Villanova vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
|Villanova||J Pinkston 12.7||M Yarou 7.6||R Arcidiacono 3.4|
|Pittsburgh||T Woodall 11.5||S Adams 6.2||T Woodall 5.1|
Villanova visits Petersen Events Center on Sunday to take on No. 23 Pittsburgh. Tipoff occurs at 12 p.m. EST and you can see it on PHL17, ROOT or MASN. The Wildcats lost to the Panthers 58-43 on Jan. 16 and are 2-5 against them over the last four years.
Villanova is in eigth place in the Big East, Pittsburgh is in fourth place.
The Wildcats fell 66-65 to Seton Hall on Feb. 25. Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 16 points in the loss. He tallies 11.8 points per game in addition to a team-best 3.4 assists per game. In a 64-44 blowout of South Florida on Feb. 27, Dante Taylor put up 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers. He is averaging 5.1 points and 4 rebounds per game. Pittsburgh will hope to exploit their strength in offensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 40.5 percent in this area ranks first in the conference and fifth in the country.
- Villanova has an average margin of victory of 8 over Pittsburgh in 27 wins since 1982.
- Mouphtaou Yarou is ranked 4th in the Big East in rebounds.
- James Bell is ranked 10th in the Big East in three-pointers.
- Diaper Dandies love Villanova. Villanova has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Pittsburgh (12 vs. 7).
- The Villanova steals leader (Darrun Hilliard, 46 steals) has more steals than the Pittsburgh steals leader (Tray Woodall, 40 steals).
- Villanova has come back to win after being down at half against Pittsburgh three times since 2004.
- Villanova has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (46 percent vs. 59 percent).
- Since 1998, Villanova has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Pittsburgh (13 vs. six).
- The Villanova basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Pittsburgh (100 percent vs. 64 percent).