For his career, Wright is 558-258 (.684). Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said Wright, known affectionately as “GQ Jay” because of his sharp-dressed style, doesn’t get enough credit for his coaching abilities. “I think you’re looking at probably the elite coach in college basketball right now,” said Willard, whose team lost by 28 points to Villanova on Jan. 27. “He’s developed his system, he recruits his system. But I think he does not get enough credit for how good of a game coach he is, how well he manages the game. Every time I’ve played against him and every time I’ve watched one of his team’s play, he is by far probably the best basketball coach in the country. I think we’re very lucky to have him in the lague and he doesn’t get enough credit for just how good of a game coach he is.” Despite losing four players to the NBA Draft in 2018 after beating Michigan in the NCAA title game, Wright has Villanova at 19-4 and a perfect 10-0 in the Big East. That is the program’s best start ever in the league, and the first 10-0 start since UConn in 1998-99. If the NCAA Tournament started today, Villanova would be a No. 4 seed, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
GQ Jay is a lock for the Naismith Hall of Fame this year pic.twitter.com/8XogoRgXQI— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 14, 2019
After a rough start in which they twice lost back-to-back games (to Michigan and Furman and later Penn and then-No. 1 Kansas), Villanova has rattled off 11 straight wins.
10-0Villanova is off to it’s best start to BIG EAST play in program history. pic.twitter.com/IMNcFztwmt — #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) February 7, 2019