Corey Stokes is playing the best ball of his Villanova career. The senior has scored in double figures in every game but one (eight points vs. Marist). He has missed just one free throw all season and leads the NCAA in accuracy (96.8 percent). And when he misses from the arc, it is a surprise.
``Throughout my career, I always thought every shot was going in,’’ Stokes said after the Wildcats crushed Monmouth last night. ``You have to think like that as a shooter.’’
After the Monmouth game, Jay Wright had an interesting take on how his team is different from last season’s group.
``Scottie (Reynolds) wasn’t just a 2,000-point scorer,’’ Wright said. ``That’s enough in itself, but he was the personality of the program. He was the leader off the court. He was bigger than life in our program. Even when we were on the road, everybody would be on him. They’d all be yelling about him being adopted and it took the pressure off of everybody else. Now, for the first time, it’s on (the current seniors).’’
That would be Stokes, Corey Fisher and Antonio Pena, sophomores on the Final Four team, the key components to this team.