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Old 04-05-2024, 09:22 PM   #801
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Lately, it's been the case that one of Graham Sims' assistants gets the opportunity to head a program of his own every year. This time, it's recruiting coordinator Jeffrey Hairston, leaving for the Green Bay job.

The most intriguing coaching change is taking place up at Syracuse. They've replaced the retiring James Robinett with Tom Caballero, who was Graham's recruiting assistant for three years before moving to the top job at Western Kentucky. Coach Caballero just led the Hilltoppers to a 27-5 record and a ticket to the Big Dance. Now he'll match wits with his former boss in the Big East.

Our new Recruiting Coordinator is the talented Carroll Taylor. Coach Taylor comes to us from Cal State Fullerton, where he was relieved of his duties after four years and a 50-75 record. He previously enjoyed success as an assistant at Utah, helping the Utes to a berth in the 2037 Final Four.

Coach Taylor is 42, a Level 6 coach with a 100 Recruiting rating. He'll earn a bit more than $202,000/year on a three-year contract. Welcome to the Main Line, Coach.

Coach Taylor gets to work quickly, because for the first time in several years, there's a player in the transfer portal who interests us. James Largent was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2040. He's a 6'8" post player from Petaluma, CA, who spent a year at San Jose State without seeing any action.
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#34 C James Largent - Villanova - Freshman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-8 Weight: 234 High School: Petaluma High School Hometown: Petaluma, CA Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 43 35 17 0 17 22 45 58 40 12 9 59 17 84 29 46 2040: 39 33 17 0 15 20 23 50 32 12 9 49 14 78 26 26 Potential: B C D F D D B A B D F A Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Redshirting Academics: 74
We like James' potential as a rebounder, defender, and shot blocker--a Blue Collar Man with a touch of inside scoring ability. If we can help James to reach those A and B potentials, we'll have ourselves a valuable frontcourt reserve, at least.

Welcome to the Wildcat basketball family, James!
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Old 04-05-2024, 11:08 PM   #802
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We have two scholarships available, and when I look at our projected depth chart for the next two years, I can't identify an obvious "must recruit now" position. The closest thing to an urgent need is a point guard, in case Kai Smith doesn't stay four years.

The nation's top point guard is Aaron Scott, an Ohio product who doesn't list us among his top five schools. That's a shame, because Aaron is a baller.

We'll have a much better chance to sign Jesse Gill. He's the #1 player in the class, a high-scoring, 6'7" wing from New Jersey. Jesse lists North Carolina and Boston College ahead of us right now.

The best player in Pennsylvania is Roman Holloway, a 7'0" center. He goes to high school only 14 miles away from the Villanova campus, but he also lists BC and UNC ahead of us, in that order.

The most intriguing player who lists Villanova as his favorite school is Joel Campbell. He's a four-star player, a 6'6" shooter from nearby Royersford, PA.

Gill and Campbell are similar players, and I don't know whether I want to pursue the longer shot or the surer thing. I won't offer either of them a scholarship until we've had a chance to evaluate them. I'll go ahead and offer one to Holloway, based on his stats.

Here's our initial call list:
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Name Pos Ht Wt Rating Interest State --------------------------------------------------------------------- Jesse Gill SF 6-7 202 ***** Very High New Jersey Roman Holloway C 7-0 243 ***** Very High Pennsylvania David Witham PF 6-5 249 ***** Very High Georgia Garland Milford PF 6-5 246 ***** Very High Pennsylvania Joseph Day SF 6-6 222 ***** Very High Indiana Joel Campbell SF 6-6 195 **** Very High Pennsylvania Lowell Murr PF 6-9 209 **** Very High Virginia Richard Derry SF 6-8 215 **** Very High Pennsylvania Jermaine Swann SG 6-4 180 **** Very High Wisconsin Carl Covington PG 6-3 211 **** Very High New York Robby Alarcon SG 6-4 184 **** Very High Maryland Samual Hutton C 6-11 236 *** Very High New Jersey Marty Gard SG 6-4 190 ***** High Texas Dennis Olszewski SG 6-3 176 ***** High Illinois Antoine McClain C 6-8 255 **** High Georgia Glenn Brown SG 6-3 170 **** High Ohio Branden Pena PG 6-1 179 **** High California John Dion SG 6-3 192 *** High New Jersey Aaron Scott PG 6-0 184 ***** Average Ohio
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Old 04-06-2024, 11:21 AM   #803
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Roman Holloway passed the eye test last month, and now we see that his evaluation backs up his stats.

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#33 C Roman Holloway -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 7-0 Weight: 243 High School: Garnet Valley High School Hometown: Glen Mills, PA GPA: 3.24 Test Score: 1260 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 50 6 49 12 30 42 58 48 53 27 9 54 43 71 51 43 Potential: B D C D C C B B A C D C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23.7 3.4 12.2 3.9 2.4 1.64 1.1 2.9 2.4 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.8 17.2 .567 4.1 7.4 .554 0.1 0.4 .143 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #14 Overall, #2 C, East Region #2 Overall, East Region #1 C High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (Pennsylvania) Top 5 Schools: *Pittsburgh, *Villanova, Boston College, Syracuse, Kentucky
Roman's scoring comes in large part from close to the basket, but I'm fine with that. Not all centers have to be jump shooters. He takes pride in his defense, and I'm especially intrigued about his passing ability.

We'll invite him to campus this month, and Coaches Sims and Taylor will make the short journey to his home. Perhaps some individualized recruiting efforts will convince him to stay on our side of the Keystone State.

Let's take a look at Joel Campbell next.
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#12 SF Joel Campbell -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-6 Weight: 195 High School: Pope John Paul II Catholic High School Hometown: Royersford, PA GPA: 3.15 Test Score: 1170 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 24 58 72 44 30 18 46 27 45 50 19 21 66 50 55 31 Potential: C B B C D D C B C B D D Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22.8 2.4 8.2 2.9 2.5 1.14 1.5 0.8 2.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.7 18.7 .519 1.4 1.6 .844 2.0 4.5 .449 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #65 Overall, #11 SF, East Region #17 Overall, East Region #7 SF High School Awards: All-State Top 5 Schools: Villanova, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Maryland
There's some potential here. Joel doesn't have a Grade A weapon in his arsenal, but he's at least average at all the things we ask a wing to do. He also seems to like our program a lot.

Jesse Gill's interest in playing for us seems to be cooling.
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#5 SF Jesse Gill -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-7 Weight: 202 High School: Pascack Valley High School Hometown: Hillsdale, NJ GPA: 3.41 Test Score: 1310 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 38 67 81 82 20 12 32 28 71 44 32 43 70 38 56 50 Potential: C A A A D D C C B B B C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22.4 2.5 9.3 2.5 2.7 0.91 1.4 1.8 2.5 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.5 19.0 .500 1.5 1.5 1.000 1.9 4.9 .381 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: High Rankings: #1 Overall, #1 SF, East Region #1 Overall, East Region #1 SF High School Awards: All-State Top 5 Schools: Boston College, *North Carolina, Villanova, Syracuse, Connecticut
Jesse Gill is what happens when you take Reed Weisberg and make his supplementary skills (the ones that aren't shooting) better. They're even both Jersey guys.

I'm so tempted to pursue Gill. He's that good. But North Carolina likes him too, they've made him an offer, and he prefers the Tar Heels and Boston College. I'll bring both Jesse and Joel to campus, but I'm going to offer the scholarship to Joel...at least for now.
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Old 04-06-2024, 11:31 AM   #804
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Joel Campbell received scholarship offers from Lafayette and Temple this month, too. We're at the top of Joel's list, and I'm feeling good about our chances to sign him in a couple months.

The Roman Holloway sweepstakes seems to be a two-way contest between Pitt and Villanova. We're the only two schools on his list, and he ranks us behind the Panthers.

Jesse Gill got an offer from Boston College, and now he lists the Eagles as his top school. If he doesn't attend Villanova, I hope he goes to North Carolina. I'd prefer not to have him as a Big East opponent.

I'm taking closer looks at two players who might become part of Plan B. Armando Anderson is a four-star center from New Jersey who averages 34 PPG. Point guard Everett Huffman, who's averaging almost 26 points and 13 assists per game, might become the first junior college player I've ever signed. We'll see if their evaluations match up with their gaudy stats.

For now, my offers will remain unchanged.
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Old 04-06-2024, 11:54 AM   #805
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Lafayette and Temple appear to have retired from the field, so it looks like Joel Campbell is on his way to Villanova...unless a late challenger emerges.

There's no change in Roman Holloway's recruiting preferences. Is the prospect of backing up Dan O'Halloran for a year causing Roman to prefer Pitt's offer? The Panthers have a young big man, Chris Vice, who was a five-star player too, but he's no O'Halloran.

I'm now thinking very seriously about passing on Holloway and making an offer to Armando Anderson.
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#0 C Armando Anderson -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 209 High School: Bordentown Regional High School Hometown: Bordentown, NJ GPA: 2.97 Test Score: 1200 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 77 26 57 41 33 7 20 32 45 27 5 43 26 78 40 20 Potential: A B B B C F D C B C F C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 34.0 1.7 7.2 0.6 1.9 0.29 0.2 3.3 1.8 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13.6 22.2 .610 6.1 7.8 .781 0.8 2.6 .308 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #46 Overall, #13 C, East Region #11 Overall, East Region #3 C High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (New Jersey), All American Top 5 Schools: Villanova, Boston College, Syracuse, Duke, Pittsburgh
It appears that Armando's high school coach gives him one job: "Score points." Armando is good at doing that in several different ways.

He's a similar player to Weston Wagner. I wonder if a team can use two guys who are so similar?

Everett Huffman is an appealing player, too.
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#32 PG Everett Huffman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-3 Weight: 194 JC: Michigan CC High School: Camden-Frontier High School Hometown: Camden, MI GPA: 2.41 Test Score: 1050 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 44 84 61 47 50 74 27 23 42 55 6 18 92 36 43 22 Potential: C A B C C A D D C C F D Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25.8 1.9 5.9 12.8 1.8 7.31 0.5 0.4 2.4 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11.8 20.1 .585 0.9 1.5 .600 1.4 3.1 .443 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- JC Player: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Average Rankings: #98 Overall, #27 PG, Midwest Region #24 Overall, Midwest Region #8 PG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: *Purdue, *Northwestern, Villanova, Louisville, Missouri
Everett is, naturally, a more polished player than a high school senior. He's breaking his community college league with his shooting and passing skills, but they look like they'll play at the next level, too. Two Big Ten schools have offered scholarships to Everett, but he still seems interested in our program--before he's had the chance to visit.

I have a lot to think about here.

Decision Day is approaching fast. I'm going to take a chance that Armando won't receive an offer he's willing to take this month, and give Roman one more month's worth of recruiting. I might miss out on both of them, but if I do, who says I won't receive a "consolation prize" like Immanuel Bahr?

Let's roll the dice...
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Old 04-06-2024, 12:11 PM   #806
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Decision Day


We receive some good, if unsurprising, news from Joel Campbell, who announces today his commitment to playing basketball at Villanova. A versatile player who can do lots of things well, I envision him as a "bit of everything" wing with an extra helping of mid-range shooting. And we might have him for all four years. It will be great to have you here, Joel!

Roman Holloway and his family are still thinking. I wonder if there's a chance...

Armando Anderson received an offer from Temple last month, but he still lists Villanova as his number one choice.

Now that the season is about to begin, I have other tasks besides recruiting to think about. I have time to ponder my options.

Jesse Gill commits to North Carolina today. Aaron Scott is off to Tennessee. Everett Huffman picks Purdue.
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Old 04-06-2024, 06:35 PM   #807
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Here are your 2041/42 Villanova Wildcats!
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#1 VILLANOVA General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott McMasters 1 PG Fr 6-2 186 Yes 80 Redshirt Wallingford, PA Kai Smith 2 PG Jr 5-5 171 Yes 80 OK Lansdale, PA Israel Moody 3 SF So 6-5 209 Yes 82 Injured Joppa, MD Asaad Richardson 4 SG Fr 6-4 201 Yes 80 OK Pennsburg, PA Tyson Lien 11 SG Fr 6-3 204 Yes 79 OK West Windsor, NJ Weston Wagner 12 PF Fr 6-9 232 Yes 96 OK Hillside, IL John Cannon 20 SF Jr 6-4 209 Yes 68 OK Hueytown, AL Forrest Curl 22 PF Jr* 6-10 232 Yes 59 OK Chatham, NJ Nick O'Brien 24 PG Jr 6-0 176 No 76 Unhappy Tonbridge, UK Immanuel Bahr 32 PF Fr 6-8 269 Yes 43 OK Munich, Germany Brian Cioffi 33 PF So 6-7 204 No 52 OK Greenbelt, MD James Largent 34 C Fr* 6-8 234 Yes 74 Redshirt Petaluma, CA Dan O'Halloran 52 C So 6-10 269 Yes 87 OK Newtown Square, PA

And here's how their training camp went:
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#1 VILLANOVA Training Results Player Ins Jps Fts 3ps Hnd Pas Orb Drb Psd Prd Stl Blk Qkn Str Jmp Sta --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott McMasters 2 4 8 6 8 8 2 2 2 8 6 2 2 4 3 12 Kai Smith 3 6 2 6 7 2 1 3 1 2 2 1 2 1 0 7 Israel Moody 7 6 6 4 3 1 2 2 10 3 12 8 1 3 1 11 Asaad Richardson 4 10 10 10 4 4 4 2 2 4 4 2 3 6 3 10 Tyson Lien 2 8 8 8 8 8 2 2 2 4 4 2 2 2 1 6 Weston Wagner 8 6 6 6 2 2 6 6 8 2 2 6 0 6 1 8 John Cannon 0 11 1 3 10 7 2 0 0 12 3 3 0 2 1 6 Forrest Curl 2 2 1 0 2 4 3 1 6 2 2 1 0 2 1 9 Nick O'Brien 2 4 2 1 0 4 2 1 1 4 4 1 1 1 0 7 Immanuel Bahr 10 4 6 2 2 2 10 10 8 2 2 10 1 6 1 12 Brian Cioffi 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 18 James Largent 4 2 1 0 1 1 4 5 6 0 0 6 1 4 1 9 Dan O'Halloran 11 4 8 4 4 7 11 11 10 4 2 10 1 5 1 6

This season is Graham Sims' 16th as the head coach at Villanova, after 15 more as the head man at Lafayette. His Wildcats begin the season with three men who started last season's NCAA championship game available for action, and a fourth player--who certainly would have started--hoping to return by Christmas.

Dan O'Halloran lived up to his billing in his first season, earning a spot on the Big East first team and winning its Freshman of the Year award. Dan didn't rest on his laurels; he worked as hard as anyone in camp and became even better at the things he was already good at. Dan might be the best big man in college basketball right now.

Starting beside him in the post will be redshirt junior Forrest Curl. Forrest is an effective secondary offensive option, an active defender, and a tough rebounder.

The small forward spot will belong to Israel Moody when he completes his recovery from a ruptured Achilles. Israel averaged 13.6 PPG as a freshman, demonstrating the ability to get to the rim and score with mid-range jumpers and floaters. While Moody mends, freshman Asaad Richardson will have the opportunity to start and demonstrate what he can do. Asaad arrives with a reputation as a shooter, and he improved his skill significantly during camp.

John Cannon moved into the starting five when Moody went down, and he'll begin the season as a starter this year. He's a bit small for a wing at 6'4"; he'd prefer to guard the perimeter, where he can lock down opponents with his fundamental skills and wreak havoc with his steals.

Junior point guard Kai Smith is a fan favorite. He's 5'5", and quick as a kitten. Kai led the Big East in assists last season, combining reliability and flash in equal measure. He is a tremendous defender who creates many turnovers, and he's improved his shot quite a bit since last season.

The reserve corps will be led by a quartet of freshmen. Richardson will be among them once Moody is back. The others are guard Tyson Lien, who improved his handle and passing enough to add "point guard" to his profile; Immanuel Bahr, a powerful post from Germany; and Weston Wagner, a smooth forward who can operate in the post or on the wing. Walk-on guard Nick O'Brien is talented enough to be more than a novelty act at the end of lopsided games. Nick's presence allows us to give guard Scott McMasters a redshirt year.

There's a bit more uncertainty about this year's team than there has been in recent seasons. Is Forrest Curl ready to make the transition from 10-minute-per-game reserve to starting forward? Will the Four Freshmen be overmatched by the veteran stars of the Big East, or will they be man enough to hold their own? Will Dan O'Halloran build on his freshman successes and become a premier player, with every opponent we face making him the focus of their defensive efforts?

If the answer to each of these questions is "yes," we can be playing in April. If it's not, our off-season will be longer than usual.
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Old 04-06-2024, 06:45 PM   #808
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Let's take a trip to Knoxville, where Tennessee's highly-touted freshman Wayne Bradhold has just completed his first training camp.
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#25 PF Wayne Bradhold - Tennessee - Freshman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 254 High School: Elder High School Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 52 24 33 22 41 27 84 86 83 36 23 83 30 93 34 58 2040: 47 22 31 20 39 25 75 77 73 34 21 73 28 85 31 50 Potential: C C C D C D A A A C D A Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 90 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 High School: Rated ***** and #2 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2040 High School: All-State (Ohio) 2040 High School: Mr. Basketball (Ohio)

The "creation dice" were hot for Mr. Bradhold, who emerges as a god tier version of the Blue Collar Man. He's already a fearsome rebounder and a strong presence on defense.

The Vols don't have a very good center on their roster, so Wayne might begin the season at the five.

@Chas: If you'd rather Wayne wear another uniform number, let me know, and I'll change it.
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Old 04-06-2024, 07:09 PM   #809
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Here's a look at Graham Sims' history at Villanova.
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VILLANOVA TEAM PERFORMANCE Season Team W L CW CL Rank RPI PRS Result -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 Villanova 36 3 13 3 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2039 Villanova 38 1 16 0 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2038 Villanova 32 4 14 2 2 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2037 Villanova 36 3 14 2 2 1 100 Loss in NCAA Final Four 2036 Villanova 39 1 18 0 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2035 Villanova 38 2 17 1 2 2 100 NCAA Champion 2034 Villanova 32 5 16 2 1 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2033 Villanova 31 6 16 2 3 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2032 Villanova 35 4 16 2 2 2 100 Loss in NCAA Championship Game 2031 Villanova 32 5 15 3 2 3 100 Loss in NCAA Championship Game 2030 Villanova 36 4 15 3 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2029 Villanova 32 3 16 2 2 2 100 Loss in NCAA Round of 32 2028 Villanova 36 2 17 1 1 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2027 Villanova 36 3 16 2 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2026 Villanova 32 6 14 4 6 6 95 Loss in NCAA Championship Game

We've maintained a 100 Prestige score for 15 seasons. That made me wonder about the other members of the 100 Club.

Right now, Kentucky and Louisville are the only other teams with 100 Prestige. Kentucky has maintained that level for the past eight seasons, and had a run of five 100 seasons in the 20s. Louisville's super-elite status has been in place for three years.

North Carolina's Prestige is currently 99, but the Tar Heels have spent quite a bit of time at 100. They were there in 2038/39, and for 12 seasons from 2021 to 2033.

Georgetown's Prestige is 99 now, too. The Hoyas reeled off 12 straight seasons with a perfect score beginning in 2026. Boston College, also at 99 now, has had three different 100-level runs: a single season at that level back in 2016/17, a four-year run in the 2020s, and a recent seven-year stretch that ended in 2040.

Although Vanderbilt's star has faded a bit recently--their Prestige is in the 80s now--veteran fans will remember when the Commodores were among the nation's true elite. They began a run of 12 seasons at the very top with a national championship in 2018/19. Their glory years roughly coincided with those of Southern California, who posted seven straight 100s from 2020/21 through 2026/27.

As great as all these programs have been, none can match the consistent excellence of Kansas. The Jayhawks' Prestige is currently 92, which is the lowest it's ever been. They reached 100 for the first time in our universe's second season, winning the 2012/13 national title. They dropped to 99 in 2019/20, when they lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but returned to 100 the next season as the national runners-up. There the Jayhawks remained until 2036/37, when they once again exited in the first round. That makes 24 seasons for the Jayhawks at the pinnacle of the college game.
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Old 04-06-2024, 07:58 PM   #810
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@#1 Villanova 91, Princeton 61

Welcome to NCAA basketball, Asaad Richardson!

The freshman sunk 5 threes in 7 attempts and scored 25 points in his first collegiate game. Dan O'Halloran added 18 with 9 rebounds; Forrest Curl scored 14; John Cannon posted 12; Kai Smith supplemented 8 points with career bests of 14 assists and 6 steals.

We pull away to a 52-18 halftime score and coast home.
Record: 1-0.


November 21, 2041
Maui Shootout, First Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 117, (8) Massachusetts 60 -------------------------------------------------------- Massachusetts (0-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jules Dove C 26 1-5 0-2 2 10 1 3 2 J. Pattison PF 19 3-5 4-5 2 6 0 3 10 Chris Jackson SF 21 0-4 3-5 1 1 1 4 3 Dimitri Vanreust SG 27 4-9 5-7 0 3 2 3 13 R. Bissonnette PG 9 2-4 0-0 1 1 0 4 5 Chris Derouen PG 18 3-3 2-2 0 1 1 4 9 Harris Thompson SG 24 4-12 3-4 0 4 2 3 12 Joe Bright PG 7 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 2 2 Norris Demello PF 26 0-2 2-2 3 3 0 3 2 Tracy Wooden C 15 0-3 2-2 3 3 1 0 2 Jack Grant PF 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Jakob Bund SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 32 (J.Dove 5, J.Pattison 2, D.Vanreust 3, R.Bissonnette 4, C.Derouen 7, H.Thompson 4, J.Bright 3, N.Demello 3, T.Wooden 1) Blocked Shots: 0 Steals: 6 (C.Jackson 1, C.Derouen 1, H.Thompson 1, J.Bright 1, N.Demello 2) 3P FGs: 3-13 (D.Vanreust 0-1, R.Bissonnette 1-1, C.Derouen 1-1, H.Thompson 1-8, J.Bright 0-1, N.Demello 0-1) Villanova (2-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 7-13 4-4 3 7 3 3 18 Forrest Curl PF 28 3-5 0-0 0 3 2 4 6 John Cannon SF 21 4-12 1-2 3 5 3 4 12 Asaad Richardson SG 27 7-12 5-7 0 2 3 3 23 Kai Smith PG 24 2-2 6-6 0 1 9 4 12 Tyson Lien SG 24 4-5 9-10 0 1 3 1 19 Immanuel Bahr PF 17 2-3 2-3 0 9 1 2 6 Weston Wagner SF 13 5-7 4-4 0 1 0 2 18 Nick O'Brien PG 12 0-1 1-2 0 2 0 1 1 Brian Cioffi PF 5 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 14 (F.Curl 2, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 5, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Bahr 2, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 15 (D.O'Halloran 1, J.Cannon 3, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 2, W.Wagner 3, B.Cioffi 1) 3P FGs: 15-29 (J.Cannon 3-10, A.Richardson 4-7, K.Smith 2-2, T.Lien 2-3, I.Bahr 0-1, W.Wagner 4-5, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: SG Tyson Lien (VLNV)
Joe Lien was one of Graham Sims' first big-name recruits when he signed with Lafayette back in the mid-teens. Known as a terrific shooter, Joe scored almost 1800 points in his three-year career, averaging over 17 per game.

His son, Tyson, looks just like Joe when he releases his jumper, and tonight it went in at a rate that would make Dad proud. Joe says Tyson is a much better defender than he ever was; honestly, that wouldn't take much.

Tyson's classmates, Assad Richardson and Weston Wagner, also shoot well form long range. Our defense forces the Minutemen into 32 turnovers. It's a great start for our trip to sunny Hawai'i.
Record: 2-0.


