After pummeling Oklahoma 95-51 on Saturday night (the 44-point margin of victory set a new Final Four record), Villanova is riding high into the National Championship game. Adding to the Wildcats’ list of accomplishments this season, head coach Jay Wright was named the 2016 Naismith Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year on Sunday.
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This is Wright’s second Coach of the Year award. He also won in 2006. In a press release about nabbing college basketball’s top coaching honors, Wright stated: “I’m extremely proud to accept the Naismith Coach of the Year Award on behalf of our staff and the Villanova basketball team. I know the great history of this award, and our whole program is humbled to be honored with this year’s Naismith Award.”
Villanova won the Big East regular season title but lost to Seton Hall in their conference tournament semifinals. They face No.1 seed North Carolina on Monday night in the NCAA title game, the second time they’ve reached the finals during Wright’s tenure as head coach. They previously made it to the championship game in 2009, when they lost to the Tar Heels.