Villanova Basketball: The Biggest Flaw of Every Wildcat
Not many things have gone wrong for the Villanova Wildcats over the past week after they pulled off upsets of Louisville and Syracuse at home.
While the Wildcats may be riding high at the moment, there are still plenty of things that the entire roster needs to work on.
The Wildcats team is still fairly young and with any group of young players there are flaws that stick out more than they do with an experienced team.
Here are the biggest flaws for eight of the players on the Villanova roster.
Biggest Flaw: Quick Trigger
The three-pointing shooting troubles of Ryan Arcidiacono have been well-documented all season.
The freshman point guard has had trouble shooting from beyond the arc all season but still insists to shoot three-pointers to no avail.
Only once during Big East play has Arcidiacono made more than two shots from three-point range.
In the Big East opener against St. John's, the freshman went 7-for-13 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 32 points.
In his six games since the win over St. John's, Arcidiacono has shot 7-of-33 from three-point range.
Biggest Flaw: Inconsistency
Darrun Hilliard was expected to be one of the top performers on the Wildcats roster at the start of the season.
However, that has not been the case for the sophomore guard for most of the season.
After scoring 22 against Purdue on November 15, Hilliard failed to score in double digits for seven consecutive games.
After pulling off four games in a row where he scored in double digits, Hilliard once again failed to perform against South Florida and Syracuse with a combined 11 points in two games.
Hopefully, Hilliard's consistency issues are over after his 25-point performance in the win over Syracuse on Saturday.
Biggest Flaw: Failure to Step Up in Big Games
JayVaughn Pinkston is currently the leading scorer for the Villanova Wildcats with 13 points per game.
However, Pinkston has failed to step up in the three biggest conference games of the season.
Pinkston scored a combined 21 points in the Wildcats two games against Syracuse and he scored just 11 points in his team's upset of Louisville.
If Villanova are to qualify for any of the postseason tournaments, they will need their leading scorer to step up and have big performances against the Wildcats' big-name opposition.
Biggest Flaw: Scoring
Throughout nonconference play, James Bell was on his way to becoming one of the best players on the Villanova roster, but he hit a rough stretch of play at the start of 2013.
Bell was only able to muster a combined 27 points during a six-game span which started with the Wildcats' win over NJIT on December 28.
Bell has done a better job of contributing to the Wildcats' cause against both Louisville and Syracuse but it remains to be seen if the junior guard can keep his good scoring run going with the spotlight off of the Wildcats.
Biggest Flaw: Inability to Consistently Rebound
Consistency is a big issue with all of the players on the Villanova roster and senior center Mouphtaou Yarou is just another victim of the consistency issues surrounding the Wildcats this season.
While Yarou has earned rebounding totals of 13, 14, and 16 during Big East play but he has also put up some futile numbers of one, five and four in three consecutive conference games against Pitt, Providence and Louisville.
If Yarou wants to be the big man that the Wildcats rely on, he will have rebound close to 10 boards per game in each game he steps on the court.
Biggest Flaw: Inability to Take Advantage of Playing Opportunity
Maurice Sutton is a senior and he should know what it takes to earn playing time under head coach Jay Wright.
During Big East play, Sutton has failed to take advantage of his playing opportunities and has seen less and less time on the court.
In the Wildcats' last six games, Sutton has played over 10 minutes just once against Providence on January 19.
To make things worse for Sutton, he did not play against Louisville on Wednesday and only got on the court for three minutes against Syracuse on Saturday.
It looks like Sutton's time as a contributor at Villanova is over unless something miraculous happens to his play.
Biggest Flaw: Inability to Find Shots
While Achraf Yacoubou is not relied on to score off of the Villanova bench, he needs to more when he gets his opportunity on the court.
The most field goal attempts taken by Yacoubou in Big East play was the seven he took in the loss to Syracuse on January 12.
Since the Syracuse loss, Yacoubou has only attempted five shots and he has made three of them in 58 minutes on the court.
Yacoubou needs to have more of a presence on the offensive end for the Wildcats in the final month of conference play to help along the development process of the sophomore guard.
Biggest Flaw: Free Throw Shooting
Just like the stereotypical big man, Daniel Ochefu has had trouble shooting free throws this season.
The freshman has shot 46 percent from the free-throw line this season, which puts him last on the team in the category.
Ochefu does not get many chances to make free throws but when he does most of his free throws do not go in.
The freshman from Nigeria has plenty of time during his career to fix this issue but for now he will have to try his best to avoid missing any free throws that will cost the Wildcats a win.