Villanova Could Win It All: The Wildcats' Chances of an NCAA Tournament Victory

Tim CuthbertContributor IApril 2, 2009

DETROIT - MARCH 28:  Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats talks with Scottie Reynolds against the Kansas Jayhawks during the Midwest Regional Semifinal of the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Ford Field on March 28, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Many people thought that Villanova was a team that wasn't going to do anything in the NCAA 2009 Basketball Tournament.

Well, you thought wrong.

During the season, I scouted teams on my own. I watched the Villanova Wildcats play the Temple Owls because of Dionte Christmas. I wanted to see how they could handle him, one of the best offensive of players in the league. As it turned out, they held Christmas to 13 points that game.

That's when I realized Villanova has one of the best defenses in the league. They have a very good full court trap when it comes to clutch situations. Villanova has key go-to players on the team (Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds) that can attack the basket well and are good outside jumpers.

I think the key to beat North Carolina is to frustrate Tyler Hansbrough, lock down Ty Lawson, and attack the latter on offense, because he cannot play good defense. If Villanova can do this, there's no reason to think they won't beat either UConn or MSU and win the tournament on Monday.

Villanova takes their time with ball, they take smart shoots, and they run plays to establish higher-percentage shots under the hoop or outside. Their coach doesn't choke in stressful situations, which helps the players keep their composure. The Wildcats have four players that average double digits on offense, which I'm sure makes UNC a little scared.

So if North Carolina double teams the two best players, two other go-to players will still be open. North Carolina is a very good basketball team, but Villanova has the tools to win the game and take the advantage in field goals made, free throw shooting, coaching, and general outsmarting.