Villanova 2010 NCAA Tournament Capsule

    
March 12th, 2010

Villanova Wildcats

Big East Conference (24-7, 13-5)

 

Big Wins: 12/6 vs Maryland (95-86), 1/17 Georgetown (82-77), 2/8 at West Virginia (82-75)

Bad Losses: 2/15 Connecticut (75-84), 2/21 at Pittsburgh (65-70), 3/11 vs Marquette (76-80)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2009, Final Four loss to North Carolina

Coach: Jay Wright (11-7 in 7 NCAA appearances)

 

Why They Can Surprise:

It is hard to find any team in the nation that has as much talent on the perimeter as Villanova. And, of course, it all starts with Scottie Reynolds. The 6-2 senior has always been a superb scorer, but this year he has been much more consistent. He is taking smarter shots both inside and outside the arc and that is why he is one of the best players in the Big East.

 

But there are a lot of other guards on this team too. Corey Fisher has turned into a solid floor leader who does a great job of attacking the basket and finishing or finding his teammates. Corey Stokes is knocking down the long ball much more efficiently this year and also gives the team some help on the glass. However, in this four guard lineup it is Reggie Redding who plays the four spot and is asked not only to score and grab a bunch of rebounds, but he must also often defend much bigger opposing power forwards. And that is just the starting four. Add Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek to the mix and Coach Jay Wright has a ton of options.

 

Why They Can Disappoint:

Running a four guard offense usually hurts a team in the rebounding department, but that is not the case with the Wildcats. Antonio Pena has done a great job as the lone forward, averaging 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. With a little help from the rest of the team, Nova is actually one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. The problem lies in experienced depth in the post. Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton are 6-10 and 6-11, respectively, but both are inconsistent freshmen. Coach Wright has given them opportunities to start, but neither is much of a scoring threat. But more importantly they need to be strong enough to play decent defense when Pena needs a break or the team needs another big body on the floor. Heading into the NCAA Tournament Yarou seems to be the answer, while Sutton’s minutes have diminished considerably.

 

Who To Watch:

The x-factor in the frontcourt is Duke transfer Taylor King. The 6-6 sophomore can give Villanova a more traditional look as long as Pena or one of the freshmen are in the game. Yet, King is not that much different from the guards when it comes to scoring. He can knock down the long ball with consistency or score with his back to the basket. However, what makes King such a dangerous player off the bench is his ability to hit the glass. He is second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per contest and his addition has made this team exceptional on the glass instead of a team that simply runs four guards around the floor without any chance of outrebounding the opposition.

 

Probable Starters:

Corey Fisher, Junior, Guard, 13.7 ppg, 4.0 apg

Scottie Reynolds, Senior, Guard, 18.5 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg

Corey Stokes, Junior, Guard, 9.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Reggie Redding, Senior, Guard, 7.4 ppg, 2.6 apg, 4.7 rpg

Antonio Pena, Junior, Forward, 10.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg

 

Key Roleplayers:

Dominic Cheek, Freshman, Guard, 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Taylor King, Sophomore, Forward, 7.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Maurice Sutton, Freshman, Center, 1.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Maalik Wayns, Freshman, Guard, 6.8 ppg, 1.2 apg

Mouphtaou Yarou, Freshman, Center, 3.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg

 

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 82.8 (3rd in nation, 1st in conference)

Scoring Defense: 72.6 (273, 14)

Field-Goal Percentage: 46.3 (48, 4)

Field-Goal Defense: 40.5 (55, 4)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.7 (50, 5)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 37.2 (52, 5)

Free-Throw Percentage: 75.1 (12, 1)

Rebound Margin: 5.2 (29, 3)

Assists Per Game: 13.9 (108, 11)

Turnovers Per Game: 13.8 (178, 12)

 

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