Villanova Basketball Playbook
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The Villanova Wildcats have long been known for their immaculate spacing, ball movement and Jay Wright’s affinity for “small ball” and four-guard lineups. The Wildcats’ offense ranks 11th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency and ‘Nova fans hope it can lead the team all the way to the NCAA Final Four
The Late great innovator Steve Jobs once said: “Simplicity is the ultimate Sophistication.” That perfectly details the Wildcats approach on offense and is a large reason why they were able to shock the world to become NCAA Tournament champions over the loaded North Carolina Tarheels in 2016.
Villanova’s motion-based offense thrives on movement. Villanova coach Jay Wright came up with his version of the motion offense while at Hofstra University when he had problems recruiting quality big men. So, he adapted and used his team’s strength — its guards.
Now at Villanova, Wright wants his players to shoot the ball at will, invoking what he called “playing to your jump shot”
The spacing and balance are easy to see. The Wildcats are almost always beautifully spaced creating a horizontal and vertical stretch of the defense. There are simple rules for spacing and cuts that help Wright’s offense maintain its floor balance throughout the possession.