Villanova Basketball: Report Card for Wildcats' 2013-14 Season
It has been quite a season on the Main Line for Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats, but they are not done making waves on the national scene just yet.
Before we can look ahead to what should be a thrilling postseason run for Villanova, it is time to look back at the regular season.
The Wildcats went 28-3 in the regular season, including a 16-2 conference record, on their way to the Big East title.
Continue reading for a look at the report card for Villanova's regular-season play.
The Wildcats put together a strong offensive season that saw them finish 18th in the nation in assists per game (15.8) and 28th in points per game (79).
Villanova scored over 60 points in all but one of its 31 games in the regular season and recorded over 80 points on 14 different occasions.
Four players also finished above 10 points per game with James Bell earning the highest total at 14.9.
In 12 regular-season games, Villanova held its opponents under 60 points, including the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal victory over then-No. 2 Kansas.
The Wildcats also sit 70th in the nation in rebounding with 37.1 boards per game.
Daniel Ochefu was one of the main reasons why the defense played so well, as he recorded six rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his first year as the starting center.
Play in Close Games: A
In four games during the 2013-14 season, Villanova went to overtime.
In all four of those contests, the Wildcats came out victorious.
Three of the games that went past 40 minutes came after losses, and in each of the games against Butler, Marquette and Providence, Villanova pulled out a difficult victory.
The most important close game of the season for the Wildcats may have been one that didn't see overtime, as the win over Kansas came in dramatic fashion thanks to Ryan Arcidiacono's game-winning shot.
Play Against Creighton and Syracuse: D+
The Wildcats suffered three ugly losses at the hands of Syracuse and Creighton this season.
The first loss on December 28 versus their old Big East foe showed just how effective Jim Boeheim's zone can be when employed against a guard-heavy team.
Villanova did not lose again until January 20, a day that all fans of the program would love to erase from their minds.
Creighton's Ethan Wragge dominated Villanova from beyond the arc as the Bluejays lit up the Wells Fargo Center scoreboard for 96 points.
The Bluejays also put up 101 on the Villanova defense less than a month later in Omaha, Neb.
It goes without saying the Wildcats will be hoping not to see either team in March.
Overall Performance: A
Villanova exceeded its expectations by leaps and bounds during the regular season, and it could be a major player over the next few weeks.
Projected to be in the middle of the pack of the Big East, the Wildcats started off hot and never slowed down despite facing a few bumps in the road.
The scary thing about this team is most of the players, except for Bell, will be back for another season.
Some of the key players like Arcidiacono and Ochefu will be around for two more years, which is something that should excite Villanova fans everywhere.
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