|Syracuse||B Triche 14.5||C Fair 7.1||M Carter-Williams 9.2|
|Villanova||J Pinkston 13.2||M Yarou 5.8||R Arcidiacono 3.3|
On Saturday, Villanova meets No. 3 Syracuse. It gets started at 11:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Wildcats fell to the Orange 72-61 on January 12th and are 3-4 against them over the last four years.
Villanova is currently in 7th place in the Big East and Syracuse is in 1st place.
The 15 points and 5 rebounds by Ryan Arcidiacono helped the Wildcats to a 73-64 victory over Louisville on January 22nd. In addition to a team-leading 3.3 assists per game, he chips in 11.8 points per game. In a 57-55 victory over Cincinnati on January 21st, Michael Carter-Williams put up 16 points and 5 rebounds for the Orange. With 9.2 assists per game and 3.1 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Syracuse has an edge in two key statistical categories. The Orange have an advantage over the Wildcats in a key defensive component. They have an advantage in blocked shots, seven per game to three per game. Syracuse also has an advantage in scoring, 77 points per game to 69 points per game. A key area of strength for Syracuse is offensive rebounding percentage at 41.6, which ranks 1st in their conference (and 6th nationally).
- At least you keep showing up. Villanova has an average margin of victory of 9 over Syracuse in 31 wins since 1980.
- Villanova has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (46% vs 60%).
- Villanova is a better free-throw-shooting team (72.3% vs 63.3%) than Syracuse this season.
- The Villanova basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Syracuse (100% vs 54%).
- James Bell is ranked 10th in the Big East in three-pointers.
- The Villanova three-point leader (Ryan Arcidiacono) has more three-pointers than the Syracuse three-point leader (James Southerland).
- Villanova has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Syracuse (#26 vs #45).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Villanova currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (978 to 936) than Syracuse, per the NCAA.
- Villanova has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Syracuse according to Kiplinger (82.1% vs 69.8%).
- Ryan Arcidiacono is ranked 3rd in the Big East in three-pointers.