I am not going to play the blame game in regards to what happened last night. I am not going to talk about what Villanova should have done to win. There is another issue at hand that goes beyond the basketball court.
Jay Wright preaches about having a great attitude. It’s one of the key attributes of Villanova basketball. It’s time to take coach’s advice.
Leading up to last night’s game, there was an article posted on VU Hoops that took a closer look at the statistical breakdown of N.C. State. It questioned N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried and the hustle of his team. The article said that N.C. State didn’t deserve to be there, stating that “the LSU Tigers did everything they could do to go home.” It was topped off with one final line, “N.C. State is merely a speed bump.”
A tough speed bump if that, a team that has beaten the likes of Duke, UNC, and Louisville. Now, it’s backfired into the face of Villanova basketball and its fan base.
#speedbump has taken over Twitter following the loss to N.C. State. A poor girl on the band was crying her eyes out for a team that she emotionally invested her heart in. That article has led to her now becoming the poster child of defeat. She is now an Internet-wide joke that becomes linked to #speedbump because as Nationers, we decided to get ahead of ourselves.
An article dealing with Advanced Stats should not have become a place to disrespect the N.C. State Wolfpack. It’s one thing to talk about the numbers, but it’s another to veer off into a different direction. While some defended the intent of the article by saying to “read the whole thing”, after reading it, the concluding sections were clear. The joke involving used car salesmen and saying that LSU handed them the victory was not fair. I am glad that youngBUCK, the author of the post, issued an apology earlier this morning. However, some things still do not sit right.
There is a difference between excitement and hubris. Villanova has not made it to the Sweet 16 in what is now six years. We did not have the right to relegate N.C. State to a mere speed bump. Yes, we know ESPN and other outlets may not have given the Wildcats due credit this season, but that does not mean we should have belittled the Wolfpack and their accomplishments. It’s frustrating to not get proper credit and praise but we should not do the same to others, especially when they have shown that they can beat some of the top teams in college basketball.
The article added oil onto a fire that other media outlets had started. It was passed around to players and coaches before the game.
“We came out today with the feeling that everybody expected us to lose to a 1-seed, but we believe in ourselves and that we’re good enough to beat anybody in the country, and we went down and did it,” said N.C. State’s Beejay Anya.
The Wolfpack moves on, while the Nova Nation will have to wait another year.
I urge N.C. State fans to please leave that girl on the band alone. She just simply wore her heart on her sleeve, showing the feeling of devastation that swept across Villanovans worldwide. I understand that the VU Hoops article now looks embarrassing and that it is your way of retaliating, but she did not do anything to you.