted so hard for a sporting event in my life. It will be difficult to ever top this game for young Villanova fans -- but the Wildcats have the chance to do just that next weekend.

Right now, though, the win stands for me and many other young Villanova alumni as the greatest basketball game ever seen. The game, of course, triggered racous celebration on Villanova's campus (video).

Congratulations to reader "JohnnyB1" for most closely predicting the final score.

Villanova awaits the winner of Sunday's North Carolina-Oklahoma regional semifinal. I like the Oklahoma match-up much better for the Wildcats, so I'll be a Sooner fan tomorrow.

"READ MORE" below for player performance grades and analysis, followed by the embedded video highlights and links to other recaps.




  • Reggie Redding (S, 36 min)

    Redding's solid 36 minutes risked being overshadowed by his foolish inbounds with 13 seconds left. Luckily, Villanova won the game, so Redding's effort can be properly appreciated. Redding shot 2-6 from the field to score 5 points. He was the only Wildcat to miss a free throw, shooting 1-2 in the game's closing minute. He co-led the team in rebounds with 6. Redding added 4 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals, and a team-high 3 blocks. His overall defense was excellent. Redding is the heart and soul of a surging Final Four team. No top grade, because of the end-game sequence and small offensive impact, but Redding's tenacious defense earns him an above-average rating.
    Grade: B-




  • Scottie Reynolds (S, 33 min)

    Reynolds hit the game-winning shot in one the great finishes of NCAA tournament history. As Jay Wright said after the game, they will be replaying that basket when Reynolds is 40 years old. Reynolds's clutch play is even more amazing when viewed through the lens of his mediocre shooting night. Scottie shot 4-11 overall, and 0-3 from the three, and the team still won. Reynolds definitely seems bothered by his sore right wrist. Hopefully the full week's rest between now and the national semifinal will allow the wrist issue to fade away. Reynolds was perfect tonight from the foul line, a cool 7-7. He did not handle the ball very well, committing 4 turnovers, but of course he handled it well when it counted. Even though he shot 4-11 with 4 turnovers, no steals, and 1 assist, how can I not give Reynolds an excellent grade after one of the biggest shots in NCAA tournament history?
    Grade: A-



  • Dante Cunningham (S, 30 min)

    Cunningham picked up two fouls with over 8 minutes remaining in the first half. I emphatically diagree with the decision to sit him the rest of the half -- this was for a Final Four, after all, and you have to trust your senior not to commit an additional foul before halftime. As such, Villanova's arguably most important player was limited to just 30 minutes. Cunningham was not able to stop Blair, who scored 20 on 9-9 shooting, but he did manage to score 14 points of his own on decent 6-11 shooting. Cunningham pulled in a lower-than-usual 5 rebounds, and added 2 assists, 2 turnovers, and 1 steal. Whether Villanova next faces UNC and Tyler Hansborough or OU and Blake Griffin, Cunningham's next assignment will be the toughest and most important one of his career.
    Grade: B-



  • Dwayne Anderson (S, 28 min)

    Despite how good Dante Cunningham has been the last three years, Dwayne Anderson is the senior I will miss the most next year. His play in the NCAA tournament run has been astounding. Tonight he was easily the player of the game, and he made play after play to keep Villanova competitive. As mentioned, what's lost in Reynold's game-winner was how crucial a play Anderson's steal and three-point play was. Anderson shot a good 5-10 tonight, inlcuding 2-6 from the three and a very nice 5-5 from the foul line. He grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds. He also led the team in steals, with 4 of the 6 Wildcat picks overall. It was an amazing performance, and Villanova will miss Anderson's hustle, athleticism, decision-making, and resourcefullness next season.
    Grade: A



  • Shane Clark (S, 26 min)

    I've got to hand it to Clark. He has been much-criticized in this space in his career, but he saved us tonight. Clark scored in the first half when no one else seemed able. He shot a good 4-7 overall, including an amazing 3-4 from the three. He notched 4 rebounds and committed just 1 turnover. Excellent hustle play from Clark, whose late-season emergence has been one of the bigger reasons for Villanova's improvement.
    Grade: B+

  • Corey Stokes (23 min)

    As predicted in the Duke recap, Stokes improved his shooting considerably against Pitt in the second game in the arena. Here is hoping that he will have the chance to play two games in Detroit's Ford Field stadium. Tonight, Stokes shot an excellent 3-4, including 1-2 from the three. He showed he could put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. Stokes added 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, and 1 block. I still think Wright subs Stokes in and out too frequently for him to develop an optimal rhythm. Stokes, though, will need to be a reliable scorer in the next game if Villanova hopes to advance to the national championship.
    Grade: B

