Louisville vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview

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Louisville vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview
Louisville
(16-2, 7-1 away)
Villanova
(11-7, 6-3 home)
Venue: Wells Fargo Center
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, January 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Louisville R Smith 19.3 G Dieng 10.2 P Siva 5.7
Villanova J Pinkston 13.3 M Yarou 5.9 R Arcidiacono 3.3

Villanova takes on No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday. It takes place at 8:00 EST and you can see it on WHAS, PHL17, MASN. The Wildcats are 2-3 against the Cardinals over the last four years. They lost 84-74 the last time they played (1/25/2012).

Villanova is in 10th place in the conference, Louisville is in 2nd place.

In their last game, JayVaughn Pinkston put up 20 points in the Wildcats 69-66 loss to Providence on January 19th. His 13.3 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Cardinals, Gorgui Dieng finished with 4 points and 8 rebounds in the 70-68 loss to Syracuse on January 19th. He leads the team in rebounds with 10.2 per game and blocks with 2.5 per game.

Louisville has an edge in a single key statistical category, scoring, where the Cardinals have the upper hand over the Wildcats, 76 points per game to 69 points per game.

Louisville StatSmack

  • The Villanova blocks leader (Maurice Sutton) has more blocks than the Louisville blocks leader (Gorgui Dieng).
  • At least you keep showing up. Villanova has an average margin of victory of 7 over Louisville in 6 wins since 1989.
  • The Villanova basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Louisville (100% vs 50%).
  • Villanova is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Villanova is 221 lbs compared to 210 lbs for Louisville.
  • Ryan Arcidiacono is ranked 3rd in the Big East in three-pointers.
  • The Villanova three-point leader (Ryan Arcidiacono) has more three-pointers than the Louisville three-point leader (Russ Smith).
  • James Bell is ranked 10th in the Big East in three-pointers.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Villanova currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (978 to 965) than Louisville, per the NCAA.
  • Louisville has to pay up to win. The coach for Villanova has a much lower base salary than Louisville ($1,983,769 vs $2,250,000).
Lville Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Russ Smith 28 19 3 3 2 0 3
A- Gorgui Dieng 28 9 10 2 1 2 2
B+ Chane Behanan 27 11 8 1 2 0 1
B Peyton Siva 30 11 2 6 2 0 3
B- W. Blackshear 21 9 4 1 1 0 1
B- M. Harrell 18 7 4 0 1 1 1
C+ Luke Hancock 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C S. Van Treese 13 2 4 0 1 0 0
C Kevin Ware 17 4 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Zach Price 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Michael Baffour 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Tim Henderson 4 1 1 0 1 0 0
D Jordan Bond 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Logan Baumann 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Nova Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- J. Pinkston 24 14 4 2 1 0 2
B- R. Arcidiacono 33 12 2 4 1 0 3
C+ James Bell 28 9 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Mouphtaou Yarou 24 8 6 1 0 1 2
C+ Darrun Hilliard 29 10 3 1 2 0 2
C Daniel Ochefu 18 4 5 0 1 1 1
C Maurice Sutton 14 6 4 0 1 1 1
C- Achraf Yacoubou 15 4 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Tony Chennault 18 3 2 2 1 0 2
D Henry Lowe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D Patrick Farrell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Nick McMahon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Mislav Brzoja 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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