November 22, 2041
Maui Shootout Semifinal

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(1) #1 Villanova 90, (4) Illinois 81 --------------------------------------------------------- Illinois (1-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Karl Coe C 28 2-7 3-4 2 4 1 0 7 Arthur Sandoval PF 27 3-6 2-2 0 3 1 0 10 Jerry Rainey SF 23 3-11 4-4 3 5 1 5 10 Ward Whitmore SG 35 8-11 0-0 1 8 3 1 20 Demetrius Gallo PG 31 3-7 2-2 3 4 3 4 8 Jose Stine PF 18 3-5 1-1 0 2 3 1 7 Don Batty C 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Derek Metz SG 15 4-5 3-5 1 5 0 0 13 Danial Duclos SF 12 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 Charles Hixon SF 4 0-0 4-4 0 0 0 1 4 Turnovers: 14 (K.Coe 2, J.Rainey 4, W.Whitmore 1, D.Gallo 2, D.Metz 2, D.Duclos 2, C.Hixon 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (K.Coe 3, A.Sandoval 3, J.Stine 1) Steals: 4 (W.Whitmore 3, D.Duclos 1) 3P FGs: 8-14 (K.Coe 0-1, A.Sandoval 2-3, W.Whitmore 4-6, D.Gallo 0-1, D.Metz 2-2, D.Duclos 0-1) Villanova (3-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 37 9-17 2-2 1 6 5 2 20 Forrest Curl PF 27 1-4 0-0 2 10 2 5 2 John Cannon SG 25 6-11 0-0 2 2 3 4 16 Asaad Richardson SF 34 4-10 0-0 0 2 3 1 10 Kai Smith PG 36 7-9 2-3 0 0 9 1 20 Tyson Lien SG 17 5-7 0-0 1 1 0 2 13 Immanuel Bahr PF 18 2-3 2-2 3 6 0 4 7 Weston Wagner SF 3 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, J.Cannon 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 3, A.Richardson 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 9 (F.Curl 2, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 2) 3P FGs: 14-29 (J.Cannon 4-8, A.Richardson 2-8, K.Smith 4-6, T.Lien 3-5, I.Bahr 1-1, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
Our proven stars, Dan O'Halloran and Kai Smith, put the team on their backs and carry us to the Shootout championship game. Dan has made 55 percent of his shots in our first three games, and Kai is averaging 10.7 assists and 1.3 turnovers per game.

I'm letting the guys shoot more threes again, because we've got some sharpshooters again. So far, the results have been positive.
Record: 3-0.


November 23, 2041
Maui Shootout Championship

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(1) #1 Villanova 92, (3) Cincinnati 84 --------------------------------------------------------- Cincinnati (2-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Robert Smith C 28 4-9 4-5 1 3 0 3 12 Michael Nunn PF 32 4-5 4-5 1 5 3 0 12 Sam Luther SF 27 2-3 3-4 2 6 2 3 8 Paolo Bolling SG 26 10-16 3-3 0 5 1 5 27 Robert Krieg PG 33 4-9 2-6 1 3 4 2 10 Quinton Gebhart C 14 1-3 2-2 1 4 0 1 5 Richard Clyde SG 24 1-3 4-4 1 2 5 1 7 Monty Gardner SF 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Michael Kinsella PF 6 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 Normand Bustos SG 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 Chris Black PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 18 (R.Smith 3, M.Nunn 2, S.Luther 3, P.Bolling 4, R.Krieg 4, R.Clyde 2) Blocked Shots: 6 (M.Nunn 6) Steals: 7 (R.Smith 1, M.Nunn 1, P.Bolling 3, R.Krieg 1, R.Clyde 1) 3P FGs: 8-13 (S.Luther 1-1, P.Bolling 4-6, Q.Gebhart 1-2, R.Clyde 1-3, N.Bustos 1-1) Villanova (4-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 3-9 5-9 2 8 1 4 11 Forrest Curl PF 26 4-5 0-0 2 4 0 5 8 John Cannon SF 29 7-12 0-0 0 1 6 3 17 Asaad Richardson SG 15 3-7 4-5 1 3 3 4 12 Kai Smith PG 33 8-9 0-0 1 1 11 2 19 Tyson Lien SG 27 6-10 4-4 1 2 2 2 18 Immanuel Bahr PF 22 0-4 0-0 2 4 1 4 0 Weston Wagner SF 12 2-3 1-1 0 5 1 3 5 Nick O'Brien PG 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 Brian Cioffi PF 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Turnovers: 14 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1, N.O'Brien 3) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 3, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 1) Steals: 8 (J.Cannon 3, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 4) 3P FGs: 10-22 (J.Cannon 3-6, A.Richardson 2-5, K.Smith 3-4, T.Lien 2-5, I.Bahr 0-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
We get contributions from guys up and down the depth chart as we win the Maui Shootout over a tough Cincinnati team.

We don't look like the defensive juggernaut we've been the past two or three years. We let Paolo Bolling gash us for 27 points, scoring inside and outside without much interference. But we seem to be able to score enough to win even when our defense isn't clicking like we want.

It's our second victory in this fun tournament in the Sunshine State.
Record: 4-0.


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Old 04-12-2024, 08:37 AM   #811
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#1 Villanova 86, Davidson 82 --------------------------------------------------------- Davidson (2-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Stewart Kirchner C 33 1-3 1-2 1 9 1 4 3 Charles Charland PF 35 6-10 2-2 1 5 1 5 14 Dane Ortiz SF 27 4-9 1-1 2 6 1 1 11 Richard Gaspar SG 23 7-14 5-5 1 4 1 4 23 Demetrius Schenck PG 34 5-10 0-0 1 3 11 3 14 Earl Brown SF 22 2-7 1-1 0 0 2 2 5 Tony Fish C 10 1-3 0-0 2 2 0 2 2 Sam Curiel PG 11 3-3 1-2 2 3 1 1 8 John Negron SF 2 1-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 2 Clifford Morgan PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (S.Kirchner 3, C.Charland 4, D.Ortiz 3, R.Gaspar 1, D.Schenck 2, E.Brown 1, T.Fish 1, S.Curiel 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (C.Charland 1, T.Fish 1) Steals: 7 (C.Charland 2, D.Ortiz 1, R.Gaspar 1, D.Schenck 3) 3P FGs: 11-26 (S.Kirchner 0-1, D.Ortiz 2-5, R.Gaspar 4-9, D.Schenck 4-7, E.Brown 0-3, S.Curiel 1-1) Villanova (5-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 37 5-13 6-8 4 14 4 2 16 Forrest Curl PF 32 1-7 0-1 2 6 1 2 2 John Cannon SF 32 7-11 2-2 1 2 2 2 20 Asaad Richardson SG 31 5-8 4-6 1 3 3 3 16 Kai Smith PG 15 4-5 4-4 0 0 4 4 16 Tyson Lien PG 28 3-6 2-3 2 3 2 2 10 Immanuel Bahr PF 13 1-2 4-4 0 1 0 0 6 Weston Wagner SF 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 5 0-1 0-0 2 3 1 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 3, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1, N.O'Brien 2) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 3, I.Bahr 2, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1) 3P FGs: 12-20 (J.Cannon 4-8, A.Richardson 2-4, K.Smith 4-4, T.Lien 2-2, W.Wagner 0-1, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
We have the visiting Wildcats on the ropes, leading 46-31 at the half. Then we let them claw their way back into the contest. Davidson might be a 26 Prestige team in this universe, but they won 27 games last year and made it to the NCAA tournament. They're a team on the rise, and they nearly steal one from us tonight.

Accurate three-point shooting and a big game from Dan O'Halloran save us.
Record: 5-0.


November 30, 2041
@#1 Villanova 82, Green Bay 40

Kai Smith is the biggest star today, recording 13 points, 11 assists, and 3 steals. We assist on 24 of our 26 made baskets, which makes me very happy.

Other top performers include Asaad Richardson (22p), John Cannon (16p), Forrest Curl (14r/3b/2s), and Dan O'Halloran (16p/9r/2b). Freshman Immanuel Bahr snags 11 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Record: 6-0.
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Old 04-12-2024, 08:49 AM   #812
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Persistence pays off! Today, Roman Holloway announces his commitment to play his college ball at Villanova.

Roman has soft hands and good footwork, which combine with his seven-foot stature to enable him to score a lot of points on post moves. He's comfortable with the ball in his hands, able to find open teammates when opponents try to double him. He has good potential as a rebounder and shot blocker.

We won't need Roman to be a superstar his first year, because we'll still have Dan O'Halloran. Roman looks like he'll be a worthy successor, however. And, it's a lot of fun to snatch Pennsylvania's Mr. Basketball away from Pitt.

Welcome to Villanova basketball, Roman!

Some of the other players we recruited pick their schools today, too. Dennis Olszewski picks Purdue over Kansas. Armando Anderson chooses Temple. It looks like Antoine McClain, a rugged forward we like a lot, is going to South Carolina.
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Old 04-12-2024, 10:42 AM   #813
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@#1 Villanova 72, Virginia 55

The Hoos tend to be a step forward, step back kind of program. They'll win 20 games for a couple years in a row, and follow them up with a stinker of a season. Right now, their Prestige is as high as it's been since the first year of our universe (67).

They fall apart in the second half against us, turning what was a five-point game into a comfortable Wildcat victory. The Hoos take only 38 shots, which is as few as I remember from a power conference team.

Dan O'Halloran leads us with 20 points. Asaad Richardson and John Cannon contribute matching 17-point performances; Asaad grabs 6 rebounds, too. Kai Smith, the second leading assist man in the nation, hands out 9 assists, which is just below his season average.
Record: 7-0.


December 7, 2041
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#1 Villanova 86, Johns Hopkins 65 -------------------------------------------------------- Johns Hopkins (0-5, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jim Fiske C 28 5-9 0-3 2 6 0 3 11 Matthew Ide PF 26 1-2 2-2 2 3 1 2 4 Hal Thompson SF 18 2-4 0-2 1 3 1 5 5 Buford Radke SF 27 6-19 0-0 2 5 5 3 14 Eric Williams PG 26 4-7 0-0 1 2 7 3 10 Delmar Lin SG 25 4-7 0-1 1 7 2 5 8 Stewart Stallings PG 18 0-3 0-0 0 1 3 1 0 Britt Quinonez PF 26 5-6 2-2 0 4 0 1 13 Casey Johnson SG 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 22 (J.Fiske 1, M.Ide 4, H.Thompson 2, B.Radke 4, E.Williams 1, D.Lin 3, S.Stallings 5, B.Quinonez 2) Blocked Shots: 1 (J.Fiske 1) Steals: 6 (H.Thompson 1, E.Williams 2, D.Lin 1, S.Stallings 1, B.Quinonez 1) 3P FGs: 7-26 (J.Fiske 1-3, H.Thompson 1-3, B.Radke 2-8, E.Williams 2-5, D.Lin 0-3, S.Stallings 0-2, B.Quinonez 1-2) Villanova (8-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Immanuel Bahr C 22 2-5 1-2 4 11 1 4 5 Weston Wagner PF 24 3-7 0-0 2 5 4 2 7 Brian Cioffi SF 33 3-8 0-1 2 5 1 1 6 Tyson Lien SG 33 3-8 7-8 1 1 4 3 14 Nick O'Brien PG 33 6-10 0-0 2 4 4 3 14 John Cannon SF 21 8-12 7-10 1 2 1 0 27 Dan O'Halloran C 19 3-6 4-6 0 7 1 0 10 Forrest Curl PF 4 1-2 1-2 0 1 0 0 3 Asaad Richardson SF 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 Kai Smith PG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 2, B.Cioffi 2, T.Lien 2, N.O'Brien 3, J.Cannon 3) Blocked Shots: 0 Steals: 14 (I.Bahr 1, T.Lien 4, N.O'Brien 3, J.Cannon 5, D.O'Halloran 1) 3P FGs: 8-22 (I.Bahr 0-2, W.Wagner 1-3, T.Lien 1-4, N.O'Brien 2-4, J.Cannon 4-8, A.Richardson 0-1) Player of Game: SF John Cannon (VLNV)
The new Division I teams I created are slowly becoming more competitive. Their players are gradually getting better; now they have Orange and even Yellow players in their starting fives, and most of them have recruited players with promise.

I still use a game against one of the newbie teams as a chance to give some meaningful playing time to the reserves, but this year, the Blue Jays hang with our bench guys quite well. They can't handle John Cannon when he comes off the bench with guns blazing, and Dan O'Halloran pushes them around, but John and Dan have been schooling more seasoned players this fall, too.

Nick O'Brien demonstrates that things won't fall completely apart if he runs the point for us. And Tyson Lien continues to show us that he's more than Joe Lien's son.
Record: 8-0.


December 11, 2041
@#1 Villanova 88, William & Mary 46

The Tribe has no answer for Dan O'Halloran, who creates a 24-point, 15-rebound, 5-block, 3-steal masterpiece at Wawa Arena today. All four of those totals are career highs for the 6'10" sophomore.

First-year forward Asaad Richardson scores 25 points with 7 rebounds. John Cannon combines 15 points with 5 steals. Kai Smith contributes 7 points, 10 assists, and 4 steals. Altogether, the Wildcats steal the ball 18 times.

William & Mary shoot only 28 percent and miss all but 1 of their 13 threes.
Record: 9-0.
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@#1 Villanova 68, Penn State 54

We win this one with our defense, and by taking care of the basketball. The Nittany Lions try to slow the game down and do a good job of it, but we hold them to only 22 made baskets and win the turnover battle, 12-20.

Dan O'Halloran scores 17 points, grabs 10 rebounds, blocks 2 shots, and holds their center, Steven Butler, to a single point. John Cannon adds 13 points, and Kai Smith contributes 6 assists.
Record: 10-0.


December 18, 2041
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#1 Villanova 86, #3 Tennessee 78 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (11-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 36 10-19 4-4 4 9 2 3 24 Forrest Curl PF 33 2-6 1-2 1 7 2 2 5 Asaad Richardson SF 33 6-11 2-2 0 1 2 1 16 John Cannon SG 33 6-11 1-2 3 3 7 3 15 Kai Smith PG 35 5-8 3-4 0 0 12 3 14 Tyson Lien SG 15 3-4 0-0 0 0 1 0 9 Immanuel Bahr PF 10 1-1 0-0 0 2 0 2 3 Weston Wagner SF 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 4, A.Richardson 2, J.Cannon 3, K.Smith 4) Blocked Shots: 1 (I.Bahr 1) Steals: 10 (D.O'Halloran 1, A.Richardson 1, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 4) 3P FGs: 9-20 (A.Richardson 2-6, J.Cannon 2-5, K.Smith 1-3, T.Lien 3-4, I.Bahr 1-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Tennessee (10-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Wayne Bradhold C 34 5-8 2-2 4 9 0 0 12 Dane Taylor PF 26 2-2 0-0 0 0 1 1 5 James Pierce SF 26 7-12 1-2 1 8 2 1 16 Ezra Duffey SG 27 6-11 3-3 2 3 4 4 18 Tim Jones PG 34 5-7 1-2 1 6 14 3 11 Lloyd Holloway SG 14 2-5 1-1 0 0 1 0 5 Leroy McClure SG 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 Ahmad Risinger SF 18 5-8 0-0 1 4 0 3 11 Thomas Ortega PF 14 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 2 0 Andrew King PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 24 (W.Bradhold 1, D.Taylor 1, J.Pierce 5, E.Duffey 6, T.Jones 4, L.Holloway 1, L.McClure 1, A.Risinger 3, T.Ortega 1, A.King 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (W.Bradhold 6) Steals: 7 (J.Pierce 3, T.Jones 3, L.McClure 1) 3P FGs: 6-17 (W.Bradhold 0-1, D.Taylor 1-1, J.Pierce 1-3, E.Duffey 3-6, T.Jones 0-1, L.Holloway 0-3, A.Risinger 1-2) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
We travel to Knoxville for a marquee mid-week matchup with the powerful Vols. A national TV audience joins a big, raucous crowd at the Thompson-Boling Arena to watch an excellent game of college basketball, a contest between two unbeaten teams.

Veteran point guards Kai Smith and Tim Jones put on a clinic, combining for 25 points, 26 assists, and 7 steals. The two guards with common surnames rank second and fourth in the nation in assists, respectively.

This year's top freshman big man, Wayne Bradhold, clashes with this year's top sophomore big man, Dan O'Halloran. The younger buck, a natural four who is playing center in order to accommodate another star freshman, Dane Taylor, holds his own. Wayne's 6 blocked shots include two of Dan's.

We force the Vols into 24 turnovers, and that makes a big difference.
Record: 11-0.


December 22, 2041
@#1 Villanova 81, Creighton 61

Dan O'Halloran leads a group of five 'Cats in double figures with 20 points, as we end calendar year 2041 with a victory.

Dan finishes with 11 rebounds, and Immanuel Bahr (11p/10r) posts a double-double of his own. Kai Smith (8p/10a) comes close. John Cannon (14p/2s), Forrest Curl (10p/4r/2b/2s), and Asaad Richardson (10p/4a) also fill the scoresheet nicely.
Record: 12-0.
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Old 04-15-2024, 04:18 PM   #815
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@#1 Villanova 94, Lehigh 52

Lehigh has a good team this year. They enter the game at 9-3, with good wins over Rutgers and La Salle. We are more than the Mountain Hawks can handle, however, and we pull away in the second half and cruise home.

Dan O'Halloran puts up another double-double (23p/11r/4b), but Kai Smith wins the PotG (16p/8a/5s/1t). John Cannon (22p/5r), Forrest Curl (12r), and Weston Wagner (11 points in 9 minutes) also show their stuff.
Record: 13-0.


January 5, 2042
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#1 Villanova 90, #8 Lafayette 59 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (14-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 5-9 4-5 4 13 2 1 14 Forrest Curl PF 23 1-3 0-0 3 4 3 3 2 Asaad Richardson SF 25 6-9 4-4 0 1 2 0 21 John Cannon SG 29 5-10 4-4 0 0 3 3 17 Kai Smith PG 30 2-5 2-2 1 2 11 1 7 Israel Moody PF 28 4-13 7-8 0 2 0 3 15 Tyson Lien SG 14 2-3 2-2 0 1 0 1 7 Immanuel Bahr C 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Weston Wagner PF 5 1-1 1-1 0 3 0 0 3 Nick O'Brien PG 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 2 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 2, I.Moody 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1) Steals: 11 (D.O'Halloran 1, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 3, N.O'Brien 1) 3P FGs: 10-19 (A.Richardson 5-8, J.Cannon 3-6, K.Smith 1-3, T.Lien 1-2) Lafayette (13-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alton Resnick C 14 0-3 0-0 0 3 2 4 0 Mark Black PF 21 2-5 0-0 2 7 1 4 4 D. Lingenfelter SF 21 1-5 0-0 1 3 1 2 3 Dewayne Mazzola SG 28 3-7 5-7 1 2 2 2 12 Morris Smith PG 10 1-2 0-0 2 2 1 0 3 A. Middaugh PG 15 3-4 0-0 0 2 0 1 8 Anibal Falcon PG 24 2-7 2-2 2 2 3 3 6 Franklin Benites PF 19 5-7 4-6 1 5 0 1 14 Daniel Ream C 21 2-4 0-0 1 4 0 2 4 Thomas Brasher SF 18 0-4 0-0 2 3 1 3 0 Tyler Ardoin PG 8 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 Clark Granado SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Carl Puma PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 23 (A.Resnick 1, M.Black 2, D.Lingenfelter 1, D.Mazzola 4, M.Smith 3, A.Middaugh 3, A.Falcon 6, F.Benites 1, D.Ream 1, T.Ardoin 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.Lingenfelter 1, F.Benites 1, D.Ream 1) Steals: 6 (M.Black 1, D.Mazzola 1, F.Benites 1, T.Ardoin 3) 3P FGs: 6-17 (D.Lingenfelter 1-5, D.Mazzola 1-4, M.Smith 1-2, A.Middaugh 2-3, A.Falcon 0-1, T.Ardoin 1-2) Player of Game: SF Asaad Richardson (VLNV)
Look who's back! It's Israel Moody, returning to action with 15 points in a rout of the Leopards at the Kirby Center.

Graham Sims is always greeted warmly there; almost everyone at Lafayette--with the exception of the most obnoxious fools in the student section--understand Coach Sims' role in building the Lafayette basketball program. Here's the statistic that proves it best:

Lafayette Prestige in 2011 (Coach Sims arrives): 27
Lafayette Prestige in 2026 (Coach Sims leaves): 91
Lafayette Prestige in 2030 (all-time peak; last of Coach Sims' players): 95
Lafayette Prestige in 2042 (currently): 71


The Leopards continue to win with a roster of solid three-star recruits, occasionally fronted by a Top 100 player. This year's star is Morris Smith, who unfortunately gets hurt tonight and barely shows what he can do. He's a senior who has started 114 games for Lafayette, with over 1500 career points to his credit. Morris was a high four-star recruit as a high school senior.

Meanwhile, our 11 scholarship players include six five-star and four four-star recruits. We have more talent at our disposal, and tonight that makes a sizeable difference.
Record: 14-0.

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2041 Big East Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige -------------------------------------------------------------- #2 Georgetown 0 0 .000 15 0 1.000 3 99 #1 Villanova 0 0 .000 14 0 1.000 1 100 #10 Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 10 3 .769 43 90 Seton Hall 0 0 .000 9 5 .643 82 52 Connecticut 0 0 .000 9 5 .643 104 73 Boston College 0 0 .000 9 4 .692 130 99 St. John's 0 0 .000 8 4 .667 20 70 Providence 0 0 .000 8 4 .667 222 67 Syracuse 0 0 .000 7 3 .700 144 74

Our two most traditional rivals--Georgetown and Pitt--share the top of the Big East table with us. It's going to be another spirited fight for the conference championship.

The return of Israel Moody gives me a wonderful problem: how to find playing time for all our deserving players! This quick look at our stats illustrates the situation well.
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#1 VILLANOVA Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan O'Halloran C 14 13 32.6 17.9 2.3 9.4 2.3 0.7 1.9 1.9 2.2 19.6 Kai Smith PG 14 13 29.1 10.9 0.8 1.7 8.9 2.9 0.1 1.8 2.4 21.9 Israel Moody SF 1 0 28.0 15.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 14.0 Asaad Richardson SF 14 13 27.2 15.0 0.8 2.7 2.5 1.3 0.4 1.3 1.9 18.9 Forrest Curl PF 14 13 26.7 5.1 1.9 6.2 1.9 0.8 1.2 0.9 2.4 17.1 John Cannon SG 14 13 26.1 16.6 1.3 2.2 2.7 1.9 0.1 1.5 3.1 19.6 Tyson Lien SG 14 1 20.6 9.6 0.9 1.9 2.0 1.2 0.1 0.6 1.3 9.6 Immanuel Bahr PF 14 1 15.5 4.2 1.3 4.9 0.4 0.4 0.7 1.1 1.9 8.6 Weston Wagner SF 14 1 8.6 4.4 0.3 1.8 0.8 0.3 0.2 0.9 0.8 4.3 Nick O'Brien PG 14 1 6.7 1.5 0.3 0.8 0.7 0.4 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.7 Brian Cioffi PF 12 1 5.8 1.3 0.4 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.4 2.2
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#1 VILLANOVA 30 Min Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dan O'Halloran C 14 13 30.0 16.5 2.1 8.6 2.1 0.7 1.7 1.8 2.0 18.1 Kai Smith PG 14 13 30.0 11.2 0.8 1.8 9.2 2.9 0.1 1.8 2.4 22.6 Israel Moody SF 1 0 30.0 16.1 0.0 2.1 0.0 0.0 1.1 2.1 3.2 15.0 Asaad Richardson SF 14 13 30.0 16.5 0.9 3.0 2.8 1.4 0.5 1.4 2.0 20.9 Forrest Curl PF 14 13 30.0 5.7 2.1 7.0 2.1 0.9 1.4 1.0 2.6 19.3 John Cannon SG 14 13 30.0 19.2 1.5 2.5 3.1 2.2 0.2 1.7 3.5 22.5 Tyson Lien SG 14 1 30.0 14.0 1.2 2.8 2.9 1.8 0.1 0.8 1.9 13.9 Immanuel Bahr PF 14 1 30.0 8.2 2.5 9.5 0.8 0.8 1.4 2.2 3.6 16.7 Weston Wagner SF 14 1 30.0 15.3 1.0 6.3 2.8 1.0 0.8 3.0 2.8 15.0 Nick O'Brien PG 14 1 30.0 6.7 1.3 3.5 3.2 1.6 0.0 4.5 2.2 3.2 Brian Cioffi PF 12 1 30.0 6.4 2.1 4.7 0.9 0.4 0.0 1.7 2.1 11.1
My original plan was to bring Asaad Richardson off the bench, and that still might be the way I go. Forrest Curl is not as dynamic an all-around player as the other starters, but an O'Halloran-Moody-Richardson-Cannon-Smith starting five relies exclusively on big Dan to provide rebounding, shot blocking, and interior defense. Forrest's classic big man skills might very well keep him in a starting role.
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Old 04-16-2024, 11:08 AM   #816
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#1 Villanova 93, @Connecticut 54

Our new lineup works well, as Israel Moody celebrates his return to the starting five with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals.

