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

Villanova meets Connecticut on Saturday. Tipoff occurs at 12 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Wildcats are 0-4 against the Huskies over the last four years. They fell 73-70 on Feb. 20, 2012, the last time they met.

Connecticut is in seventh place in the conference and Villanova is in 10th place.

In their last matchup on Feb. 12, JayVaughn Pinkston put up 12 points and 8 rebounds for the Wildcats in a loss to Cincinnati, 68-50. His 12.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Huskies, Ryan Boatright put up 17 points in the 66-58 win over Syracuse on Feb. 13. He contributes 4.3 assists per game in addition to his 15.9 points per game.

Connecticut StatSmack

  • Villanova has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Connecticut (No. 26 vs. No. 72).
  • Diaper Dandies love Villanova. Villanova has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Connecticut (12 vs. 10).
  • Villanova has an average margin of victory of 8 over Connecticut in 30 wins since 1980.
  • The Villanova rebounding leader (Mouphtaou Yarou, 169 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Connecticut rebounding leader (DeAndre Daniels, 114 rebounds).
  • The Villanova basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Connecticut (100 percent vs. 31 percent).
  • Mouphtaou Yarou is ranked 7th in the Big East in rebounds.
  • Ryan Arcidiacono is ranked 6th in the Big East in three-pointers.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Villanova currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (978 to 889) than Connecticut, per the NCAA.
  • The Villanova blocks leader (Maurice Sutton, 28 blocks) has more blocks than the Connecticut blocks leader (DeAndre Daniels, 27 blocks).
  • Villanova has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Connecticut according to Kiplinger (82.1 percent vs. 61 percent).
  • Villanova is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Villanova is 220 lbs compared to 200 lbs for Connecticut.
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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