Clearly, the players have helped Wright enjoy a season that has a chance to be special. Villanova (21-2, 9-1 Big East) won its fifth straight game in a different way, as the Pirates (13-10, 4-6) overplayed the Wildcats' array of three-point shooters, forcing 'Nova to work for offense inside the arc.
The visitors' strategy didn't work. While the Cats shot just 24 percent (5 of 21) from three-point range, they connected on 68 percent (23 of 34) of their attempts inside the arc. JayVaughn Pinkston and Daniel Ochefu provided excellent interior passing.
Pinkston scored 19 points, one less than teammate James Bell. Ochefu, a steadily improving 6-foot-11 sophomore, contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.
"I don't think since we've been here we've had that type of interior passing," Wright said. "We've had some scoring, but these two can score, and they really pass well."
While he'd like to see Ochefu look to the basket a little more, Wright is very pleased with his passing.
"He had one pass late in the second half when he drove to the right side; any other player dunks that," he said. "He had a dunk, but he'd rather make the pass, and he passes to [Pinkston] and JP gets the dunk. He loves to pass. He brought that to Villanova."
Said Ochefu: "I just like to see my teammates score and make them happy, really. I could care less about myself."
Ochefu sparked a 13-1 run in the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of the first half that changed the momentum after the Pirates had led for much of the period. Scoreless to that point, Ochefu came alive with two dunks and a layup, and he assisted on a Pinkston bucket.
From a 34-26 halftime lead, Villanova expanded its margin, holding Seton Hall to two field goals in the first 10 minutes and making seven of its first 14 shots. The lead reached 20, 60-40, on Pinkston's layup off Ochefu's pass with 5:44 remaining.
The win improved Wright's record to 400-231 in 20 years as a head coach at Hofstra and Villanova, and 278-146 in this, his 13th year on the Main Line.
"I'm fortunate," Wright said. "Whoever coaches at Villanova is going to get a lot of wins."