DePaul Blue Demons (10-8, 2-3) vs. Villanova Wildcats (15-1, 4-0) – Saturday, January 18th, 3:00 p.m. Central – The Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
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After winning back-to-back Big East games for the first time in six years, the DePaul Blue Demons (10-8, 2-3) will look to make it three in a row when they visit the City of Brotherly Love to play the Villanova (15-1, 4-0) Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.
This will be no easy task for the Demons, as the Wildcats are the No. 6 (in both the AP and Coaches poll) team in the country and will have had a week off to prepare for DePaul.
Villanova last played on January 11, when they beat St. Johns 74-67 at Madison Square Garden. DePaul is also recently coming off a win over St. Johns, beating them 77-75 on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats are a very dangerous and well-balanced squad that can attack you inside and out. Villanova has three players (Jayvaughn Pinkston- 16.1 PPG, Darrun Hilliard II- 13.9 PPG and James Bell- 13.8 PPG) who score in double figures, with three others close to that mark in Josh Hart (9.9 PPG), Ryan Arcidiacono (9.4 PPG) and Dylan Ennis (8.0 PPG). Villanova has one of the deeper benches in the country as nine players average at least 11 minutes a game.
So as you can see, the Wildcats love to spread the wealth and anyone on the team is capable of going off.
The Wildcats also play great defense and lead the Big East in field goal percentage, allowing teams to shoot just .387 from the floor. Villanova is also the top rebounding team in the Big East, grabbing 39.2 caroms a game as well as the team with the most steals a game (7.8). They also top the Big East leaderboard in turnover margin (+2.9 a game).
All that said, Villanova does have a showdown against the other undefeated team in the conference in Creighton on Monday. So, there is a chance that Villanova can be caught looking ahead with DePaul catching Villanova napping.
In any event, the Demons will be playing with house money, knowing they got nothing to lose (they'll likely be a double-digit underdog) and everything to gain.
The Last Time
On February 5, 2013, at Allstate Arena, Villanova erupted in the second half with a tremendous amount of offensive firepower to take down the Blue Demons 94-71.
With the scored tied 40-40 at halftime, Villanova came out of the locker room shooting lights out. The Wildcats shot 68.8% from the floor in the second half and a ridiculous 85.7% from three point range.
DePaul found themselves outgunned and a second late on the defensive end throughout the second half.
A lot of Villanova's scoring punch came from guard Ryan Arcidiacono. The freshman guard led all scorers with 23 points on seven of 12 from the field including five 3-pointers.
Six Wildcats finished in double figures. Darrun Hilliard scored 17 points. James Bell contributed 16 points while Jayvaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou added 11 points apiece. Tony Chennault came off the bench to add 10 points.
Four Blue Demons finished in double figures. Cleveland Melvin led the way for DePaul with 19 points. Sophomore Jamee Crockett scored 16 while going five of 11 from the floor. Senior guard Worrel Clahar scored 12 points off the bench to tie his career-high while Brandon Young finished with 11.
No. Name Pos. Cl. (Exp.) Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
0 Henry Lowe Guard SO 5-11 185 New York, N.Y. The Dalton School
2 Kris Jenkins Forward FR 6-6 255 Upper Marlboro, Md. Gonzaga College High School
3 Josh Hart Guard FR 6-5 202 Silver Spring, Md. Sidwell Friends
4 Darrun Hilliard Guard JR 6-6 215 Bethlehem, Pa. Liberty
5 Tony Chennault Guard SR 6-2 195 Philadelphia, Pa. Neumann-Goretti
12 Nick McMahon Guard SR 6-0 165 Colts Neck, N.J. Christian Brothers Academy
14 Darryl Reynolds Forward FR 6-8 225 Philadelphia, Pa. Lower Merion HS/Worcester Academy
15 Ryan Arcidiacono Guard SO 6-3 195 Langhorne, Pa. Neshaminy
20 Patrick Farrell Forward SO 6-5 200 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chaminade
22 JayVaughn Pinkston Forward RS JR 6-7 240 Brooklyn, N.Y. Bishop Loughlin
23 Daniel Ochefu Forward SO 6-11 245 Baltimore, Md. Downingtown East
31 Dylan Ennis Guard RS SO 6-2 192 Brampton, Ontario Lake Forest Academy
32 James Bell Guard SR 6-6 220 Orlando, Fla. Montverde Academy
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