John Cannon sinks 5 three-balls and scores 21. Double-Double Dan O'Halloran posts 16 points and 10 boards. The Huskies try fouling him rather than letting him score inside, so Dan goes 8-for-10 from the line. Kai Smith hands out 8 assists, and sixth man Asaad Richardson goes 3-for-3 from behind the arc and scores 13 points in 19 minutes.

We're very solid defensively; Forrest Curi (5p/6r) helps hold UConn's bigs to a total of 3 points, and the Huskies shoot under 30 percent.

I like it.
Record: 15-0 (1-0).


January 11, 2042
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#1 Villanova 105, Seton Hall 97 --------------------------------------------------------- Seton Hall (9-7, 0-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Frank Wilmoth C 27 4-8 5-6 4 9 2 2 13 Matthew Scholl PF 31 3-5 0-0 2 9 1 3 7 Olen Treadwell SF 34 8-17 3-7 0 5 2 3 22 Basil Upshaw SG 30 6-10 4-6 0 1 2 3 21 Devin Mix PG 23 6-13 3-3 1 3 4 0 17 Joshua Revell PG 27 1-4 0-0 0 1 3 3 2 Joseph Lira SF 17 5-7 0-0 2 2 2 3 13 Keith Trull C 6 0-1 0-0 1 2 1 3 0 Jasper Krouse C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Eugene Mitchell PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Weston Leiva PG 3 0-0 2-2 0 0 1 0 2 Turnovers: 20 (F.Wilmoth 2, M.Scholl 4, O.Treadwell 1, B.Upshaw 5, D.Mix 1, J.Revell 4, J.Lira 2, W.Leiva 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (F.Wilmoth 2, M.Scholl 2) Steals: 7 (F.Wilmoth 1, O.Treadwell 1, B.Upshaw 2, D.Mix 1, J.Lira 2) 3P FGs: 14-28 (F.Wilmoth 0-1, M.Scholl 1-2, O.Treadwell 3-6, B.Upshaw 5-7, D.Mix 2-6, J.Revell 0-3, J.Lira 3-3) Villanova (16-0, 2-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 4-10 10-12 1 8 1 4 18 Forrest Curl PF 24 0-2 3-4 2 7 5 2 3 Israel Moody SF 30 9-18 4-4 0 2 1 1 22 John Cannon SG 25 8-9 0-1 1 5 1 4 21 Kai Smith PG 27 5-7 4-6 0 1 11 4 16 Tyson Lien SG 26 3-5 2-2 1 5 2 3 10 Asaad Richardson SF 14 3-4 0-0 1 2 1 3 7 Immanuel Bahr PF 10 1-1 0-0 1 2 0 0 2 Weston Wagner SF 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 10 1-2 1-2 0 1 2 1 4 Brian Cioffi PF 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 Turnovers: 18 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 6, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 3, A.Richardson 1, I.Bahr 1, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 1, T.Lien 1) Steals: 11 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1) 3P FGs: 11-18 (J.Cannon 5-6, K.Smith 2-4, T.Lien 2-4, A.Richardson 1-2, W.Wagner 0-1, N.O'Brien 1-1) Player of Game: SG John Cannon (VLNV)
If you're not careful, any Big East team can sneak up on you and hand you a beating. We nearly let that happen, as the Pirates score as many points as I can remember a team getting against us.

Seton Hall makes 14 threes, and we have to shoot 58 percent from the floor to stay with them. Israel Moody scores a lot, but he gives up a lot of turnovers. And John Cannon scorches the net from long range.

The fans got what they paid for, didn't they?
Record: 16-0 (2-0).


January 15, 2042
@#1 Villanova 88, St. John's 50

We sink 13 of our 22 three-point attempts and 17 of our 20 free throws, providing a lot of our offense in a comfortable win over St. John's.

I think Asaad Richardson is liking the sixth man role. Tonight he drops 29 on the Johnnies, adding 5 rebounds. John Cannon (21p/2s), Kai Smith (14p/10a/3s/1t), Dan O'Halloran (10p/11r/2b), and Immanuel Bahr (3b) all provide quality assistance.
Record: 17-0 (3-0).


January 18, 2042
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#17 Boston College 70, #1 Villanova 64 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (17-1, 3-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 6-12 3-3 1 7 2 2 15 Forrest Curl PF 22 3-5 0-0 1 2 0 2 6 Israel Moody SF 28 6-13 1-2 1 7 2 3 13 John Cannon SG 13 1-5 0-1 0 1 2 5 2 Kai Smith PG 29 4-7 0-0 0 3 9 5 10 Asaad Richardson SF 30 4-6 0-0 4 6 4 2 9 Tyson Lien SG 17 3-9 0-0 2 4 1 2 8 Immanuel Bahr PF 18 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 Weston Wagner SF 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 4, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 1, A.Richardson 2, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (I.Bahr 2) Steals: 11 (F.Curl 1, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 4, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 2) 3P FGs: 5-21 (D.O'Halloran 0-1, J.Cannon 0-4, K.Smith 2-4, A.Richardson 1-3, T.Lien 2-7, I.Bahr 0-1, N.O'Brien 0-1) Boston College (12-5, 3-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jon LaFramboise C 29 2-6 4-4 1 6 1 2 8 Chris Pless PF 32 3-10 2-3 7 15 1 2 8 Teddy Wine SF 23 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 4 Jae Camacho SG 30 2-6 5-5 1 3 4 1 10 Max Fall PG 33 6-10 5-8 2 4 2 2 20 Mervin Hutchison PF 26 3-11 3-6 2 9 1 4 9 James Caudle SG 20 4-5 2-2 2 4 1 1 11 Lenny Mitchum SG 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 E. Desperchins C 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 19 (J.LaFramboise 2, C.Pless 3, T.Wine 3, J.Camacho 4, M.Fall 3, M.Hutchison 2, J.Caudle 1, L.Mitchum 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (J.LaFramboise 1, C.Pless 1, T.Wine 2, J.Camacho 1, L.Mitchum 1) Steals: 7 (J.LaFramboise 1, C.Pless 2, T.Wine 1, M.Fall 2, J.Caudle 1) 3P FGs: 5-9 (J.Camacho 1-3, M.Fall 3-5, J.Caudle 1-1) Player of Game: PG Max Fall (BSCOL)
Our first loss of the season comes at Boston College. The Eagles deserve the win; they outplay us in nearly every aspect of the game. They do a good job of denying us good shooting opportunities, and we don't make the ones we get. We commit too many fouls, and they barely foul us at all.

Chris Pless and Jon LaFramboise, both former five-star recruits, hold their own with our post players--not too many teams have done that this season.

We fall to third in the Big East, behind Boston College and undefeated Georgetown. We face the Hoyas next, in Washington, D.C.
Record: 17-1 (3-1).
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#1 Villanova 81, #2 Georgetown 75 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (18-1, 4-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 28 5-8 1-4 2 8 3 4 11 Forrest Curl PF 22 6-6 5-6 1 5 1 1 17 Israel Moody SF 29 6-16 4-7 0 4 2 2 16 John Cannon SG 28 3-8 5-6 2 2 3 4 13 Kai Smith PG 31 5-6 2-2 0 3 3 4 13 Asaad Richardson SF 19 0-2 1-2 0 1 0 4 1 Tyson Lien SG 17 2-3 0-0 0 1 5 1 6 Immanuel Bahr PF 16 2-3 0-0 3 12 0 1 4 Weston Wagner C 6 0-2 0-0 0 2 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 4, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 3, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 4, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, K.Smith 1, I.Bahr 3) Steals: 8 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 2, A.Richardson 1) 3P FGs: 5-11 (J.Cannon 2-5, K.Smith 1-2, T.Lien 2-3, W.Wagner 0-1) Georgetown (18-1, 3-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Adam Webb C 30 4-9 2-5 6 11 0 4 10 Phoenix Underwood PF 30 3-9 3-4 3 8 1 4 9 A. Quesenberry SF 26 1-9 2-3 1 3 2 2 5 Tadgh Phelan SG 33 14-29 3-4 6 12 1 3 37 Gregory Mendez PG 30 1-4 3-4 2 3 4 4 5 Otto Harrold PG 18 1-4 0-0 0 1 4 3 3 Barry Barrick PF 20 0-1 2-2 2 5 2 2 2 Harold Whisler PG 9 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 3 Rob Arceneaux C 4 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 Louis Hermes SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Juste Faulvarque SF 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 19 (A.Webb 2, P.Underwood 2, A.Quesenberry 3, T.Phelan 6, G.Mendez 6) Blocked Shots: 5 (A.Webb 2, P.Underwood 1, B.Barrick 2) Steals: 10 (T.Phelan 4, G.Mendez 3, O.Harrold 2, H.Whisler 1) 3P FGs: 8-29 (A.Quesenberry 1-8, T.Phelan 6-14, G.Mendez 0-2, O.Harrold 1-3, H.Whisler 0-1, J.Faulvarque 0-1) Player of Game: SG Tadgh Phelan (GTOWN)
Tadgh Phelan wins the battle, but we win the war.

Very few people have scored 37 points against a Graham Sims team. We do a good job of keeping the other Hoyas under control, either by limiting their touches or forcing them into bad shots. Immanuel Bahr plays extremely well off the bench, teaming up with Dan O'Halloran and Forrest Curl to frustrate Georgetown's excellent big men.

I ought to go back and identify the Villanova games that matched up the #1 and #2 teams in the nation, and see how we've done in those contests.
Record: 18-1 (4-1).


January 22, 2042
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#1 Villanova 86, Syracuse 84 --------------------------------------------------------- Syracuse (8-7, 1-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alec Pedigo C 27 1-4 0-0 1 7 1 4 2 Guy Hubbard PF 33 8-17 3-4 7 10 2 3 19 Raymon Rodman SF 25 5-11 3-4 2 6 0 4 16 David Pell SG 31 2-7 4-4 0 0 2 3 8 Rene Gonzalez PG 33 7-14 3-3 1 5 5 3 20 Emmerich Becker C 17 2-5 2-5 1 5 0 1 6 Charles Guertin SG 21 3-5 0-0 2 7 2 1 8 Dallas Lapoint PG 9 2-2 0-0 0 2 4 0 5 Martin Choate C 4 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Chris Ellis SF 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (A.Pedigo 2, G.Hubbard 3, R.Rodman 6, D.Pell 4, R.Gonzalez 3, C.Guertin 2, D.Lapoint 1) Blocked Shots: 1 (E.Becker 1) Steals: 8 (D.Pell 3, R.Gonzalez 2, E.Becker 1, C.Guertin 1, D.Lapoint 1) 3P FGs: 9-22 (A.Pedigo 0-1, R.Rodman 3-5, D.Pell 0-3, R.Gonzalez 3-7, C.Guertin 2-4, D.Lapoint 1-1, C.Ellis 0-1) Villanova (19-1, 5-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 5-13 5-6 6 18 4 2 15 Forrest Curl PF 18 2-2 0-0 1 2 0 4 4 Israel Moody SF 28 6-10 2-2 1 3 3 3 14 John Cannon SG 25 6-15 0-1 0 1 1 3 15 Kai Smith PG 32 6-9 2-2 1 4 6 3 18 Asaad Richardson SF 27 3-15 3-4 2 2 1 1 10 Tyson Lien SG 12 2-3 0-0 0 1 0 0 5 Immanuel Bahr PF 17 1-2 1-3 1 6 1 2 3 Weston Wagner C 4 1-1 0-0 1 2 1 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 14 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 3, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 1, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 2, I.Bahr 2) Blocked Shots: 7 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, J.Cannon 1, I.Bahr 2, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 12 (I.Moody 3, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 3, A.Richardson 3, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 9-29 (J.Cannon 3-12, K.Smith 4-6, A.Richardson 1-9, T.Lien 1-2) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
At halftime, we lead the Orange, 52-38. Then, we roar out of the locker room and score 11 unanswered points in 118 seconds. At 63-38, we figure we'll coast home easily.

Syracuse has other plans.

With 1:32 remaining, the Orange lead, 84-83. It takes a Kai Smith three-pointer with four seconds left to secure the victory.

See what I mean when I say any Big East team can win against any other, on any given day? And that's what makes it fun.
Record: 19-1 (5-1).


January 29, 2042
#1 Villanova 81, @#14 Pittsburgh 65

On a night when Dan O'Halloran (4 points, 2-11 shooting) can't get going offensively, his teammates do enough to defeat a good Pitt team at their arena.

Asaad Richardson leads us with 23 points in 26 minutes of reserve action. John Cannon adds 20, and Kai Smith supplements 12 points with 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Israel Moody rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.
Record: 20-1 (6-1).

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#1 Villanova 90, Seton Hall 86 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (21-1, 7-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 24 7-9 4-8 2 7 2 4 18 Forrest Curl PF 25 2-6 2-3 1 5 1 0 6 Israel Moody PF 32 8-15 1-2 2 4 5 1 17 John Cannon SG 30 4-12 2-5 0 1 1 4 12 Kai Smith PG 32 4-8 9-12 0 1 7 3 18 Asaad Richardson SF 27 2-7 6-7 2 5 3 0 10 Tyson Lien PG 15 1-3 4-4 1 2 1 1 7 Weston Wagner PF 11 0-2 2-2 1 1 0 1 2 Immanuel Bahr C 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 7 (I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 4, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 3) Steals: 15 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, J.Cannon 3, K.Smith 3, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 2) 3P FGs: 4-19 (J.Cannon 2-8, K.Smith 1-2, A.Richardson 0-3, T.Lien 1-3, W.Wagner 0-2, I.Bahr 0-1) Seton Hall (12-11, 3-6): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Frank Wilmoth C 23 2-3 2-2 1 5 2 5 6 Matthew Scholl PF 30 3-4 0-0 0 8 1 1 7 Olen Treadwell SF 34 8-18 5-8 0 8 4 4 22 Basil Upshaw SG 21 6-7 0-1 1 2 4 5 16 Devin Mix SF 18 6-11 2-2 1 1 0 3 18 Joshua Revell PG 27 2-2 2-2 1 5 2 5 7 Joseph Lira SF 23 4-7 0-0 2 6 1 4 8 Keith Trull C 7 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 Jasper Krouse C 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Eugene Mitchell SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Weston Leiva PG 13 1-2 0-0 0 0 4 2 2 Turnovers: 24 (F.Wilmoth 2, M.Scholl 2, O.Treadwell 5, B.Upshaw 3, D.Mix 2, J.Revell 5, J.Lira 3, W.Leiva 2) Blocked Shots: 5 (F.Wilmoth 1, M.Scholl 3, K.Trull 1) Steals: 3 (M.Scholl 1, O.Treadwell 1, J.Lira 1) 3P FGs: 11-15 (M.Scholl 1-1, O.Treadwell 1-3, B.Upshaw 4-4, D.Mix 4-4, J.Revell 1-1, J.Lira 0-1, W.Leiva 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
Pitt beat Georgetown earlier in the week, putting us atop the Big East standings. We nearly slip back down, however, as the Pirates make us work very hard for a narrow victory.

They shoot extremely well, especially from long range, while we don't shoot well at all. Again, we rely heavily on the steady play of Kai Smith, who is making a solid claim on the title of the nation's top point guard. Tonight, he plays 32 minutes, handling the ball a lot, without committing a single turnover.

Perhaps it's because of his height--Kai is 5'5"--but he's not considered a pro prospect. I'd love to have him here all four years.

Our defense is very disruptive, and it needs to be. As well as Seton Hall shoots tonight, we need to limit their attempts.
Record: 21-1 (7-1).


February 8, 2042
@#1 Villanova 80, Providence 58

We shoot the ball well from the free throw line (17-for-19) and from three-point distance (13-for-27), and we play opportunistic defense.

Kai Smith finishes with 8 points, 8 assists, 5 steals, and a single turnover. John Cannon, who takes 13 threes and makes 5, scores 22 points. Asaad Richardson adds 15 from the bench; they're our only double-digit scorers.
Record: 22-1 (8-1).


February 10, 2042
@#1 Villanova 68, Connecticut 55
It's far from a pretty game; it's the kind of dog fight you'd expect Huskies to enjoy. But we get enough from our big dogs to win.

Dan O'Halloran, the Big Shamrock, scores 13 points and grabs 12 boards. Kai Smith dishes out 10 assists with 0 turnovers. But it's John Cannon, who scores 19 points, makes 7 steals, and blocks 2 shots, who shines the brightest. Asaad Richardson (12p) and Israel Moody (10p) also make it into double figures.
Record: 23-1 (9-1).


February 12, 2042
@#1 Villanova 96, #14 Boston College 75

Tonight we host the Eagles, the only team to beat us this season, and this time the outcome is different.

A group of five double-figure scorers is led by Dan O'Halloran and Asaad Richardson, who score 16 points each. Dan adds 9 rebounds and 2 blocks to earn the PotG prize. John Cannon (15p/2s), Israel Moody (13p/4r/3s), and Kai Smith (11p/8a/3s/1t) all contribute in especially meaningful ways.

Our shooting slash line is a pretty .600/.500/.810.
Record: 24-1 (10-1).
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#1 Villanova 102, #2 Georgetown 80 -------------------------------------------------------- Georgetown (23-4, 8-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Adam Webb C 27 5-10 2-2 6 15 2 1 12 Phoenix Underwood PF 26 8-12 7-11 2 5 2 0 23 A. Quesenberry SF 22 1-6 0-0 0 3 1 0 2 Tadgh Phelan SG 25 7-16 6-7 0 3 4 5 21 Gregory Mendez PG 21 3-4 0-0 0 1 4 1 8 Otto Harrold PG 25 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 3 2 Barry Barrick PF 22 2-3 0-2 1 6 1 0 5 Harold Whisler PG 13 1-5 0-2 0 1 2 1 2 Rob Arceneaux C 7 0-3 2-2 0 1 0 2 2 Louis Hermes SG 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 3 Juste Faulvarque SF 4 0-1 0-0 3 3 0 0 0 Turnovers: 26 (A.Webb 1, P.Underwood 2, A.Quesenberry 6, T.Phelan 4, G.Mendez 4, O.Harrold 5, B.Barrick 1, H.Whisler 1, L.Hermes 1, J.Faulvarque 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (A.Webb 1, P.Underwood 2, B.Barrick 1) Steals: 3 (T.Phelan 1, O.Harrold 1, H.Whisler 1) 3P FGs: 5-20 (A.Quesenberry 0-4, T.Phelan 1-4, G.Mendez 2-3, B.Barrick 1-1, H.Whisler 0-4, R.Arceneaux 0-2, L.Hermes 1-1, J.Faulvarque 0-1) Villanova (25-1, 11-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 27 8-17 2-4 3 11 3 4 18 Forrest Curl PF 21 3-3 0-0 0 3 0 1 6 Israel Moody PF 18 8-13 1-1 0 2 1 4 17 John Cannon SG 25 6-11 3-4 0 3 3 4 18 Kai Smith PG 30 4-6 0-0 1 4 10 0 8 Asaad Richardson SF 30 6-14 0-0 2 2 3 3 14 Tyson Lien SG 18 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 0 7 Weston Wagner C 16 6-8 0-0 2 3 0 3 14 Immanuel Bahr PF 8 0-0 0-0 1 4 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 1 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 4, F.Curl 1, K.Smith 1, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 4, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (D.O'Halloran 3, W.Wagner 2, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 19 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, J.Cannon 6, K.Smith 2, A.Richardson 5, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 2) 3P FGs: 8-23 (J.Cannon 3-8, K.Smith 0-2, A.Richardson 2-6, T.Lien 1-4, W.Wagner 2-3) Player of Game: SG John Cannon (VLNV)
If you're a neutral fan who wants a classic 1-versus-2 matchup, this is not the game for you. Number 2 doesn't offer much resistance to number 1 this time.

It's one thing to get 20 steals against Grinnell, and another thing altogether to get 19 against Georgetown. And we're not getting many of those steals off clumsy bigs who are trapped handling the ball; we're taking the ball from guards. Meanwhile, our point guard delivers 10 assists with a single turnover.

The most competitive aspect of the game is a big man battle between Adam Webb and Dan O'Halloran. They're both top pro prospects for a reason.
Record: 25-1 (11-1).


February 22, 2042
#1 Villanova 76, @St. John's 60

We trail this one at halftime before we pour it on over the next 20 minutes and pull a victory out of the Johnnies' hands.

John Cannon leads the way with a season-best 29 points. Without much fanfare, John has put together quite a career; he's closing in on 1300 career points in three seasons, and he's almost certain to hear his name called on Draft Night in April.

Israel Moody (16p) and Asaad Richardson (13p) are our other double-digit scorers. Dan O'Halloran finishes with 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Record: 26-1 (12-1).


February 24, 2042
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#1 Villanova 99, Syracuse 85 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (27-1, 13-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 8-13 5-10 2 7 1 2 21 Forrest Curl PF 24 7-10 1-1 5 12 4 2 15 Israel Moody SF 16 5-11 0-0 0 2 0 4 10 John Cannon SG 26 9-15 0-2 1 1 4 3 21 Kai Smith PG 32 1-1 1-2 0 5 9 2 4 Asaad Richardson SF 24 3-11 0-0 1 3 2 5 9 Tyson Lien SG 20 0-3 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 Weston Wagner PF 19 5-8 2-3 1 4 1 1 14 Immanuel Bahr PF 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 0 3 3 Nick O'Brien PG 3 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 8 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 3) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1) Steals: 9 (J.Cannon 5, K.Smith 2, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 10-27 (J.Cannon 3-7, K.Smith 1-1, A.Richardson 3-9, T.Lien 0-3, W.Wagner 2-4, I.Bahr 1-2, N.O'Brien 0-1) Syracuse (10-15, 2-11): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alec Pedigo C 23 1-2 0-1 0 7 0 5 2 Guy Hubbard PF 33 4-10 7-7 3 7 1 0 15 Raymon Rodman SF 36 13-22 9-10 3 6 1 0 40 David Pell SG 30 2-8 2-2 1 6 6 3 7 Rene Gonzalez PG 19 3-6 0-1 0 3 2 4 7 Emmerich Becker C 20 1-5 1-2 3 7 1 1 3 Charles Guertin SG 19 1-4 0-0 0 2 1 3 3 Dallas Lapoint PG 14 3-4 2-2 0 0 3 0 8 Martin Choate C 4 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 2 0 Chris Ellis SF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 18 (G.Hubbard 2, D.Pell 10, R.Gonzalez 4, C.Guertin 1, M.Choate 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (G.Hubbard 1, D.Pell 1) Steals: 4 (R.Rodman 3, D.Lapoint 1) 3P FGs: 8-21 (R.Rodman 5-9, D.Pell 1-6, R.Gonzalez 1-2, C.Guertin 1-3, M.Choate 0-1) Player of Game: SF Raymon Rodman (SYR)
Raymon Rodman represents what is best about college basketball to me. He was a four-star, top-100 recruit from the town of Russell, in a part of upstate New York that doesn't usually produce players like him. Veteran fans in the area think he's the best player they've ever seen.

