Villanova comes up short and cold and home

Magic always has a shelf life. Eventually the genie always climbs back into the bottle.

Nothing lasts forever, except for all the television commercials that suck the life out of the NCAA hoops tourney.

They don’t call it March Madness because of the basketball. It’s because of the glut of damn commercials.

Villanova broke a lot of brackets and hearts today when it squandered a seven-point lead with 5 minutes and 27 seconds to play. It was then that the Wildcats became colder than a witch’s you-know-what — scoring only one field goal the remainder of the way and going just 3 of 6 from the free throw line.

There would be no encore to their magic carpet ride to last year’s national championship. Wisconsin snuffed that dream 65-62.

Nova star Josh Hart couldn’t mimic Superman on the Wildcats’ last full possession — losing the ball when he recklessly drove through a thicket of Badgers in the lane.

It was desperate. It was dumb.

Unlike last year when they had some inside game, Jay Wright’s guard-centric Wildcats were flawed this season because they had no interior presence. A team cannot survive being merely a perimeter team.

And Kris Jenkins, who made the amazing title-winning shot last year, seemingly hasn’t hit a bucket since. Or so it seemed. He couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat all year.  He had just six points Saturday, going 2 for 9 from the floor. Pirates pitcher Steve Blass suddenly couldn’t find the plate one season. Kris Jenkins suddenly couldn’t find the basket this year.

No Sweet Sixteen. No Final Four. Back to the term papers and lab work for the Wildcats.

Turn the lights out, the party’s over.

Villanova’s magic has disappeared like the morning dew.

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