Villanova: The Final Four Preview

ctsports picksAnalyst IMarch 31, 2009

BOSTON - MARCH 28:  Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats cuts down the net after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regionals at TD Banknorth Garden on March 28, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Final Four is finally here and I hope everybody is as excited as we are. Sports Handicapper Craig Trapp is busy breaking down each team and hopes everybody enjoyed his first article: UNC Final Four Preview.  Make sure you check back all week as he will be working on the other two teams in the next few days!

Villanova has had everyone tell them all year what they could not do, but they have proven time after time they are worthy of this Final Four berth.

The lesser known of the two Big East Final Four attendees, Villanova, coached by Jay Wright, will be ready for UNC come Saturday! You can bet that everybody will be rooting for the underdog Wildcats and it could feel like a home game by the end of the night.

Oddsmakers have once again not shown much respect for this Villanova team as they have been made a seven-point underdog. But don't feel sorry for Nova as they play best as the underdog and you can bet they will once again play with a chip on their shoulders.

Villanova is getting very little respect, especially for the fourth best team from the Big East and finishing 30-7 overall. Against the spread they have been up and down with a record totaling 19-14, but in the NCAA Tournament they are 3-1 ATS.

Coach Wright has turned over this team to his Junior PG Scottie Reynolds. Reynolds is the coach on the floor and even though he is not the leading scorer he is the one player that makes this team tick. When Reynolds is on his game Nova can and has beat all comers this year.

Villanova has turned up the defensive pressure since the NCAA Tournament started and no team has been able to put up big numbers against their stingy defense.

Offensively this team relies on team basketball, with all five starters averaging over nine points per game. The Cats have realized that individually they are very talented, but as a whole they are very special. Not many teams ever get to the point where all the players are willing to give it their all and play so unselfishly.

Coach Wright has worked his magic and don't be surprised if this team does not have a couple more upsets in them this year. Villanova is the closest thing we have to a Cinderella and the Wildcats hope that the clock does not strike midnight until late Monday!

Get all of Craig's handicapping Final Four Breakdowns here. Over the next few days he will finish breaking down the other teams.