As crazy as it sounds, Villanova entered last week with a chance to turn their whole season around. They had a 10-10 record, 3-5 in the Big East.
They had two ranked teams on their schedule, playing at Louisville and hosting Marquette. Had they won both, they would have put themselves into position to play their way onto the tournament bubble.
Unfortunately, they came up just short in both games, really a microcosm of their entire season. When it came to crunch time, they were just outplayed by two more seasoned teams.
They showcased what have become their staples, scrappy defense and tenacious rebounding, but they also exposed their biggest flaws: a lack of shooting touch and and carelessness with the basketball.
More than anything, they youth was exposed. Maalik Wayns had been playing as well as any guard in the nation, but he sat for significant minutes with foul trouble in each game. There was just no one who could step up and fill the void in his absence.
Here is how each Wildcat's week played out.