Nobody was surprised when Raymon committed to Syracuse. He's now a senior, a starter for three years. He'll almost certainly complete his career as the Orange's third all-time scorer.

Raymon has played in the NCAA tournament once, as a sophomore; that team reached the Elite Eight. He hasn't had many moments to shine in the national spotlight. That's why I honestly don't mind seeing a mensch like Raymon drop 40 on us tonight. We win the game, after all.

It's a big night for Forrest Curl, the most complete game he's played for Villanova. And it's another strong performance from freshman Weston Wagner, who is earning a reputation as a dangerous shooter off the bench.
Record: 27-1 (13-1).
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#1 Villanova 82, @Providence 73

We enter the game with a chance to clinch the Big East championship. The Friars are determined to keep that from happening, and after 20 minutes, they are well on their way to doing so. They lead, 30-26; neither team can seem to buy a basket.

The game opens up in the second stanza, and we pull away to win the game and the league.

Sixth man Asaad Richardson's 15-point, 8-rebound performance earns him the PotG. He's backed up by Dan O'Halloran (18p/8r/8t!), John Cannon (13p/7r/3s), and Kai Smith (7p/10a/1t).
Record: 28-1 (14-1).


March 8, 2042
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#1 Villanova 102, Pittsburgh 91 -------------------------------------------------------- Pittsburgh (23-7, 12-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Vice C 34 2-3 0-0 0 6 3 1 4 Chris Brundage PF 35 7-11 2-2 1 3 1 3 16 Cedrick Truax SF 29 5-16 1-2 0 5 1 0 11 Theo Baker SG 31 9-11 0-0 1 3 3 1 22 Roland Goodnight PG 20 4-8 2-2 1 4 9 4 12 Steven Mertens PG 14 3-7 2-2 1 3 1 0 9 Casey Wallace PG 19 3-6 4-5 0 0 3 1 12 Raphael Ramos SF 7 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Charles Hardy PF 7 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 2 0 Mark Spicer C 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Turnovers: 12 (C.Vice 2, C.Truax 2, R.Goodnight 2, S.Mertens 2, C.Wallace 3, C.Hardy 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (C.Vice 5, C.Brundage 1, R.Goodnight 1, M.Spicer 1) Steals: 8 (C.Truax 2, T.Baker 3, R.Goodnight 2, S.Mertens 1) 3P FGs: 10-23 (C.Truax 0-5, T.Baker 4-4, R.Goodnight 2-6, S.Mertens 1-2, C.Wallace 2-2, R.Ramos 1-4) Villanova (29-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 9-16 0-0 6 19 4 1 18 Forrest Curl PF 22 0-1 1-2 2 7 4 1 1 Israel Moody SF 26 9-15 5-5 2 2 3 2 23 John Cannon SG 32 6-11 0-1 1 2 6 2 16 Kai Smith PG 32 3-8 1-2 1 2 10 4 9 Asaad Richardson SF 26 10-16 0-0 0 3 1 1 25 Tyson Lien PG 10 3-3 0-0 0 3 0 1 6 Weston Wagner PF 17 1-3 0-0 0 3 0 0 3 Immanuel Bahr PF 3 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 0 1 Nick O'Brien PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 5, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 1, A.Richardson 4) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 1, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 2) 3P FGs: 12-21 (J.Cannon 4-6, K.Smith 2-5, A.Richardson 5-9, W.Wagner 1-1) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
If we had a senior on our roster, this would have been his Senior Night. It's probably the final game John Cannon will play at Wawa Arena, and it's a good one. I hope it's not Kai Smith's last dance, too. Pro scouts aren't enamored of 5'5" point guards, even when they lead the nation in assists with the best assist-to-turnover ratio among qualifying players.

Kai engages in a classic battle with Pitt's Roland Goodnight, another of the best point guards in the country. Roland is a 6'2" senior, and he's projected to be a lottery pick. The pros apparently think size matters, more than they probably should.

The Big Shamrock snares a career-high 19 rebounds, nearly joining Avery Sullivan and Zach Cohen as the only Villanovans to amass 20 caroms in a single game. And Asaad Richardson continues to thrive in his reserve role.
Record: 29-1 (15-1).
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Old 04-24-2024, 09:32 AM   #821
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March 14, 2042
Big East Tournament, First Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 97, (8) Syracuse 81 --------------------------------------------------------- Syracuse (13-17, 4-12): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alec Pedigo C 31 4-7 0-0 3 7 0 1 8 Guy Hubbard PF 34 3-9 1-3 1 6 2 1 7 Raymon Rodman SF 34 13-23 1-2 3 6 3 3 30 David Pell SG 34 5-10 0-0 1 2 5 3 10 Rene Gonzalez PG 34 4-8 4-4 1 6 10 2 14 Emmerich Becker PF 12 2-6 2-2 1 3 0 3 6 Charles Guertin SG 8 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 Dallas Lapoint PG 6 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 Martin Choate C 3 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Chris Ellis SF 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 20 (G.Hubbard 1, R.Rodman 1, D.Pell 7, R.Gonzalez 8, E.Becker 1, D.Lapoint 1, C.Ellis 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (A.Pedigo 2, R.Gonzalez 1) Steals: 7 (G.Hubbard 1, R.Rodman 3, R.Gonzalez 1, E.Becker 1, C.Guertin 1) 3P FGs: 5-19 (R.Rodman 3-10, D.Pell 0-2, R.Gonzalez 2-5, E.Becker 0-1, M.Choate 0-1) Villanova (30-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 5-8 0-0 2 7 4 3 10 Forrest Curl C 23 2-6 2-2 5 7 2 0 6 Israel Moody SF 22 13-18 3-3 3 7 0 3 29 John Cannon SG 29 5-15 0-0 2 5 2 3 12 Kai Smith PG 32 4-10 4-4 1 5 12 2 15 Asaad Richardson SF 19 6-9 0-0 1 1 2 5 13 Tyson Lien SG 16 0-1 1-2 0 1 3 0 1 Weston Wagner PF 18 1-3 0-0 1 5 0 2 3 Immanuel Bahr PF 6 1-1 1-1 0 3 0 0 3 Nick O'Brien PG 2 1-1 2-3 0 0 0 1 5 Turnovers: 19 (D.O'Halloran 3, I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 6, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 2, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 2, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 2, A.Richardson 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 12 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 3, K.Smith 4, A.Richardson 2) 3P FGs: 8-24 (J.Cannon 2-11, K.Smith 3-5, A.Richardson 1-3, T.Lien 0-1, W.Wagner 1-3, N.O'Brien 1-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
We score a lot of points, because we take a LOT of shots: 72, to be exact. That points total somewhat obscures our sloppy play. It's not like us to turn the ball over 19 times, and it's certainly not like Kai Smith to do so 6 times himself. In fact, that's his highest total for the season.

With eleven seconds remaining, a tearful Raymon Rodman exits a Syracuse game for the final time. He finishes his distinguished career with 1777 points, third most in his school's history--and an even more remarkable 921 rebounds. That's the Syracuse record, and it's set by a 6'5" wing.

Raymon scores one more point than our PotG, Israel Moody.
Record: 30-1.


March 14, 2042
Big East Tournament Semifinal

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(1) #1 Villanova 66, (4) Boston College 55 --------------------------------------------------------- Boston College (19-13, 8-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jon LaFramboise C 30 2-8 2-2 3 10 0 2 6 Chris Pless PF 20 1-3 0-0 2 6 0 5 2 Teddy Wine SF 22 3-8 1-1 1 3 1 2 7 Jae Camacho SG 30 1-4 5-6 1 2 1 1 8 Max Fall PG 32 3-10 2-3 0 6 3 2 9 Mervin Hutchison PF 26 1-7 1-2 1 3 0 4 3 James Caudle SF 21 4-10 1-2 2 2 1 1 9 Lenny Mitchum SG 10 2-3 0-2 1 3 2 2 6 Milan Yachmenev PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 É. Desperchins C 8 2-3 1-1 2 3 1 0 5 Turnovers: 16 (J.LaFramboise 1, C.Pless 1, T.Wine 2, J.Camacho 3, M.Fall 4, M.Hutchison 3, J.Caudle 1, É.Desperchins 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (J.LaFramboise 6, M.Hutchison 3) Steals: 1 (É.Desperchins 1) 3P FGs: 4-13 (T.Wine 0-2, J.Camacho 1-2, M.Fall 1-3, J.Caudle 0-3, L.Mitchum 2-3) Villanova (31-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 5-10 5-10 2 7 2 2 15 Forrest Curl PF 23 2-5 0-0 5 13 1 1 4 Israel Moody SF 29 5-14 4-4 2 4 2 3 14 John Cannon SG 29 3-8 1-2 1 2 5 5 8 Kai Smith PG 31 0-3 1-2 0 4 7 2 1 Asaad Richardson SF 28 6-11 4-5 2 5 1 0 19 Tyson Lien PG 12 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 Weston Wagner PF 13 1-2 2-2 1 4 0 3 4 Immanuel Bahr PF 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 10 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 2, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 3) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 1) Steals: 5 (J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 2, A.Richardson 2) 3P FGs: 4-14 (J.Cannon 1-5, K.Smith 0-2, A.Richardson 3-5, T.Lien 0-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Player of Game: SF Asaad Richardson (VLNV)
This one is a rock fight, and we're just a bit better at throwing rocks than the Eagles are tonight. Kai Smith hasn't had a stellar tournament so far, and BC's Max Fall, a very good defender, keeps him under wraps.

Again, we rely heavily on Asaad Richardson's scoring ability, and Forrest Curl does a lot of good dirty work.

Pitt defeats Georgetown in the other semifinal, so we're spared another Wildcats-Hoyas matchup for the tournament championship.
Record: 31-1.


March 15, 2042
Big East Tournament Championship
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(1) #1 Villanova 83, (3) #8 Pittsburgh 48 --------------------------------------------------------- Pittsburgh (25-8, 12-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Vice C 33 1-5 1-3 2 4 1 3 3 Chris Brundage PF 32 2-7 0-4 1 7 0 2 4 Cedrick Truax SF 12 3-4 0-0 0 4 0 4 7 Theo Baker SG 25 0-2 0-1 1 3 3 2 0 Roland Goodnight SG 31 6-11 2-2 0 2 4 3 17 Steven Mertens PG 6 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 4 8 Casey Wallace PG 27 3-6 0-0 0 3 1 1 6 Raphael Ramos SF 19 1-5 0-0 3 6 1 1 3 Charles Hardy PF 10 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 0 0 Mark Spicer C 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 2 0 Turnovers: 21 (C.Vice 1, C.Brundage 1, C.Truax 3, T.Baker 4, R.Goodnight 2, S.Mertens 2, C.Wallace 6, R.Ramos 2) Blocked Shots: 4 (C.Vice 2, M.Spicer 2) Steals: 3 (T.Baker 2, C.Wallace 1) 3P FGs: 5-20 (C.Vice 0-1, C.Truax 1-1, T.Baker 0-2, R.Goodnight 3-6, S.Mertens 0-3, C.Wallace 0-2, R.Ramos 1-4, M.Spicer 0-1) Villanova (32-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 3-10 2-2 4 12 4 1 8 Forrest Curl PF 24 3-3 1-4 2 8 1 1 7 Israel Moody SF 31 10-23 4-5 1 7 0 1 24 John Cannon SG 29 2-8 0-0 2 2 5 3 6 Kai Smith PG 30 3-10 3-4 3 4 8 2 10 Asaad Richardson SF 25 4-6 0-0 1 2 1 3 11 Tyson Lien SG 13 3-5 0-0 0 2 0 0 6 Weston Wagner C 9 0-0 4-4 1 2 0 2 4 Immanuel Bahr PF 7 1-1 2-2 0 2 0 0 5 Nick O'Brien PG 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 6 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 1, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 1 (J.Cannon 1) Steals: 11 (I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 1, A.Richardson 4, T.Lien 2, I.Bahr 1) 3P FGs: 7-18 (J.Cannon 2-6, K.Smith 1-6, A.Richardson 3-5, I.Bahr 1-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
A swarming defensive effort pays off in a victory over Pitt that secures our fifth consecutive Big East tournament championship.

With the exception of Roland Goodnight, who plays his usual assertive game, we keep the Panthers from doing what they want to do. Meanwhile, we take super good care of the ball, with Kai Smith directing the offense like Kai Smith. Kai would have had more assists if his teammates had been better at making shots.

I'd award the tournament MVP award to Israel Moody, whose comeback from his Achilles injury seems complete.

A win, however, is a win, and a trophy is a trophy.
Record: 32-1.

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Old 04-24-2024, 10:49 AM   #822
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We secure the top seed in the NCAA East Region, an accomplishment that seems to be a regular one now. The other top teams in our bracket are 2-seed Louisville and a 29-2 Lafayette team that is seeded third.

Villanova is the only Big East team with a top seed...what is the basketball world coming to? Duke, Florida, and Miami are the other one seeds.


March 21, 2042
NCAA East Region, First Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 92, (16) Winthrop 68 -------------------------------------------------------- Winthrop (13-21, 7-7): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts George Snelling C 23 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 C. Waterhouse C 23 4-6 5-6 3 6 1 2 13 Avery Bourque SF 6 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 B. Lafontaine SF 28 6-13 3-3 0 0 0 1 15 S. Peterson PG 25 1-3 8-8 0 4 7 0 10 K. Matlock SG 20 3-8 1-2 0 4 1 1 8 Chris Montano PF 27 0-0 2-2 3 6 1 2 2 Matthew Falcon SG 29 3-9 5-7 1 4 1 1 11 Chris Turnbull C 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 Gregory Armstead C 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Robert Truman PG 12 3-4 1-2 0 3 0 1 8 Turnovers: 14 (C.Waterhouse 1, A.Bourque 1, B.Lafontaine 1, S.Peterson 4, K.Matlock 2, C.Montano 1, M.Falcon 3, C.Turnbull 1) Blocked Shots: 1 (C.Montano 1) Steals: 0 3P FGs: 2-20 (A.Bourque 0-2, B.Lafontaine 0-5, S.Peterson 0-1, K.Matlock 1-5, M.Falcon 0-6, R.Truman 1-1) Villanova (33-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 7-12 2-3 7 19 3 3 16 Forrest Curl PF 20 2-4 0-0 2 3 2 4 4 Israel Moody SF 4 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 4 John Cannon SG 29 7-15 0-0 5 6 6 3 20 Kai Smith PG 29 4-15 0-0 2 2 6 3 9 Asaad Richardson SF 14 3-7 1-1 3 3 5 5 8 Tyson Lien SG 27 4-7 0-0 1 1 3 0 10 Weston Wagner SF 20 5-10 5-7 3 8 1 3 17 Immanuel Bahr PF 19 1-5 0-0 3 7 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 6 1-3 0-0 0 1 0 1 2 Brian Cioffi PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 3, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 1 (D.O'Halloran 1) Steals: 6 (F.Curl 1, K.Smith 2, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1) 3P FGs: 12-37 (J.Cannon 6-13, K.Smith 1-7, A.Richardson 1-5, T.Lien 2-4, W.Wagner 2-6, I.Bahr 0-1, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: SG John Cannon (VLNV)
Winthrop earned their ticket to the Big Dance with an upset victory in the Big South tournament. We send this wannabe Cinderella home early, bidding her adieu with a barrage of 37 three-point attempts. We make only 12, but we look like snipers compared to the scatter-armed Eagles.

Lots of misses means lots of rebound chances for Dan O'Halloran, who capitalizes on many of them. Double-Double Dan is now averaging 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest. Avery Sullivan is the only Wildcat who has averaged a double-double for a season.
Record: 33-1.


March 23, 2042
NCAA East Region, Second Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 95, (9) Charlotte 68 --------------------------------------------------------- Charlotte (25-9, 11-5): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Michel Guerrero C 18 2-4 1-2 0 8 0 4 5 Joseph Simpkins PF 27 3-3 1-2 1 7 0 0 8 Lamont Jones SF 28 7-15 3-4 2 4 1 2 19 Nickolas Paxton SF 25 5-12 0-1 3 4 2 4 10 Adam Benedetto PG 27 1-4 1-2 0 0 7 1 3 Odell Price SG 13 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 5 Kevin Brooks C 13 1-3 2-4 2 4 1 0 4 Jason Alexander PF 15 0-3 0-0 0 1 2 2 0 Terrance Strother PG 10 0-3 0-0 2 2 2 0 0 Jason Sand SF 13 1-5 0-0 2 4 0 0 3 Vincent Dryer C 7 1-1 2-2 1 1 0 0 5 Lewis Hartz SG 4 1-1 4-4 0 0 0 1 6 David Thomas SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 20 (M.Guerrero 2, J.Simpkins 3, L.Jones 4, N.Paxton 3, A.Benedetto 4, K.Brooks 1, J.Alexander 1, J.Sand 1, L.Hartz 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (J.Simpkins 2, N.Paxton 2) Steals: 2 (J.Simpkins 1, L.Jones 1) 3P FGs: 6-25 (J.Simpkins 1-1, L.Jones 2-7, N.Paxton 0-3, A.Benedetto 0-3, O.Price 1-2, J.Alexander 0-1, T.Strother 0-3, J.Sand 1-4, V.Dryer 1-1) Villanova (34-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 5-7 3-4 5 15 2 1 13 Forrest Curl PF 22 2-5 0-0 1 5 4 3 4 Israel Moody PF 9 6-8 0-0 0 1 0 4 12 John Cannon SG 21 5-11 1-1 2 6 0 3 16 Kai Smith PG 15 4-4 0-0 1 1 4 4 9 Asaad Richardson SF 31 5-15 0-0 1 1 5 3 13 Tyson Lien SG 27 4-7 0-2 1 3 4 3 12 Weston Wagner PF 22 3-6 2-2 1 3 1 1 10 Immanuel Bahr PF 10 2-3 0-0 0 1 0 0 6 Nick O'Brien PG 15 0-3 0-0 0 1 2 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (I.Moody 2, J.Cannon 2, A.Richardson 5, T.Lien 3, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 2, J.Cannon 1, I.Bahr 2) Steals: 12 (F.Curl 1, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 2, A.Richardson 3, T.Lien 2, W.Wagner 2) 3P FGs: 17-36 (J.Cannon 5-10, K.Smith 1-1, A.Richardson 3-10, T.Lien 4-7, W.Wagner 2-4, I.Bahr 2-2, N.O'Brien 0-2) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
Remember the 2035/36 Wildcats? They were the "Mason Reynolds team," a national championship team that some consider Villanova's best ever. They took just over 31 three-point shots per game.

Did this year's Wildcats say "Let's shoot even more threes than that team did?" So far, that's what they are doing, pulling 73 in two games. Today, almost half of them went in.

Our scoring is balanced, and Dan O'Halloran tracks down lots of missed shots.
Record: 34-1.


March 28, 2042
NCAA East Region Semifinal: the Sweet Sixteen

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(1) #1 Villanova 99, (4) #11 Kentucky 74 ---------------------------------------------------------- Kentucky (26-10, 13-5): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Ronnie Connors C 14 1-2 2-2 1 6 0 5 4 James Andrade PF 31 6-8 1-1 2 5 4 1 13 Doyle Rees SF 27 4-8 0-0 0 7 3 1 9 Skyler Knowles SG 26 2-8 4-4 0 3 3 3 9 Joel Pollard PG 25 4-10 0-0 1 1 6 3 8 Gordon Kern PG 15 2-3 0-0 1 2 2 1 5 Theodore Brown SG 13 3-8 3-4 2 2 2 1 9 Charles Vega C 20 3-5 0-0 3 4 0 5 6 Hugh Smith SF 12 1-3 2-2 0 3 0 2 4 Jerry Jewell SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Liam Pilkington PF 14 2-2 3-3 0 3 0 1 7 Turnovers: 25 (R.Connors 1, J.Andrade 1, D.Rees 3, S.Knowles 8, J.Pollard 3, G.Kern 3, T.Brown 2, C.Vega 2, H.Smith 1, J.Jewell 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (J.Andrade 3) Steals: 5 (J.Andrade 2, D.Rees 1, J.Pollard 1, G.Kern 1) 3P FGs: 3-15 (D.Rees 1-2, S.Knowles 1-5, J.Pollard 0-1, G.Kern 1-2, T.Brown 0-3, H.Smith 0-2) Villanova (35-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 28 6-8 5-7 3 8 0 4 17 Forrest Curl PF 21 0-0 0-0 1 4 2 1 0 Israel Moody PF 27 4-13 4-4 1 5 3 1 12 John Cannon SG 31 7-11 5-7 0 1 1 2 23 Kai Smith PG 29 3-7 6-6 0 3 7 2 13 Asaad Richardson SF 26 7-11 2-2 1 2 1 3 18 Tyson Lien SG 15 2-3 0-2 1 2 3 0 5 Weston Wagner C 11 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 Immanuel Bahr PF 5 1-2 1-1 0 1 0 2 3 Nick O'Brien PG 5 2-3 0-0 0 0 1 0 5 Turnovers: 12 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, J.Cannon 4, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 1) Steals: 14 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, K.Smith 5, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 1, N.O'Brien 2) 3P FGs: 10-23 (J.Cannon 4-8, K.Smith 1-3, A.Richardson 2-5, T.Lien 1-2, W.Wagner 1-3, I.Bahr 0-1, N.O'Brien 1-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
This game is advertised as a battle of true bluebloods, as it should be. Villanova has won the most NCAA tournament games in history, and Kentucky is second. The teams also rank first and second in Elite Eight appearances, and the winner will add one more to that total.

At halftime, we lead Kentucky 53-26, and the basketball world's attention turns elsewhere.

Kai Smith delivers a master class, once again directing our offense without a single turnover and tormenting UK's ballhandlers. John Cannon quietly drops 23, scoring at all three levels.

Down in the South Region, two-seed Tennessee loses to three-seed Houston, ending the season of the Vols' freshman phenom, Wayne Bradhold. I'll post Wayne's season statistics at the end of the year.
Record: 35-1.


March 30, 2042
NCAA East Region Final: the Elite Eight

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(1) #1 Villanova 89, (14) San Francisco 79 -------------------------------------------------------- San Francisco (21-16, 8-6): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Orval Anglin C 22 4-7 2-2 0 3 0 3 10 Tony McCreary PF 33 4-8 5-8 2 5 0 3 13 Kory Tello SF 19 2-3 2-4 0 2 1 4 6 Kent Hayes SG 23 5-8 1-2 0 1 1 3 12 Roman Maxwell PG 24 7-15 1-2 0 1 5 3 17 Jeffrey Moore SG 27 1-3 3-4 0 3 3 3 6 Boyce Fuentes C 10 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 5 2 Don Winn PG 13 1-4 0-0 1 3 2 1 3 Larry Davis SF 15 1-1 2-4 2 3 2 0 5 Arthur Williams PF 14 1-3 2-4 1 5 1 0 5 Turnovers: 17 (T.McCreary 3, K.Tello 2, K.Hayes 4, R.Maxwell 4, J.Moore 2, D.Winn 1, L.Davis 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (T.McCreary 1, K.Tello 1, B.Fuentes 1) Steals: 6 (O.Anglin 1, J.Moore 2, D.Winn 2, A.Williams 1) 3P FGs: 7-19 (O.Anglin 0-1, K.Hayes 1-3, R.Maxwell 2-5, J.Moore 1-3, D.Winn 1-4, L.Davis 1-1, A.Williams 1-2) Villanova (36-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 2-7 6-10 6 15 1 3 10 Forrest Curl PF 22 7-7 1-2 3 11 0 2 15 Israel Moody SF 25 4-11 6-7 2 6 2 4 14 John Cannon SG 21 1-7 0-0 0 0 4 5 3 Kai Smith PG 25 4-8 2-2 2 2 3 3 12 Asaad Richardson SF 26 7-11 5-5 0 2 2 3 20 Tyson Lien SG 16 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 Weston Wagner PF 16 2-8 2-2 3 5 0 4 6 Immanuel Bahr PF 10 1-2 0-0 3 6 0 2 2 Nick O'Brien PG 9 1-2 4-6 0 0 1 1 7 Brian Cioffi PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 20 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 3, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 4, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 2, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 1) Steals: 13 (J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 4, A.Richardson 3, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 2, I.Bahr 1, N.O'Brien 1) 3P FGs: 5-21 (J.Cannon 1-6, K.Smith 2-5, A.Richardson 1-4, T.Lien 0-2, W.Wagner 0-2, N.O'Brien 1-2) Player of Game: SF Asaad Richardson (VLNV)
Teams that win a lot of games are not always popular with the college basketball world as a whole. Outside the Big East, Graham Sims' Villanova teams have largely avoided that stigma. Coach Sims is a likeable person, and his players usually avoid doing the things that make other fans resent them; they don't often taunt their opponents, they avoid cheap, dirty fouls, and they don't whine when they lose.

