Villanova's Blueprint to Win the 2013 NCAA Tournament

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

Villanova's Blueprint to Win the 2013 NCAA Tournament

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    The Villanova Wildcats have been one of the biggest overachievers in college basketball this season and what way to cap off a season like this than with a national championship. 

    After finishing 20-13 overall and 10-8 in the Big East, the Wildcats were handed a No. 9 seed in the South Region, and they will face No. 8 North Carolina in Kansas City on Friday in the second round. 

    Here is the complete blueprint for the Wildcats to shock the world and win the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. 

Ryan Arcidiacono Must Get Hot

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    Freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono has been one of Villanova's most unpredictable players all season. 

    Overall this season, Arcidiacono has averaged 12 points per game and has shot 33.5 percent from beyond the arc, a number that is tainted because of the excess of three-pointers that Arcidiacono took at the beginning of the season. 

    Before scoring just three points in the Big East tournament quarterfinals against Louisville, Arcidiacono scored in double figures for seven consecutive games. 

    If Arcidiacono gets hot, he can carry the Wildcats to NCAA tournament glory. 

The Wildcats Have Played Strong Against Ranked Opposition

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    Despite having plenty of bad losses this season, the Wildcats have shown up in games against ranked opposition 

    In Big East play, Villanova defeated Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette and Georgetown, who were ranked at the time of the victory. 

    If the Wildcats are drawn against a strong opponent that is ranked in the AP Top 25, they will be able to bank on their experience in the Big East to find a way to take down their opponent. 

    With a potential matchup against Kansas in the round of 32, the Wildcats should not have much fear of the Jayhawks if they advance past North Carolina. 

Guard-Heavy Matchup Against UNC Benefits Wildcats

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    There is not a team that mirrors Villanova more than North Carolina. 

    Both teams have young rosters that struggled early in the season and came into their own when conference play started. 

    Both teams play guard-heavy lineups and depend on their guards to provide a majority of their points.

    Another similarity between the Tar Heels and Wildcats is that they have just one star in the paint. 

    With a team similar to them in style, the Wildcats could easily take down the Tar Heels if they shoot well from the perimeter and feed the ball to Mouphtaou Yarou in the paint, who has a size advantage on James Michael McAdoo. 

Kansas Is Beatable

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    If there is anything we have learned from this season in college basketball, it is that anything is possible.

    The Kansas Jayhawks, who sit on top of the South Region, showed during the middle of the Big 12 season that if they can not shoot well, they are very beatable.

    During that stretch, Kansas lost to TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, and based on the past NCAA tournament history of the Jayhawks, they are susceptible to an early exit.

    If Villanova plays a complete game and has everything working for it, the Wildcats could easily find themselves making a trip to the Sweet 16.

The Top Half of the South Region Is Prime for Upsets

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    A factor that plays into the hands of Villanova is that the top half of the South Region bracket is set up perfectly for upsets.

    Both No. 4 Michigan and No, 5 VCU will be favorites to be upset by No. 13 South Dakota State and No. 12 Akron respectively. 

    If one of those lower seeds reaches the Sweet 16 to play Villanova, the Wildcats will have a great chance to solidify a spot in the Elite Eight. 

    There are flaws in all four of those aforementioned teams, and if the Wildcats get hot from beyond the arc, they can defeat any of those teams. 

After the Sweet 16, Anything Can Happen

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    Once the NCAA tournament reaches the Sweet 16, any team can win any game, especially a Cinderella team like Villanova. 

    As we have learned from previous seasons where teams like Butler, VCU and George Mason made the Final Four, a lower seed can reach the that round of the tournament. 

    Villanova has played like a streaky team all season, and if its confidence is high after beating North Carolina and Kansas in the first two games, the Wildcats can go as far their talent takes them. 

Jay Wright Is the Right Coach to Guide This Group to Success

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    Jay Wright has worked wonders with his Villanova team this season and a possible miracle run to the Final Four could be on deck for the Wildcats. 

    Wright has advanced far into the NCAA tournament with much more talented teams in the past.

    With a bracket that gives Villanova plenty of good matchups, Wright could coach his team to a spot in Atlanta and possibly even win the national championship. 

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