Villanova remains the only unbeaten team in the Big East, and the Wildcats have shown they can win games of any variety.
Jay Wright’s team grinded out a tough 55-50 win at Georgetown on Saturday, holding the Hoyas to 32 percent shooting and forcing 13 turnovers on only 60 possessions. Guard Josh Hart — strangely snubbed earlier this week on the Wooden Midseason Watch List — was terrific, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Ryan Arcidiacono also added a solid 15 himself, taking whatever the stout Hoya defense would give him.
At this point, it’s pretty hard not to be enthused about where Villanova is as a team. The Wildcats have won eight straight since dropping a pair of games to Oklahoma and Virginia in road and neutral settings. In that time, they’ve beaten five top-70 teams and picked up three of those on the road.
Beyond simply wins and losses though, it’s worth noting that Villanova has done this in just about every way imaginable.
Against Creighton, they had to out-gun a strong offensive team on the road. Against Butler and Georgetown, they needed to rely on their defensive prowess, as they’re currently ranked No. 3 in the country according to KenPom. In the win over Seton Hall, it was somewhere in the middle. That kind of versatility in play style is what makes them such a dangerous team. The ability to beat teams a variety of ways is how you can make an NCAA Tournament run, something Villanova fans crave after their regular season success the last two seasons.
The Wildcats are one of the top teams in college hoops at this point, even with the losses on their record to Oklahoma and Virginia in the non-conference. Count them out based on their recent tournament past at your own peril.