PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In time, the Villanova seniors will get an opportunity to look again at a exceptional 4-yr run. That point hasn’t arrived simply but.
The Wildcats are nonetheless recovering from their loss to Wisconsin on Saturday within the NCAA Event. It was a sudden ending to a different spectacular season, however one which the Cats have been hoping would final lengthy past Saturday. Even after profitable the nationwide championship final season, Coach Jay Wright admitted the sting from Saturday’s defeat nonetheless lingers.
“It’s nonetheless onerous,” stated Wright. “It simply hurts. It’s a part of being a competitor. You get the very best highs and the bottom lows. When it comes to if you’re together with your gamers, it nonetheless stings. It in all probability will till the event is over.”
Wright admitted he didn’t watch any video games on Sunday after his group was eradicated. His focus over the previous few days has been on getting his gamers to understand all they’ve completed this season regardless of the loss on Saturday. For the seniors, it’s a probability to look again at 4 exceptional years at Villanova. Josh Hart has been making an attempt to place the finality of the season in its correct perspective.
“We battled our entire careers right here,” Hart stated. “We gave all the things we might to this program. We’ve had some profitable years, so every time we give it some thought, we take into consideration these years. That basically helps us out quite a bit. Clearly, it’s troublesome to simply accept it, however I feel we’re getting there.”
Getting there gained’t be straightforward for Villanova. Many anticipated the Wildcats to make a run at a second straight nationwide title. Villanova completed 32-four and captured the Massive East title, however Wright understands a lot of the surface world judges groups on their efficiency within the NCAA Event.
“They hear the criticism on the surface,” stated Wright. “All of us perceive that comes with our place in school basketball proper now. We now have to simply accept that, however we have been very clear with them with what they completed this season in the common season and the Massive East Event. They need to be proud.”
Wright stated he’s already looking forward to subsequent season. He’ll spend time within the low season tinkering together with his potential 2017-18 lineup and can possible additionally cope with the annual rumors about job provides from elsewhere. Whereas Wright is all the time flattered by rumors of provides from the likes of the NBA, he’s very happy to stay on the Principal Line.
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