ANAHEIM, Calif. — Villanova has found a creative way to curb its usual habit of nosediving late in promising seasons: This year, the Wildcats have started poorly too.
With starters Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes and Antonio Pena all gone from last year's NCAA tournament team and the returners adjusting to increased roles, Villanova (4-2) dropped a pair of games at the 76 Classic this past weekend. They fell by 12 to Saint Louis on Friday and squandered a late nine-point lead to improving Santa Clara on Sunday, not awful losses but also not the anticipated results for a program hoping to make its eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance.
"We've struggled at the end of the last couple seasons and we've struggled at the beginning of this one," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "But I think we'll work through this and be a good team. Sometimes you have to go through stuff like this."
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