DePaul vs. Villanova Game Preview

After two straight overtime losses, the Blue Demons hope to take the next step and get a Big East conference win over the Villanova Wildcats at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (10-11, 1-7) vs. Villanova (13-9, 4-5) – Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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Villanova is something of an enigma. In one week they toppled two ranked teams – Louisville and Syracuse. Yet they have also managed to lose two games to Providence, a program that DePaul defeated on the road.

One explanation for their inconsistency is that Villanova lives and dies by the three point shot. In the win over Louisville, the Wildcats shot 46.7% from beyond the arc. While in Sunday's 55-52 loss to Providence, Nova shot 13.3% on their trifectas.

When Nova lacks firepower and scores less than 65 points, they usually come up on the losing end. So perimeter defense will be a big key for the Blue Demons in Tuesday's game.

For DePaul to start turning those overtime losses into regulation wins they will also have to do more on the interior. They gave up way too many points in the paint to Jack Cooley and Notre Dame on Saturday.

For this game, DePaul will face a 6-10, 255 lb. force in the paint named Mouphtaou Yarou. Yarou is averaging 8.9 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game.

One aspect where DePaul might be able to gain an advantage is in the turnover department. Villanova leads the league in turnovers with 16.1 per game. They also turned the ball over an awful lot in their last meeting with the Blue Demons – a season-high 28 times.

"We're going to get pressed Tuesday and we didn't do a great job with that last year when they played us here," said Villanova coach Jay Wright. "The biggest thing for us is to keep grinding, keep working every day. We know DePaul has the kind of scorers who can really get it going and we have to be ready Tuesday."

The Last Time

On January 8th, 2012 in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the Wildcats walked away with a 87-71 victory over the Blue Demons. Brandon Young led the way for DePaul with 22 points and six assists. Cleveland Melvin contributed 19 points and four rebounds.

Maalik Wayns led the Wildcats with 21 points while Dominic Cheek added 20 points. Mouphtaou Yarou contributed with 14 points and Jayvaughn Pinkston added 13.

Villanova shot 63 percent in the first half, built a 48-36 halftime lead and cruised to victory despite committing a season-high 28 turnovers.

The Wildcats also outrebounded DePaul 45-23.

Villanova Roster

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

2 Henry Lowe Guard FR 5-11 185 New York, N.Y. The Dalton School

4 Darrun Hilliard Guard SO 6-6 205 Bethlehem, Pa. Liberty

5 Tony Chennault Guard JR 6-2 195 Philadelphia, Pa. Neumann-Goretti

10 Mislav Brzoja Guard FR 6-4 205 Zagreb, Croatia Traders Point Christian Adademy

12 Nick McMahon Guard JR 6-0 165 Colts Neck, N.J. Christian Brothers Academy

13 Mouphtaou Yarou Forward/Center SR 6-10 255 Natitingou, Benin Montrose Christian School

15 Ryan Arcidiacono Guard FR 6-3 195 Langhorne, Pa. Neshaminy

20 Patrick Farrell Forward FR 6-5 200 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chaminade

22 JayVaughn Pinkston Forward SO 6-6 240 Brooklyn, N.Y. Bishop Loughlin

23 Daniel Ochefu Forward FR 6-11 245 Baltimore, Md. Downingtown East

24 Achraf Yacoubou Guard SO 6-4 210 Bronx, N.Y. Long Island Lutheran

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

31 Dylan Ennis Guard RS FR 6-2 182 Brampton, Ontario Lake Forest Academy

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

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