Villanova travelled to USF and put an end to a four game losing streak against the Bulls by posting a 61-53 victory. Defense, rebounding and interior scoring were all positives for 'Nova, especially in the first half as Daniel Ochefu and Mouphtaou Yarou took control of the glass and put points on the board. The Wildcat guards didn't do much scoring but did take care of the ball and defend.
Ochefu and Yarou combined for 28 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 turnovers
Defense - good help defense, didn't allow many easy looks
+ 11 Rebounding edge in the first half
Dominated the paint for much of the game
Overtime defense and shot selection
Only 12 turnovers
Not so goods:
11-20 FT shooting
22% 3PFG shooting
Closed the game with some ragged play
Player Evals & Stats
34 Min, 2-5 FG, 1-4 3PFG, 0-0 FT, 2 Reb, 3 Asst, 1 TO, 0 Stl, 5 Pts
Arcidiacono struggled to stay in front of Collins defensively - but then most defenders do. On offense, he played a strong floor game and helped to spread the floor for his teammates … likely out of respect for the 32 points he scored in the Big East opener. His first basket was a very timely three-ball with about 10:30 remaining in the game. He dropped it in from the wing to restore the 14-point lead the Cats took into the locker-room at half-time.
33 Min, 1-7 FG, 1-5 3PFG, 0-0 FT, 6 Reb, 2 Asst, 4 TO, 0 Stl, 0 Blk, 3 Pts
His defense and rebounding were strong. His offensive game continues to sputter due to erratic shooting and some turnover issues.
18 Min, 5-8 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 5-8 FT, 4 Rebs, 2 Asst, 3 TO, 1 Blk, 0 Stl, 15 Pts
Once again - Pinkston scored the ball efficiently. Made some key baskets at times when it looked as if USF may sneak back into the game. USF didn't have an answer to Pinkton's array of spin and power dribble moves as he got into the lane consistently for close-in shots or FT opportunities.
24 Min, 1-5 FG, 1-4 3PFG, 2-4 FT, 2 Rebs, 1 Asst, 1 TOs, 1 Blk, 2 Stl, 5 Pts
Bell struggled shooting the basketball but did chip in defensively. He will need to pick up the pace as the Big East season progresses.
32 Min, 6-11 FG, 4-5 FT, 13 Rebs, 2 Asst, 0 TO, 1 Blk, 0 Stl, 16 Pts
Coach Wright continued to give Yarou minutes in recent weeks despite Yarou's apparent lack of confidence. It paid off handsomely in this match-up as Yarou played aggressively and with more confidence than he has shown in some time. He drained some mid-range shots, had a couple of dunks, and got to the line off strong takes to the rim. Yarou was all over the backboards.
10 Min, 0-3 FG, 0-2 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 1 Rebs, 0 Stl, 0 Asst., 1 TOs, 0 Pts
Couldn't get shots to drop and was a little shaky with the ball at times. Not his best effort or results for certain.
7 Min, 0-2 FG, 0-0 FT, 1 Rebs, 1 Asst., 0 TO, 2 Blks, 0 Stl, 0 Pts
With the dynamic duo of Yarou and Ochefu working effectively together in the high-low, Sutton saw his minutes reduced.
25 Min, 6-10 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 0-3 FTs, 8 Reb, 2 Asst, 0 TO, 0 Blk, 1 Stl, 12 Pts
The Frosh big played some quality basketball in what was his first start and his first Big East road game. He dropped in a career high 12 points on a couple of power dunks, a baby hook, and some put-backs. Ochefu contributed on the boards and on defense as well - where he has proven to be an active help defender and capable of covering his man out on the perimeter as well. It will be interesting to see how Ochefu builds off this game.
17 Min, 2-4 FG, 1-3 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 2 Rebs, 1 Asst, 0 Stl, 1 TO, 1 Blk, 5 Pts
Provided energy, defense, a little scoring and even some ball-handling off the bench. Solid minutes for the Soph.
Saturday at Noon Villanova takes a significant road test against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. This is the beginning of a particularly difficult stretch in the schedule in which the Cats play @ Syracuse, Pittsburgh, @ Providence, Louisville, Syracuse, @ Notre Dame. Good thing for Villanova they enter this stretch 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big East because things could get bumpy despite the fact the team has shown improvement in most facets of the game over the past two months.