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Villanova Basketball: What Went Wrong vs. Syracuse?

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Villanova Basketball: What Went Wrong vs. Syracuse?
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Syracuse had their way most of the night.

In the end, Villanova wasn't able to turn its season with a galvanizing victory over an undefeated, top-ranked team.

There were moments of toughness and of courage.  Moments of youth and inexperience.  Not enough of the former and too many of the latter.

Either way, Villanova basketball shows glimpses of its former self.  Sticky defense.  Scrappy rebounding.  Fighting for loose balls and attacking the basket.

The Wildcats lost 79-66, a margin that seemed somehow closer than it was, but wider than it seemed.

There were five keys to Villanova making it a game, so let's see how they panned out.

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