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Villanova coach Jay Wright on Kentucky : “We could beat them”


After the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Xavier Musketeers 69-52 to win the the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, Nova head coach Jay Wright was asked about the possibility of facing the #1 team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats.  “We could win it.  But we could get beat by anybody.  It’s just the way college basketball is.  We’re not Kentucky in terms of depth and talent, but we could beat them.  But we could lose to a 15 or 16, too, if we don’t play right.  I just think that’s what we are.”

Dylan Ennis had similar thoughts on the team potentially facing the SEC Wildcats.  “I think Kentucky is a great team.  Whoever is put in front of us, we approach it the same way; we play the Villanova basketball way.  I think, if we play Villanova basketball, we’re a tough group of guys.  If we stick to our core values, and I think we can beat anybody.  As Coach said, we can get beat by anybody as well.  But I think if we continue to play with each other and play confident‑‑ Coach gives us all the confidence in the world.  If we play defense how we’ve been doing, I think we should be fine for anybody.”

If Villanova faces Kentucky, it would be a battle of the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament final on Monday, April 6, 2015, which, on paper, would be a great final with a lot of eyes on the game to see if Kentucky can reach 40-0 and the goal of an undefeated championship season.

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