It's therefore unusual for the Wildcats to play the role of villain, but we're cast that way in this matchup against the Dons of San Francisco, a loveable Cinderella team who carry their 14 seed all the way to the region championship game. The Dons have already claimed a win over Lafayette, whom they beat, 69-65, in the first round. They also eliminated Western Kentucky and Colgate, who themselves upset two-seed Louisville.

The Dons start four veterans who have all played at least 100 games of college basketball alongside star freshman Kent Hayes. They harass us for 40 minutes, preventing us from taking the shots we want and reducing John Cannon to a passenger. Fortunately for us, Forrest Curl plays very well, and so does Asaad Richardson. The clock strikes for Cinderella, who nonetheless had a wonderful time at the Dance.

Dan O'Halloran claims 15 rebounds, and Kai Smith blocks a shot. The former event is the more common.
Record: 36-1.
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Old 04-24-2024, 11:36 AM   #823
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April 1, 2042

The Final Four has been set, and it's an intriguing one.

We're representing the East, as we were seeded to do. We'll face Kansas State, the Midwest champion, who beat Pitt when the final shot of Roland Goodnight's collegiate career bounced off the front of the rim.

I was rooting for Vanderbilt to return to the glory of the last weekend of the season, but the nine-seed Commodores fell before three-seed Houston. The South Region champion Cougars will face Nebraska, a twelve-seed who just ended Georgetown's season.


April 5, 2042
NCAA Semifinal: the Final Four

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(1) #1 Villanova 80, (5) #20 Kansas State 62 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (37-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 3-7 3-5 3 11 0 4 9 Forrest Curl PF 22 3-4 2-2 2 5 1 3 8 Israel Moody SF 21 5-17 1-1 1 3 3 4 11 John Cannon SG 19 5-6 2-2 0 0 3 4 14 Kai Smith PG 31 3-6 2-2 0 4 8 1 9 Asaad Richardson SF 27 3-10 2-2 0 3 2 1 11 Tyson Lien SG 20 1-3 3-4 0 3 3 1 6 Weston Wagner C 15 2-2 0-0 1 7 1 3 5 Immanuel Bahr PF 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 6 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 5 Turnovers: 16 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, J.Cannon 3, K.Smith 1, A.Richardson 3, T.Lien 2, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 1 (W.Wagner 1) Steals: 10 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 2, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 2, W.Wagner 1) 3P FGs: 9-21 (J.Cannon 2-3, K.Smith 1-4, A.Richardson 3-9, T.Lien 1-3, W.Wagner 1-1, N.O'Brien 1-1) Kansas State (28-8, 10-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Mike Sharp C 31 0-2 1-4 0 6 3 2 1 Jose Matthews PF 31 4-11 5-9 3 10 1 2 13 Gabriel Johnson SF 27 5-15 0-0 4 7 3 3 12 James Higa SG 30 3-8 3-4 4 9 0 1 12 Robert Smithers PG 19 1-3 0-0 0 2 3 3 2 Arthur Rader C 11 3-6 3-3 1 2 0 4 9 Damion Joyce PF 7 1-4 0-0 1 3 0 1 2 Logan Witherspoon PG 17 1-3 4-4 0 0 1 2 7 Bert Honaker SG 18 0-3 1-2 0 0 1 1 1 Paul Zinn PF 1 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 Richard Rodman SF 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Bert Thies SF 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Brian Chaffee PG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 22 (M.Sharp 2, J.Matthews 4, G.Johnson 6, J.Higa 5, R.Smithers 2, A.Rader 1, L.Witherspoon 2) Blocked Shots: 1 (J.Higa 1) Steals: 5 (J.Higa 1, L.Witherspoon 2, B.Honaker 2) 3P FGs: 7-25 (G.Johnson 2-8, J.Higa 3-6, R.Smithers 0-2, D.Joyce 0-1, L.Witherspoon 1-3, B.Honaker 0-3, P.Zinn 0-1, B.Thies 1-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
"I'm not ready to say goodbye to you guys yet," an emotional John Cannon told his teammates in the locker room before tonight's national semifinal. Whether John was suggesting this was his final season or not, his teammates nodded their agreement; they weren't ready for this ride to end.

Kai Smith has broad shoulders for a man his size, and he puts the Wildcats on those shoulders tonight. His 9-point, 8-assist, 2-steal, 1-turnover game is unremarkable for him, but that's how good he is.

Now John, Kai, and their teammates and coaches will play for the national championship once again. It's the tenth trip to the final for the Wildcats and the third for each of the players on the roster. And, for Graham Sims, it's his eleventh championship game.

Again, we'll be cast as the bad guys, because Nebraska continues their improbable run with a 72-71 victory over Houston.
Record: 37-1.


April 7, 2042
NCAA Championship Game

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(1) #1 Villanova 82, (12) Nebraska 53 -------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (38-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 7-13 5-7 4 17 2 2 19 Forrest Curl PF 20 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 Israel Moody SF 18 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 4 John Cannon SG 31 8-13 1-1 4 4 1 0 20 Kai Smith PG 31 4-6 2-2 1 1 6 2 11 Asaad Richardson SF 25 4-11 1-2 1 2 0 1 11 Tyson Lien SG 13 0-0 2-2 0 0 3 1 2 Weston Wagner C 16 2-4 5-5 1 6 0 2 10 Immanuel Bahr PF 8 0-3 0-0 0 3 1 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 8 1-3 0-1 1 1 1 0 3 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 2, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 4) Steals: 13 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 3, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 3, N.O'Brien 1) 3P FGs: 8-21 (J.Cannon 3-5, K.Smith 1-2, A.Richardson 2-9, W.Wagner 1-3, I.Bahr 0-1, N.O'Brien 1-1) Nebraska (23-14, 6-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Justin Sterner C 26 0-2 2-2 1 11 0 3 2 Tom Real PF 28 2-9 4-5 1 5 2 2 8 Travis Forte SF 26 6-6 2-2 2 5 1 2 18 Eric Kohler SG 32 4-9 1-2 0 1 3 1 11 John Ybarra PG 32 1-9 2-2 3 4 1 2 4 Carmelo Byrum SF 18 1-6 3-4 0 2 0 1 6 David McLaughlin PF 21 1-4 2-2 2 3 0 2 4 Lyndon Boyett PF 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Jewel Berube SG 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Paul Stevenson SF 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 19 (J.Sterner 1, T.Real 2, T.Forte 2, E.Kohler 4, J.Ybarra 4, C.Byrum 4, J.Berube 1, P.Stevenson 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (J.Sterner 1, J.Ybarra 1) Steals: 5 (T.Real 1, E.Kohler 1, J.Ybarra 1, C.Byrum 2) 3P FGs: 7-21 (T.Forte 4-4, E.Kohler 2-3, J.Ybarra 0-5, C.Byrum 1-5, D.McLaughlin 0-1, J.Berube 0-1, P.Stevenson 0-2) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
Wilt Chamberlain once said, "Everybody pulls for David. Nobody roots for Goliath." This might not be absolutely true.

Kansas coach Blaine Boyd is one of Graham Sims' best friends. "I'm absolutely rooting for Villanova," he candidly admits. It was Boyd's team that the Cornhuskers beat to earn their tournament berth.

Creighton senior Emily Rossiter is an avid basketball fan. She plays the clarinet in the Blue Jays pep band. "None of us like Nebraska," she states. "I went to the Villanova game back in December. The atmosphere there was amazing. I didn't like the outcome [VU 81, CU 61], but I left with a lot of respect for their program. I want them to win. Big."

Boyd, Rossiter, and thousands of Wildcat fans are happy now, as Villanova storms to a 47-26 halftime lead and rolls the rest of the way to their third consecutive national championship. The team's four juniors--John Cannon, Kai Smith, Nick O'Brien, and Forrest Curl--have never known any other outcome. Only Forrest, who redshirted his first season, has experienced a season that didn't end with One Shining Moment.

It's a sophomore, Dan O'Halloran, who provides the Wildcats with our greatest advantage. He faces a full-grown man in Justin Sterner, a 7'0", 251-pound redshirt junior, and won't let Justin touch the ball unless he grabs a defensive rebound.

John Cannon scores 20 points, leading all scorers. After the game, he announces that he will enter the professional draft. Kai Smith, however, has other news.

"I have three rings now," Kai points out. "I'd really love a fourth."
Record: 38-1.
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Old 04-24-2024, 01:13 PM   #824
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Awards time!
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2041 OVERALL AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: SR PG Tony Salomon Kansas 15.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.2 APG 2.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR SF Asaad Richardson Villanova 14.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.9 APG 1.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG Coach of the Year: Matthew Coble Texas-San Antonio 26 - 7 (11 - 3) All-league 1st Team: C SO Dan O'Halloran Villanova 15.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.6 BPG PF JR Ismael McBride Saint Louis 18.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.3 SPG, 1.9 BPG SF SR Leo Delrio Wake Forest 16.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.3 BPG SG SR Brian Patterson Vanderbilt 22.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG PG SR Tony Salomon Kansas 15.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.2 APG, 2.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C JR Raleigh Holguin San Diego State 16.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 2.8 BPG PF SR Jose Matthews Kansas State 15.4 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.9 BPG SF SR William York New Mexico 14.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.5 BPG SG JR Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 19.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG PG JR Kai Smith Villanova 10.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 8.2 APG, 2.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG All-league 3rd Team: C JR Agustin Moriarty Indiana 17.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.4 SPG, 2.6 BPG PF JR Kraig Hildebrandt Richmond 23.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG SF SR Joseph Prior Florida International 20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.0 BPG SG SR Glen Smith Kent State 22.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG SR Roland Goodnight Pittsburgh 14.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 8.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Wayne Bradhold Tennessee 6.6 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.4 SPG, 3.1 BPG PF FR Dwight Goldsberry Missouri 5.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.4 SPG, 2.9 BPG SF FR Asaad Richardson Villanova 14.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG SG FR Ward Whitmore Illinois 9.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG FR Arlen Duckworth Texas-San Antonio 14.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Asaad becomes Villanova's second Freshman of the Year; Zayden Calhoun was the first, earning the honor in 2038.

I'm delighted, but not surprised, to see Dan and Kai earning national honors. Nor am I shocked to see Wayne Bradhold on the All-Freshman Team. I'm thinking he might have been runner up to Assad for the FOY prize.

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2041 BIG EAST AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: JR PG Kai Smith Villanova 10.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 8.2 APG 2.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR SF Asaad Richardson Villanova 14.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.9 APG 1.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG Coach of the Year: Graham Sims Villanova 38 - 1 (15 - 1) All-league 1st Team: C SO Dan O'Halloran Villanova 15.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.6 BPG PF JR Phoenix Underwood Georgetown 15.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.7 BPG SF SR Raymon Rodman Syracuse 18.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG SG JR Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 19.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG PG JR Kai Smith Villanova 10.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 8.2 APG, 2.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C SO Jon LaFramboise Boston College 9.3 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.7 BPG PF JR Guy Hubbard Syracuse 12.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.3 SPG, 1.1 BPG SF SR Kevin Wilmot Providence 20.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG SG JR John Cannon Villanova 16.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG SR Roland Goodnight Pittsburgh 14.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 8.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Mark Spicer Pittsburgh 2.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.8 BPG PF FR Josh Dunkin Providence 7.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.9 BPG SF FR Asaad Richardson Villanova 14.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG SG FR Tyson Lien Villanova 6.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG FR Joshua Revell Seton Hall 6.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG
We sweep the Big Three awards for the Big East this year. I'm especially pleased that the conference recognized a guard who is not a big scorer--Kai averages just over 10 per game--as its best player on the strength of his other contributions. Asaad is, unsurprisingly, honored as the Big East's top freshman after being named the nation's best. And Graham will need to make room for another COY, after his Wildcats won the regular season and tournament championships in fine fashion.

I like the conference's choices for the first team. They're exactly the same five players I would pick. I'm happy for John, who earns some well-deserved recognition, and for Asaad and Tyson, worthy members of the Freshman Team.
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Old 04-24-2024, 07:23 PM   #825
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2041 Big East Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige -------------------------------------------------------------- #1 Villanova 15 1 .938 38 1 .974 1 100 #6 Pittsburgh 12 4 .750 28 9 .757 5 90 #2 Georgetown 11 5 .688 30 7 .811 2 99 Boston College 8 8 .500 19 14 .576 45 99 St. John's 7 9 .438 17 14 .548 44 70 Seton Hall 6 10 .375 15 16 .484 65 52 Connecticut 6 10 .375 15 16 .484 62 73 Syracuse 4 12 .250 13 17 .433 123 74 Providence 3 13 .188 12 18 .400 174 67
Pitt replaces Boston College as the third member of the triumvirate atop the Big East. Whether or not that change will be a lasting one is yet to be seen.

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#1 VILLANOVA TEAM INFO Current Performance -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team Prestige: 100 Record Vs 1-50: 18-1 Poll Rank: #1 Season Record: 38-1 Record Vs 51-100: 6-0 RPI Rank: #1 Conference Record: 15-1 Record Vs 101-200: 10-0 Home Record: 17-0 Record Vs 200+: 4-0 Team Stats CR NR Opp. Stats CR NR Margin CR NR -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Points 87.2 1 1 Points 67.3 3 137 Points 19.9 1 1 O.Reb 11.3 5 143 O.Reb 10.0 4 102 O.Reb 1.2 5 100 D.Reb 24.2 9 260 D.Reb 23.1 1 45 D.Reb 1.1 3 94 Rebounds 35.5 8 210 Rebounds 33.2 1 44 Rebounds 2.3 5 85 Assists 21.1 1 2 Assists 13.6 2 216 Assists 7.6 1 2 Steals 10.5 1 1 Steals 4.7 1 25 Steals 5.8 1 1 Blocks 4.5 4 91 Blocks 3.4 1 164 Blocks 1.1 4 86 Turnovers 12.5 1 38 Turnovers 19.9 1 1 Turnovers -7.4 1 1 Fouls 18.7 7 132 Fouls 18.6 4 263 Fouls 0.1 5 196 FG% .497 1 2 FG% .431 7 197 FG% .065 2 9 FT% .763 1 2 FT% .734 8 371 FT% .029 4 93 3P% .411 1 3 3P% .329 4 123 3P% .082 1 3 PPS 1.39 1 1 PPS 1.23 7 177 PPS .160 2 21 Adj. FG% .571 1 1 Adj. FG% .485 6 176 Adj. FG% .086 1 4
Graham Sims began his coaching career with a reputation for coaching defense. Now, the fully mature Coach Sims directs teams that are among the nation's most dynamic offensive forces in the nation every year. This year's Wildcats once again lead the nation in scoring, and our shooting slash line is the best by some margin; the teams that beat us in any one category can't match us in the others.

We weren't a terrific defensive team, with the exception of our ability to force turnovers, especially through steals.

Our offensive efficiency (117.2) ranks first. Our defensive efficiency (90.8) places 21st.
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#1 VILLANOVA Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan O'Halloran C 39 38 30.9 15.2 3.0 10.4 2.2 0.5 1.6 2.1 2.3 17.8 Kai Smith PG 39 38 28.8 10.2 0.9 2.5 8.2 2.7 0.1 1.5 2.7 18.4 John Cannon SG 39 38 26.9 16.2 1.3 2.4 2.6 2.3 0.2 1.8 3.2 15.9 Asaad Richardson SF 39 13 25.7 14.2 1.2 3.0 1.9 1.6 0.3 1.6 2.3 11.4 Forrest Curl PF 39 38 24.0 5.4 1.9 6.1 1.7 0.7 0.9 0.8 1.9 15.4 Israel Moody SF 26 25 23.4 13.8 0.8 3.5 1.5 1.1 0.6 2.2 3.0 11.6 Tyson Lien SG 39 1 17.8 6.7 0.7 1.9 2.1 1.1 0.1 1.2 1.4 5.1 Immanuel Bahr PF 39 1 11.2 3.1 0.9 3.6 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.8 1.2 3.8 Weston Wagner PF 39 1 11.0 4.7 0.6 2.4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.6 1.3 3.2 Nick O'Brien PG 38 1 6.0 1.8 0.2 0.6 0.6 0.3 0.0 0.6 0.4 -0.1 Brian Cioffi PF 17 1 4.5 1.0 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3 1.5

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#1 VILLANOVA Totals Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan O'Halloran C 39 38 1206 594 116 406 85 20 62 80 90 696 Kai Smith PG 39 38 1125 396 34 98 319 105 3 58 106 718 John Cannon SG 39 38 1050 632 51 94 102 90 9 70 124 621 Asaad Richardson SF 39 13 1003 555 46 116 74 61 10 62 88 445 Forrest Curl PF 39 38 935 210 73 238 67 27 36 33 76 600 Israel Moody SF 26 25 609 360 21 90 38 28 16 57 77 302 Tyson Lien SG 39 1 696 263 26 73 80 43 2 48 53 200 Immanuel Bahr PF 39 1 438 120 37 139 10 11 28 32 46 149 Weston Wagner PF 39 1 430 183 24 95 22 13 9 23 50 123 Nick O'Brien PG 38 1 228 69 6 23 24 11 0 21 15 -4 Brian Cioffi PF 17 1 76 17 5 12 3 1 0 4 5 25

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#1 VILLANOVA Shooting Player Pos Fgm Fga Fg% Ftm Fta Ft% 3pm 3pa 3p% PPS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan O'Halloran C 221 440 .502 152 212 .717 0 1 .000 1.35 Kai Smith PG 131 252 .520 75 89 .843 59 137 .431 1.57 John Cannon SG 223 441 .506 58 83 .699 128 300 .427 1.43 Asaad Richardson SF 195 392 .497 75 91 .824 90 235 .383 1.42 Forrest Curl PF 90 167 .539 30 50 .600 0 0 .000 1.26 Israel Moody SF 149 336 .443 62 76 .816 0 0 .000 1.07 Tyson Lien SG 81 158 .513 59 70 .843 42 102 .412 1.66 Immanuel Bahr PF 41 78 .526 29 39 .744 9 21 .429 1.54 Weston Wagner PF 56 116 .483 46 52 .885 25 63 .397 1.58 Nick O'Brien PG 24 55 .436 11 20 .550 10 25 .400 1.25 Brian Cioffi PF 6 16 .375 5 7 .714 0 0 .000 1.06

The first conclusion I draw when I look at these stats: these dudes could shoot the basketball. Every scholarship player shot at least 48 percent from the floor except one: Israel Moody, who shot .501 as a freshman. If the entire team shot as "poorly" as Weston Wagner, we'd still have the fourth best field goal percentage in the nation.

Other things I notice:
  • John Cannon had one of the better one-year records from behind the three point line in Villanova history.
  • Dan O'Halloran became the first Villanova player to collect over 400 rebounds in a single season.
  • Kai Smith fell two assists short of Justice Stafford's single-season mark, set back in 2033. Has Justice really been gone that long?

There's only one Farewell this season, and it's up next.
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Old 04-24-2024, 07:52 PM   #826
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2041/42 Farewell

JOHN CANNON


Our recruitment of John Cannon was unlike that of almost any other player we've signed. We didn't discover him until late in the recruiting cycle, and we offered him a scholarship before we had the chance to scout him thoroughly. He was a five-star player, so I was pretty sure he'd be good.

He was.
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#20 SG John Cannon - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-4 Weight: 209 High School: Hueytown High School Hometown: Hueytown, AL Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 43 75 55 98 76 48 34 7 16 85 93 34 75 69 54 82 2040: 43 64 54 95 66 41 32 7 16 73 90 31 75 67 53 76 2039: 41 55 49 93 60 37 30 7 15 62 79 29 75 64 52 66 2038: 39 47 45 85 54 33 28 5 13 52 69 27 71 58 51 42 Potential: C B C A B C D F F B A C Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 68 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 38 1 13.4 7.7 0.6 1.6 1.0 0.8 1.16 1.2 0.1 1.6 2040 39 10 19.4 13.2 0.9 2.2 1.7 1.1 1.66 2.0 0.2 2.3 2041 39 38 26.9 16.2 1.3 2.4 2.6 1.8 1.46 2.3 0.2 3.2 Career 116 49 20.0 12.4 0.9 2.1 1.8 1.2 1.46 1.8 0.2 2.4 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 2.8 5.6 .500 0.9 1.1 .767 1.3 3.0 .425 1.38 5.84 2040 4.6 8.5 .539 1.5 1.9 .787 2.5 5.6 .454 1.56 15.28 2041 5.7 11.3 .506 1.5 2.1 .699 3.3 7.7 .427 1.43 15.92 Career 4.4 8.5 .516 1.3 1.7 .746 2.4 5.4 .436 1.46 12.41 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 38 1 511 293 22 61 37 32 46 3 61 2040 39 10 757 514 36 86 68 41 77 6 91 2041 39 38 1050 632 51 94 102 70 90 9 124 Career 116 49 2318 1439 109 241 207 143 213 18 276 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 106 212 33 43 48 113 222 2040 178 330 59 75 99 218 596 2041 223 441 58 83 128 300 621 Career 507 983 150 201 275 631 1439 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 29 5 7 7 7 2 4 9 18 9 10 6 13 Career 32 5 8 7 7 2 4 10 19 9 10 8 13 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 22 2038 High School: Rated ***** and #11 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2038 High School: All-State (Alabama) 2038 High School: Mr. Basketball (Alabama) 2039 NCAA Champion 2040 NCAA Champion 2041 NCAA Champion 2041 2nd Team All-Conference (Big East Conference)

John's career followed a progression that many successful players experience on Coach Sims' Villanova teams. He was a solid rotation player as a freshman, a productive sixth man as a sophomore, and an All-Big East starter as a junior. His signature skills--the ability to stroke it from behind the arc, his lockdown defense, and his penchant for creating turnovers--were reliably on display in all three of these roles.

In three productive years, John earned a spot on our leaderboards for three-pointers made (8th) and steals (4th). With one more typical Cannon season, he'd rank second, but only because the career leader is still active.

John should be drafted early in the first round of the pro draft, and he might end up as a lottery pick. A bright future in professional basketball awaits him, and he's made significant progress toward his degree in Statistics. His greatest legacy, however, are those three NCAA championships we've won, with lots of help from him.

Thanks for the memories, John.
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Let's check out our "bespoke" player, Tennessee's rugged big man, Wayne Bradhold. Wayne was a big reason why the Vols won 30 games this year.

