Villanova draws comparisons to warriors, d’antoni’s rockets – san antonio express-news the university of kansas in lawrence

Villanova’s 3-point barrage overshadowed bridges’ impressive performance. The 3-and-D wing lived up to his billing, recording two 3-pointers and efficiently defending kansas’ best players — malik newman and devonte graham.

"He’s humble enough that he doesn’t have to be the star," said wright. "And I think he’s smart enough to know that my presence on the floor and doing the little things is actually helping our team and affecting that opponent more than anyone knows."

The warriors aren’t their only influence, though. Growing up, villanova’s jalen brunson idolized steve nash. What coach mike D’antoni accomplished with nash’s phoenix suns — and now the houston rockets — might provide a better comparison.

"Yeah, the NBA influences all of us in college," wright said. "We all watch the best players, the best coaches and see what we can learn.Said wright and the golden state warriors have been using this style for a while now.

The wildcats shattered the final four’s record for made 3-pointers saturday. They also have 454 on the year — surpassing VMI’s NCAA division I record of 444.

Jalen brunson’s post-up game and spellman’s threat on the perimeter is a microcosm of villanova: a team comprised of multi-faceted players that gel as an efficient, NBA-styled squad. Thanks to shooting above 40 percent from deep, villanova leads the nation in scoring (86.8 points per game) and offensive efficiency.

But the wildcats don’t feed off NBA-caliber talent. Wright established a culture that inspired patience, development and balanced basketball. Take bridges for an example, wright said.

"I think the area he’s improved on the most is his ability to create his own shot off the dribble," wright said of bridges. "He could always catch and shoot, move well without the ball, use screens.Being able but now you can put him in isolation and he can use his dribble to create his own shots."

It took until year four — including his redshirt season — for bridges to evolve into a projected lottery pick. He’s helped the wildcats win every march contest by double-digits.

Despite creating his own ritual, villanova’s star doesn’t buy into possible good juju: "I don’t believe in that. It is just popcorn," bridges said.

Moritz "moe wagner" arguably played better than anyone on saturday, leading all scorers (24) and rebounders (15). He flashed his 3-point ability as well, going 3-of-7 from deep.

"Their guys are probably just a little taller than duncan (robinson) and they’re not taller than moe, but probably they have some similar characteristics and also some differences," said beilein on the comparison of both team’s big men.Wright said

"I mean, it’s the toughest thing to guard," said wright on 3-point shooting big men. "And it’s being able to shoot the ball but also — and this is the challenge with wagner — it’s not just being able to shoot the ball, but it’s being able to put the ball on floor and create your shot."

While the same jumbotron concept has been used for nine years, each one differs from the previous model. The hundreds of parts used for the scoreboard are rented on a year-to-year basis, allowing the NCAA to keep pace with advancing technology.

"I think there are certain expectations (fans) have," said L.J. Wright, the NCAA’s director of men’s basketball championships. "When they watch games at home, they want to see replays or they want to see stats. This is the way that we can utilize technology to help that in-venue experience."