Monday, February 4, 2013

Villanova-Depaul Primer

Let me begin with an unnecessary personal story. Seven years ago next Monday, my father picked me up at my boarding school in the Midwest to take a day trip to Chicago, because Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Mike Nardi, Kyle Lowry, and Villanova were taking on DePaul at Allstate Arena. The game was pretty stress free (Bilal Benn scored nine points!), except for a stretch where DePaul got it to within six during the second half, but it was only two days later that Villanova would claim their biggest home win in school history, beating UConn at the (then) Wachovia Center. Just thought I'd share that, because driving to and from Chicago in a pretty treacherous snow storm to watch Villanova beat a nondescript DePaul team is one of my most vivid in person memories as a Villanova fan, and whenever Villanova goes to play against DePaul, especially when it's cold outside, I think of that treacherous journey.

Now on to tomorrow's game. You would think that Villanova would have an easy job of dispatching a bad team like DePaul, but as this team has proved, it basically plays to the level of its competition, partially because of the fact that it turns the ball over so frequently, but counteracts that reality by playing defense that is quite sufficient, thereby keeping them in games that they would otherwise be in. It all comes down to making shots. If this Villanova team makes 45% of its shots, it is pretty difficult to beat as long as they don't turn the ball over 25 times. Even then, if they get to the free throw line, that might help them a lot. Basically what I am saying is that you shouldn't worry about DePaul, but you should worry about what Villanova team shows up to play, because that's going to be what determines whether Villanova wins or loses.

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