The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

Different defensive look quite effective for Villanova

- Terry Toohey Columnist

Tuesday night, in a twopoint win over Seton Hall, Villanova hardly looked like the

No. 3 team in the country, at least from a defensive standpoint. The Wildcats allowed the Pirates to shoot nearly

56 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

Hardly Villanova-esque numbers.

“We were missing on rotations, messing up on coverages,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

You can attribute that to the long layoff due to a pair of COVID-19 shutdowns that kept the Wildcats off the floor for almost a month, which is why Wright and his staff spent much of the last three days focusing on defense.

“Offensivel­y you get one guy to get it going, but defensivel­y, every time one guy breaks down it breaks down the entire defense,” Wright said.

Villanova’s defense returned to form in a 71-56 come-frombehind victory over Providence

Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion.

The Wildcats (10-1 overall, 5-0 Big East) limited the Friars to 42 percent shooting overall, 33 percent from 3-point range, forced 19 turnovers, which led to 17 points.

“Jeremiah (Robinson-Earl) did an amazing job on (Nate) Watson, moving on him, just

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