Ryan Ar­cidi­a­cono, Vil­lanova VIL­LANOVA WILD­CATS

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2015-16 Record: 33–5, 16–2 Big East Head Coach: Jay Wright (sec­ond Fi­nal Four) Pro­jected Starters: G – Ryan Ar­cidi­a­cono (13.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.9 A/TO), G – Jalen Brun­son (9.8 ppg, 2.6 apg, 38.7 3-pt FG%), G – Josh Hart (15.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 50.6 FG%), F – Kris Jenk­ins (13.5 ppg, 45.3 FG%, 85.0 FT%), F – Daniel Ochefu (10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg) Will win the na­tional ti­tle if... team­work con­tin­ues to be Vil­lanova’s M.O. Three Wild­cats scored 13 points each in the Elite Eight against Kansas, and a fourth had 10. Vil­lanova doesn’t have a go-to scorer, but Hart, Jenk­ins and Ar­cidi­a­cono can all make the big bas­ket — or de­fen­sive play — at any time. Off the bench, fresh­man Mikal Bridges was in­dis­pens­able against Kansas with five steals and his de­fen­sive pres­ence un­der the bas­ket. Will lose to Ok­la­homa on Satur­day if... the Wild­cats try to beat the Soon­ers at their own game. Vil­lanova lost 78–55 to Ok­la­homa in De­cem­ber, and Buddy Hield didn’t even have a great game. In­stead, Vil­lanova’s of­fense was ter­ri­ble that day. If the Wild­cats try to start heav­ing 3s, they’ll lose. Vil­lanova ranks 141st in 3-point shoot­ing (35.3 per­cent) while rank­ing third from inside the arc and sec­ond from the free throw line.

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