The Villanova Wildcats are an interesting addition to this season’s potential bracket-busters. ‘Nova has shown the ability to get wins against big teams this season and the Wildcats’ only bad loss this season was against the Providence Friars, who got wins over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Cincinnatti Bearcats — not exactly powder-puff programs.
Villanova is 80th in the nation in rebounds, with just under 38 per-game and if leading rebounder Mouphtaou Yaourou (7.6 rpg) crashes the boards, the Wildcats are tough to beat. Yaourou has six double-doubles this season an shoots nearly 80-percent from the free-throw line.
JayVaughn Pinkston leads the team with nearly 13 ppg but the sophomore is atypical compared to most young scorers in that he shies away from a scorer’s mentality at time. That’s not to say that the effort’s not there, though. Pinkston has 15 games with at least five rebounds and he knows how to find his teammates as well. However, the fact that there is no go-to option in the offense is troublesome.
Freshman Ryan Arcidiacono is the resident 3-point specialist but he has nothing else in his arsenal that makes defenders respect him enough to back off of him at the perimeter. Having a solid 3-point shot will allow him to keep his spot in the rotation. Shooting 33-percent from the field? That won’t win too many games.
With three games left in the season, ‘Nova needs to ball out or fall out.
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