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Cats Go Cold at Marquette

Villanova lost, 74-72, at Marquette Tuesday night, letting a 13 point lead slip away in the closing minutes ...

#1 AP, Villanova stumbled down the stretch to lose at Marquette Tuesday night.  After a Darryl Reynolds lay-up put the Cats up 68-55 with 6:40 remaining, ‘Nova would go ice cold from three-point range (0-7) and miss the front end of two one-and-ones.  The collapse permitted a 19-4 Golden Eagle run that seized the win.  Villanova settled for numerous three-point attempts relatively early in the shot clock, with a working margin, against the 1-3-1 zone of Marquette while Katin Reinhardt (19 points) got hot down the stretch.

Villanova drops to 7-2 in the Big East and 19-2 overall.  Kenpom now projects the Cats to finish 14-4 in the Big East - one game ahead of Butler and Creighton.

Goods:

  • 16 offensive rebounds
  • 10 steals and 5 blocked shots

Others:

  • 6-34 (17.6%) shooting from beyond the arc
  • 0-19 3PFG from Jenkins, Brunson, DiVincenzo, and Paschall combined
  • Rebounding in the second half
  • Allowed Marquette to shoot 47.4% from three-point range

Players:

Josh Hart (19 Min, 16 Points, 6-10 FG, 2-5 3PFG, 2-4 FTs, 8 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 2 Turnovers, 3 Steals, 1 Block, 122 ORtg)  Foul trouble limited his playing time.  Hart was quite effective in the minutes he did play - seemingly willing balls into his hands in traffic at key moments.  But his efforts were not enough to stave off the late run of the Golden Eagles.

Kris Jenkins (37 Min, 2 Points, 0-7 FG, 0-6 3PFG, 2-2 FT, 2 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steals, 0 Block, 0 Turnovers, 60 ORtg)  Big Smoove couldn’t get anything to go down.  The only points he put on the board were courtesy of a Marquette foul late in the second half.  He converted the one-and-one to give the Cats a 15 point half-time lead - after that, the Cats were just trying to hang on.  Jenkins made good decisions in the half-court on his passes, was strong with the ball and defended well enough … but he couldn’t convert his open threes nor create anything for himself off the bounce.

Darryl Reynolds (32 Min, 9 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4-8 FG, 1-2 FT, 1 Assists, 0 Turnovers, 0 Steals, 4 Blocks, 130 ORtg) Reynolds performed well in relation to expectations.  He scored around the bucket (though given the quality of looks he had - another made bucket or two could have been expected), chipped in on the glass and was very active defensively.

Mikal Bridges (34 Min, 20 points, 7-16 FGs, 4-10 3PFG, 2-2 FTs, 6 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Turnover, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks, 136 ORtg)  Bridges played quite well in this game.  He scored when the Cats needed to find some scoring, defended aggressively, made some great tip passes and rebounds, and helped out in the rebounding department.

Jalen Brunson (35 Min, 19 Points, 7-13 FGs, 0-5 3PFG, 5-5 FTs, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 3 Turnovers, 3 Steals, 117 ORtg)  Brunson played a solid game.  He made some key buckets in the first half to get the Cats a good working lead at half-time.  He made every shot he took from inside the arc with the exception of the potential game tying lay-up on the final possession.  Brunson was active in the passing lanes as well … but, like most of his teammates, he couldn’t buy a basket from three-point range.

Eric Paschall (19 Min, 2 Points, 1-4 FGs, 0-2 3PFG, 7 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Turnover, 1 Steals, 58 ORtg)  Paschall was very effective on the defensive glass and scored on a dunk inside.  He continues to struggle shooting the ball beyond the arc.  Villanova needs to find a way to get Paschall involved in the offense - 6 bench points isn’t enough on a night when Hart has foul trouble and Jenkins can’t buy one.

Donte DiVincenzo (24 Min, 4 Points, 2-9 FG, 0-6 3PFG, 1 Rebound, 1 Assist, 1 Turnover, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks, 61 ORtg)  DiVincenzo struggled to hit his own shots and wasn’t a huge factor on the glass.  It was interesting to see the “youth” in DiVincenzo’s game peek through.  In the first half, he missed a three-pointer badly and seemed to still be thinking about it on a subsequent possession when he made a sloppy turnover.  With time, he will learn to forget the mistakes and move on to the next play.

Villanova starts prepping immediately for a huge, out-of-conference game against #12 Virginia at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

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