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21 March 2008


Keys to the game: tournament edition

posted by NovaFan09
3/21/2008 01:00:00 PM
vs.

Villanova Wildcats (20-12) vs.
#22 Clemson Tigers (24-9)


Date: Friday, March 21, 2008
Location: Tampa, Florida
Time: 9:50 p.m. EDT
Television: CBS


Keys to the game

Ball control: Coach Oliver Purnell employs a 10-man rotation with an emphasis on the full-court press. The effectiveness of this press, when it works, was seen in the ACC championship game against North Carolina, when the Tar Heel guards were pestered all afternoon in the backcourt. Right now, Scottie Reynolds is Villanova’s best ball handler, but when he becomes double and triple-teamed, Corey Fisher will have to step up and limit his turnovers for ‘Nova to be successful.

Clemson’s starting upperclassman guards are 6-foot-5 and 6-3, so it makes sense for Villanova to start its longer lineup, with Corey Stokes at the 2 and Reynolds at the point. Limit the turnovers and easy transition baskets for the Tigers, and Villanova will have more than a shot to come out on top.

Defense: This is the key to stopping Clemson’s full-court press. If Villanova can rebound on defense and stop the Tigers from scoring, Villanova will not have to inbound the ball and, as a result, Clemson will be unable to set up its press set. Jay Wright must use his substitutions wisely, because Clemson's press wears on guards' legs. With quick rotations, this exhaustion will not translate to poor defensive efforts. Keep the Tigers under 70 points and we have a shot.

Free throws: The Tigers shot 62.3 percent for the season, last in the ACC. Clemson’s guards Rivers and Hammonds shoot 67.7 percent and 45.9 percent from the stripe, respectively. Similarly, the starting big men Mays and Booker shoot under 60% collectively. Villanova as a team shoots 72.3 percent. Simply put, if the Wildcats are forced to foul around the rim, they must foul hard. Statistically speaking, Clemson is much less damaging when attempting to make two free throws at a time rather than trying to complete a three point play, in which the basket has already counted.

X-factors

'Nova PGs:
As Scottie goes, so does Villanova. A dominating performance by the sophomore guard can propel 'Nova into the next round, and possibly beyond. In addition, Corey Fisher needs to be more consistent with the ball in his hands and not force bad passes inside. Limiting turnovers and taking quality shots are a must.

Corey Stokes: His hot shooting will demand attention, allowing for Reynolds to hopefully slip past the defense.

Remember to comment and participate in our contest to predict the final score. I would not be surprised with the outcome of this game either way, but I predict that Clemson may be riding a bit too high after its recent success at the end of their regular season, giving the 'Cats just enough of an edge to pull out a victory.

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33 Comments:

At 2:57 PM, March 21, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Villanova 71
Clemson 68

 
At 5:45 PM, March 21, 2008, Blogger John said...

Villanova 77
Clemson 71

 
At 8:21 PM, March 21, 2008, Blogger David said...

nova 74
clemson 70

 
At 9:32 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my palms are starting to sweat, my stomachs feeling queezy. GOD i hope we win, i know we can!

villanova 82
clemson 76

 
At 9:56 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

tip off one minute!!

Nova 68
Clemson 65

 
At 10:07 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game over we are trash.

 
At 10:09 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Richie C said...

Wow are you serious anon what a fag. We need Fish out there though.

 
At 10:57 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

This is the worst matchup we could have possibly gotten. Clemson is just more athletic than us. They press, they shoot, and they play defense excellently. We're just a little bit overmatched.

 
At 11:17 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous lip said...

well we are runnin!! Lets keep it up.

 
At 11:37 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Fact said...

Scottie's Over 1,000

 
At 11:37 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Yesss!!!!!!!! I wish we had a live blog, but keep it up nova! Keep it close until the end, then get Dante back in and force them to shot foul shots, which they are terrible at.

 
At 11:40 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

It's looking good. I think if we keep it within 2 until the three minute mark we're in great shape!

 
At 11:41 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

Pulling away would be nice though.

HOW BOUT Corey Fisher though???!

 
At 11:45 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

What? Tuschi?

 
At 11:47 PM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous lip said...

That's what I thought to myself, looks like Jay's looking for a low post defender.

 
At 12:09 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous lip said...

how does Jay Wright lose his cool NOW??

You've got to be kidding me.

 
At 12:13 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Jay is a complete idiot

 
At 12:14 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous lip said...

thank goodness for loose ball fouls. We need ways to manufacture points.

 
At 12:16 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous lip said...

we need to be ALL OVER Oglesby this last minute.

 
At 12:19 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Yes, and hit our free throws.

 
At 12:21 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous lip said...

So far so good.

YES!! We're doing it.

 
At 12:23 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous lip said...

draw up a play to stokes, he's cash money from the line.

 
At 12:23 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous gill said...

as long as we dont do anything absolutely ridiculously stupid like foul, we've got this. AWWWWYEAHHHH!

 
At 12:24 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

They did it, Stokes to clinch!!

 
At 12:25 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

OH BABY OH BABY!!!

We did it!!!!

 
At 12:30 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Big D aka i believe said...

congrats for the fans that have stayed positive...lets go nova!!!!

 
At 12:30 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Dario said...

FISHER IS A GROWN ASS MAN NOW.

 
At 12:32 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Bring on Sienna!

 
At 12:46 AM, March 22, 2008, Blogger Dave said...

Corey Stokes = Clutch down the stretch

Nailing those FT's clinched that bad boy, and Fisher was rock solid as well. What a performance, now let's push it to the Sweet Sixteen.

 
At 12:51 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

We've got some clutch frosh on this team!! Fisher stayed very humble and team oriented in the post-game press conference, he said he works hard in practice, and just doesn't want to let his coaches and teammates down.

This is a fantastic squad.

"Survive and advance!!!" -Jimmy V

 
At 12:54 AM, March 22, 2008, Blogger NovaFan09 said...

Villanova vs. Siena
12:10pm CBS
Only game on TV until Miami/Texas at 2:10

 
At 1:03 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous todd said...

jay is a bad xs and os coach? how about that halftime adjustment... DON'T DOUBT THE BEST DRESSED COACH IN AMERICA- HE CAN COACH!!!

 
At 10:52 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous PETE LOVES HAMBURGERS said...

AHHHHHHHHHH WE WIN

 

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