No. 1 Villanova Vexes DePaul

Villanova played worthy of their top ranking as the handed DePaul a 86-59 defeat at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.

Villanova (21-3,11-1) started out the game on a 8-0 run which set the tone for much of the game.  The Wildcats never trailed in the contest.

It was no Mardi Gras for DePaul (8-16,2-10), who was outmatched by Villanova at every position on the floor in this one.

“From an efficiency standpoint, I know we haven’t played a team this year that’s as efficient at both ends of the floor as Villanova is,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao.

It didn’t get any better in the second half for DePaul when the Wildcats opened up with a 15-0 run to start the half.

Villanova held a huge edge in points in the paint by outscoring DePaul by a 36-16 margin in the paint.  

The Wildcats also capitalized on Blue Demon miscues, by scoring 19 points off of 19 DePaul turnovers.

Villanova displayed a balanced offense with having five players finish in double figures.  

Josh Hart led all scorers with 18 points. Darryl Reynolds came off the bench to add 14 points and six rebounds.  Kris Jenkins added 13 points, while the duo of Daniel Ochefu and Jalen Brunson contributed 11 points apiece.

The one bright spot for DePaul was the play of freshman Eli Cain, who scored 15 points and the contribution of senior Myke Henry on the boards with nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Blue Demons now have a week off before they travel to New York City to meet St, John’s for the first time this season.


Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information:

With a Billy Garrett Jr. three-point field goal early in the first half, DePaul’s streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer extended to 700 games... Eli Cain reached double-figure points for the fourth time in five games… Tuesday marked the third straight game that Myke Henry secured eight or more rebounds... DePaul is now 3-19 all-time in games against No. 1 teams... Villanova leads the series, 21-8, with 11 straight wins.

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