DePaul vs. #15 Villanova Game Preview

The Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena to face the 15th ranked Villanova Wildcats on Saturday morning.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. #15 Villanova Wildcats – Saturday, February 19th, 11 a.m. Central – Rosemont, Illinois

Television – WCUU "The U Too" Chicago

For viewers watching with an antenna, the over-the-air digital position will be WCIU-TV 26.5 and 26.6. The U Too will also be available on analog WCUU-CA, Channel 48. Cable subscribers will see The U Too on Comcast 248, RCN 35 and WOW 170.

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Despite giving up 22 turnovers, playing without their leading scorer and having difficulty stopping Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall's leading scorer, the Wildcats were still able to pull out a 60-57 victory at Seton Hall.

Freshman James Bell came off the bench and led Villanova with 21 points, 2 steals and shot 7-for-9. Bell's previous single-game high was 10 points, and he had only 31 points in his career coming into the game.

With Corey Stokes out day-to-day with turf toe and expected to miss two more games, Bell could be an important replacement moving forward -- 'Nova desperately needs someone to pick up the slack.

Moving forward to the end of the season and possibly the NCAA tournament, Coach Jay Wright has faith in Bell: "He'll be in there. He's a basketball player. We always wanted to get him in there, he just wasn't physically capable."

With a trip to Big East doormat DePaul up next on Saturday, the last thing Villanova needs to do is to continue to turn the ball over and give its opponent chances.

With only five games to go in a very competitive conference race, each game matters more than ever.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE: Every Villanova player, except Dominic Cheek, who played against Seton Hall on Tuesday had a turnover. Corey Fisher and Maalik Wayns both had six turnovers.


--Villanova snapped its two-game losing streak with the help of 23 points off the bench at Seton Hall. Despite not having the second-best perimeter shooter in the Big East, Corey Stokes, Villanova found an unlikely source for 3s. Freshman James Bell shot 4-for-6 from deep, leading his team to its ninth straight win over Seton Hall. Antonio Pena was big on defense with 12 of his 13 rebounds coming on the defensive side of the ball. Villanova also snapped its two-game road losing streak. This was the first game Seton Hall has lost this season when leading scorer Jeremy Hazell scored over 20 points. He had 25 points and four steals.

--The win against Seton Hall allowed Villanova to clinch its seventh 20-win season in a row. The last time Villanova did not win 20 was 2003-2004, Jay Wright's third season, when it was 18-17 overall and 6-10 in the Big East.

--Former Villanova G Randy Foye had his No. 2 jersey retired at halftime of Saturday's game. Foye was strong for the Wildcats, but his senior stats were by far his best in a four-year career. As a senior, he had averaged 20.5 points and 5.9 rebounds and had a 41 percent shooting percentage. Foye reached the Elite Eight with 'Nova in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and averaged 20 points in three games in the 2005 tournament.

--Villanova had just three field goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half of Saturday's loss to Pitt. The Wildcats' perimeter shooting has become a major concern. Consistency in that area, much like tough, in-the-shirt defense, had been a trademark for 'Nova under coach Jay Wright.

--Senior G Corey Fisher, senior G Corey Stokes and Senior F Antonio Pena were 41-0 at the Pavilion before losing to Pitt on Feb. 12. The loss on Saturday marked the first loss at that location in their college career.

BY THE NUMBERS 4 -- The number of bench points Villanova had in the Feb. 12 loss to Pitt. Dominic Cheek and James Bell both had two, while Maurice Sutton had none.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Maurice Sutton did what he was supposed to do. He got the rebound and got it out - just a second too late. I wasn't disappointed in that." -- Coach Jay Wright on the Sutton rebound after a Cheek missed 3 in Saturday's loss to Pitt. Sutton dished it out to Wayns who shot a three that connected, however he released it after the buzzer. The shot would have sent the game into overtime.



--at DePaul, Saturday, Feb. 19

KEY MATCHUP: DePaul is winless in the Big East heading into this week. The Demons' struggles are in part a byproduct of the team's inability to rebound. DePaul also only has three players averaging over 10 points per game and only one of those three players, Brandon Young, is considered a 3-point threat. He has made 25 of 75 and is averaging 12.3 points per game entering the week, which is only behind Cleveland Melvin's 13.9-point average for the team high. If Villanova can concentrate primarily on stopping the inside game, the Wildcats should skate to victory.

FUTURE'S MARKET: Watch for Sophomore F-C Mouphtaou Yarou to have some big games. He is averaging 13.5 points in his last 4 games after averaging just 6.25 in the four games before that. He is averaging 9.1 this season. He had four blocks and ten rebounds on Saturday against fourth-ranked Pittsburgh.

Also, look for Maalik Wayns to be starting until Corey Stokes can return to the lineup.


--Senior F Antonio Pena has scored in double digits in his last eight games. The last time he scored fewer than 10 points was Jan. 17 at UConn in a 60-57 loss.

--Senior G Corey Stokes remains out with turf toe. He is wearing a protective boot and could return by Feb. 24.


- Saturday will be DePaul Basketball Alumni Day. Over 50 former players are expected for the game.

The Last Time

On January 6, 2010, sixth ranked Villanova ran past DePaul 99-72.

Scottie Reynolds led all scorers with 21 points.

Four DePaul players finished in double-figures. The Blue Demons were led by Mac Koshwal's double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Will Walker also recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 assists. Walkons Nate Rogers and Ryan Siggins came off the bench for DPU with career-high scoring games of 14 and 11 points.

Villanova Roster

No. Name Pos. Cl. (Exp.) Ht. Wt. Hometown High School

34 Isaiah Armwood Forward SO 6-7 205 Baltimore, Md. Montrose Christian School

32 James Bell Guard FR 6-5 225 Orlando, Fla. Montverde Academy

23 Dominic Cheek Guard SO 6-6 185 Jersey City, N.J. St. Anthony's

10 Corey Fisher Guard SR 6-1 200 Bronx, N.Y. St. Patrick's (N.J.)

4 Dallas Ouano Guard JR 6-0 190 Holmdel, N.J. Christian Brothers Academy

0 Antonio Pena Forward RS SR 6-8.5 235 Brooklyn, N.Y. St. Thomas More

24 Corey Stokes Guard SR 6-5 220 Bayonne, N.J. St. Benedict's

25 Maurice Sutton Forward/Center RS SO 6-11 220 Largo, Md. Largo

2 Maalik Wayns Guard SO 6-2 185 Philadelphia, Pa. Roman Catholic

12 Russell Wooten Forward GS (2L) 6-4 210 Chula Vista, Calif. St. Augustine

13 Mouphtaou Yarou Forward/Center SO 6-10 250 Natitingou, Benin Montrose Christian School

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