By Annie Ross
Defending champ Villanova got a very favorable draw in this week’s Madness.
The Cats’ pace is slow and they shoot a ton of Villanova 3-pointers. Their first-round matchup comes against no. 11 seed Saint Mary’s, which tries to throw opponents off their game by playing at an extremely slow tempo. Potentially waiting in the second round is Purdue, which has been successful this season by making more 3s than its opponents.
More importantly, these are the coaches of the teams with the top eight seeds in the South region:
Tony Bennett, Rick Barnes, Matt Painter, Bruce Weber, Greg Gard, Mick Cronin, and Kermit Davis.
Jay Wright has more Final Four appearances than all of them combined, so if you’re a Villanova fan who believes in coaching narratives, you have to be happy with how things shook out for the Cats.