Syracuse vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview

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Syracuse vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview
Syracuse
(18-1, 5-1 away)
Villanova
(12-7, 7-3 home)
Venue: Wells Fargo Center
11:00AM ET / 8:00AM PT, January 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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).

Syracuse StatSmack

  • 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.
SU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A M. Carter-Williams 34 12 5 9 3 1 4
B+ C.J. Fair 32 13 7 1 1 1 1
B+ Brandon Triche 32 14 3 3 1 0 3
B J. Southerland 26 14 5 1 1 1 1
B- R. Christmas 22 6 5 0 0 2 1
C Jerami Grant 14 5 3 0 0 1 1
C DaJuan Coleman 14 5 5 0 1 0 1
C Baye Keita 14 4 4 0 1 1 1
C Trevor Cooney 13 5 1 1 1 0 0
D+ Noel Jones 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D M. Lyde-Cajuste 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Nolan Hart 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D G. Hoffmann 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Russ DeRemer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Albert Nassar 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nova Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B J. Pinkston 25 13 4 2 1 0 2
B- R. Arcidiacono 33 12 2 3 1 0 3
C+ James Bell 28 9 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Darrun Hilliard 29 10 3 1 2 0 2
C+ Mouphtaou Yarou 24 8 6 1 0 1 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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