Road Woes: Nova 60 MU 56

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Led by 22 pts from Soph guard Darrun Hilliard, Villanova upset #17 Marquette. 60-56 victory on Senior Night in front of the sold-out crowd at the on campus Pavilion. The Golden Eagles (19-7, 10-4 BE) outrebounded Villanova 37-24, but committed 19 turnovers.

[The Nova Seniors saluted the crowd after the win over MU.]

MU head coach Buzz Williams told the media in his post game presser, "We were not 10-3 (in the Big East) because we did something unique offensively or defensively. We weren't 10-3 because we're the most-talented or best-coached. We were in a position to be in a position because of how hard we played. And we did not play hard enough today."

Here are the post game comments from Buzz WIlliams on AM 540 with Steve True and Jim McIlvaine.

[Steve True: 19 Tos…not going to win on road with that number]

Buzz: "No sir…it is not mathematically impossible. If the winner scores 60 pts and opponent has 19 TO..that is pretty much mathematically impossible…when 30% of pts come from FT when the clock is stopped …it is really hard to cover come…

[Jimmy Mac: you talked about making more time for Steve Taylor Jr…4 pts/8rebs in 12min]

buzz: "I thought he was the only one who played to his capabilities. He had 8 rebounds in 12 min……should have played him more…guys who have put us in this position did not play well enough tonight…our starting perimeter had 12 TOs…there starting perimeter had only 1 turnover and 33 pts..that is really tough….it was just a horse contest in the 2H….we shot 60%, they shot 57%…we had 9 TO in 1H and 10 TO in 2H…we count on FTM…but when you TO the ball so much..hard to get to the FTM…because you are losing the possession….that is really hard to overcome…

[Pinkston with a dunk]

[Homer: Vill did good things on defense keeping you away from things you like to do…was it them or you?]

Buzz:" I think they were good defensively…too many times we tried to drive it on the first side before the defenses had rotated…..that led to TOs and charges…we did not get enough paint touches…IN BE play…70% of the poss we get a paint touch…we did not get that tonight…I always want to give them credit….their physicality and their pressure was not unlike other teams Cinn…teams like that…but today it seemed to extend us beyond the FT line up on top of the floor before we were able to get the defense to shift…or to rotate…and when you turn it over so much …we could not get the ball below the FT line…

[Homer: you shot 14 FTs and Vill made 18…that is usually what you do to other teams…]

Buzz: "We are 1 in league in FT makes…they are 2…they are 1 in reb margin we are 2….they were 4th in FG% defense..we are 1st… …they shot 27 % in 1h…and 57% in 2nd H….we shot 30% in 1H and 60 % in 2nd H…

Hilliard was fabulous..,,we out reb them by 13…on off glass by 6…we had 19 TO….we need to get a FGA make or miss on virtually every possession…we were 4th in the league in TOs with 12.3….the winner had 60 pts and we had 7 more TOs than our average…that is tough to overcome….

[Vander Blue with a dunk after a left basline drive.]

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