Monday, January 18, 2010

Villanova Downs Georgetown

Thank You for giving me the day off Dr. King
Led by another awesome effort by Scottie Reynolds, Villanova defeated Georgetown on Sunday by a score of 82-77.  Despite surrendering a large halftime lead, The 'Cats were able to hang on against The HoyasReynolds led the way for Villanova with 27 points while sophomore sensation (and likely lottery pick) Greg Monroe had a game high 29 points and 16 rebounds for Georgetown.  The win marked the first time since 2007 that VU was able to beat Georgetown (they were 0-5 since that game.)  While it is discouraging that Villanova has been trying it's hardest to lose games they seem to have in hand, it also shows that they can still improve on their play so far.  With this win, Villanova remains one of only two teams in the Big East with an undefeated record in conference play (Pitt is the other.)

It Makes Me Happy When- Villanova is able to win despite not playing their best basketball.  It also makes me happy that Scottie knows that he is the go to guy on this team.
It Makes Me Sad When- We continue to squander big leads.  I wish this team wasn't so heart attack inducing.  It would be nice to see a game where they come out, get a big lead and never relinquish it.  It is good though that this team has the composure to win games where they let the other team back in it.
Ranking Update- Villanova retained it's position at #4 in the rankings after there was no losses involving the three teams ahead of them this week.  Jeff Sagarin has us at #6 in his computer rankingsSagrarin also has our schedule ranked as the 32nd toughest in the nation.  I do question why Dook is so high in the computer rankings as I haven't seen too much from them that demonstrates why they're so good.
Scottie Watch- With 27 points against Georgetown, Scottie Reynolds brought his career scoring total to 1,948.  That makes him 52 points from 2,000 in his career, 296 points from passing Kerry Kittles' Villanova career men's mark of 2,243 and 461 points away from passing Shelly Pennefather's overall school record of 2,408.  Scottie is currently ninth all time in school history in scoring and needs only 19 points (his season average) to pass Randy Foye's 1966 for eighth.

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