Vil­lanova’s Wright earns coach of decade hon­ors

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The fi­nal sec­onds of the 2016 na­tional ti­tle game were some of the most dra­matic in col­lege bas­ket­ball his­tory.

North Carolina’s Mar­cus Paige hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 sec­onds left, only to be up­staged by Vil­lanova’s Kris Jenk­ins hit­ting a buzzer­beat­ing, game-win­ning 3-pointer.

Amid all the drama, Vil­lanova coach Jay Wright re­mained calm. When Jenk­ins let go of his shot, Wright non­cha­lantly said “Bang,” then walked over to shake Tar Heels coach Roy Wil­liams’ hand as if the Wild­cats had just won an ex­hi­bi­tion game, not a na­tional cham­pi­onship.

Smooth as one of his de­signer suits, Wright turned Vil­lanova into a na­tional pow­er­house dur­ing the 2010s, lead­ing the Wild­cats to two na­tional ti­tles while chang­ing the way col­lege bas­ket­ball is played.

Wright’s suc­cess on the out­skirts of Philadel­phia made him a run­away choice as men’s coach of the decade. He re­ceived 16 of 24 votes from a panel of As­so­ci­ated Press poll vot­ers, well ahead of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski with five votes. Gon­zaga’s Mark Few, Ken­tucky’s John Cali­pari and Vir­ginia’s Tony Ben­nett had one each.

“Jay Wright’s re­sume speaks for it­self with two na­tional ti­tles in the 2010s,” ESPN an­a­lyst and AP voter Dick Vi­tale said. “He has de­vel­oped a con­sis­tent win­ner and has en­joyed suc­cess on and off the court. He has a spe­cial win­ner’s men­tal­ity.”

Badgers up­set Buck­eyes: Nate Reu­vers scored 17 points, and Wis­con­sin ral­lied late to up­set No. 5 Ohio State 61-57 on Fri­day night in Columbus, Ohio.

Reu­vers’ jumper gave the Badgers (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten) a 52-51 lead with 1:54 left, and late free throws from Reu­vers and D’Mitrik Trice sealed the win.

Ohio State (11-3, 1-2) lost a sec­ond straight game. The Buck­eyes got a ter­rific per­for­mance from Kaleb Wes­son, who had 22 points and 13 boards. But Wes­son missed a 3 at the 2-minute mark that likely would have kept the Buck­eyes in the game.

Layups: UTEP coach Rod­ney Terry was dis­charged from a Mi­ami hos­pi­tal, where he spent two days be­ing treated for ana­phy­lac­tic shock. The school said Terry’s med­i­cal con­di­tion was caused by a re­ac­tion to some­thing he ate. Terry won’t coach the Min­ers in their game Satur­day at Florida At­lantic but is ex­pected to re­sume his du­ties Thurs­day at home against South­ern Mis­sis­sippi . ... UNC fresh­man G An­thony Har­ris will un­dergo sea­so­nend­ing surgery next week for a torn ACL. He av­er­aged 6.8 points in five games this sea­son . ... Rut­gers ju­nior G Geo Baker is out in­def­i­nitely with a left thumb in­jury. Baker leads the Scar­let Knights in min­utes (30.5), as­sists (4.0) and steals (1.8) and is sec­ond in scor­ing with 11.5 points per game.


Coach Jay Wright guided Vil­lanova to a pair of na­tional ti­tles dur­ing the 2010s.

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