  • Corey Fisher 18 min)

    Fisher only received 18 minutes tonight, but they were 18 huge minutes, and he was on the floor when it counted at the end. Earlier in the game, Fisher initiated one of the most entertaining plays I have ever seen. He dove to the floor for a loose ball and tipped it behind his body to a trailing Reggie Redding, who proceeded to make a fantastic pass to Reynolds in the corner. Reynolds pump-faked, getting his defender airborne, before driving baseline to make a very nice reverse layup. Without Fisher's extraordinary hustle, Villanova would not have had those two points. Fisher shot poorly again tonight, just 1-7. But where he really shined was on the foul line, where he was a perfect 7-7, including a pair of ultra-clutch late-game trips. He added 4 big rebounds for a 6-foot guard, and handled the ball reasonably well, dishing for 2 assists while committing 2 turnovers.
    Grade: B+

  • Antonio Pena (6 min)

    Pena contributed 6 decent minutes, and while he did not have any impact on the box score, he absorbed two personal fouls that would have disqualified any of Villanova's other frontcourt players.
    Grade: C

  • Incomplete grades: None.


  • Did not play: Frank Tchuisi (CD), Jason Colenda (CD), Maurice Sutton (RS), Russell Wooten (CD).


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Other recaps:

I am sure VBTN, VUhoops, and IBBW will have their recaps up soon, as well.




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46 Comments:

At 3:23 AM, March 29, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

The greatest game I have ever seen, period. The most nerveracking sporting event I have ever witnessed.

We are going to the FINAL FOUR!

What did you all think?

 
At 8:00 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is that Villanova coach? Dam he is good!!!!

Final four baby!!!!!

 
At 9:44 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even after that game, you find a way to criticize Wright. I dodn't care if it was relatively mild criticism, it still still displays a deeply disturbed mind. You are truly pathetic. Loser.

 
At 9:55 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous I love Pete said...

Pete, honest question.

Did you watch the post game interview with Wright and the players? It was CLEAR that Wright did not draw up that play. He said he doesn't like to criticize players because no matter what he draws up, it is very difficult to execute in the moment and he will always praise them for making a decision even if it ends up being the wrong one.

In time, he said, he will discuss it with Reggie. But right now he will not get on him for making what he thought was a good decision.

Scottie even went into a VERY technical description of how the winning inbounds play was drawn up, which prompted Jay to interrupt him. It drew a laugh from everyone in the press room. Scottie basically drew up the whole play for all to hear.

We are all entitled to our opinion as you love to state, but when your opinion is not backed by tangible reasons it loses credibility in the eyes of others. I really don't know how you can claim that Jay is not an X and O coach. How do you know? How do you know? What are you comparing him too?

 
At 9:58 AM, March 29, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Thanks, #3. I suppose you were A-OK with that inbounds play?

Also, if you read this 1700-word post gushing about Nova making the Final Four, and the main impression you take away is that I was criticizing Jay Wright, then you are the one with the "deeply distubed mind."

You're the one who came in reading the post just looking for anything I might say that you could possibly construe as negative so you could come into the comments and bash me.

So, be honest, when you saw that inbounds play, you didn't curse or feel bad?

If you said no, you're either a liar or not a Villanova fan.

100.0000000 percent of Villanova fans did not like that inbounds play.

 
At 10:01 AM, March 29, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

#4,

I did not hear that part of the press conference, but I will say that coming out of a timeout, that either the inbounds play was drawn up by the coach, or he didn't emphasize clearly enough how important it was to just inbound the ball safely and not risk a turnover. So either way, room for some improvement there by both player and coach.

Again, 2 of the 3 comments here not written by me focus on the one sentence out of 1700 words that is slightly negative toward Jay -- without even mentioning the next sentence where I say he did a good coaching job.

 
At 10:32 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous IMKL said...

WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LET'S NOT EVEN DISCUSS THE HOME RUN PASS IN-BOUNDS PLAY. IT WAS WAY TOO RISKY A PLAY, THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT IT IS IT CREATED AN ABSOLUTE CLASSIC GAME.

WE DID ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT! FINAL FOUR BABY!

 
At 10:41 AM, March 29, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

That is exactly how I feel, IMKL.

Just made the game even crazier.

 
At 10:42 AM, March 29, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

And more of a classic.

 
At 10:52 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still think half the big east heads and Lapas are better coaches than Jay?

 
At 11:06 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Casiem, Malcolm and Bilal,

Hope you have been enjoying the tournament. How are classes going? Coach Wright said to say hello.

