UNC vs Villanova: Final Four Matchup Comparison

March 31st, 2009
Apr 4 2009 - 8:47pm

If there's a "cinderella" in this tournament, Villanova would be it. The Wildcats hung around the Top 25 all season, but never challenged for the Big East title and mostly went under the radar. With solid guard play, an impressive defensive focus, and a capable big man in Dante Cunningham, the Wildcats have enough pieces to at least give the Tar Heels a better game than Oklahoma did (which isn't saying much).


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Matchup Comparison


#1 UNC


#3 Villanova



Ty Lawson

Seems to be 100% healthy now, has 20 assists to just 2 TOs in the tournament. Even hitting threes at a high clip.



Scottie Reynolds

Made a name for himself with game-winning drive against Pitt. Solid, no doubt, but not Lawson.


Wayne Ellington

Up until the Oklahoma game, Ellington had been on the best run of his career. Can Reading the D stopper contain him?


Reggie Reading

Solid defender and glue guy, can pass the ball as well.


Danny Green

Underrated player, defends well and can knock in threes. Still prone to a dud offensive game every once and awhile.


Dwayne Anderson

Overlooked player. Rebounds well and can heat up from three. Stepped up against Pitt, and could be key to a VU win.


Tyler Hansbrough

Had one of his least effective games of the season against OU. How will he respond?



Shane Clark

Solid player who has never lived up to potential. Will lose time to Pena (unless he goes 3-4 from deep again..)


Deon Thompson

Leveled off as season went on, and is prone to disappearing. Losing time to Davis recently.


Dante Cunningham

Rock solid forward capable of 20 and 10. Can step out and hit 15-foot jumper.


Bobby Frasor/Larry Drew

Frasor somehow gotten worse throughout career. Drew is a solid passer who rarely scores.


Corey Fisher

Offensive spark who basically gets starter minutes. Jumper has been off in tourney which is troubling.






Corey Stokes

Will average 15 ppg next year. Every few games, tends to light it up from the outside.

Ed Davis/Tyler Zeller

Both of these guys are A-level future stars. Davis is the Heels main option off the bench now.


Antonio Pena

Minutes have shrunk, but a capable reserve. Not as good as Davis though.

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