Villanova Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Villanova Wildcats

Big East (25-9, 13-5)

Coming off their second National Championship in the last three years, the expectations were high for Villanova heading into the 2018-2019 campaign. The Wildcats have struggled at times though. They lost non-conference games to Furman and Penn and had a tough stretch of games in February, losing four out of five contests. They put an end to that losing run with a win over Marquette though and proved that they can be just as dangerous as they have been the last few years.
Big Wins: 11/25 vs Florida State (66-60), 12/5 Temple (69-59), 2/27 Marquette (67-61)
Bad Losses: 11/17 Furman (68-76), 12/11 at Penn (75-78), 2/24 at Xavier (54-66)
Coach: Jay Wright
Why They Can Surprise:
Seniors Phil Booth and Eric Paschall are the leaders of the 2018-2019 version of the Wildcats. Booth leads the team with 18.6 points and 3.8 assists per game, while Paschall, a 6-9 forward, adds 16.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Paschall is a dangerous outside shooter for a player of his size and this is a Villanova team loaded with shooters. After Booth and Paschall, Coach Jay Wright has Collin Gillespie, Saddiq Bey and Joe Cremo, who can all knock down three-pointers.
Why They Can Disappoint:
The problem with all of those shooters is that none of them have been particularly consistent. Villanova has shot themselves into two national championships, but this group is hitting just 35.5 percent of their attempts from long range. Last year they hit 40.1 percent of their attempts. For a team that will continue to shoot whether they are going in or not, it will take just one bad day to send the Wildcats home. And those bad days have been much more prevalent this season than it has been over the last few years.
Probable Starters:
Phil Booth, Senior, Guard, 18.6 ppg, 3.8 apg
Collin Gillespie, Sophomore, Guard, 11.1 ppg, 2.8 apg
Saddiq Bey, Freshman, Forward, 8.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Jermaine Samuels, Sophomore, Forward, 6.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Eric Paschall, Senior, Forward, 16.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Key Role Players:
Joe Cremo, Senior, Guard, 4.3 ppg, 1.3 apg
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Sophomore, Forward, 5.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 74.6 (120th in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.1 (61, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.4 (185, 9)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.5 (170, 7)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 10.7 (11, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.5 (119, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.7 (102, 4)
Rebound Margin: 2.4 (104, 5)
Assists Per Game: 14.2 (115, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.1 (38, 3)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Radford
2018NCAARound of 32 win over Alabama
2018NCAARegional Semifinal win over West Virginia
2018NCAARegional Final win over Texas Tech
2018NCAANational Semifinal win over Kansas
2018NCAANational Final win over Michigan
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Mount St. Mary's
2017NCAARound of 32 loss to Wisconsin
2016NCAARound of 64 win over UNC Asheville
2016NCAARound of 32 win over Iowa
2016NCAARegional Semifinal win over Miami (FL)
2016NCAARegional Final win over Kansas
2016NCAANational Semifinal win over Oklahoma
2016NCAANational Final win over North Carolina
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Lafayette
2015NCAARound of 32 loss to North Carolina State
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Milwaukee
2014NCAARound of 32 loss to Connecticut
2013NCAARound of 64 loss to North Carolina
2011NCAARound of 64 loss to George Mason
2010NCAARound of 64 win over Robert Morris
2010NCAARound of 32 loss to St. Mary's
2009NCAARound of 64 win over American University
2009NCAARound of 32 win over UCLA
2009NCAARegional Semifinal win over Duke
2009NCAARegional Final win over Pittsburgh
2009NCAANational Semifinal loss to North Carolina
2008NCAARound of 64 win over Clemson
2008NCAARound of 32 win over Siena
2008NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Kansas  
2007NCAARound of 64 loss to Kentucky
*all team stats through 3/10