Well, it hasn't been a perfect season or even a winning season, however Villanova has a chance tonight to pull off the upset that the Nova Nation has been craving all season. Although a hot Notre Dame teams comes to Philly, I think that there are three primary keys to the game that Nova must execute for the entire forty minutes in order to have a shot at pulling out a victory.
1) Notre Dame last year rained twenty three pointers in a blowout win at home against the Wildcats. This year they are continuing to light it up from downtown due to their talented guards. Tonight, Villanova must play face to face lockdown defense against their shooters. If you take away their strength and establish tough defense early on, then half the battle is won.
2) On offense, its very simple. JVP has a tough time against the towering USF Bulls, but tonight I'd give him the rock and let him go to the basket until Notre Dame can prove they can stop him. By racking up fouls on their center Jack Cooley (their best player), JVP could have another huge game.
3) Last and certainly not least, the "6th man" is a huge factor in tonight's game. A prime time game at 9 pm, home court advantage and a hostile environment allow for the atmosphere to be electric at Wells Fargo.
One chance to pull an upset and play for pride in the Big East. It's game time. Let's get it Nova!