DePaul Blue Demons vs. #6 Villanova Wildcats - Wednesday, January 6th, 7:00 p.m. Central – Philadelphia, PA
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It just doesn't get any easier for DePaul (7-7, 0-2). The Blue Demons are coming of a 67-50 loss to 13th ranked Georgetown to now face sixth ranked Villanova (12-1, 1-0) on the road.
Following a season in which the Blue Demons went 0-18 for the regular season in the Big East, DePaul has now lost 21 consecutive games in the league. A loss on Wednesday night will break Miami's record of 21 straight regular season losses that spanned the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Big East seasons.
Avoiding that feat will be extremely difficult when you have to play the sixth ranked team in the country in their building. Not to mention that the Wildcats are coming off a season where they advanced to the NCAA Final Four and return the bulk of that team.
When DePaul last played Villanova, the Blue Demons came very close to ending their Big East losing streak. DePaul lead by as many as 10 points in the second half last February, but Nova rallied back to win 74-72 at Allstate Arena.
The Wildcats have won 33 straight games at the Pavilion on campus. The last team to beat Nova there? DePaul, three years ago to the day – January 6, 2007.
The last ranked opponent that DePaul defeated? Villanova, at Allstate Arena on January 3, 2008.
Those games were both nice upsets, but it's hard to imagine history repeating itself for DePaul on Wednesday night.
The only losses from last year's Final Four squad are Dante Cunningham (16.1 ppg), Dwayne Anderson (9.0 ppg) and Shane Clark (5.6 ppg).
Guard Scottie Reynolds tested the waters of the NBA Draft and decided to return for his senior season. Reynolds is on a scoring tear of late. He has averaged 22 ppg over the last six games. Scottie has completed 5 of his 26 three-point attempts over the last five games.
Also contributing for Nova is junior guard Corey Fisher, who is scoring 14 points per game and dishing out 4.4 assists.
Reggie Redding has averaged 14 points and grabbed 7.7 rebounds over the last three games. Redding is back after sitting out the first 10 games due to a code of conduct violation.
Joining Redding on the frontline is forward Antonio Pena, who has averaged 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats have a lot of depth. Duke transfer Taylor King has made quite an impact. The 6-6 forward is pulling down 6.8 rebounds per game to go along with 11.4 ppg off the bench.
Nova also has quite a diaper dandy coming off the bench in freshman Maalik Wayns. Wayns was named Big East Rookie of the Week this week after scoring a season-high 16 points, two assists, and no turnovers in 26 minutes in a win at Marquette on Saturday.
Wednesday's game also marks the return of 6-10 freshman big man Mouphtaou Yarou for Villanova. Yarou played in just two games this season for Nova before being sidelined with Hepatitis B. He was expected to be out for the season, but has recently been cleared to return to practice and to play.
The Last Time
The 10th ranked Villanova Wildcats fought back from a 10 point deficit with 19:30 to go in the game to edge out the Blue Demons 74-72 at Allstate Arena in February, 2009.
Villanova (23-5, 11-4) finished with four players in double-figures. Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds led the way with 18 apiece. Coming off the bench, Corey Fisher scored 12 and Corey Stokes chipped in with 10.
Junior guard Will Walker led all scorers with 23 points on seven of 16 shooting while dropping in six three-pointers.
Sophomore Dar Tucker contributed with 16 points and five assists, but shot one from 11 from behind the arc.
Sophomore forward Mac Koshwal finished with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds.
No. Name Pos. Cl. (EXP) Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
0 Antonio Pena Forward RS JR (3L) 6-8 235 Brooklyn, N.Y. St. Thomas More
1 Scottie Reynolds Guard SR (3L) 6-2 190 Herndon, Va. Herndon
5 Maalik Wayns Guard FR 6-1 185 Philadelphia, Pa. Roman Catholic
10 Corey Fisher Guard JR (2L) 6-1 200 Bronx, N.Y. St. Patrick's (N.J.)
12 Russell Wooten Forward SR (1L) 6-4 210 Chula Vista, Calif. St. Augustine
13 Mouphtaou Yarou Forward/Center FR 6-10 250 Natitingou, Benin Montrose Christian School
15 Reggie Redding Guard SR (3L) 6-5 205 Philadelphia, Pa. St. Joseph's Prep
23 Dominic Cheek Guard FR 6-6 185 Jersey City, N.J. St. Anthony's
24 Corey Stokes Guard JR (2L) 6-5 220 Bayonne, N.J. St. Benedict's
25 Maurice Sutton Forward/Center RS FR (1L) 6-11 215 Largo, Md. Largo
31 Taylor King Forward SO (1L) 6-6 230 Huntington Beach, Cal. Santa Ana Mater Dei
34 Isaiah Armwood Forward FR 6-7 205 Baltimore, Md. Montrose Christian School
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