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14 December 2007

'Cats return to campus tonight vs. Hartford

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
12/14/2007 04:07:00 AM
Villanova basketball returns to the Pavilion for the first time in nearly two weeks tonight, when the Wildcats will take on the Hartford Hawks at 7 p.m.

The game is not available on television, but will be shown on Villanova.com as part of the "All-Access" option, which is $9.95 billed monthly.

Be warned, however, that the video quality of the last game shown on All-Access (Bucknell) was terrible -- borderline unwatchable, in my opinion. Additionally, Mac users will have to revert to the Safari 2 browser to watch the game. (No Firefox or Safari 3; dust off your Tiger DVDs.)

Hartford, a member of the America East Conference, is 5-6 and fresh off a win over a mascot mate, Monmouth University.

Hartford lost to Louisville by a relatively respectable 35 in Freedom Hall last month.

KenPom gives the 'Cats a 96 percent chance to win this game. In reality, it's probably close to 99 percent on paper -- but that's why they play the games, right?

Villanova by the Numbers runs a statistical preview of the game.

Crazy upsets aside, this should be a good chance for the Wildcats to let their offense fire on all its cylinders, at least in the first half. Don't be surprised to see hefty minutes for the bottom part of the rotation and the reserves in the second period.

The game may not be a blowout, however. According to VBTN, the Hawks have a decent backcourt, and it may not be easily overwhelmed by the phalanx of Villanova guards.

If you'd like to take part in the ongoing LetsGoNova.com prediction contest, take a shot at forecasting the final score of the game in the comments section below. Winners will receive their names in bold text on this very Web site!

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At 4:21 AM, December 14, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

Villanova 111
Hartford 80

At 8:26 AM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous Steve Lappas said...

Nova 102
Hartford 74

At 11:11 AM, December 14, 2007, Blogger Matt Parente said...

nova 94
hartford 70

corey fisher leads nova w/ 22

At 11:23 AM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous The Danimal said...

'Nova 91
Hartford 63

At 12:09 PM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

Vilanova 88
Hartford 67

At 9:07 PM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

Great second half! Imagine if they played like that for the first half.

At 9:07 PM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

Great second half! Imagine if they played like that for the first half.

At 9:12 PM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous ShawnyMacAttack! said...


At 9:46 PM, December 14, 2007, Blogger Dave said...

Nova's getting into the habit of big second halves. While not ideal, it's better than sliding in the second half. I just hope they can start firing on all cylinders throughout so they can really clean up. They may be able to play like this against Hartford, but teams like Georgetown and others in the Big East will punish them for lapses. Still, it's a chemistry-building year.

At 1:05 AM, December 15, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

Nice job, "steve lappas" -- you were so close!


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