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01 September 2007

'Cats open season tonight in Canadian tour

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
9/01/2007 03:42:00 PM
Villanova basketball officially kicks off tonight in Ottawa, of all places, at Carleton University.

The Wildcats will take on the host Carleton Ravens tonight at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game.

Yes, I had to look up Carleton's mascot on Wikipedia.

Tonight's game is the first of four exhibitions scheduled this weekend for Villanova. The 'Cats will face Queen's University (Ontario) tomorrow at noon in Carleton's gym, before heading across town that same day to play the University of Ottawa on its home court at 7 p.m Sunday.

The Canadian tour concludes Monday at noon back at Carleton, where Villanova will be matched up with a ragtag all-star team of the best players alumni from Carleton and the University of Ottawa.

The Canadian exhibitions also mark the debuts of Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, and Malcolm Grant, the three highly touted freshman guards.

The Philadelphia Daily News runs a nice feature on the two Coreys, and Villanova released a press piece about Malcolm Grant.

Tonight's game will also be the first look at redshirt freshman forward Antonio Pena.

Far be it from me to make predictions, but Villanova should win all four games without breaking a sweat. There is simply no way any collegiate team north of the border will be able to handle Villanova's backcourt, which should be one of the best in the United States this season.

One of the things to look for in the four exhibitions is the backcourt interaction between the three freshmen and returning sophomore Scottie Reynolds, who is unquestionably the team's best scorer. Reynolds should move over to the two guard this year after handling point duties last season.

A video feed for the games is not available, which is a shame for a school with as large a basketball following as Villanova. It does not look like there will be audio for the games, either.

Box scores should be posted on the Villanova Web site at some point after the games. As always, check back here for more information as it becomes available.

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At 4:37 PM, September 02, 2007, Blogger greyCat said...

The Carleton team is Canada's best university-level team. The Ravens have won the CIS (equivalent to the NCAA's in USA) championship 5 straight years. Their HC, Dave Smart is also an assistant on the National Team.

The Ravens took Illinois to 2 overtimes before bowing by 2 points. And Labor Day 2006 they pushed Lousville to the edge before losing by 1. The result, 'Cats by 15, bodes well for the team this year.

At 7:38 PM, September 02, 2007, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Yeah, I would say that Carleton would beat a heck of a lot of A-10 teams this year.

At 8:48 PM, September 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to find this BLOG... Going to be great to follow it all season; being located in South Florida we don't get much coverage of the 'cats down here.

At 9:46 PM, September 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really interested to see Cory Fisher play alongside Scottie Reynolds this year. I've been to a few of Fisher's high school games, and he has every quality that a great point guard needs. In addition,it is very impressive that Carleton played Louisville and the Fighting Illini so closely, but Nova's guards will be too much for them to handle.

At 12:51 AM, September 03, 2007, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Thanks, Bill!

Gregg -- yeah, Fisher, Grant, Stokes, Reynolds, and Redding -- we have probably the deepest backcourt in the country that I am aware of.


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