Providence vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview

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Providence vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview
Providence
(10-11, 1-6 away)
Villanova
(13-8, 8-3 home)
Venue: The Pavilion
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, February 03, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Providence B Cotton 21.5 L Henton 8.2 V Council 7.0
Villanova J Pinkston 12.9 M Yarou 6.3 R Arcidiacono 3.3

On Sunday, Villanova welcomes Providence at The Pavilion. Tip-off is at 12:00 EST and you can see it on MASN, SNY, WPVI. The Wildcats lost to the Friars 69-66 on January 19th and are 4-2 against them over the last four years.

Villanova is in 10th place in the conference, Providence is in 13th place.

In spite of 20 points and 7 rebounds from Mouphtaou Yarou, the Wildcats came up short 65-60 against Notre Dame on January 30th. On top of a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game, he also scores 8.8 points per game. The Friars were defeated by Connecticut 82-79 on January 31st despite 15 points and 5 rebounds from Vincent Council. He is averaging 10.4 points per game and leads the team in assists with 7.0 per game.

Providence StatSmack

  • Villanova takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Providence (7 vs 1).
  • The Villanova blocks leader (Maurice Sutton) has more blocks than the Providence blocks leader (Brice Kofane).
  • The Villanova basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Providence (100% vs 80%).
  • Ryan Arcidiacono is ranked 5th in the Big East in three-pointers.
  • We win when it counts, too. Villanova has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Providence (12 vs 0).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Villanova has a better overall record than Providence this season (13-8 vs 10-11).
  • Villanova is better under pressure, and has defeated Providence in 5 out of the last 6 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Villanova has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Providence (#51 vs #137).
  • The Villanova steals leader (Darrun Hilliard) has more steals than the Providence steals leader (LaDontae Henton).
  • AP voters think more highly of Villanova and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Providence (94 vs 14).
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Villanova has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Providence (13 vs 2).
PC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Bryce Cotton 37 22 4 3 1 0 2
B Vincent Council 31 10 2 7 1 0 3
B LaDontae Henton 37 14 8 1 1 1 2
B Kadeem Batts 31 14 7 1 1 1 2
C Kris Dunn 25 6 4 2 1 0 3
C Josh Fortune 29 7 3 2 1 0 2
C Sidiki Johnson 15 4 5 0 1 1 1
D+ Brice Kofane 17 1 4 0 0 1 1
D Ted Bancroft 12 1 2 0 1 0 1
D Lee Goldsbrough 13 1 3 1 0 0 1
Nova Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B J. Pinkston 24 13 5 2 1 0 2
B R. Arcidiacono 34 11 2 3 1 0 3
B- Mouphtaou Yarou 25 9 6 1 0 1 2
B- Darrun Hilliard 29 11 3 1 2 0 2
B- James Bell 28 9 5 1 1 0 2
C Daniel Ochefu 18 4 5 1 1 1 1
C Maurice Sutton 14 5 4 1 1 1 1
C Achraf Yacoubou 15 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Tony Chennault 17 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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