#1 AP, Villanova took care of Providence this afternoon in a business-like performance at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly. The 78-68 win advanced the Cats to 19-1 overall and 7-1 in Big East action.
‘Nova got an MVP performance from Josh Hart (25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals), 19 points from Kris Jenkins, 15 points from Mikal Bridges and a strong 13 point, 6 assists, 1 turnover outing from Frosh, PG, Jalen Brunson.
The Wildcats played a mix of zone and man-to-man defenses while sharing the ball well on the offensive end of the court. ‘Nova out-rebounded the Friars and leveraged a turnover advantage to overcome a hot 13-26 Providence shooting performance from beyond the arc.
- 1.24 points per possession for the ‘Nova offense
- four Villanova players posted 13+ points
- 31-23 rebounding edge
- 11-11 shooting at the free-throw line
- 41.2% shooting beyond the arc
- 56.1% 2PFG shooting
- 19 Assists / 10 Turnovers.
- Allowed 13-26 (.500) shooting from beyond the arc by Providence
- Only 2 bench points on 1-7 shooting from the floor
- Held the Friars to 37.5% 2PFG
Josh Hart (34 Min, 25 Points, 10-16 FG, 2-2 3PFG, 3-3 FTs, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Turnovers, 2 Steals, 1 Block, 148 ORtg) Hart was the game MV for the Cats. He scored the ball with efficiency, distributed it and contributed on the glass and defensively. Excellent performance from Hart.
Kris Jenkins (32 Min, 19 Points, 7-12 FG, 3-6 3PFG, 2-2 FT, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Block, 3 Turnovers, 125 ORtg) Jenkins shot the ball quite well and contributed across the board. His defense, passing and rebounding contributed to the W just as much as his three made three-pointers.
Darryl Reynolds (29 Min, 4 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2-2 FG, 0-0 FT, 0 Assists, 3 Turnovers, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks, 86 ORtg) Reynolds was a factor on defense and a huge difference-maker on the boards. He contributed on the offensive end early in the game (including a baseline jumper) but struggled a bit with his turnovers.
Mikal Bridges (34 Min, 15 points, 6-13 FGs, 1-5 3PFG, 2-2 FTs, 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 0 Turnover, 2 Steals, 1 Block, 131 ORtg) Bridges was much more involved in the flow of the offense than he has been over the past several weeks. Though he didn’t jar his three-balls at a high rate, Bridges finished from 2-point range, passed the ball very effectively and played high-level defense.
Jalen Brunson (34 Min, 13 Points, 4-8 FGs, 1-3 3PFG, 4-4 FTs, 3 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1 Turnover, 1 Steal, 146 ORtg) Brunson posted a remarkably similar stat line to the one he posted in the last game. He shot it well and played a great floor game. Brunson continues to grind it out on defense and make quality decisions on offense. He will be a very important factor in how long the Cats can advance in March.
Eric Paschall (10 Min, 0 Points, 1 Rebounds, 0-1FGs, 1 Rebound, 0 Assists, 1 Turnover, 1Block, 0 Steals, 35 ORtg) Paschall never really found his groove on either end of the court in this one. He rebounded and defended okay but never got into the offensive flow of the game. Paschall needs to be more effective in more minutes for the Cats to truly “peak” this season. Got in foul trouble despite playing limited minutes.
Donte DiVincenzo (27 Min, 2 Points, 1-6 FG, 0-1 3PFG, 2 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Turnover, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks, 63 ORtg) DiVincenzo had a solid game in terms of running the point without making a bunch of mistakes - but not much more. He struggled to hit his own shots and wasn’t a huge factor on the glass.
Villanova faces Marquette on the road on Tuesday night.