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09 December 2008


'Cats to defy conventional wisdom, actually mess with Texas

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
12/09/2008 01:56:00 AM

#15 Villanova (8-0) vs. #6 Texas (6-1)
9 p.m. at Madison Square Garden (New York)
TV: ESPN
Line: Villanova +2.5

Villanova heads to New York today for the Jimmy V Classic nightcap against Texas, a battle of top-15 teams in Madison Square Garden.

The game should be the first real test for undefeated Villanova. While the strongest opponent the 'Cats have faced is arguably a mediocre Rhode Island team, Texas is fresh off a win against then #12 UCLA. The Longhorns have also beaten Oregon and St. Joseph this season, and lost by 1 point to current #12 Notre Dame.

It will also be Villanova's first game outside the Philadelphia area. Texas has played four home games and three tournament games in Hawaii.

Villanova will be faced with containing the immense talent of the Longhorns, starting with national player of the year candidate A.J. Abrams. Abrams, a guard who should need no introduction, is averaging 18 points per game, and dropped 31 on the Bruins last week in a low-scoring game.

It will be the first time in Villanova's young season that the 'Cats do not have by far the most talented players on the court, so execution and strategy will play a much larger role than in previous contests this year.

Look for one Wildcat to be tasked with containing Abrams -- perhaps Reggie Redding -- while the frontcourt tries to stay out of foul trouble against the formidable twin-towers of Connor Atchley and Dexter Pittman.

The athletic swingman Damion James should also give the 'Cats fits on the wing, and it will be interesting to see if Corey Stokes or Shane Clark can stay with him defensively. James was injured against UCLA, but should be back in the starting lineup tonight. This would be a great game to have Dwayne Anderson at 100 percent; we will see how well Villanova's own athletic wing has recovered from his foot injury.

This is one of the biggest games of the year for the Wildcats, and the Villanova blogosphere is practically brimming with excitement. Villanova by the Numbers, I Bleed Blue and White, and VUhoops all run breathless previews. Also check Nova News later today to see if they weigh in with pre-game thoughts.

Should Villanova win this game and then avoid upsets against St. Joseph and La Salle later this week, the Wildcats will vault into the nationwide top 10 and possibly the top 5, depending on other games.

Let's Go Nova will be in attendance at the Garden tonight, so you might want to check the "live updates" sidebar on the right for any Twitter-assisted updates I can send from my mobile phone.

Finally, try to predict the game's final score in the comments section below.

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25 Comments:

At 2:33 AM, December 09, 2008, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Villanova 71
Texas 78

 
At 8:18 AM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous JA said...

Villanova 74
Texas 70

 
At 9:07 AM, December 09, 2008, Blogger prideofthenation\ said...

Texas 58

Nova 64

 
At 9:36 AM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete what's your section/row number? I want to meet the man behind the blog.

 
At 10:22 AM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous sexpanther said...

nova 71
texas 68

 
At 10:31 AM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Mark said...

Villanova 66
Texas 61

 
At 10:40 AM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous The Canadiann Tuxedo said...

Villanova 82
Texas 70

 
At 10:40 AM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

studying abroad in england, anyone know where i can watch espn online without espn360. anywhere free?

 
At 10:47 AM, December 09, 2008, Blogger stan said...

Tough Game! Need to watch the t/o's and fouls on our end. Would also help to stay close in rebounds.
Wildcats eat Longhorns for lunch.

 
At 12:43 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pena ABSOLUTELY CANNOT FOUL OUT!!

 
At 12:55 PM, December 09, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Stan... not sure about any online options. You might want to check Justin.tv ... a lot of times they will have video for live espn games

 
At 12:56 PM, December 09, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Sorry, meant anom

 
At 1:22 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

will espn360 allow me to watch it without being a member? they act like it will.

 
At 1:31 PM, December 09, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Yeah, from what I understand if your ISP subscribes to ESPN360, you get it for free... it's like a web tv network, your ISP needs to pay for it, not you. So if you get it, you get it.

 
At 5:49 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bwbkWgyuSw

 
At 6:34 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Sean Don said...

Gonna be a bad night for Texas...

Villanova 72
Texas 69

 
At 8:50 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Villanova 68
Texas 72

 
At 9:01 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Brian Westbrook said...

Nova will blow out Texas like I did the Giants.

VU: 88
TX: 70

Stokes and Reynolds light it up!

 
At 9:44 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is the game delayed

 
At 10:18 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

chocolate dwayne...
pete you're a negative douche

 
At 10:28 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Pete a break dude ... he's doing us a favor by taking the time to write up previews and recaps. If you don't like what he has to say, go to another site. Plus, he's free to have his own opinion.

 
At 10:29 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey pete.. how does it feel being Scottie's lapdog

 
At 10:56 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the game this is horse shit

 
At 11:21 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need this win. Come on 'Nova!

 
At 11:44 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scottie is a HUGE defensive liability

 

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