By Craig Dimitri
I was part of the legions of Villanova partisans who were crammed into Kelly’s in Bryn Mawr last evening, who shouted ourselves hoarse due to the Wildcats’ thrilling 60-59 overtime victory. It was really one for the ages, even by Villanova’s illustrious standards.
Villanova had won 40 of its previous 66 NCAA contests, entering last night. However, its 41st victory may have had no rivals in terms of an overall fan experience. Villanova trailed by 16 points in the first half, had to face a team with whom it was quite familiar, and struggled to find their shots throughout much of the contest. And it all culminated with a seesawing duel of baskets, both down the stretch and in overtime. Its grand finale featured Will Sheridan scoring a basket underneath, that did not actually go in, but counted due to an accurate whistle on BC for goaltending. Sheridan summed up the contest aptly, noting afterward that “it was the biggest shot of my career – and it didn’t even go in.”
There was an extremely late return from Kelly’s last night, and since I have a previous engagement on Saturday, this short article will serve as a placeholder for the proper chronicle of the contest, which will appear as soon as possible…
In addition, a comprehensive preview of the NCAA rematch with Florida, scheduled to tip at 5:05 PM Sunday on CBS, will be offered on the site, as soon as I can compose it. Villanova defeated Florida by 11 points in the second round last season, in a triumph that was far more lopsided than the final score indicated.
As always, comments, feedback, opinions, positive or negative, are always welcomed. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
#1 VILLANOVA RALLIES FROM 16 POINTS DOWN, VANQUISHES #4 BOSTON COLLEGE IN OT, 60-59! WILDCATS ADVANCE TO ELITE EIGHT FOR FIRST TIME IN 18 YEARS!
Posted by Villanova Viewpoint Publisher at Saturday, March 25, 2006