Best,
Dwayne

P.S. Did you see that blog where some dude gave Reggie a B- grade and Fish a B+? Weird, man. Weird.

 
At 11:21 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete: Sadly, I immediately thought of you when Redding launched the ill-conceived homerun pass. I am encouraged by your restraint in criticizing that play, and you surely know that would have been tarred and feathered had you taken a more critical posture in the wake of one of Nova's greatest wins ever.

I am a huge Jay Wright fan, but wondered about that play myself. Nevertheless, perfect imperfection is what made this game a classic. Kids that left everything on the court, played their hearts out in a well coached, well played game that did the Big East and Nova proud. I love this team and its coaches, even if they are not perfect all of the time.

 
At 11:30 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous IMKL said...

Jay Wright gets a bad rap as an X's and O's coach (shockingly more from Nova fans than from fans of other teams(, but yet I just have seen many end game plays win games.

This Pitt game, the late season Cincy game in the 05-06 season, the BC Sweet 16 game in the 05-06 season. Those plays at the end of the game to win it all come to mind. I'm sure there are others as well.

Many visiting non-Nova fan posters on the Rivals board have been applauding Jay Wright as a "phenomenon" with the white board (their words, not mine).

I think the fact that Jay Wright gives them freedom on the offensive end, to a point, creates this perception that he isn't great with the X's and O's. I mean, my only complaint with this man is maybe just a couple of safer in-bound plays. Other than that, I think if we step back and look at the big picture, we may be able to find that Wright is a very good coach at drawing up plays.

 
At 11:40 AM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous IMKL said...

The best part of those AP Photos? The fact that the AP thinks every picture of Frank Tchuisi is Shane Clark.

 
At 12:19 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soph in 85!!

 
At 12:20 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our 4 out offense has been run to perfection in this tournament... go to a board like Marquette's with outsiders who understand basketball and it will provide you with some perspective. The dude that runs this blog thinks you need to be Belien to be considered an X and Os guy and that just is not true.

Also our defensive game plan for the season has been executed just as coach wants it...no easy two, give them the lower percentage shot (the 3). The help, switching, showing and ripping is a joy to watch.

Motor City Baby. Is it really true that this blogger thinks Jay is not one of the better coaches in the Big East? Not a coach in the NCAAs that is a better fit for this program than Jay Wright. 5 straight NCAAs, 2 sweet 16s, an Elite 8 and Final FOUR!! 2 more to go.

 
At 12:21 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That inbounds play sucked. Great that we won. BEAT UNC.

 
At 12:28 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous President jay said...

LOL @ the poster complaining about the B- for Reggie. He made one of the dumbest plays ive ever seen and he missed a key free throw-- should have been lower than B-.

 
At 12:39 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the postgame interview of wright he also says that he told reggie to only pass it to dante if he was wide open and had nobody else to pass to. while i think reggie panicked a little, in the replays dante does create lots of separation at first and is pretty open. so even though it wasnt the ideal play, it wasnt completely terrible. we won anyway. amiwright?

 
At 3:16 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want Buzz Williams!!!!!!

 
At 7:55 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh quickly pete's tone has changed as OUR villanova wildcats have emerged as a final four team. It was only weeks ago that this guy was calling for any other big east coach aside from jay, even requesting the services of steve lappas. pete is and will never be true believer, just a fairweather bandwagon fan...sad sad sad

 
At 8:46 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous anons are idiots said...

ha, bandwagon fans don't maintain blogs. why does a fan have to be a "believer" and not just a realistic follower of the team that hopes they do well? jay wright has made some great moves and some terrible moves this year...why not treat him like some fallible person instead of some god we have to have undying faith in?

 
At 9:16 PM, March 29, 2009, Blogger Coal Region Voice said...

Georgetown for the championship still ranks as number 1, but this a close second. In 1985, we were witnessing a dying relic with the shot clock and three point line coming in. Being a 10-point underdog and winning the national title was something.

This game was a very close second.

 
At 9:35 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Gregg said...

So what are people's thoughts on UNC?

I believe that if we play the same type of defense as we did against Duke, we will have a decent chance. Although they are extremely talented, they have not yet faced a really tough team from the Big East that can lock people up like us, Pitt, UCONN and Louisville.

WE DID IT...BUT WE ARE NOT DONE YET!!!!!!

one a side note, that was rather pathetic that the AP photos did not know who shane clark was.

 
At 9:38 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous IMKL said...

SeanDon...

Looking forward to your video work for this season! Can't wait to relive it.

