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02 December 2008

Villanova opens Big 5 at Penn

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
12/02/2008 02:08:00 PM
#17 Villanova (6-0) at Pennsylvania (1-4)
8 p.m., Tuesday, 2 December, at the Palestra
TV: CN8 or online
Line: Penn +13.5

Just one day after losing junior center Casiem Drummond to transfer, Villanova travels back to the Palestra to face UPenn in the Wildcats' Philadelphia Big 5 opener.

Penn's record is a deceptive 1-4. True, the Quakers have lost four of five games, but they did put in a respectable performance at #1 North Carolina, and dropped an away game to Drexel by just two points.

Villanova is the solid favorite, but Penn at the Palestra is never a cupcake, and this year will not be an exception.

The Wildcats come into the Palestra undefeated after winning a pair of games there to take the Philly Hoop Group Classic title last week.

Villanova looks to have just seven players available for its main rotation. Senior swingman Dwayne Anderson (foot) will dress but will likely not see the court tonight.

Many Villanova fans, this Web site included, have been calling for Jay Wright to take the red shirt off 6' 11'' freshman center Maurice Sutton, given the Wildcats' instantaneous lack of depth in the front court.

Though consensus top big man Mouph Yarou is coming in next year, Villanova can't afford to wait for the cavalry when the 'Cats have a perfectly good, albeit unpolished, 6' 11'' body on the bench right now.

With frontcourt anchor Dante Cunningham graduating this year, why wouldn't it make sense to get a year of experience for Sutton now, before three of the four Wildcat big men are freshmen next year?

Look for Sutton to possibly make an appearance tonight if Jay Wright agrees with the peanut gallery on this one.

Villanova by the Numbers runs its usually thorough preview, as does I Bleed Blue and White.

Nova News warns of the importance of stopping Quaker guard Tyler Bernardini.

Take your shot at predicting tonight's final score in the comment section below. The closest guess will win a mention in tomorrow's recap.

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At 2:16 PM, December 02, 2008, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Villanova 79
Penn 71

At 2:25 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous Geraldine said...

Nova 78
Penn 64

Stokes lights 'em up from beyond the arc

At 4:07 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous Rich said...


Cupcake game.

At 4:46 PM, December 02, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

Chris at IBBW --

Villanova 79
Penn 60

At 4:51 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't get it, what does line: penn +13 mean?

nova 78
penn 64

At 5:00 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous a said...

It means that if you were to bet on Penn, you would win if Penn wins or loses by less than 14.

At 5:07 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous Pete said...

Anonymous, your guess is the same as Geraldine's prior guess so you can't win! Pick another score.

At 5:23 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous Sean Don said...

Nova 77
UPenn 58

At 5:59 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous Jake Dodge said...

Nova - 70
Penn - 60

Drummond scores 20.... uh... that's right.. Drummond is back in his dorm room smoking.

At 8:02 PM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous sexpanther said...

nova 81
penn 53

At 9:25 AM, December 03, 2008, Anonymous killerkats said...

Nova - 67
Penn - 48


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