Editorial: Villanova

Scottie Reynolds celebrates 'Nova's victory with the game-winning ball.
Scottie Reynolds celebrates 'Nova's victory with the game-winning ball.

The drive to win

Posted: March 31, 2009

Twenty-four years after Villanova University won its magical basketball championship, the men's team is taking fans on another thrilling ride.

The Wildcats defeated Big East rival Pitt Saturday night to reach the Final Four. The victory set off celebrations on campus and throughout watering holes in the city.

They don't call it "March Madness" for nothing. Coach Jay Wright's team won a wild game that saw 13 lead changes in the second half. The heroics culminated with point guard Scottie Reynolds driving the lane and sinking the winning shot with 0.5 seconds to play.

Even Pitt fans had to agree it was one of the best college games of all time. And it reminded many Villanova faithful of the championship victory over Georgetown in 1985.

Wright, his players, and his staff deserve credit for their hard work and persistence in reaching this point. Early in the season, the squad didn't look like Final Four material. Villanova is peaking at the right moment, much like the 1985 team that featured future NBA players Ed Pinckney, Dwayne McClain, and Howard Pressley.

None of the current Villanova players had been born yet when Coach Rollie Massimino's team won it all. So maybe they're wondering how the 1985 team did it. Easy - they missed only one shot in the entire second half of the final game.

That legendary squad also won by playing together as a team better than anyone else in the field. In that respect, this current Villanova team also resembles greatness.

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