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#25 C Wayne Bradhold - Tennessee - Freshman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 254 High School: Elder High School Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 52 24 33 22 41 27 84 86 83 36 23 83 30 93 34 58 2040: 47 22 31 20 39 25 75 77 73 34 21 73 28 85 31 50 Potential: C C C D C D A A A C D A Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 90 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2041 37 37 30.4 6.6 3.0 9.2 1.3 1.2 1.09 0.4 3.1 1.8 Career 37 37 30.4 6.6 3.0 9.2 1.3 1.2 1.09 0.4 3.1 1.8 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2041 2.5 5.4 .460 1.5 2.4 .636 0.1 0.4 .385 1.23 12.57 Career 2.5 5.4 .460 1.5 2.4 .636 0.1 0.4 .385 1.23 12.57 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2041 37 37 1126 245 112 340 49 45 16 113 66 Career 37 37 1126 245 112 340 49 45 16 113 66 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2041 92 200 56 88 5 13 465 Career 92 200 56 88 5 13 465 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 16 8 16 4 2 8 3 7 12 6 10 1 2 Career 16 8 16 4 2 8 3 7 12 6 10 1 2 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 5 2040 High School: Rated ***** and #2 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2040 High School: All-State (Ohio) 2040 High School: Mr. Basketball (Ohio) 2041 Freshman All-American 2041 2nd Team All-Conference (Southeastern Conference) 2041 Freshman All-Conference (Southeastern Conference) 2041 Conference Freshman of the Year (Southeastern Conference)

Wayne led the nation's freshmen in rebounding, and placed second in his class in blocked shots. His offensive game is not nearly as highly developed, but opposing teams still have to guard him. Wayne is still regarded as the top professional prospect in his class.
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Old 04-24-2024, 08:41 PM   #828
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Tonight, John Cannon becomes the sixteenth Villanova player drafted in the lottery since Coach Sims arrived when he's selected #9 overall.

Phoenix Underwood of Georgetown is the top pick, and Pitt's Roland Goodnight is drafted at #3. Adam Webb (#5) and Tadgh Phelan (#11) give the Hoyas three lottery picks, and Andrew Quesenberry (#16) joins them in the first round.

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2041 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1. Stanford Pacific-10 PG Cody Noriega ***** 2 1 2 0 0 2. Boston College Big East C Major Garcia **** 0 5 0 0 0 3. Houston Southwest SG Marty Gard ***** 1 2 2 0 0 4. Texas Southwest C David Miller ***** 2 0 2 0 0 5. Pittsburgh Big East PF Garland Milford ***** 1 3 0 0 0 6. Purdue Big Ten SG Dennis Olszewski ***** 2 1 0 0 0 7. Louisville Metro C John Ortiz **** 0 3 1 0 0 8. Tennessee SEC SG Adam Wood ***** 2 0 0 0 0 9. Vanderbilt SEC PF David Witham ***** 1 2 1 0 0 10. UCLA Pacific-10 C Lou Kissinger ***** 2 0 1 0 0 11. Maryland ACC SF Maynard Parker **** 0 4 0 0 0 12. Baylor Southwest PF Tristan McEwen ***** 1 0 3 0 0 13. Mississippi State SEC C Otto Kim ***** 1 2 0 0 0 14. Washington Pacific-10 SF Ward Jessee ***** 1 1 1 0 0 15. Ohio State Big Ten PG Jeffrey Reiff **** 0 3 0 1 0 16. Providence Big East SG Willie Vazquez **** 0 2 2 0 0 17. Missouri Big Eight PG Forrest Mercier **** 0 2 2 0 0 18. North Carolina ACC SF Jesse Gill ***** 1 0 1 0 0 19. Virginia ACC PF Lowell Murr **** 0 2 2 0 0 20. Kansas State Big Eight PG Michael Schott **** 0 2 2 0 0 21. Colorado State WAC PG Jean Michael **** 0 1 4 0 0 22. Kentucky SEC PF Jack Dillion **** 0 3 0 0 0 23. UTEP WAC PG Paul Perez **** 0 1 3 0 0 24. Villanova Big East C Roman Holloway ***** 1 1 0 0 0
Our two-player class might be the second lowest-ranked group of recruits Graham Sims has ever signed for Villanova, but I like it anyway.
Roman Holloway looks like he'll be the next in a line of excellent centers on the Main Line, and Joel Campbell has the makings of a versatile wing.
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2041 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Boston College Big East C Major Garcia **** 0 5 0 0 0 5. Pittsburgh Big East PF Garland Milford ***** 1 3 0 0 0 16. Providence Big East SG Willie Vazquez **** 0 2 2 0 0 24. Villanova Big East C Roman Holloway ***** 1 1 0 0 0 31. Syracuse Big East SF Arlie Lozier **** 0 2 0 0 0 46. Georgetown Big East PG Carl Covington **** 0 1 2 0 0 56. St. John's Big East SF Charles Duncan **** 0 1 1 0 0 91. Seton Hall Big East SG Damien Summers *** 0 0 3 1 0 113. Connecticut Big East PF Dino Ferris **** 0 1 0 0 0
Boston College reloads with a quintet of four-star players. Georgetown, who were hit so hard by early departures, still has holes to fill.
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Thanks, Chas. I admit the game is much easier when you're playing a maxed-out coach like Graham Sims. I've never had such a coaching titan for my alter ego in a simulation game. The challenge with Coach Sims isn't keeping his job; it's maintaining Villanova's 100 Prestige and winning national championships. It's building a team, rather than a collection of five-star, top ten recruits. It's thinking about a team philosophy, a program DNA, and making it happen.

One of the things I like most about FBCB is the fact that I can play the game this way. I become frustrated when I can't find the connections between the in-game decisions I make and the events on the court. In FBCB, I can see my team playing differently when I adjust the Pace or Motion setting. When I recruit players who are good perimeter defenders, other teams' guards struggle to take over the game.

And, when I create a Blue Collar Man like your Wayne Bradhold, he gets a ton of rebounds, protects the paint, takes relatively few shots, and makes a definite impact on his team. Winning basketball teams often include players like Wayne, and he can help his team win in FBCB, too.

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Old 04-27-2024, 09:49 PM   #831
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A Coach in Autumn
by Jared Kiplinger and Kaitlyn Blaha, The Villanovan

Coach Graham Sims' office in the Wawa Center reflects the personality of the man who occupies it. It's a friendly space, its walls decorated with a comfortable mix of photographs, artwork, and framed certificates. The largest photo depicts Coach Sims with his wife Mary Kate and his son Duncan. It's Duncan's Senior Night game. Beside it is hung a photo from Coach Sims' own Senior Night, the arms of his parents around him. Father and son both wear the number 14 on their Villanova jerseys. In these photos, he's a proud father and a grateful son, sharing moments with his family.

Coach Sims' Villanova diploma is framed and hung nearby. He is a proud alumnus of the Class of 2001. There is a beautiful watercolor of the spires of St. Thomas of Villanova Church, painted by former player Matthew Valentine. None of Coach Sims' numerous awards are displayed here. The sole memento of his coaching career is a string of nylon, cut from the net and preserved in a deep frame after his team won Villanova's first national championship in 2028.

Since then, Coach Sims has cut down the net six more times, including each of the last three seasons. The national championship he won at Lafayette gives him eight such titles. No other coach in history has won more than three. In 31 seasons, Coach Sims' teams have won 987 games, triumphant 87 percent of the time. Both marks are the best in history, by a wide margin. There is no honor a college basketball coach can achieve that Coach Sims has yet to receive. He is now 63 years old, an age at which many coaches consider retiring. Many of Coach Sims' peers, the men he knew as a young coach, have done so. Does Coach Sims think about following them into his post-coaching life?

He smiles before he answers this question. "Not quite yet," he replies, very simply. Then he expands upon his response. "I don't think I'll ever stop loving coaching. Each team is different, each player is unique. That makes every experience a new one, and that excites and motivates me.

"Recruiting is challenging, and it requires a lot of energy," Coach Sims admits. He takes a sip from a water bottle. "When I begin to find it hard to summon that energy, I'll know it's time to step down."

Coach Sims can't tell you exactly how many games his teams have won. "Nine hundred-something," he offers. "It's not far from a thousand now." When he's reminded that a typical Villanova team will help him reach this milestone in December or January, he arches his eyebrows. "That's close," he admits. "That won't affect my decision, however. I'll know when it's time, and I can't imagine any one victory or any one defeat will convince me that it's time."

Coach Sims won't promise a recruit or his family that he will be coaching at Villanova for the player's entire career. "I've never made that promise," he points out, "not when I was at Lafayette, either. I tell high school players that they're playing for a program, not for a coach. They're attending a university, not joining a basketball team. If they're only coming to Villanova--or any school--to play for a coach, they're coming for the wrong reason.

"I said the same thing to my son, whom I recruited twice." he adds, with a grin. Duncan Sims first signed with Lafayette, and when his father moved to Villanova, Duncan followed him, sitting out a redshirt year before playing two years as a Wildcat and graduating in 2029. "Duncan decided this university was the place he wanted to be. I want to make sure all our recruits feel that way"...
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Old 04-29-2024, 10:32 AM   #832
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Several of Coach Sims' long-time coaching peers have moved into retirement this spring.

Joseph Owens, age 62; formerly at Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisville, and Wisconsin; career record 745-319
Larry Ramirez, age 71, formerly at Boston College and Miami; career record 727-319
Tracy Norton, age 61; formerly at New Orleans and Oklahoma; career record 642-313

Blaine Boyd surprises everyone by leaving Kansas to replace Coach Owens at Tennessee. Then, the Jayhawks surprise everyone even more by hiring unproven Matthew Coble, a Level 7 coach with 88 career wins. Coach Coble will probably have a very, very short leash.

Two of Graham's former assistants have also hung up their whistles. Donn McClinton, who was Graham's lead scout for years at Lafayette, has retired from the head coaching position at Morehead State. Dario Ferreira, who was the X-and-O man at Villanova for Graham's first four seasons at Villanova, steps down from his job at Cincinnati after nine seasons.

Coach McClinton posted a 71-116 record at MSU after taking the reins in 2036. Coach Ferreira was more successful, recording a 184-113 mark with the Bearcats in a run that began in 2033.

As usual, one of Coach Sims' assistants is receiving an opportunity to run his own program. This time, it's Dwight Worsham, returning to the head coaching ranks with a position at Detroit. Veteran William Conrad has been hired to take over the scouting department in Coach Worsham's place. Coach Conrad, 56, has a 243-340 record as a head coach, most recently at Wagner.

Welcome to the Main Line, Coach.

Only three of the coaches sprung from Graham Sims' coaching tree have experienced notable levels of success. Chris Kiger, whose three-year tenure on Graham's staff at Lafayette ended in 2027, is the most accomplished, by far. Coach Kiger, who is now at Missouri, has a 323-228 career record. David Bryant (Wisconsin, 175-165) has also earned a job with a power conference team. The best bet to achieve coaching stardom is Tom Caballero, who's landed the job at Syracuse at age 37. Coach Caballero has a 74-51 record.
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Old 04-29-2024, 01:38 PM   #833
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There are twelve scholarship players on this year's roster. Two are seniors: big man Forrest Curl and point guard Kai Smith. That gives us three scholarships to offer this year.

Our two-deep and three-deep charts don't reveal any glaring problems with depth, and we don't have a freshman who looks like he'll be an instant star, like Dan O'Halloran, Asher Wise, or Avery Sullivan were when they arrived on campus. So we probably won't have to worry about whether or not an absolute boss of a freshman would have to play understudy to an alpha Cat for two years. We're basically free to recruit the best players we can land, regardless of position.

Pennsylvania has produced a bumper crop of basketball recruits this season. Four of the top 15 players in the nation are doing their things in the Keystone State, and two of them list Villanova as their dream destination. John Zabriskie, the best of the bunch, is playing in Pitt's backyard, so the Panthers definitely have the inside track with him. John expresses less interest in us than any of the other four.

This year, I'm not going to offer a scholarship to a player whom we haven't evaluated. There are several players on our call list whose stats look good, but none of them are among the top three or four recruits in the nation. Here's the call list, as it stands right now.
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#1 VILLANOVA Recruiting Name Pos Ht Wt Rating Interest State ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Cam Hickman C 6-10 236 ***** Very High Pennsylvania Greg Klotz PG 6-1 187 ***** Very High Pennsylvania Alex Clark SF 6-7 229 ***** Very High Pennsylvania Matthew Washington SG 6-3 171 ***** Very High Maryland Stevie Emory PF 6-6 229 ***** Very High Indiana Jordan Powell C 6-9 233 ***** Very High Illinois Anthony DiStefano SG 6-3 178 **** Very High New York Leroy Moores PG 5-7 155 **** Very High New Jersey Jeramy Blair PG 6-3 199 **** Very High New York David Morrison PG 6-1 171 **** Very High New York Reuben Allen SG 6-4 181 **** Very High Delaware Jose Jaquez PF 6-6 226 **** Very High Maryland Kurtis Zayas SG 6-4 196 **** Very High Pennsylvania Ricky McElroy PG 6-0 180 **** Very High Maine Chris Lund SF 6-7 218 **** Very High New York Taylor Cline PG 6-4 193 *** Very High Pennsylvania John Zabriskie PF 6-11 226 ***** High Pennsylvania Dell Naegle PF 6-7 217 **** High New York
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Now that we've taken a look at the players on our call list, I'll introduce you to some of the ones we regard most highly.
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#15 C Cam Hickman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 236 High School: Cedar Cliff High School Hometown: Camp Hill, PA GPA: 3.28 Test Score: 1330 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 48 19 40 11 13 28 53 69 54 25 11 66 33 48 28 36 Potential: B F D D C C B A B C D B Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15.2 2.7 12.9 1.9 2.9 0.67 1.9 3.6 2.7 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6.4 10.4 .615 2.4 3.9 .623 0.0 0.1 .000 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #14 Overall, #3 C, East Region #7 Overall, East Region #1 C High School Awards: All-State, All American Top 5 Schools: Georgetown, *West Virginia, Villanova, Louisville, Boston College

Cam Hickman is a high school All-American from just outside Harrisburg. He plays center at the prep level, but his lean frame might play better at the four spot in college. He does Blue Collar Man things quite well, while demonstrating some talent as a inside scorer. He also shows signs of being able to find open teammates and switch out on perimeter players.

He has a scholarship offer from West Virginia and has recently expressed some interest in Georgetown, but we're hoping that an offer from us and some max-level recruiting attention will put us back atop his Top Five list.

A player I wasn't sure we had much of a chance with has seemingly fallen in love with playing for Villanova, and he's a very good one!
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#33 SG Matthew Washington -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-3 Weight: 171 High School: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Hometown: Olney, MD GPA: 2.88 Test Score: 1090 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 67 56 56 56 26 40 29 34 0 54 15 7 63 46 94 14 Potential: B A B A D C D C D B D F Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 27.4 2.5 6.4 5.2 2.4 2.21 1.1 0.2 2.4 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11.5 21.0 .547 4.4 6.5 .677 1.2 3.4 .338 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #3 Overall, #1 SG, East Region #2 Overall, East Region #1 SG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: Villanova, UNLV
DMV guys like Matthew usually put Georgetown at the top of their lists and leave them there, and it's hard to get them to change their mind. Mr. Washington appears to be different.

Matthew is a shooter, first and foremost, and he's good at it. He'll play some perimeter defense, and he's an unselfish passer. He's also a rim-rocking, crowd-pleasing dunker.

It wouldn't surprise me to see Matthew add a school or two to his list in the coming months, but we're going to return his affection for Villanova with a scholarship offer, bring him to campus, and visit his family.

Here's a player whom we consider somewhat of a sleeper: Anthony DiStefano, a combo guard from the NYC area.
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#11 SG Anthony DiStefano -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-3 Weight: 178 High School: Salesian High School Hometown: New Rochelle, NY GPA: 3.34 Test Score: 1280 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 37 33 62 31 34 47 38 40 29 30 54 33 86 43 95 43 Potential: B C B C C B C D C C C C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19.0 1.6 7.6 4.8 2.9 1.66 2.3 0.6 2.5 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8.0 14.4 .556 2.8 4.1 .671 0.2 1.4 .143 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #80 Overall, #16 SG, East Region #23 Overall, East Region #5 SG High School Awards: All-State Top 5 Schools: Villanova, Duke, Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse
Anthony is a lean, athletic guard with a well-rounded skill set. He lacks the signature basketball skill that often sets a five-star recruit apart from his peers, but there's also almost nothing Anthony can't do.

I'm going to offer Anthony a scholarship and recruit him heavily this month. I have a good feeling about him.
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Old 04-29-2024, 08:25 PM   #835
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Georgetown offers a scholarship to Cam Hickman, and he's still listing the Hoyas ahead of us. I'm beginning to sense that the recruiting AI is subtle enough for a player to consider the players a recruit would compete with for playing time. Georgetown doesn't have a stud center on their roster, so Cam might be a starter there from his first day on campus. With us, he'd have to compete with Roman Holloway, a five-star player who is only a year older. I'm going to continue recruiting Cam, but I'll be investigating a backup plan.

Anthony DiStefano picks up an offer from Syracuse, but he still has Villanova first on his list.

Matthew Washington also has a Georgetown offer in hand, but he also says we're his first choice.

It might be a bit of a long shot, but I'm going to pursue this Illinois product a bit more actively now:
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#14 C Jordan Powell -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-9 Weight: 233 High School: Addison Trail High School Hometown: Addison, IL GPA: 3.22 Test Score: 1220 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 45 23 42 15 19 10 56 53 47 12 20 36 49 74 45 33 Potential: B C C D D D B B B D B C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19.0 3.1 12.8 1.2 2.4 0.50 1.7 1.3 2.7 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7.4 12.4 .599 4.1 6.5 .636 0.1 0.4 .125 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Average Rankings: #9 Overall, #2 C, Midwest Region #3 Overall, Midwest Region #1 C High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (Illinois) Top 5 Schools: Purdue, *Kansas, *Kansas State, Louisville, Villanova
Jordan Powell is a bigger scoring threat than Cam Hickman, but he's not quite as good a rebounder or rim protector. We will have some catching up to do with him, but we'll bring him to campus and send our coaches out to Chicagoland to visit him and his family.
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Old 04-30-2024, 07:33 AM   #836
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Very little changes on the recruiting front this month.

Matthew Washington has apparently closed his recruitment, listing us as the only school he's interested in.

Anthony DiStefano still prefers our offer to Syracuse's, and includes Duke and UConn as schools that interest him.

Once again, it's a battle between Georgetown and Villanova; the prize this time is Cam Hickman. We'll need some autumn magic to win this one. I'd consider pulling Cam's offer, but right now, I don't see another player to whom I'd give it. Jordan Powell is less likely to pick us than Cam is.

I'll ride or die with these three players, and see what happens on Decision Day.
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There's no autumn magic for Coach Sims and the Wildcats this time. Cam Hickman picks Georgetown. I suppose the idea of competing for playing time with our full stable of bigs, including Roman Holloway, Immanuel Bahr, and Weston Wagner, didn't appeal to him.

But there is good news. Anthony DiStefano announces his commitment to Villanova today. I can easily envision Anthony becoming a fan favorite, a player with a nonstop motor and the ability to do lots of things well. He's a plus athlete with serious, serious hops, and he can play both guard positions. Welcome to the Villanova family, Anthony!

Matthew Washington doesn't sign today, but I'm still convinced we'll be able to get him on board a month from now.

I was about to give up and leave the third scholarship for next season, but I decided to peek at the list of players who are still unsigned. That's how I spotted John Cannon, and that worked out really well for us.

This time, I discover Earnest Crowder. He's from a small village in Quebec...Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Earnest is also the highest rated point guard in the Class of 2042. Nobody has offered him a scholarship. I'm about to change that. I haven't scouted Earnest yet, but I'm not going to let that bother me. I'll trust that the #6 player in his class is a baller. Plus, I want to send Coaches Sims and Taylor to Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

I'll post Earnest's "hero card" after we get his ratings.

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Here's the 2042/2043 Villanova Wildcats squad...
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#1 VILLANOVA General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joel Campbell 0 SF Fr 6-6 206 Yes 70 Redshirt Royersford, PA Scott McMasters 1 PG Fr* 6-3 188 Yes 80 OK Wallingford, PA Kai Smith 2 PG Sr 5-5 172 Yes 80 OK Lansdale, PA Israel Moody 3 SF Jr 6-5 218 Yes 82 OK Joppa, MD Asaad Richardson 4 SF So 6-4 208 Yes 80 OK Pennsburg, PA Tyson Lien 11 SG So 6-3 206 Yes 79 OK West Windsor, NJ Weston Wagner 12 PF So 6-9 234 Yes 96 OK Hillside, IL Roman Holloway 14 C Fr 7-0 263 Yes 82 OK Glen Mills, PA Forrest Curl 22 PF Sr* 6-10 234 Yes 59 OK Chatham, NJ Nick O'Brien 24 PG Sr 6-0 176 No 76 Unhappy Tonbridge, UK Immanuel Bahr 32 PF So 6-8 269 Yes 43 OK Munich, Germany Brian Cioffi 33 PF Jr 6-7 204 No 52 Unhappy Greenbelt, MD James Largent 34 C So* 6-8 236 Yes 74 OK Petaluma, CA Mark Ferree 45 SG Fr 6-2 186 No 21 OK Wexford, PA Dan O'Halloran 52 C Jr 6-10 270 Yes 87 OK Newtown Square, PA

And how did training camp go?
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#1 VILLANOVA Training Results Player Ins Jps Fts 3ps Hnd Pas Orb Drb Psd Prd Stl Blk Qkn Str Jmp Sta --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joel Campbell 2 8 8 4 2 2 4 4 2 8 2 2 0 8 1 12 Scott McMasters 1 2 4 3 5 5 1 1 1 3 2 1 0 2 0 5 Kai Smith 5 1 0 1 0 1 2 5 1 3 3 1 1 1 3 8 Israel Moody 2 1 5 3 2 0 2 2 9 3 11 7 0 4 0 15 Asaad Richardson 5 9 9 9 5 5 5 3 3 8 8 1 0 3 2 5 Tyson Lien 1 9 9 9 5 5 3 3 3 5 5 1 0 1 1 3 Weston Wagner 7 8 8 8 2 2 5 4 7 1 1 5 1 4 1 5 Roman Holloway 8 2 4 2 2 4 8 8 8 2 2 8 4 12 2 10 Forrest Curl 4 1 2 0 3 6 1 1 10 7 7 1 0 2 0 9 Nick O'Brien 1 3 2 1 0 6 1 1 1 4 4 1 1 1 1 8 Immanuel Bahr 9 3 5 2 2 1 9 9 7 2 1 9 1 3 0 6 Brian Cioffi 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 15 James Largent 4 2 1 0 1 1 4 5 6 0 0 6 0 3 2 8 Mark Ferree 2 2 4 4 2 2 4 2 2 4 4 2 2 2 2 18 Dan O'Halloran 2 4 9 4 3 1 2 1 0 5 3 0 1 4 0 6

Coach Graham Sims is entering his 17th season as Villanova's head coach. The 63-year-old Sims spent 15 seasons at Lafayette before moving to the Main Line.

From last year's national champions, the Wildcats return four starters, including two All-Americans. It's reasonable for 'Cats fans to expect another deep run in the NCAA tournament this coming spring.

Wildcat Nation rejoiced last spring when point guard Kai Smith announced he would return to Villanova and pursue a fourth national championship with his teammates. Kai's ability to orchestrate an offense is unmatched. Last season, he led the nation in assists (8.2 APG) and turned the ball over only 1.5 times per contest. Despite his 5'5" frame, he is a lockdown defender and an opportunistic ball hawk. Kai has led three teams to national championships, and he's certainly capable of doing so again.

Isn't it wonderful when a player you've recruited turns out to be exactly the star you expected him to be? Center Dan O'Halloran arrived on the Main Line with the title of "nation's top recruit." After two years at Villanova, Dan has delivered on that promise. He's a reigning first team All-American with the full range of skills you'd want in a big man. His game is so polished and complete that he was able to devote much of his time and energy during camp to the task of becoming a better free throw shooter.

The first point Dan scores this season will be the 1000th of his career; that career will almost certainly last only three years, as he's the top professional prospect in all of college hoops. Still, one more season like his first two will assure Dan's place in the inner circle of Villanova legends.

Junior forward Israel Moody's first two seasons were marred by injury. Now healthy, the 6'5" swingman wants to show the Big East what he can truly do. A freshman All-American, Moody uses his muscular frame to mix it up inside with much larger players.

