In Monday Night's game it looked like a replay of Saturday's game in which Villanova blew a 20-point lead against Notre Dame and eventually lost in overtime. Well on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia it looked almost exactly like the game on Saturday. The Wildcats this time though blew an 18-point lead to Connecticut and lost in overtime, 73-70.
The shooting by Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb in the overtime period and a three point basket by Shabazz Napier with .6 seconds left in the second half helped Connecticutt with the complete come from behind victory over Villanova.
Villanova ( 11-16 overall, 4-11 Big East) led, 26-8 with 8 minutes, 26 seconds, left in the first half. Connecticut (17-10 overall, 7-8 Big East) tied the game at halftime.
Villanova had a two-point lead and had the ball with 32.6 seconds left to play in the second half. Villanova's Dominic Cheek's made a very poor decision on an in bounds pass which led to a turnover and Connecticut getting the tying basket.
In the overtime period Villanova tied the game on a basket by Ty Johnson with 5.4 seconds to play in the overtime.
Villanova is a very young basketball team which is learning how to win and that is led by a good junior class. They are really earning their stripes this season. They are going through a lot of growing pains which should make them a better team down the road. They have lost games where they have had big leads and have watched them evaporate and the team has gone on to lose these games. An experienced team finds a way to win these games and close them out when they have a big lead. The younger players on this team need to step up and learn from this.
Connecticut led for most of the second half. They got a career high 32 points from Jeremy Lamb in which ten of those came in the overtime period.
This season just looks like one of those seasons for Villanova head coach Jay Wright and company are just not used to having. It will build character and leadership but losing seasons are not something that Jay and Villanova are used to having. Usually this time of the year we are all talking about where they will be at March Madness time but not this season. This team consists of a lot of young players who have talent and potential. There are definitely building blocks here that they can build a foundation for the future. Losing seasons at Villanove are not common or accepted on the Main Line.