Villanova vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview

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Villanova vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview
Villanova
(15-10, 6-6 away)
Connecticut
(17-6, 13-3 home)
Venue: XL Center
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, February 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Villanova J Pinkston 12.5 M Yarou 6.8 R Arcidiacono 3.4
Connecticut S Napier 16.9 D Daniels 5.0 S Napier 4.4

Connecticut takes on Villanova on Saturday. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Huskies are 4-0 against the Wildcats over the last four years. The last time they played they won 73-70 on Feb. 20, 2012.

Villanova is in 10th place in the Big East and Connecticut is in seventh place.

In their last outing, behind 17 points from Ryan Boatright, the Huskies defeated Syracuse 66-58 on Feb. 13. He is putting up 15.9 points per game while also averaging 4.3 assists per game. For the Wildcats, JayVaughn Pinkston put up 12 points and 8 rebounds in the 68-50 loss to Cincinnati on Feb. 12. His 12.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team. Villanova will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: free throw rate at 50.3 percent and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.1 percent.

Villanova StatSmack

  • Connecticut has more wins over the last 5 years than Villanova (142 vs. 126).
  • Connecticut is better at defending the three (30.3 percent allowed vs. 35.9 percent allowed) than Villanova this season.
  • Over the past 10 years, Connecticut has had more players drafted by the NBA than Villanova (14 vs. three).
  • A for effort, but Connecticut has emerged victorious against Villanova the last four times they've played.
  • Connecticut has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Villanova (two vs. zero).
  • Since 1998, Connecticut has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Villanova (21 vs. 13).
  • Connecticut has a stronger schedule than Villanova this season (SOS Rank: No. 17 vs. No. 35).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Connecticut has a better overall record than Villanova this season (17-6 vs. 15-10).
  • Connecticut is better under pressure, and has defeated Villanova in six out of the last nine games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Connecticut has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Villanova ($21,998 vs. $51,520).
  • Connecticut has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Villanova (three vs. one).
Nova Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B J. Pinkston 24 13 5 2 1 0 2
B R. Arcidiacono 33 11 2 3 1 0 3
B Mouphtaou Yarou 26 9 7 1 0 1 2
B- Darrun Hilliard 30 11 3 1 1 0 2
B- James Bell 28 9 5 1 1 0 2
C Daniel Ochefu 19 4 5 1 1 1 1
C- Maurice Sutton 12 4 4 1 0 1 1
C- Achraf Yacoubou 14 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Tony Chennault 17 4 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Patrick Farrell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Henry Lowe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Nick McMahon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Mislav Brzoja 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
UCONN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shabazz Napier 37 17 4 4 2 0 2
A- Ryan Boatright 35 16 3 4 2 0 3
B Omar Calhoun 31 11 4 1 1 0 2
B DeAndre Daniels 27 11 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tyler Olander 22 4 4 1 0 1 1
C Niels Giffey 21 5 4 1 1 0 1
C Enosch Wolf 14 3 3 1 0 1 1
C Trey James 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
C- R.J. Evans 14 3 1 1 1 0 1
C- Dave Vandal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Pat Lenehan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Leon Tolksdorf 9 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Phillip Nolan 8 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Tor Watts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Keifer Lammi 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
D+ Brendan Allen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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