Sunday, March 29, 2009

UPSTART VILLANOVA DERAILS BIG EAST MARCH TO THE FINAL FOUR

Whaddya mean Villanova is in the Big East?

Holy crap!
Oh, well...let's move on.

It was only fitting that when two Big East powers locked horns in the Elite Eight, that the final two minutes would be epic.

After a see-saw battle, Villanova finally won the game on a play that Villanova coach Jay Wright said “never worked” in practice.

So, there were the Wildcats desperately clinging to a narrow lead over No.1 Pittsburgh with seconds and a trip to the Final Four hanging in the balance…

With a five second call imminent, Nova's Reggie Redding, who had on the previous play thrown what might be heralded as the “worst in bounds pass in the history of the NCAA tournament” had Vilanova not pulled out the win, threw a lob to Dante Cunningham who handed it off to a streaking Scotty Reynolds.

The rest, as they say, is history. With five-tenths of a second left on the clock Reynolds made a tough shot in the lane to shock the top-ranked Panthers and to send Villanova back to the Final Four for the first time since 1985 when they played the almost perfect game to defeat Georgetown.

Reynolds, somehow found the basketball after Pitt’s final desperation three-point heave (evidently an assistant coach snagged it), and he was still holding it when the post-game press conference ended.

"It's going to be one of those shots that you always see," Wright said. "It's great for your program. It's great for that kid. He'll be 30 or 40 and they'll still be playing that shot."

NOTE TO ALL COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS: Villanova was 22 of 23 from the free-throw line.

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