Rounding out the frontcourt is Forrest Curl, a redshirt senior who has transformed himself from a seldom-used reserve into a powerful post presence who can subdue the best big men in the nation. Forrest doesn't shoot often, but he makes half the shots he does take, and he is a fine passer for a 6'10" forward.


The fifth starter is last season's Freshman of the Year, Asaad Richardson. This 6'4" guard began the season as a starter, transitioning to a role as sixth man when Israel Moody returned to the lineup. Asaad flourished in both roles. He averaged 14 points per game, shooting .497/.383/.824. We can afford to give Asaad a simple task, at which he excels--score points--because he has many teammates who can concentrate on the rest.

Richardson's sixth man role will go to soph Tyson Lien. Recruited as a shooting specialist, Tyson last year demonstrated his ability to spell Kai Smith at the point, too. This year, we have Scott McMasters, returning from a redshirt season, so Tyson can focus on providing instant offense. Meanwhile, McMasters will keep the team running on an even keel when Kai needs a breather.

Four big men will vie for the most playing time among the frontcourt reserves: sophomores Immanuel Bahr, Weston Wagner, and James Largent; and freshman Roman Holloway. Immanuel and James are Blue Collar Men; Weston is a stretch four with a deadeye outside shot; Roman is O'Halloran's heir apparent at center. All of them got better at their specialties during camp. We'll see which of them assert themselves once the season begins.

Popular walk on Nick O'Brien is also returning for a fourth season. Nick wouldn't hurt the team if we needed him to play significant minutes at guard sometime.

Freshman wing Joel Campbell is taking a redshirt this season. If he continues to develop his game as much as he did during camp, he'll be a force by the time he's done.

Expectations are high at Villanova, and they should be. Wildcat fans expect trips to the Final Four, and more, each season. This year might very well bring a fourth national title to the members of the Class of 2043.
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Old 04-30-2024, 08:22 PM   #839
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Travelers Invitational Semifinal

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(1) #1 Villanova 84, Northwestern 74 ---------------------------------------------------------- Northwestern (0-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Steven Marty C 28 2-3 0-0 2 9 2 2 4 Allen Wheeler PF 30 4-8 6-7 1 5 3 4 14 Ambrose Mackenzie SF 31 6-14 0-0 3 5 2 3 15 Randall Tiffany SG 28 2-9 2-2 1 3 1 2 8 Daniel Rivera PG 25 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 Charles Pearcy SG 15 4-9 4-4 0 1 2 2 14 Devin Schlegel PG 11 2-3 3-4 1 3 1 3 9 Domingo Strahan SG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 2 0 Devon Bradley PF 13 0-1 0-0 0 2 1 2 0 Rich Cardoso SF 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 Harlan Thorson C 9 1-1 2-2 0 2 0 0 4 Turnovers: 22 (A.Wheeler 3, A.Mackenzie 4, R.Tiffany 2, D.Rivera 4, C.Pearcy 4, D.Strahan 1, D.Bradley 2, R.Cardoso 1, H.Thorson 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (A.Wheeler 2, A.Mackenzie 1, R.Tiffany 1, D.Bradley 2) Steals: 6 (A.Wheeler 1, A.Mackenzie 3, D.Rivera 1, D.Bradley 1) 3P FGs: 9-21 (A.Mackenzie 3-6, R.Tiffany 2-6, D.Rivera 0-2, C.Pearcy 2-4, D.Schlegel 2-3) Villanova (1-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 33 3-10 3-4 6 11 2 1 9 Forrest Curl PF 29 3-8 1-2 2 8 1 2 7 Israel Moody SF 31 8-14 5-6 2 3 2 3 21 Asaad Richardson SG 29 5-12 4-5 1 3 4 3 16 Kai Smith PG 33 6-11 3-3 0 3 9 4 16 Tyson Lien SG 14 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 7 Immanuel Bahr PF 16 2-5 2-2 3 7 0 3 6 Scott McMasters PG 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 Roman Holloway C 7 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 1 0 Weston Wagner SF 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 2, R.Holloway 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (D.O'Halloran 3, I.Moody 1, I.Bahr 2) Steals: 11 (I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 5, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 4-14 (A.Richardson 2-7, K.Smith 1-5, T.Lien 1-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
Nine assists, four steals, 16 points, and no turnovers: a Kai Smith masterpiece in our first game of the new season. One of his assists comes in the game's first minute, and it facilitates the 1000th and 1001st points of Dan O'Halloran's career.

Northwestern keeps it close--very close--for a half before we open the game up a bit. We don't shoot particularly well, but we don't turn the ball over and do enough to advance to the finals of this sweet little tournament in Hartford.
Record: 1-0.


November 12, 2042
Travelers Invitational Championship

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(1) #1 Villanova 82, (3) Xavier 48 -------------------------------------------------------- Xavier (1-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Earl Doney C 13 2-3 1-2 1 3 0 4 5 Cody Barrett C 31 1-2 2-4 1 7 1 2 4 Ronald Chancey SF 30 5-5 2-2 0 2 0 2 14 George Huck SG 17 4-9 0-0 0 1 0 2 10 Clinton Forde PG 31 1-3 1-2 1 1 5 2 3 Donald Brown SG 25 2-10 0-1 2 3 1 1 5 Roy Smith PG 9 0-2 1-3 0 0 0 2 1 Merle Saleh SG 8 0-2 0-0 1 2 1 2 0 Michael Altman PF 15 1-7 0-0 1 2 1 1 2 Robin Obedoza C 16 2-3 0-0 1 3 1 2 4 Andres Powell PF 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Julius Garcia SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 20 (E.Doney 3, C.Barrett 2, R.Chancey 2, G.Huck 2, C.Forde 8, D.Brown 1, M.Altman 1, J.Garcia 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (C.Barrett 4, C.Forde 2) Steals: 9 (R.Chancey 5, G.Huck 2, C.Forde 2) 3P FGs: 5-14 (R.Chancey 2-2, G.Huck 2-5, C.Forde 0-1, D.Brown 1-2, R.Smith 0-2, M.Saleh 0-1, A.Powell 0-1) Villanova (2-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 5-9 8-12 6 8 0 1 18 Forrest Curl PF 27 2-7 0-0 2 6 3 3 4 Israel Moody SF 30 10-16 3-3 2 7 2 1 23 Asaad Richardson SG 23 5-8 1-1 1 4 1 2 12 Kai Smith PG 30 3-9 6-6 1 1 8 2 14 Tyson Lien SG 17 1-2 4-4 0 1 2 2 6 Immanuel Bahr PF 20 0-0 0-0 1 7 1 2 0 Scott McMasters PG 10 2-2 1-1 0 1 1 1 5 Roman Holloway C 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 Weston Wagner SF 5 0-2 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 4, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 3) Blocked Shots: 9 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 3, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 11 (I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 4, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 3-13 (A.Richardson 1-4, K.Smith 2-6, T.Lien 0-1, W.Wagner 0-2) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Israel Moody is an old-fashioned player who scores his points slashing to the basket and finding gaps in a defense for short jumpers and floaters. Tonight he does these things like a boss, and contributes rebounds and steals, too.

The Musketeers focus a lot of their attention on Dan O'Halloran. I don't blame them, but that allows other Wildcats, like Israel, room to operate. And Dan usually gets his, anyway.

We bring another trophy back home to Wawa Arena.
Record: 2-0.

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Old 05-01-2024, 11:16 AM   #840
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#1 Villanova 82, Drexel 79 -------------------------------------------------------- Drexel (0-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Murphy C 32 3-5 0-0 1 3 2 3 6 Rupert Cox PF 25 3-6 4-6 2 4 1 4 10 J. Shackleford SF 28 5-10 0-0 3 4 4 4 12 Rickie Baker SG 26 8-14 7-8 0 2 0 2 27 William Nunez PG 24 1-1 1-1 1 2 4 1 3 Alonzo Norris SG 15 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 9 Ward Lor PG 14 3-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 8 Robert Nardi SF 15 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 Joshua Dombrowski PF 22 0-3 0-0 0 4 2 1 0 Turnovers: 14 (C.Murphy 4, R.Cox 2, J.Shackleford 2, R.Baker 2, W.Nunez 1, A.Norris 1, R.Nardi 1, J.Dombrowski 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (C.Murphy 1, W.Lor 1, R.Nardi 1) Steals: 4 (C.Murphy 1, R.Cox 1, W.Nunez 1, R.Nardi 1) 3P FGs: 11-19 (J.Shackleford 2-5, R.Baker 4-8, A.Norris 3-4, W.Lor 2-2) Villanova (3-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 34 8-14 6-7 1 8 0 3 22 Forrest Curl PF 31 4-4 2-2 3 5 4 2 10 Israel Moody SF 34 13-18 2-2 2 4 1 1 28 Asaad Richardson SG 32 5-12 0-0 2 5 4 3 12 Kai Smith PG 30 2-6 0-0 0 0 6 4 5 Tyson Lien SG 16 0-1 2-2 0 2 5 2 2 Roman Holloway C 18 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 2 0 Scott McMasters PG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 1 0 Weston Wagner SF 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Turnovers: 12 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 4) Blocked Shots: 8 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 7 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 2) 3P FGs: 4-13 (A.Richardson 2-7, K.Smith 1-4, T.Lien 0-1, W.Wagner 1-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Whew.

Drexel is up by five, 40-35, at the intermission, and we barely have enough to turn things around in the second half. Kai Smith endures a very rare rough game, with almost as many turnovers as assists. Meanwhile, the Dragons shoot the lights out from distance.

Thank goodness Israel Moody and Dan O'Halloran find space to do their thing close to the hoop, or we'd have lost this one. It demonstrates how important it is for us to have Kai playing at his best.
Record: 3-0.


November 20, 2042
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#2 Villanova 83, Virginia 45 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (4-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 6-10 1-2 2 11 6 1 13 Forrest Curl PF 25 1-1 0-1 0 3 1 3 2 Israel Moody SF 28 8-16 2-2 0 6 3 2 18 Asaad Richardson SG 16 3-9 0-0 0 1 0 4 9 Kai Smith PG 22 2-5 0-0 0 1 8 4 5 Tyson Lien SG 22 3-5 0-0 0 2 3 3 9 Roman Holloway PF 21 3-6 2-2 2 10 2 1 8 Scott McMasters PG 16 4-7 0-0 0 1 3 1 11 Weston Wagner SF 11 2-4 3-4 0 2 1 0 8 Immanuel Bahr PF 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 5 (D.O'Halloran 1, K.Smith 1, S.McMasters 1, W.Wagner 1, M.Ferree 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, R.Holloway 1) Steals: 7 (I.Moody 3, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1) 3P FGs: 11-22 (A.Richardson 3-6, K.Smith 1-2, T.Lien 3-5, S.McMasters 3-6, W.Wagner 1-3) Virginia (0-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jerome Ford C 25 1-1 0-0 0 5 1 2 2 Tod Armitage PF 32 5-16 1-8 4 12 1 2 11 Erich Garmon SF 26 2-7 3-8 1 6 1 1 7 James Lott SG 28 1-6 2-2 0 1 2 0 4 Andrew Beale PG 26 6-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 14 Prince Wilson SF 23 1-6 0-0 1 5 1 3 3 Lowell Murr C 14 2-3 0-0 3 5 1 0 4 Pat Earl SG 13 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 Liam Grant SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Josue Wade PG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Justin Omara PF 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 14 (J.Ford 2, T.Armitage 4, E.Garmon 2, J.Lott 1, A.Beale 1, P.Earl 2, L.Grant 1, J.Omara 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (J.Ford 3, T.Armitage 3) Steals: 2 (A.Beale 1, P.Wilson 1) 3P FGs: 3-18 (E.Garmon 0-5, J.Lott 0-3, A.Beale 2-3, P.Wilson 1-4, P.Earl 0-3) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
We haven't shot threes well this season, but when you play defense like we do tonight and are as efficient as we've been offensively in every other respect, we don't need to hit lots of triples.

Kai Smith plays like Kai Smith. Israel Moody adds additional turnover creation to his portfolio, and the result is a very pleasant trip down to Charlottesville.
Record: 4-0.


November 23, 2042
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#1 Tennessee 78, #2 Villanova 75 -------------------------------------------------------- Tennessee (5-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Wayne Bradhold C 31 1-2 0-0 1 6 0 0 2 Mark Lee PF 35 2-4 4-4 3 9 3 0 8 James Pierce SF 15 6-7 0-0 0 2 2 4 12 Ezra Duffey SG 30 4-16 0-0 1 6 2 2 9 Aaron Scott PG 26 8-10 4-4 0 0 4 3 21 Lloyd Holloway PG 21 2-2 0-1 0 2 3 3 4 Leroy McClure SG 3 0-1 2-2 0 1 0 1 2 Ahmad Risinger SF 24 5-11 5-8 1 4 3 1 15 Dane Taylor C 12 1-3 0-0 1 3 1 0 2 Adam Wood SF 1 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Thomas Ortega C 2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 Turnovers: 11 (J.Pierce 1, E.Duffey 4, A.Scott 2, L.Holloway 4) Blocked Shots: 12 (W.Bradhold 4, M.Lee 2, E.Duffey 2, L.Holloway 1, A.Risinger 1, D.Taylor 2) Steals: 4 (J.Pierce 1, A.Scott 1, L.Holloway 1, A.Risinger 1) 3P FGs: 2-6 (E.Duffey 1-5, A.Scott 1-1) Villanova (4-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 26 7-14 0-0 2 4 2 5 14 Forrest Curl PF 30 0-2 0-0 3 12 2 3 0 Israel Moody SF 15 6-9 6-6 0 1 1 4 19 Asaad Richardson SG 30 5-16 2-2 5 6 3 1 13 Kai Smith PG 32 5-12 1-1 1 2 7 3 12 Tyson Lien SG 16 3-4 0-0 0 2 5 1 8 Roman Holloway C 22 2-5 0-0 3 8 1 3 4 Scott McMasters PG 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Immanuel Bahr PF 12 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Weston Wagner SF 14 1-8 0-0 1 4 0 2 3 Turnovers: 14 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 8, T.Lien 2, R.Holloway 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (D.O'Halloran 3, R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 4 (I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, W.Wagner 1) 3P FGs: 6-27 (I.Moody 1-2, A.Richardson 1-7, K.Smith 1-8, T.Lien 2-3, W.Wagner 1-7) Player of Game: PG Aaron Scott (TENN)
You have to play much better than we do tonight in order to beat the best team in the nation. As it is, we come closer to winning than we deserve to come.

Wayne Bradhold and Dan O'Halloran battle all evening long, and both big men have their moments. It's not terribly rare for Bradhold to take only two shots. He averages only four field goal attempts per game. It's the other things he does that make Wayne one of the two or three big men the pros covet most.

We shoot terribly, especially from behind the arc, and Kai Smith endures a nightmare of a game. Against top opponents, as Kai goes, so go the Wildcats; that's becoming abundantly clear.
Record: 4-1.


November 28, 2042
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#4 Villanova 90, Bucknell 61 -------------------------------------------------------- Bucknell (2-2, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Myron Bolanos C 23 0-4 1-2 1 4 0 2 1 Antonio Bedford PF 24 2-5 3-3 1 3 0 2 7 Jared Howard SF 24 2-9 2-5 1 3 0 2 7 Henning Oberpaur SG 27 5-8 0-0 2 10 3 2 14 Andrew Miller PG 30 4-8 4-4 1 3 4 2 13 Hershel Miles PG 10 0-4 0-0 2 3 0 0 0 Arnoldo Vannoy SG 12 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 Donny Fitzhugh C 15 0-1 2-2 0 1 2 1 2 Norris Walters SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Chris Davis PF 20 2-6 1-2 0 2 1 3 5 Garth Pettis SF 9 2-3 0-0 0 1 0 2 5 Alfredo Fuentes PF 5 1-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 2 Turnovers: 21 (M.Bolanos 1, A.Bedford 2, J.Howard 4, H.Oberpaur 3, A.Miller 6, H.Miles 1, D.Fitzhugh 1, C.Davis 1, G.Pettis 2) Blocked Shots: 1 (G.Pettis 1) Steals: 4 (H.Oberpaur 1, H.Miles 1, A.Vannoy 1, D.Fitzhugh 1) 3P FGs: 8-23 (A.Bedford 0-2, J.Howard 1-4, H.Oberpaur 4-6, A.Miller 1-2, H.Miles 0-4, A.Vannoy 1-2, C.Davis 0-1, G.Pettis 1-2) Villanova (5-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 5-7 0-0 1 6 2 3 10 Forrest Curl PF 28 3-8 3-6 2 8 3 2 9 Israel Moody SF 28 8-15 7-7 0 5 0 3 23 Asaad Richardson SG 28 6-9 0-0 0 2 4 2 14 Kai Smith PG 32 6-11 0-0 1 2 10 2 15 Tyson Lien SG 12 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 Roman Holloway C 18 1-2 2-2 2 5 0 2 4 Scott McMasters PG 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 7 0-1 2-2 1 5 1 2 2 Weston Wagner SF 7 2-6 2-2 0 0 1 0 7 Turnovers: 10 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 4, K.Smith 1, R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (D.O'Halloran 5, I.Moody 2, K.Smith 1, S.McMasters 1) Steals: 12 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 3) 3P FGs: 8-17 (A.Richardson 2-4, K.Smith 3-7, T.Lien 2-2, W.Wagner 1-4) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
We restore normal service with a win over Bucknell at Wawa Arena.

Dan O'Halloran's stats are modest, with the exception of those five blocks, but he commands the low blocks at both ends of the floor. The shooters shoot better than they have all year long, and Kai Smith directs the offense and takes care of the ball in vintage style.

When we do all these things, we are a very good basketball team.
Record: 5-1.
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Good news from the recruiting front arrives today, in the form of a commitment from Matthew Washington. Matthew's scoring ability, which features both outside marksmanship and attacking the rim, could easily overshadow the rest of his skills if you don't look closely enough. He will defend and pass the ball; he's far from a selfish showman. He'll be a great fit for our program.

Now, let's take a look at the player we want to round out our class: Earnest Crowder.
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#32 PG Earnest Crowder -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-1 Weight: 185 High School: Hometown: Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Canada GPA: 2.86 Test Score: 1060 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 34 29 45 59 63 70 35 14 32 69 47 0 84 14 52 41 Potential: C C C B B A C D D A C F Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15.8 2.0 4.5 10.4 2.3 4.52 1.7 0.2 2.0 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6.8 13.8 .489 1.1 1.6 .688 1.2 4.4 .273 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #6 Overall, #1 PG, Foreign #1 Overall, Foreign #1 PG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: *Villanova, Kentucky, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Michigan
I'm glad we moved quickly with Earnest. If our Level 100 scouting team is evaluating him correctly, he's exactly the kind of point guard we like. Earnest's handle is secure, and he's a creative passer who enjoys setting up his teammates. He's a good, if not great, shooter with range, and his quickness and basketball savvy make him a plus defender. We'll bring Earnest to campus this month, and we'll discover how pretty Quebec is at Christmastime.
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#3 Villanova 83, Creighton 56 --------------------------------------------------------- Creighton (4-3, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Edmond Hyde C 17 0-3 0-0 0 2 0 3 0 George Logan PF 29 3-7 0-0 2 10 4 2 6 Armand Rice SF 25 3-7 2-2 1 3 3 4 8 Sid Paugh SG 18 4-8 1-2 1 2 2 4 12 Alton Jones PG 21 4-7 5-5 1 2 0 3 14 Robbie Batton SG 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 Ali Black C 22 0-1 0-0 1 5 0 2 0 Larry McSweeney SG 30 6-19 3-3 0 3 1 0 16 Thomas Walles PF 11 0-1 0-0 1 2 1 1 0 Rex Gonzales PG 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 3 1 0 Jeffery Chandler SF 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 15 (E.Hyde 1, G.Logan 3, A.Rice 3, S.Paugh 1, A.Jones 2, R.Batton 1, A.Black 2, L.McSweeney 1, R.Gonzales 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (G.Logan 2, A.Rice 2, S.Paugh 1, T.Walles 1) Steals: 4 (G.Logan 1, A.Rice 1, S.Paugh 2) 3P FGs: 5-15 (A.Rice 0-1, S.Paugh 3-6, A.Jones 1-3, L.McSweeney 1-2, T.Walles 0-1, R.Gonzales 0-1, J.Chandler 0-1) Villanova (6-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 35 5-12 6-6 5 13 2 1 16 Forrest Curl PF 31 3-5 2-2 3 16 1 2 8 Israel Moody SF 20 5-13 5-6 0 0 0 3 15 Asaad Richardson SG 24 5-13 4-4 2 4 2 4 17 Kai Smith PG 35 3-6 6-7 1 4 7 1 13 Tyson Lien SG 17 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 5 Roman Holloway C 19 0-2 0-1 0 2 0 3 0 Scott McMasters PG 3 1-1 1-1 0 1 0 1 3 Immanuel Bahr PF 9 1-1 1-2 1 3 1 0 3 Weston Wagner SF 5 1-2 1-2 0 1 0 1 3 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 2) Blocked Shots: 6 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 2, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 2) Steals: 7 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 2) 3P FGs: 5-14 (A.Richardson 3-8, K.Smith 1-4, T.Lien 1-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
This universe's version of Creighton isn't the powerhouse they are in real life. Here, they're a fallen giant whose Prestige has dropped from 85 to 50.

Dan O'Halloran and Forrest Curl render the Blue Jays' frontcourt powerless. And, although we don't shoot particularly well once again, the steadying hand of Kai Smith won't let the team drift off course too far.
Record: 6-1.


December 6, 2042
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#3 Villanova 97, Vanderbilt 78 -------------------------------------------------------- Vanderbilt (4-2, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Grant Vetter C 29 3-5 0-3 2 9 2 1 6 Dennis Cummings PF 21 4-6 1-2 4 5 1 2 9 Eddy Freeman SF 30 8-20 4-5 1 5 0 4 24 Dana Flowers SG 33 0-7 3-4 1 4 2 1 3 Agustin Reese PG 34 7-11 1-2 0 0 4 3 18 Leonel Waddell SG 17 4-5 0-0 0 0 2 2 11 W. Soergel PF 13 2-4 1-2 0 3 0 1 5 Orlando Phelps PF 11 0-0 0-0 0 2 1 0 0 Ali Anderson C 6 1-3 0-0 1 2 0 0 2 Daniel Pickens SF 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Austin Gabbard PG 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.Cummings 1, E.Freeman 4, D.Flowers 2, A.Reese 5, L.Waddell 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (G.Vetter 4) Steals: 5 (G.Vetter 1, E.Freeman 1, D.Flowers 3) 3P FGs: 10-25 (E.Freeman 4-9, D.Flowers 0-5, A.Reese 3-5, L.Waddell 3-4, A.Anderson 0-1, D.Pickens 0-1) Villanova (7-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 5-13 0-2 5 16 6 3 10 Forrest Curl PF 22 2-5 0-0 2 5 3 4 4 Israel Moody SF 25 10-17 4-4 0 5 3 3 24 Asaad Richardson SG 26 4-10 0-0 3 6 4 3 10 Kai Smith PG 34 6-10 2-2 0 3 10 2 17 Tyson Lien SG 14 6-9 3-3 2 3 2 0 19 Roman Holloway C 26 5-5 3-5 4 4 1 2 13 Scott McMasters PG 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 12 0-1 0-0 1 4 0 1 0 Weston Wagner SF 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 4, K.Smith 1, R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 9 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 9-19 (A.Richardson 2-7, K.Smith 3-5, T.Lien 4-5, S.McMasters 0-1, M.Ferree 0-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
I hope you like the new format I'm using for my posts. After summarizing nearly 1200 games, I was starting to become weary of writing statistical highlights. Posting the box score and making comments around it is more fun.

Once upon a time, Graham Sims regularly took his Lafayette teams to Nashville, where Vanderbilt give them regular spankings. Then, his early Villanova teams played the Commodores in marquee matchups between highly-ranked powerhouses. Now, it's Vanderbilt who are looking up a bit at the titans of the Main Line.