 
At 10:36 PM, March 29, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

22,

Thank you. I could not have said it better myself.

 
At 10:46 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

apparently Frank and Shane are the same person according to the AP pics...haha some good shots though...especially the one of Frank dancing

 
At 11:14 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody who really thinks Lappas is a better coach than Wright really has no credibility... so whoever is saying that needs to stop pretending to have a fucking clue and must stop posting on here immediately.

Go Cats!!!

 
At 11:59 PM, March 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#28 - It's Pete, the blog host, who thinks that Lappas is a better coach than Wright. And he said so just a few days ago. Yes, he does indeed have no credibility.

22 - you are obviously new to this blog. No one thinks Wright can do no wrong. Rather, Pete bashes Wright every chance he gets, claims to "like" him, but thinks he is a shit coach in every respect, aside from recruiting. He thinks Wright is the worst, or one of the worst, coaches in the big east. And so on; Pete doesn't take anything near a balanced approach. Rergular readers all agree that Pete is a pathetic joke of a human being and we hang out here mainly to mock him.

 
At 12:07 AM, March 30, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

28 and 29,

" It's Pete, the blog host, who thinks that Lappas is a better coach than Wright. "

You clearly need some help with reading comprehension. I said, in response to Pat Forde's joke that Wright might leave and Lappas might come back, that I wouldn't MIND that happening.

"Rergular readers all agree that Pete is a pathetic joke of a human being and we hang out here mainly to mock him."

I am just going to let this bit's ridiculousness stand on its own for maximum effect.

By the way, the best way to mock me is to come to my Web site and hang on my every word. I hate that.

 
At 12:09 AM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete, that is an out and out lie. At least after the last three games you are embarrassed enough about it to feel the need to lie.

 
At 12:23 AM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess Pete's Coach of the Year (Pitno) will be siting home in his BarkoLounger watching the Big East Coach of the Year (Wright) in the Final Four just that o feel a need , acomplusion to identify

Its not that you have discovered that Wright is not perfect. Most sane people know that. It is just that you feel a compulsion to identify his weakneses over his strenghts as often and as ludlt as you can, no matter the result of the particular gane

I knew Lappas reasonably well and I hope you have a VU where he, as you advocate, remains the coach

 
At 12:48 AM, March 30, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

31 and 32 need to learn to read:

Forde: "Worst Case:[...]Rollie Massimino agitates to get his old job back. Even worse, so does Steve Lappas."


Me: "[...]as regular readers of this column surely know, I would not mind having Lappas or Rollie back over Jay Wright!

Learn to farking read before you make ridiculous comments. You're just wasting everyone's time till then.

 
At 12:49 AM, March 30, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Also, 32, can you please point out where in the post I sought to identify Wright's weaknesses over his strength? Was it the part where I said he did a good job in the game?

Moron.

 
At 9:50 AM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete,

Do you think that your readers are as stupid as you are? Apparently so. Do you think that no one would bother to check your archive?

In comments to the relevant post, you said and I quote:

"Well I guess we disagree... I think Lappas was a better coach than Wright." (your ellipses, not mine)

So yes, you are indeed a lying sack of shit. And dumb as a rock. Though I'll give you credit for one thing - most people would be too embarrassed to continue blogging after that (both at content of the quote itself and at being exposed as a liar). But my guess is that you will keep blogging away.

 
At 9:54 AM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for #34, I wasn't talking about your comments regarding this particular game, moron. Even you aren't quite stupid enough to trash Wright too much after that game. I was talking about your overall Wright commentary. Anyone who reads your blog on a regular basis knows that there isn't anything like balance with regard to your lunatic Wright commentary. You mix occasional weak praise with continuous, tiresome criticism.

Seriously Pete, setting aside occasional praise of coaching performances in individual games, what aspect of Wright’s coaching have you ever praised? Recruiting, that’s it. Oh, and some blather about him being a good face to the program. But everything else you trash him on – tactics, preparation, player development and player retention. Everything. Again, you claim he is one of the worst coaches in the Big East. And worse than fucking Lappas for Christ’s sake. \

That’s not balance.

 
At 9:58 AM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the outset let me say that Thursday killing Duke and Saturday beating Pitt for the Final 4 are my 2 happiest days since April 1, 1985. Congrats to Jay, the staff and players. Well done!

However, I want to correct Jay's personal chef......

I have been very defensive of every criticism here of Jay over the last 6 months.....

However, Saturday night was almost the biggest Coaching disaster of all time by Jay. What bothers me most is that for the first time in 8 years, Jay said the wrong thing. Instead of manning up, Jay let Reggie take the sword.

