Villanova’s Offense (Quick Thoughts)

I was impressed with Villanova’s spacing during the NCAA tournament.  Whether it was their 5-out or 4-out 1-in alignment, spacing constantly caused issues for the defense.

Villanova’s offense can be defined this way:  permitted to do almost anything, expected to do the right thing.

VU utilized quick ball reversals to a quick catch and drive to the rim, beating the help defense oftentimes.  And in the case of the semifinal game versus Kansas, when the help defense was timely, kicking out to open shooters was prescribed.

One last point:  like any fluid offense, the product on display last week was due to years of tedious teaching of timing, gaps/fills and driving angles.  I’m sure Coach Jay Wright witnessed many untimely and ill-advised shots early on from his team.  Realization of roles and trust in each other doesn’t develop overnight.

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