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19 November 2008

'Nova, Bilal Benn set for final showdown tonight

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
11/19/2008 02:18:00 PM
#23 Villanova (2-0) vs. Niagara (1-0)
7 p.m., Wed., 19 November, at the Pavilion
Line: Villanova -16

Ex-Wildcat Bilal Benn and his deadly flock of Purple Eagles will swoop into the Pavilion tonight to face Villanova in a grudge match the proportions of which can only be described as "moderate."

The match-up is being billed as a "preliminary game" in the 8-team Philly Hoop Group Classic. Bracket play in the tournament does not begin until after Thanksgiving.

Niagara is a solid, undefeated team from the MAAC and is currently ranked #1 in the RPI in the entire country.

That said, Villanova is a 16-point favorite and should pick up the win. Niagara will certainly be a tougher test for Villanova than Albany or Fordham, but if the 'Cats have any trouble with the Purple Eagles at home, they probably don't deserve to be ranked #23 in the nation.

Take a look at game previews from Villanova by the Numbers and I Bleed Blue and White, then head down to the comment thread below to predict the game's final score. The author of the closest guess wins a mention in this space tomorrow.

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At 2:40 PM, November 19, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Villanova 75
Niagara 63

At 2:49 PM, November 19, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Not having much luck on a video feed online.... those without ESPNU might have to head to a sports bar.

At 3:14 PM, November 19, 2008, Anonymous sexpanther said...

nova 88
niagara 69

At 5:16 PM, November 19, 2008, Anonymous cav said...

yeah, i've just searched the web for about an hour and a half trying to find a feed with no luck.

Nova 83
Niagra 64

At 5:23 PM, November 19, 2008, Anonymous Sean Don said...

Villanova 100
Bad Guys 62

At 5:36 PM, November 19, 2008, OpenID bosshoghazzard said...

gregg said...
"Wow, bosshoghazzard actually almost won with that bold prediction."

"Congratulations to reader "Bosshoghazzard" for most closely predicting the game's final score. "

gregg, you stand corrected.

Villanova 101
Niagara 61

At 7:00 PM, November 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Villanova 78
Niagara 67

At 8:56 PM, November 19, 2008, Anonymous Pete+Grant=TrueLove said...

They are all going to foul out

At 9:09 PM, November 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, damn they're playing sloppy... if we act like this against niagra i shudder to think of how we'll play against texas in like, a week.

At 2:06 PM, November 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pete - thanks for the update.


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