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Posted on: February 21, 2009 1:17 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2009 3:17 pm
 

Villanova Wildcats Game Preview

#12 Villanova Wildcats 21-5 (9-4 BE)

 

Villanova Starting Lineup:

G Scottie Reynolds Jr.

G Reggie Redding Jr.

G/F Dwayne Anderson Sr.

F Shane Clark Sr.

F Dante Cunningham Sr.

 

Key Bench Players:

G Corey Fisher Soph.

G Corey Stokes Soph.

F Antonio Pena Soph.

 

Previous Game:   Nova defeated Rutgers 82-72 on senior night for the Wildcats. Rutgers, who is 0-7 in away conference games kept it close for most of the game but Corey Fisher put the game away in the final 10 minutes with some key buckets.  Fisher finished with 14, Stokes with 17 and Reynolds with 21.

 

Game Preview:  Last time these two met, Nova put a hurtin on them boys from Upstate.  That was just two weeks ago and it is etched in the minds of the Syracuse players.  After knocking Syracuse off the bubble last season and then making them look like high schoolers a couple weeks ago Syracuse had better be up and ready for this one.  Syracuse is coming off a long eight day rest in which everyone healed up in to get ready for their final stretch.  Expect the typical Cuse 2-3 zone early on, and also expect Nova to devour it early on, Boeheim should know from the last game 2-3 against Nova=loss.  We should see man from Cuse much earlier then we usually do because of this, and Syracuse should thrive off of it.  Key players to watch for are the Corey's off the bench, we know Reynolds and Cunningham will get theirs but Cuse needs to hold Fisher and Stokes down in order to get the W.  Last time Fisher had 14 points and 6 assists and Stokes had 16 points and 8 rebounds, too much for bench role players.  As for Key Cuse players to watch it's all on Arinze Onuaku and Paul Harris, they need to be tough on the inside and and start playing at their highest level to get ready for the postseason.  Arinze finally showed he was 100% last week v. Georgetown when he had the type of game we had become accostomed to seeing, 15 points 13 rebs and 4 blocks, he has another game like that and Cuse is in great shape for a W.  Paul on the other hand really needs to step his game up, over the last 7 games he's avergaing 9.3 ppg, before that he had scored in single digits just 3 times out of the 18 games, he will be a key player come tourney time, and his play will depend on whether Cuse gets bounced in the first or goes into regionals.

 

My Prediction:  With a win Syracuse locks up a tournament bid and can start playing for seeding, with a loss Syracuse inches toward that bubble.  Cuse will pull off the victory.  Jonny Flynn is averaging 21.25 ppg in his career against Nova along with 4.75 assists, that coupled with a long eight day rest and a Carrier Dome filled with over 25,000, Syracuse wins it 85-73.

 

Final Score: 89-86 Villanova

 

 

 

Posted on: February 6, 2009 11:47 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2009 2:16 pm
 

Villanova Wildcats Game Preview

#17 Villanova Wildcats 18-4 (6-3 BE)

 

Villanova Starting Lineup:

G Scottie Reynolds Jr.

G Reggie Redding Jr.

G/F Dwayne Anderson Sr.

F Shane Clark Sr.

F Dante Cunningham Sr.

 

Key Bench Players:

G Corey Fisher Soph.

G Corey Stokes Soph.

F Antonio Pena Soph.

 

Previous Game:  Villanova won at Providence 94-91.  Villanova withstood a monsterous comeback led by Sharaud Curry (25 points), Weyinmi Efejuku (23 pts) and Jeff Xavier (21 pts).  After being up 15 at halftime Villanova lost its lead as Providence began to drain from downtown, hitting 11 three's in the second half alone, but Nova held tough and won led by PG Scottie Reynolds' 31 points.

 

Game Preview:  Syracuse finally bounced back and got off the schneid with a win against WVU Wednesday.  Now Syracuse faces off against a Nova team that has beaten Pittsburgh, and hasn't lost at The Pavilion in 25 games.  A tough task.  Impossible? No.  In part because the game will be played at the Wachovia Center.  Syracuse still isn't quite back to 100% health, Andy Rautins looks to be about 85% and Arinze about 75%, if they both can come out and play tough and give good minutes Syracuse has a very good chance to get a key win on the road.  If they both are still lagging and not able to go out and get the job done, Nova might win going away.  Expect Syracuse to go out and play 2-3 against Nova, they are one of the better shooting teams in the BE, and they are playing at home, which is a recipe for disaster.  BUT, with Syracuses' potential lack of depth expect 2-3 out early, and if Rautins and Onuaku prove to be ready along with hot shooting by Nova, Syracuse will go man.  Syracuse really needs to stay out of foul trouble tomorrow because not only is Villanova the best FT shooting team in the BE (74%) they know how to get to the line.  The X Factor is of course Paul Harris, he is a matchup problem for almost every team in the NATION.  If Paul Harris can go out and have a game like he did against WVU, regardless of the state of our injuries, Syracuse has a strong chance to get a win.  Lastly, Jonny Flynn and Eric Devendorf have been on fire from the offensive end the last 2 games, if they can keep up their 20 and 30+ point performances it ought to create a heck of a ballgame.

 

My Prediction:  You may notice the shorter length, it's because so much depends on whether or not Onuaku and Rautins are in tip top shape. Kristof has come off the bench strong and Jonny and Eric have been great on offense but, Nova is hard to beat on the road, and of course those injuries, Nova wins it 83-75.

 

Final Score: 102-85 Villanova

 

 
 
 
 
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