After a lackluster start to the 2011-2012 season, the Villanova basketball team will begin Big East conference play tomorrow night at 7 PM against West Virginia.
Through 12 games this season, WVU is 9-3 and is currently ranked 31st by Ken Pomeroy. Villanova is currently ranked 60th, hindered by their adjusted defense, which just barely scratches the top 100 teams in the nation. On offense, The Mountaineers are led by senior forward Kevin Jones, who is averaging 21 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. Jones should pose a particular problem for Villanova, because Mouphtaou Yarou is a poor defender and his backup Maurice Sutton, who is a superior defender may not play due to illness. Villanova's best chance at winning is probably forcing Truck Bryant to beat them. While Bryant is scoring a lot of points, he's also shooting below 40% from the field and around 70% from the line.
Villanova is unlikely to win this one, but stranger things have happened. Let's wait and see.