When it comes to the subject of college basketball “royalty”, the most commonly named schools one may reference would probably consist of North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke…perhaps UCLA if it was 1972…the point is, Villanova would more than likely be further down on the list, if it was on the list at all. This is no longer the case. There is no more doubting the head coach. No more doubting the system or the culture or the core values in which they believe and religiously adhere to. There is no more doubting Villanova basketball.
By winning their second national championship in three years after overpowering the Michigan Wolverines on April 2nd at the Alamodome, the Villanova Wildcats have become the gold-standard in the college basketball world. They are the preeminent program in the country, and head coach Jay Wright has no intention of shutting down his well-oiled machine anytime soon. The Villanova Wildcats have indeed reached “royalty” status.
After cutting down the nets in 2016, more than a few doubters lingered, wondering if the title won on a buzzer-beater was more a fluke than a system of substance. Their performance during the 2017 season, however, from November through the title game on April 2nd, silenced the naysayers.
The Wildcats ran roughshod over the NCAA Tournament field, defeating each opponent that stood in their way by double-digits. They became the eighth program in the history of college basketball to win two titles in three years, and the first since the Florida Gators went back-to-back a decade ago. Jay Wright is now part of an elite fraternity of coaches with multiple NCAA championships that includes Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp, UCLA’s John Wooden, North Carolina’s Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. You could say worse company could be had.