Sunday, December 23, 2012

I'm Down With JVP: Pinkston, Villanova Crush Monmouth

In perhaps the most complete game of his still reasonably young career, JayVaughn Pinkston scored 16 points and added eight assists to lead Villanova to a dominant 83-56 win over Monmouth last night in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Also in double figures for the 'Cats were Tony Chennault with 11, and Darrun Hilliard with 10.

On the positive side of things, Villanova had their best shooting game since probably 2009, going , 23 for 42 overall (54.8%), 15 for 22  from three (68.2%), and 22 for 27 from the free throw line (81.5%). That's huge. I'm a bit concerned though that they will jack up tons of threes for the next few games, even if there isn't much success on that end. On the positive though, JVP has been hitting threes at a 36.8% rate this season after starting absolutely ice cold, and if he keeps hitting them at that rate, this could be a bubble team (no, seriously).

On the negative side, a lot of turnovers (19) against a crappy team, but like I said in the game preview, Monmouth is a better team on defense than they are on offense, and Villanova was on the road, a situation that generally lends to more turnovers. There's also the fact that Monmouth forced 15 turnovers against Syracuse.

Four wins in a row sure feels nice, you guys.

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