March Madness 2011 Predictions: Corey Fisher Trying to Erase Recent History
March Madness 2011 Predictions Can Go Either Way For Corey Fisher And Villanova
Jay Wright has been very fortunate to lure some phenomenal guards to the Main Line during his time at Villanova. From the quartet that included Kyle Lowry and Randy Foye to Scottie Reynolds and now the duo of Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher.
But as the Wildcats have struggled down the stretch for the second consecutive season, the fan base is looking at Fisher to be who he was recruited to be: The man for the Wildcats.
And for the last few weeks, that hasn't happened. The blame shouldn't fall on him, as he's been publicly battling injuries that have kept him less than 100 percent for the last few months. The fact that he's tried to play is commendable, to say the least.
But whether it's fair or not, something Mike Kern of the Philadelphia Daily News pointed out in a piece today, Fisher is the face of these Wildcats.
"But the 6-1 Bronx native has had his moments both ways," Kern wrote of Fisher. "And he's viewed as the face of the program, the role that Scottie Reynolds filled for so long. It's not without its burdens."
And just like the Wildcats struggled down the stretch into a Second Round loss last season, they've backed into the Tournament again this season. Under Wright, Villanova has played very well as the underdog and when the experts have counted them out. But if the Wildcats want to be part of the National Championship conversation again, Fisher's going to have to be that player.
If he can't, the questions will just keep coming about Fisher, however fair or not it might be. But if he wants to be that player who can held in the same regard Reynolds and some of those other guards were, he'll have to be able to do that.
For more March Madness, head to Bleacher Report's March Madness page, where you can find a printable bracket and a guest column by Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill.
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