Chris Ash envisions Rutgers football playing more like Villanova basketball

Chris Ash wants his Rutgers football team to play like a national champion. The most recent men’s college basketball national champion, to be specific.

Following the Scarlet Knights’ spring game Saturday, Ash told reporters that he wants his team to play like Villanova basketball. What the third-year Rutgers coach was alluding to was the Wildcats’ ability to change games with their 3-point barrages. Here’s how Ash made the link:

“Villanova wins a national championship. Why? Well, they hit a lot of 3-pointers,” Ash said. “Big plays. Offensively, if we’re going to go out and perform the way we want, help our football team change results, we have to get more explosive plays.”

Villanova, which led the nation in scoring (86.6 points per game) and total 3-pointers made (464), beat Michigan to win the 2018 NCAA Tournament earlier this month.

With a unique scoring system, the Rutgers spring game ended in a 132-132 tie between the offense and defense. But the Scarlet Knights were next-to-last in the Big Ten with 18.0 points per game in 2017. They could use some more explosive plays in 2018.

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