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Eric Vander Voort | NCAA.com | April 1, 2016

‘Attitude’ bracelets keep Nova focused

Team Confidential: Wildcats reach Final Four together

Sports teams often have some kind of mantra or saying that they go by and repeat on a daily basis.

For Villanova, it's ‘Attitude.’

  Jay Wright's ‘Attitude’ bracelet is visible at the coaches' press conference.
"We wear these attitude bracelets right here," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said, referencing the blue bracelet visible in the photo above. "We have it on the wall in our practice facility. There's not a lot of things on our wall, but that's up there."

Wright said it's "probably the biggest core value in our program."

It's a social media hashtag used by the school and fans alike. The word is all over the program.

But what kind of attitude is it? For the Wildcats, it's one that keeps them positive and looking ahead.

Villanova matches up with Oklahoma in the Final Four, a team that beat them in December. But Wright believes that his team has improved in a lot of ways since then, and he's keeping them positive and upbeat about the challenge in front of them.

"We want our guys to understand in basketball that what you control is your attitude. You don't control whether your shot goes in or the referee's calls, but you control your attitude on the next play.

"We wanted them to take that into life, that things are going to happen to you in life that you can't control. But you can control every morning when you wake up, what is your attitude going to be. Can you have a positive attitude?"

Villanova does, and it's working.

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