The Villanova Wildcats are off to a wildly disappointing start to their season. At 6-5, this is the worst start to a season in over a decade.
To make matters worse, they’ve lost convincingly to rivals Temple and St. Joseph’s. The team has been maddening and at times it’s hard to figure out what the plan is at either end of the court.
On offense they shoot about twice as many three-pointers as they should. As a unit they are putting up 22.2 three-point attempts per game. They are only making 30.7 percent of those attempts.
Conversely, they are shooting 78 percent from the free-throw line. Instead of shooting 25-foot jumpers they should be attacking the basket and getting to the line.
Defensively they are stacked with long, quick athletes who can defend on the ball, but they have no idea how to execute simple team-defense concepts.
Here is a rundown of this year’s performances to date.