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31 December 2008

'Cats open Big East at Marquette

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
12/31/2008 02:45:00 PM
#15 Villanova (12-1) at Marquette (11-2)
2:30 p.m., 1 January at the Bradley Center.


Line: TBD

Villanova opens the new year with the start of conference play against a talented Marquette team in Milwaukee on Thursday.

The Wildcats face one of the best backcourts in the conference, and will be hard-pressed to contain Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews. McNeal, in particular, is one of the best perimeter players in the nation, and will be a first-round NBA pick.

Villanova comes in as the ranked team (#15 in the AP), while Marquette just missed out on a top-25 ranking this week. Villanova, however, is not the clear-cut favorite: KenPom's model predicts a one-point Villanova loss, and a 46 percent chance of victory.

The game will be a much-needed test for a Villanova team that is 12-0 against weak teams and 0-1 against Texas. Marquette will be an excellent barometer for both the team's overall level of play and the Wildcats' perimeter defense.

Marquette is 11-2 and will present a tough out at home. Last year, Marquette's Tom Crean put on a coaching clinic as his Eagles defeated the 'Cats 85-75. This year, Crean is at Indiana, but Marquette is still well coached.

I Bleed Blue and White and VUHoops are early with their game previews. Check back later with VBTN and Nova News.

For Marquette, take a look at Cracked Sidewalks, one of the best college basketball blogs in the nation.

Predict tonight's final score in the comment section below. The winner will be honored in bold print in the game recap.

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At 3:03 PM, December 31, 2008, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Villanova 61
Marquette 59

At 4:07 PM, December 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the huge coaching edge that Marquette has over Villanova. That has to be worth at least 10 points for Marquette.

At 4:10 PM, December 31, 2008, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

am already factoring that in... dont worry, tom crean is not there to totally outcoach jay anymore. last year was a fucking clinic.

At 6:32 PM, December 31, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Villanova 52
Marquette 49

At 9:41 PM, December 31, 2008, Anonymous TheVoice said...

vnova 67
geagles 61

At 11:23 PM, December 31, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

nova 71
marquette 62

At 11:58 AM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous Michael said...

Nova 65

At 12:05 PM, January 01, 2009, Blogger Pope of the Hardwoods said...

Nova 78
Eagles 73

At 12:12 PM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous My Quick Smells Like French Toast said...

Wildcats 73
Warrior 68

At 1:57 PM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous Sean Don said...

Villanova 68
Bad Guys 62

At 3:33 PM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reynolds couldn't hit the ocean

At 3:51 PM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous TheVoice said...

I guess pete didn't get that inbounds play for Xmas...
Let's see the second half cats basketball we know now.

At 5:53 PM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a good way to start the new year.

At 10:32 PM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous Michael said...

Once again................Fisher to the rescue.........21points

At 10:36 PM, January 01, 2009, Anonymous Gregg said...

Did you forget they lost, Michael?????

At 1:00 PM, January 02, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

scottie is not clutch!!!! stokes is only a spot up shooter...he has no dribble nor a bounce to his step...man, i cant wait for cheek and wayns!


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