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19 February 2009

Villanova faces Rutgers tonight

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
2/19/2009 01:38:00 PM
#12 Villanova (20-5) vs. Rutgers (10-15)
9:00 p.m., 19 February 2009 at the Pavilion


Line: Villanova -18

Villanova returns to the Pavilion tonight to face a struggling Rutgers team in another Big East game. Though Rutgers blew out the Wildcats last year at the RAC, Villanova is strongly favored to win this one easily.

It's senior night on campus, so expect a starting lineup of Dante Cunningham, Frank Tchuisi, Dwayne Anderson, Shane Clark, and probably Scottie Reynolds. Though no game in the Big East should be easy, the Rutgers game is the perfect night to tolerate a little ceremony, given Villanova's huge edge to get the win.

Rutgers is 1-11 in conference play, with the Scarlet Knights' sole victory coming over 0-13 DePaul. Their best win on the entire year is a 4-point victory over Robert Morris at the RAC three months ago.

Villanova by the Numbers runs its usual quantitative preview. I Bleed Blue and White outlines the keys to the game. Ed from 1977 fills in at vacationing VUHoops for a preview column. Nova News is back with its usually thorough preview. Villanova Viewpoint pens an open letter to "the Wildcat faithful."

KenPom predicts an 18-point Villanova win at home, with a 95 percent chance of victory. The betting line is also sitting at 18.

You can try to guess the game's final score in the comment thread, below. The closest guess wins a mention in the next article. If you'd like to win something tangible, like an actual Villanova folder from last year's tournament run, enter Let's Go Nova's tournament contest.

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At 2:03 PM, February 19, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Villanova 70
Rutgers 58

At 2:18 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous sleas said...


At 2:40 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous PeteHasAGamblingProblem said...

Nova 75
Rutgers 61

At 3:15 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Jessie Morris is hot said...

Villanova 82
Rutgers 64

At 4:37 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unlike Rollie, it hasn't been Jay's style to start all the seniors...he gets them in but they typically don't start.

Wildcats 103
Rutgers 81

At 5:01 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous DEUCEZUKES said...

wildcats 86
rutgers 61


At 5:02 PM, February 19, 2009, Blogger Matthew said...

Nova 95
Rutgers 63

At 5:55 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Mills said...

Nova 81
Rutgers 73

Apollo Fraser 75
Jesus 36

At 5:57 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nova 81 rutgers 39


At 7:31 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nova 87 Rutgers 72


At 8:09 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Sean Don said...

Wildcats 87
Slutgers 78

At 8:55 PM, February 19, 2009, Blogger Villanova Viewpoint Publisher said...

Hello, Pete-

I'm looking forward to seeing Tchuisi start. It would be even better if they would let him play at least a little bit at garbage time- which, if the predictions above and the vast weight of conventional wisdom are correct, would be a good portion of the second half.

My own guess as to the final:

Villanova 97
Rutgers 75

I'll look forward to your recap.

At 8:57 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Gregg said...

Nova 87
Team Rosario 66

At 9:26 PM, February 19, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Looks like Jay is sticking to the awful plan of not playing Fisher and Reynolds together.

At 10:57 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Randy Foye's Shot said...


I agree. Is it possible to get +/- numbers on Fisher (maybe a job for VBTN). Just watching the game it is clear we play so much better with him in the game.

I actually think it is safe to say that Corey Fisher is more crucial to our success than Scottie is.

At 11:08 PM, February 19, 2009, Blogger Villanova Viewpoint Publisher said...

Now the final score - 82-72 - is in the books-

Kudos to commenter Mills above, who - remarkably - nearly got it exactly right:

81-73... (a lot closer than my guess of 97-75)

At 11:08 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is true corey fisher is the truth, more of a true point gaurd, redding is keeps turning the ball over. let fisher play more!

At 11:55 PM, February 19, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that.. Corey Fisher's nickname should be "The Truth". It's almost March boys.......

At 5:17 AM, February 20, 2009, Anonymous Bill said...

Fisher should be called the Gazelle because he loves to run


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