It is rare when coach and player come together in ways that cannot be programmed into a computer printout on the recruiting trail. Products of the same region, Bucks County, one a younger version of the other, so intertwined that often there is not the need for much conversation. After all, why talk to yourself?

Together, Jay Wright and Ryan Arcidiacono climbed a mountain Sunday in Brooklyn and no one can reasonably say it was arduous at all. Villanova, with the greatest ease, played a first half for the ages and rode a 54-29 halftime knockout punch to an incredibly easy 87-68 blowout of Iowa in a South Region second-round mismatch at Barclays Center. For Arcidiacono and fellow senior Daniel Ochefu, it is at long last the end of the “Why can’t Villanova make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament?” inquiries that grew into an inquisition. As freshmen, they lost in the first round as a No. 9 seed to North Carolina, which was no big deal. As sophomores, they lost to UConn in the round of 32 as a No. 2 seed. Last year, as juniors and as a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history, they lost to N.C. State, again the round of 32.

Entrance into the Sweet 16 has never been sweeter.

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