Lets be clear, in the huddle Jay talked about the options. One of the options was Dante "long...only if he is in the wide open." I know this because the players were talking about this option last night before and after their CBS interview at half-time of the Carolina game. Its not to the point of questioning the coach but they are talking about it. In at least one interview, Jay admitted the long pass as being one of the options (if Dante was open) but then on National TV he indicated that "Reggie is the smartest player we have...but we can give him one mistake." That is the wrong answer Jay! The right commment would be for you to take responsibility.

A LONG PASS IN THAT SITUATION IS NO OPTION. THE ONLY TIME YOU NEED A LONG PASS THERE IS TO WIN THE GAME WITH A BASKET. AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE SCOTTIE WAS OPEN CUTTING BACK TO REGGIE. BAD PLAY!

Again, for the first time in 8 years Jay said the wrong thing. He needs to step up.

A 38 year fan --

 
At 11:25 AM, March 30, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

35,

Again you are having trouble.

In the quote you reference, I say I think Lappas is a better coach than Wright. That is correct. However, I never said I wanted Lappas to replace Wright.

How many times can I say this: I want Wright to stay.

37,

Excellent post. Thank you for your realistic viewpoint.

 
At 11:38 AM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete,

It's times like this that I am convinced that this is a parody site, because no one could really be that stupid. But no one claimed that you wanted lappas to replace Wright. This started (in this thread) with #28, who said "Anybody who really thinks Lappas is a better coach than Wright really has no credibility..." I responded (#29) by saying that you, Pete, were the person with that insane opinion. You then, in a post (#30) more embarrassing for you than being caught bare assed naked maturbating in the middle of Grand Central Station, accused ME of having problems wih reading comprehension, and denied ever saying that Lappas was a better coach than Wright. Now, caught dead lying, you admit that you hold the insane opinion that Lappas is a better coach than Wright, but then try to claim that that wasn't the issue in dispute.

I mean, it's bad enough lying in the hope that your readers are too lazy to check your archive, but to lie when all your readers have to do to detect the lie is to scroll up - well, that is truely pathetic.

 
At 12:32 PM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you could argue that Lappas has the worst NCAA tournement coaching record in history. 2-4, of course, is bad enough in isolation, but every one of those games was as a favorite. He lost 4 of 6 games as a favorite in the tournement.

Another way to look at it is that an "average" coach with average luck would have gone 7-4 with the seedings he had. Wright, OTOH, has gone 11-4 and counting despite worse seedings.

Of course, that doesn't even factor in Lappas missing the tournement in 3 of his last 4 years.

 
At 1:30 PM, March 30, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Why the fuck are we talking about Lappas here, anyway?

You people are sick and obsessive. Let me know where in my post about Villanova making the Final Four did I mention Lappas once, then we can talk about him.

 
At 4:41 PM, March 30, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAPPAS

 
At 4:46 PM, March 30, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

haha.

 
At 1:50 PM, March 31, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is post number 32 responding. You are on record as saying you think Lapaps is a better coach then Wright. Years ago the decision was made to go with Wright. I think it is fair reading of your postion that you would have stayed with Lappas

Of all the things that Wrigt has brought to VU he has brought goodwil and a University first attitude. Having known him Lappas was decidedly the other way around

The goodwil and positive publicity that Wright has brought to VU could not be purchased.

So why the focus on Lappas ? Because if you have the choice back then VU would be poorer for your flawwd judgement

 
At 5:20 PM, March 31, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see Pete, the one comment about Wright that you'll never live down is the Lappas comparison. Free piece of advice, sincerely meant: for once, admit error. Admit that on that occassions, at least, you made a mistake. You'll still get ribbed, I bet, but probably not as much, and at least you won't be forced to continually defend a particularly stupid comment.

 
At 10:10 PM, March 31, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is 32, again. Today, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, there were two separate articles on the positve atmosphere Jay has created at VU, in contradistinction, solely based on the chronology of it all, to Lappas as his predecessor, from what existed before Jay arrived

Jay was able to mend fences with the Philadelphia High School and Big Five basketball communities and as featured in a separate article do similarly with the former players at VU including the '71 team

Funny, how it was that the VU coach of Pete's dreasm, Steve Lappas, was not identified as this coach who was about making such goodwill.

Now, as Pete, says about Jay I am sure Pete is a good person who loves his family, his pets, his country and his alma mater but, still, really, are there any objective measures that would support the conclusion that he knows anything about basketball, absent the positive endorsement from his grade school coach that he can X and O with the best ?

 

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