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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Villanova: 16 In 16!

From Mike Jensen in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sure, Jay Wright is pleased to see Villanova move on to its fourth berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in the last five seasons, but he's not readily acknowledging it.
There's no time.
"It's just 'next game' for us," the Wildcats coach said after his team defeated UCLA, 89-69, in the second round of the NCAA East Regional. "At the end of the season, we'll have time. Right now, we have to get ready for the next game.
"That's what you love. I don't want to waste time talking about accomplishments. I want to enjoy being with these guys. I want them to enjoy being together. Who knows, this might be our last game coming up. We want to really enjoy this."
In their three previous trips to the Sweet 16 under Wright, the Wildcats twice lost in the regional semifinals, including last year's 72-57 loss to eventual champion Kansas. They earned the regional finals in 2006 but dropped a 75-62 decision to Florida.
"It feels great to be back," junior guard Reggie Redding said. "Last year we lost in this round coming up, and we hope we can go farther than we did last year."
Overall, this is Villanova's 16th appearance in the Sweet 16.

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