Villanova-Louisville Recap: Big East Tournament Review

Steve ChottCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2009

I am a little mad, and I would have much rather seen a different outcome. It was a good game, and I applaud Louisville for showing up the second half—the way Villanova failed to do.

Earlier this week, I wrote an article about Nova's Big East chances. I said they had a great chance if they could hang with the big teams and avoid so many turnovers.

Well, if you watched the game, you know that neither of these happened.

In the first half, Villanova came out a hot team. They were moving the ball around greatly. They were turning the ball over, however, and it would have been a big problem if Louisville could capitalize off of them. They got no points off turnovers, and Villanova was up, 34-26.

What was going to come in the second half, though, would not be good at all.

Louisville came out super hot, and went on a 17-2 run. They hit many big-time three point shots. After this, Villanova had little energy left.

They would eventually tie the game at 50, just to lose in the end, 69-55.

Louisville played great, tight defense—not letting anyone get free room.

The big players from this game for 'Nova were Corey Fisher and Dante Cunningham with 14 points and Dwayne Anderson with 12 points.

One person who didn't show up for tonight's game was Scottie Reynolds. Reynolds, who was one of Villanova's top players and captains during the season, had just two points with three assists.

Reynolds didn't have problems finding the other team though, as Scottie turned the ball over five times. He was double-teamed many times throughout the game, being completely shut down by the Louisville defense.

The season isn't over, as Villanova still has the NCAA Tournament to play. They could make a great run there as a probable third, fourth, or fifth seeded team.

Louisville will go on to play the winner of Syracuse vs. West Virginia in the Big East Championship Game. In the four years Louisville has been in the Big East Championship, they have never won the title.