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February 12, 2013

Bearcats Maul Nova

After a two game hiatus from the meat grinder portion of the Big East schedule (with match-ups against lowly USF and DePaul), it was back to reality for Villanova with a road game at Cincinnati. The physical and athletic Bearcats, eager to break a two game losing streak, came out with a solid game plan and plenty of desire. After a sloppy start to the game, Cincy grabbed a double figure lead which the Cats cut to a 32-29 Bearcat lead at half. Cincinnati shut down Villanova's offense after the half to cruise to a 68-50 win.


Cincinnati focused defensive attention on Darrun Hilliard and applied plenty of ball pressure on the Villanova guards to speed them up, and keep them from taking significant advantage of interior mis-matches. The plan led to nineteen Villanova turnovers. On offense, the Bearcats (a team that isn't shy about shooting three-balls) was able to get dribble penetration and take advantage of Villanova's defensive aggression to kick out to open three-ball shooters. When the Villanova defense stuck with the Bearcat shooters they knocked down difficult shots anyway.


Goods:

Nova bench outscored Cincy bench 16-13

Out-rebounded the Bearcats


Not so goods:

Played tentatively on offense against the Cincy ball pressure

Missed many decent looks in the second half (made only 8 of 24 FGs)

Out-scored by 27 points beyond the arc

Out-scored by 7 at the FT line

Poor 3PFG defense (allowed 12-25, 48%)

19 turnovers - 12 in the second half

46.7% FT shooting

Questionable officiating


Player Evals & Stats


Ryan Arcidiacono

32 Min, 2-6 FG, 1-3 3PFG, 2-3 FT, 2 Reb, 5 Asst, 2 TO, 2 Stl, 7 Pts

Got in some foul trouble in the first half - leading to reduced minutes. Made a few highlight reel passes - in particular the backwards toss over the shoulder that Pinkston converted as a first-half buzzer beater.


Darrun Hilliard

32 Min, 2-7 FG, 0-3 3PFG, 1-1 FT, 1 Reb, 3 Asst, 3 TO, 0 Stl, 0 Blk, 5 Pts

His string of quality games ended with a bit of a stinker at CIncy. The Bearcats focused plenty of defensive attention on the rising Sophomore and seemed to have his game well scouted. Cincy didn't buy his pump fakes and were quite effective in keeping him out of the lane.


Jayvaughn Pinkston

29 Min, 6-11 FG, 0-2 3PFG, 0-3 FT, 8 Rebs, 0 Asst, 1 TO, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 12 Pts

Other than his poor FT shooting, Pinkston was the lone bright spot on offense for Villanova. He mixed it up inside to grab rebounds and found ways to score the ball.


James Bell

28 Min, 3-6 FG, 2-4 3PFG, 0-0 FT, 8 Rebs, 1 Asst, 3 TOs, 0 Blk, 0 Stl, 8 Pts

Nice job on the boards - showed some toughness. Shot the ball effectively but didn't go out of his way to step up his offense when teammates were struggling. Three turnovers is a high number when unaccompanied by any assists and coming from a player who didn't handle the ball much.


Mouphtaou Yarou

31 Min, 3-10 FG, 4-6 FT, 5 Rebs, 0 Asst, 0 TO, 1 Blk, 0 Stl, 10 Pts

Yarou couldn't get his mid-range jumper to fall nor finish with any consistency in the paint. Struggled with his hands in this game - rebounding and catching post feed - oddly he didn't commit a turnover.


Tony Chennault

18 Min, 2-3 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 3 Rebs, 0 Stl, 2 Asst., 3 TOs, 4 Pts

Chennault knocked down a couple of jumpers in the first half and seemed prepared to step up and contribute in a game where a couple of primary scorers were being taken out of their games. However, in the second half, Chennault reverted to the tentative style of play that has plagued him. Penetrate the lane stop pick up dribble look around for a bail-out pass - that simply doesn't work at any level of basketball.

Daniel Ochefu

19 Min, 2-3 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 0-2 FTs, 1 Reb, 1 Asst, 4 TO, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 4 Pts

Struggled a bit with the speed and physicality of this game. Scored on a positive, strong low-post move in the second half but other than that he made his decisions split seconds too late - leading to turnovers.


Achraf Yacoubou

9 Min, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 4 Rebs, 0 Asst, 0 Stl, 2 TO, 0 Blk, 0 Pts

USed quickness and toughness to contribute on the boards but had difficulty handling the ball on offense against Cincinnati tenacious defense.


Maurice Sutton

1 Min, 1 Rebound

Nothing to report here.


Mislav Brzoja

1 Min, 1 TO

Nor here.


'Nova is now 15-10 overall and 6-6 in Big East play. A win at UConn on Saturday at Noon is a must if Villanova is to maintain hope of an NCAA Tournament bid.



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