WRIGHT’S 15 YEARS AT VILLANOVA: IT WASN’T ALL HAPPY TIMES AND BESPOKE SUITS!

Jay Wright needed a kid with an edge. He got one in Kyle Lowry (above). “We butted heads every day — every single day because I was going to be me,” Lowry said. “One time, he told me to go run on the side of the court. I got back into practice, and I did the exact same thing — because I could. So he made me run again. I needed to mature. I knew that. I didn’t want to, but I knew it, and he forced me to.”

Lowry’s most Lowry-like moment turned out to be the pivotal moment of Wright’s career. The guard was ejected for trying to punch Kansas’ Keith Langford. With a blizzard blowing outside, the No. 2 Jayhawks trailed 38-34 after Lowry was tossed.

Villanova ended up winning the game 83-62. Wright didn’t condone Lowry’s punch — he made him write a letter of apology to Langford — but he knew the play was exactly the show of toughness his team needed and had lacked. That play and that game were quite literally a turning point for everything.

Read on:

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/15098670/villanova-wildcats-jay-wright-hard-road-back-final-four

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