Mr. Inside (Israel Moody) and Mr. Outside (Tyson Lien) team with Double-Double Dan to send the visitors back to Tennessee with an L.
Record: 7-1.


December 13, 2042
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#3 Villanova 89, Gonzaga 43 ---------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (8-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 5-10 3-4 3 12 5 2 13 Forrest Curl PF 29 1-2 0-0 3 6 3 0 2 Israel Moody SF 30 12-17 1-2 2 6 2 2 25 Asaad Richardson SG 29 7-19 2-3 3 3 2 1 20 Kai Smith PG 20 3-6 0-0 1 2 6 4 8 Tyson Lien SG 21 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 13 Roman Holloway C 16 2-3 0-0 0 3 2 3 4 Scott McMasters PG 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 2 3 2 Immanuel Bahr PF 10 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 Weston Wagner SF 5 1-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 2 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, S.McMasters 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 2) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 1, R.Holloway 2) Steals: 11 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 2, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 9-18 (A.Richardson 4-9, K.Smith 2-4, T.Lien 3-5) Gonzaga (2-4, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Bruce Northern C 28 3-5 0-0 1 7 1 4 8 Jack Young PF 37 0-3 1-2 1 5 2 2 1 Richard Wahl SF 36 3-8 0-1 0 4 3 1 7 Daniel Reagan SG 37 4-15 1-2 0 3 2 1 12 William Holloman PG 34 5-9 0-1 1 1 2 3 13 James Francis C 28 0-1 2-2 0 1 0 5 2 Turnovers: 23 (B.Northern 3, J.Young 2, R.Wahl 2, D.Reagan 8, W.Holloman 4, J.Francis 4) Blocked Shots: 6 (B.Northern 3, D.Reagan 2, W.Holloman 1) Steals: 5 (J.Young 1, R.Wahl 3, D.Reagan 1) 3P FGs: 9-24 (B.Northern 2-3, R.Wahl 1-3, D.Reagan 3-11, W.Holloman 3-6, J.Francis 0-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Like Creighton, Gonzaga isn't nearly as good in Graham Sims' world as they are in the real one. The Bulldogs began with a Prestige of 83. It's now 37. Other teams with 37 Prestige include Austin Peay and Western Illinois. Kennesaw State, USC Upstate, and Robert Morris are all more Prestigious.

I wonder why Gonzaga uses only six players until I look at their roster. They have only six players who CAN play tonight. Their wacky coach, Joshua Beyer, decided to redshirt four true freshmen this year. A former walk-on at Missouri State transferred in and received a scholarship, so they have to redshirt him, too. Three players are currently injured. That's why the Bulldogs have only six players available to face Villanova at home tonight.

The result is what you might expect. The situation is made worse when Gonzaga's only reserve fouls out. None of the six players can stop Israel Moody, but few players have done so this year. Izzy is making almost 60 percent of his shots. If he hits his 22-point average next game, he'll reach 1000 points on the nose.

Asaad Richardson shows signs of snapping out of his shooting slump, which is very encouraging.
Record: 8-1.

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#3 Villanova 95, Tulane 69 -------------------------------------------------------- Tulane (6-4, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Neal Philips C 30 2-5 5-7 1 6 1 2 9 Richard Castillo PF 18 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 0 4 David Dailey SF 30 2-6 0-0 0 7 4 4 5 Devon Vetter SG 36 8-19 2-3 2 5 2 2 25 Keven Fleck PG 29 3-7 1-2 1 1 3 3 8 Tony Mulligan PF 24 1-3 5-6 0 4 1 1 7 Chris Miele SG 11 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 Russell McDavid PF 12 0-2 2-6 0 0 0 2 2 Kraig Stauffer PG 8 2-2 2-2 1 1 0 3 7 Gotthold Plab PF 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (N.Philips 3, D.Dailey 6, D.Vetter 4, K.Fleck 5, C.Miele 1, R.McDavid 1, K.Stauffer 1) Blocked Shots: 0 Steals: 5 (N.Philips 1, R.Castillo 1, D.Vetter 1, K.Fleck 2) 3P FGs: 10-22 (D.Dailey 1-2, D.Vetter 7-12, K.Fleck 1-4, C.Miele 0-2, K.Stauffer 1-1, G.Plab 0-1) Villanova (9-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 7-15 3-4 2 9 0 2 17 Forrest Curl PF 21 4-6 0-0 0 6 2 4 8 Israel Moody SF 28 15-21 7-9 3 8 4 1 37 Asaad Richardson SG 24 3-4 2-2 1 1 4 2 9 Kai Smith PG 16 1-5 0-0 1 4 8 4 2 Tyson Lien SG 23 3-5 0-0 0 0 6 2 7 Roman Holloway C 21 2-2 2-2 0 4 0 5 6 Scott McMasters PG 14 0-1 4-4 0 0 1 2 4 Immanuel Bahr PF 12 1-2 0-0 0 3 0 0 2 Weston Wagner SF 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 3 James Largent C 3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 2, R.Holloway 2, S.McMasters 1, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 1, R.Holloway 2, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 12 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 3, R.Holloway 2, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 3-10 (A.Richardson 1-2, K.Smith 0-3, T.Lien 1-3, I.Bahr 0-1, W.Wagner 1-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Israel Moody busts out with the finest scoring performance of his career. The only players in school history who have scored as many points as Israel does tonight are Mason Reynolds, Zayden Calhoun, Reed Weisberg, and Kenny Scalf, who did so before Coach Sims arrived. Unlike the other players I'm familiar with on this list, Israel does his scoring from inside the arc. Mason, Zayden, and Reed were all long-range threats.

Israel is far from a one-dimensional scorer; his rebound and assist totals are up this year, and he's second in the Big East behind Kai Smith in steals. It's hard to believe Israel is only considered the #9 pro prospect among draft-eligible players in the Big East. I guess the pros are wary of the effects of his Achilles injury, which don't seem to be holding him back.
Record: 9-1.


December 21, 2042
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#3 Villanova 75, Swarthmore 56 --------------------------------------------------------- Swarthmore (2-7, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Mitch Holbrook C 29 4-8 3-5 1 5 1 3 11 Jose Terry PF 27 4-12 0-0 3 5 1 1 8 Larry Bedard SF 27 2-8 1-2 2 5 1 1 5 Elliott Roper SG 29 3-8 0-0 0 4 2 2 7 Kurtis Little PG 32 4-5 1-2 1 5 6 3 10 Anibal Straka PF 20 1-6 1-3 1 4 1 0 3 James Whetstone SG 13 4-5 0-0 1 2 1 1 8 Thomas Rogers SG 12 0-1 2-2 0 1 0 0 2 Jamie Goolsby C 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Wayne Fletcher PG 3 0-1 0-2 0 1 0 0 0 Frank Colon SF 3 0-3 2-2 1 2 0 0 2 Turnovers: 14 (M.Holbrook 3, J.Terry 1, L.Bedard 1, E.Roper 2, K.Little 5, J.Whetstone 1, J.Goolsby 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (M.Holbrook 1, J.Terry 1, L.Bedard 1, E.Roper 1, K.Little 1, T.Rogers 1) Steals: 2 (M.Holbrook 1, L.Bedard 1) 3P FGs: 2-10 (J.Terry 0-1, L.Bedard 0-2, E.Roper 1-1, K.Little 1-1, T.Rogers 0-1, W.Fletcher 0-1, F.Colon 0-3) Villanova (10-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 34 5-14 2-2 4 11 3 3 12 Forrest Curl PF 15 2-4 1-1 0 4 2 4 5 Israel Moody SF 23 11-17 1-3 1 5 2 3 23 Asaad Richardson SG 26 4-12 1-1 0 1 2 3 12 Kai Smith PG 34 1-3 5-5 0 1 6 3 8 Tyson Lien SG 15 2-6 0-0 2 3 4 1 4 Roman Holloway PF 19 0-2 0-0 2 6 4 2 0 Scott McMasters PG 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 14 0-2 0-0 5 8 0 1 0 Weston Wagner SF 12 4-5 0-0 0 3 0 0 11 James Largent C 1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 2 0 Mark Ferree SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 3, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 4, R.Holloway 1, S.McMasters 1, J.Largent 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 1, R.Holloway 2, I.Bahr 2) Steals: 9 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 5, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 7-19 (A.Richardson 3-9, K.Smith 1-2, T.Lien 0-2, R.Holloway 0-1, S.McMasters 0-1, W.Wagner 3-4) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
The new members of Division I have improved their rosters enough that I'll coach my team against them the same way I do any other team. No more letting the bench guys start while I bury the All-Big East players at the bottom of the depth chart. Our neighbors from Swarthmore demonstrate why that's a good idea, by taking a 37-34 lead that stuns the crowd at Wawa Arena.

We flex our muscles a bit more in the second half, when Israel Moody uses his full set of skills to confound the Garnet defense. Meanwhile, Kai Smith shows off his ability to control a game without shooting.
Record: 10-1.


December 31, 2042
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#3 Villanova 107, Lafayette 58 --------------------------------------------------------- Lafayette (7-7, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alton Resnick C 29 1-6 0-0 2 6 1 3 2 Mark Black PF 28 4-5 1-1 1 10 2 2 10 Anibal Falcon SF 23 4-11 2-3 1 1 1 3 10 Otis Estes SG 30 2-10 2-3 0 2 4 3 7 A. Middaugh PG 27 5-8 2-2 0 2 3 2 13 Franklin Benites PF 11 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Daniel Ream C 11 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 2 0 Thomas Brasher SF 21 5-9 4-5 0 1 0 5 14 Harold Sousa SG 11 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 Tyler Ardoin PG 8 0-0 0-0 2 2 1 3 0 Turnovers: 22 (A.Resnick 1, M.Black 2, A.Falcon 2, O.Estes 7, A.Middaugh 2, D.Ream 1, T.Brasher 3, H.Sousa 3, T.Ardoin 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (A.Resnick 2, M.Black 4, D.Ream 1) Steals: 3 (A.Middaugh 2, F.Benites 1) 3P FGs: 3-10 (M.Black 1-1, A.Falcon 0-2, O.Estes 1-4, A.Middaugh 1-1, H.Sousa 0-2) Villanova (11-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 24 6-10 4-4 1 4 2 3 16 Forrest Curl PF 26 3-6 0-0 3 8 2 0 6 Israel Moody SF 22 6-11 6-6 1 3 3 3 18 Asaad Richardson SG 26 8-14 1-3 0 3 5 2 18 Kai Smith PG 31 5-8 7-7 1 6 9 1 19 Tyson Lien SG 14 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 4 9 Roman Holloway C 20 2-3 0-0 1 8 4 0 4 Scott McMasters PG 7 2-3 1-1 1 1 0 0 6 Immanuel Bahr PF 13 0-1 4-4 0 3 1 0 4 Weston Wagner SF 14 2-5 1-2 1 3 1 3 7 Mark Ferree SG 3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 4, T.Lien 3, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 1, I.Bahr 2) Steals: 14 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 4, K.Smith 6, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 9-20 (A.Richardson 1-5, K.Smith 2-5, T.Lien 3-3, R.Holloway 0-1, S.McMasters 1-1, W.Wagner 2-5) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
I don't remember when Lafayette was last unranked in either the national poll or the Mid Major poll. Their new coach, Andy Smith, was promoted from the scouting position to replace Michael Coffin, who departed for Maryland after two outstanding seasons. Coach Smith is a young Level 4 coach with some promise. I hope the Leopards remain patient with him.

His current team is no match for us, as we spread the ball around and let everyone eat. That's Kai Smith's specialty. Even after a few games when he was more careless than usual, Kai is second in the nation in assist-turnover ratio, behind Tennessee's outstanding freshman Aaron Scott.
Record: 11-1.

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Happy New Year! Wildcat Nation makes a bit of joyful noise today, as Earnest Crowder makes his commitment to our program.



The name of Earnest's home town has nothing to do with laughter. "Haha" is an old French term for an obstruction, something to be avoided. Lake Témiscouata is located just east of the town, and early canoe travelers had to portage around an unpassable part of the lake that was near the future townsite.

Nor will anyone be laughing at Earnest's game. He sees the floor well, and his passing ability is reminiscent of a young Justice Stafford. His defensive skill will put obstructions in the path of any opponent who takes him on.

Welcome to the Villanova family, Earnest!
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#3 Villanova 85, Chicago 51 --------------------------------------------------------- Chicago (5-7, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Hassan Adams C 17 3-4 0-0 1 3 0 4 6 Albert Mestas PF 23 3-4 0-0 0 6 0 1 6 Reno Dutra SF 10 1-3 1-2 1 2 1 4 3 William Caston SG 29 5-10 1-2 1 3 0 2 15 Joe Word PG 23 3-8 0-2 0 1 2 0 6 Nathan Porter PG 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Joseph Braddy PG 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 Charles Slade SG 11 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 Rupert Rodriguez C 22 0-1 0-1 1 2 1 0 0 Richard Underwood SF 27 2-5 2-4 2 11 1 3 7 Joseph Golden PF 16 0-3 2-5 1 1 0 3 2 Thomas Kelly SF 4 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 Oliver Shockey PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 25 (H.Adams 2, A.Mestas 1, R.Dutra 1, W.Caston 9, J.Word 3, N.Porter 1, C.Slade 3, R.Rodriguez 2, R.Underwood 2, J.Golden 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (W.Caston 1, C.Slade 2, R.Rodriguez 3, R.Underwood 1) Steals: 5 (H.Adams 1, J.Word 1, J.Braddy 1, R.Underwood 2) 3P FGs: 7-19 (W.Caston 4-9, J.Word 0-3, N.Porter 0-1, C.Slade 2-2, R.Underwood 1-3, T.Kelly 0-1) Villanova (12-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran SF 33 2-15 2-2 3 7 3 2 6 Forrest Curl PF 29 2-3 0-0 4 8 2 2 4 Israel Moody SF 19 4-11 6-7 1 3 1 4 14 Asaad Richardson SG 29 8-16 2-2 4 6 5 2 22 Kai Smith PG 33 6-10 1-2 0 3 8 1 17 Tyson Lien SG 13 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 9 Roman Holloway C 22 2-4 0-0 3 5 0 3 4 Scott McMasters PG 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 2 0 2 Immanuel Bahr PF 12 1-1 3-4 1 5 0 2 5 Weston Wagner SF 6 1-3 0-0 2 3 0 0 2 Turnovers: 11 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 1, R.Holloway 3, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, I.Bahr 2) Steals: 13 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 1, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 9-23 (A.Richardson 4-10, K.Smith 4-7, T.Lien 1-3, R.Holloway 0-1, S.McMasters 0-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Player of Game: SG Asaad Richardson (VLNV)
We have much less trouble with the Maroons than we had with Swarthmore, our other newbie opponent. Our backcourt plays exceptionally well, as Asaad Richardson and Kai Smith combine for an 8-for-17 performance from behind the arc while committing only two turnovers.

One day, Hassan Adams will tell his grandchildren how he once played against Dan O'Halloran, defending him so well that the All-American missed 13 of the 15 shots he took.
Record: 12-1.


January 6, 2043
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2042 Big East Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige ------------------------------------------------------------------ #12 Georgetown 0 0 .000 14 1 .933 20 98 #8 St. John's 0 0 .000 13 0 1.000 43 70 #3 Villanova 0 0 .000 12 1 .923 5 100 #10 Boston College 0 0 .000 11 2 .846 39 94 Providence 0 0 .000 11 2 .846 77 64 #22 Connecticut 0 0 .000 11 1 .917 92 72 #21 Syracuse 0 0 .000 11 2 .846 134 71 Seton Hall 0 0 .000 10 4 .714 46 53 Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 9 3 .750 143 92
I've never seen the Big East, or any other conference, roll over its non-league opponents like this. So, I decided to take a closer look. Now I'm not nearly as impressed.

Only three Big East teams have played a ranked opponent, and none have done so more than once!

Boston College lost to #13 Washington. Georgetown and Villanova both lost to #1 Tennessee. We've been flat track bullies, haven't we?

To be fair, I scheduled Vanderbilt and Lafayette, who are almost always Top 25 teams, and neither are that good this year. No other Big East school has dared to challenge themselves against the big boys this year.

Our conference RPI is .566, second to the SEC's .571. The Big Ten is third at .562.
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#21 Syracuse 97, #3 Villanova 78 -------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (12-2, 0-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 8-13 2-2 1 4 3 3 18 Forrest Curl PF 22 2-5 0-2 1 5 1 4 4 Israel Moody SF 13 3-7 0-0 1 1 0 5 6 Asaad Richardson SG 29 7-13 2-3 1 3 5 0 19 Kai Smith PG 31 2-4 2-2 1 5 6 2 7 Tyson Lien SG 16 3-3 0-0 0 0 1 2 6 Roman Holloway C 24 1-4 0-0 0 4 2 2 2 Scott McMasters PG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 15 2-7 0-0 2 5 0 2 4 Weston Wagner SF 12 3-6 1-2 1 4 0 0 10 James Largent C 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 23 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 8, R.Holloway 2, S.McMasters 1, I.Bahr 3, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 10 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 1, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 7-16 (A.Richardson 3-6, K.Smith 1-3, R.Holloway 0-1, I.Bahr 0-1, W.Wagner 3-5) Syracuse (12-2, 1-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alec Pedigo C 29 1-4 1-2 4 10 2 0 3 Guy Hubbard PF 28 9-16 6-10 4 8 0 1 24 David Pell SF 25 4-7 4-4 1 3 4 0 13 Napoleon Luis SG 24 7-10 1-2 4 5 3 2 19 Rene Gonzalez PG 34 7-10 3-4 1 6 6 0 20 Emmerich Becker C 20 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 Vito Hope SF 17 2-8 0-0 0 3 2 2 4 Charles Guertin SG 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 1 3 Martin Choate SF 7 2-3 1-1 0 1 0 2 5 H. Schönbuchner PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Chris Ellis SF 2 1-2 0-0 1 1 0 1 2 Turnovers: 18 (A.Pedigo 1, D.Pell 4, N.Luis 3, R.Gonzalez 2, V.Hope 5, C.Guertin 1, M.Choate 2) Blocked Shots: 5 (A.Pedigo 1, E.Becker 1, V.Hope 1, M.Choate 1, H.Schönbuchner 1) Steals: 6 (D.Pell 1, N.Luis 1, R.Gonzalez 2, E.Becker 2) 3P FGs: 9-13 (D.Pell 1-2, N.Luis 4-6, R.Gonzalez 3-3, C.Guertin 1-1, M.Choate 0-1) Player of Game: PG Rene Gonzalez (SYR)
Graham Sims enters tonight's game with a career record of 999 wins and 149 losses. He exits it with a record of 999 wins and 150 losses, the last of which is a whipping a Sims team hasn't suffered in a while.

Syracuse's fine senior point guard, Rene Gonzalez, outplays Villanova's fine senior point guard, Kai Smith. Kai has never turned the ball over eight times in a game...until tonight.

We're 0-2 against Power Five conference schools who wear orange this year.
Record: 12-2 (0-1).

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Old 05-04-2024, 06:34 PM   #847
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Win #1000

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#3 Villanova 76, #22 Connecticut 67 --------------------------------------------------------- Connecticut (12-2, 1-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Clark Roberts C 32 3-9 0-0 2 10 2 4 6 Chris Butler PF 32 4-11 0-0 4 7 0 4 8 Jonathan Martinez SF 31 3-11 6-9 1 4 5 1 13 Graham Boss SG 31 7-10 2-4 3 6 1 2 19 N. Bazemore PG 35 4-10 0-0 2 2 2 1 8 Raphael Rainer C 13 2-2 1-2 0 2 1 1 5 Dino Ferris PF 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Henry Darcy SG 20 2-5 1-1 2 3 2 1 5 George Diaz SG 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 3 Turnovers: 16 (C.Butler 2, J.Martinez 2, G.Boss 3, N.Bazemore 4, H.Darcy 5) Blocked Shots: 7 (C.Roberts 2, C.Butler 5) Steals: 3 (G.Boss 1, N.Bazemore 2) 3P FGs: 5-15 (J.Martinez 1-4, G.Boss 3-6, N.Bazemore 0-3, H.Darcy 0-1, G.Diaz 1-1) Villanova (13-2, 1-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 34 8-11 0-0 2 9 3 3 16 Forrest Curl PF 30 4-12 1-2 7 13 1 1 9 Israel Moody SF 21 5-10 3-4 0 4 4 3 13 Asaad Richardson SG 25 3-8 4-5 2 3 1 3 11 Kai Smith PG 36 1-3 2-2 0 1 7 2 4 Tyson Lien SG 14 3-6 0-0 1 1 3 2 7 Roman Holloway C 21 1-5 0-0 2 3 0 1 2 Scott McMasters PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 7 1-2 0-0 1 2 0 1 2 Weston Wagner SF 6 2-4 0-0 1 3 2 2 6 James Largent C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 3 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 6 Turnovers: 11 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 2) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 2, R.Holloway 1) Steals: 6 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 6-19 (A.Richardson 1-5, K.Smith 0-2, T.Lien 1-4, R.Holloway 0-1, W.Wagner 2-4, M.Ferree 2-3) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
Some people are surprised at how little ceremony accompanied coach Graham Sims' 1000th win. His wife, Mary Kate, his children Duncan and Zoe, and their families are seated behind the Wildcats bench, but that's not terribly unusual. Mary Kate almost never misses a game, and the kids, who live nearby, are regular spectators, too. There's a photo opportunity after the game, where the Sims family gathers around Graham as he holds the game ball in his hands.

"You can't predict when something like this will happen," Graham points out. Privately, Graham says he asked the Villanova athletic department to keep things low-key: the ball ceremony and a social media post or two.

The game itself is a fairly routine Villanova win: not many turnovers, lots of assists, solid defense, outshooting their opponent. The low point is a twisted ankle suffered by Dan O'Halloran, who is listed as day-to-day for the next week or so.
Record: 13-2 (1-1).

Graham Sims' Career Record: 1000-150.
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#3 Villanova 96, Providence 68 --------------------------------------------------------- Providence (12-4, 1-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Matthew Peloquin C 29 1-6 4-6 0 3 0 2 6 Josh Dunkin PF 25 6-7 6-7 2 6 1 1 18 Norm Anderson SF 24 2-4 0-0 0 4 2 3 5 Harold Willett SG 25 5-8 4-4 1 2 2 1 14 Mike Gandy PG 23 1-5 2-2 0 0 2 2 4 Chris Carillo PF 21 1-3 0-0 3 6 1 3 2 Rein Firsch PG 23 2-6 0-1 0 1 2 2 6 Willie Vazquez SG 17 2-3 2-2 1 1 4 0 6 Günter Eichelman C 8 1-1 0-0 2 4 1 1 2 James Mallett PG 5 2-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 5 Donnell Morales PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 22 (M.Peloquin 3, J.Dunkin 2, N.Anderson 5, H.Willett 2, M.Gandy 4, W.Vazquez 5, G.Eichelman 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (M.Peloquin 3, M.Gandy 1, C.Carillo 1, R.Firsch 1, W.Vazquez 1, G.Eichelman 1) Steals: 0 3P FGs: 4-15 (N.Anderson 1-2, H.Willett 0-1, M.Gandy 0-4, R.Firsch 2-6, W.Vazquez 0-1, J.Mallett 1-1) Villanova (14-2, 2-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Roman Holloway C 27 2-3 1-2 4 6 1 4 5 Forrest Curl PF 22 3-3 0-2 0 2 0 4 6 Israel Moody SF 28 14-25 4-4 4 5 2 3 32 Asaad Richardson SG 27 11-17 1-1 1 2 2 1 26 Kai Smith PG 30 2-6 0-0 1 1 12 0 4 Tyson Lien SG 16 2-4 0-0 1 1 3 1 6 Immanuel Bahr PF 18 2-4 1-2 2 3 1 0 5 Scott McMasters PG 6 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 Weston Wagner SF 20 3-6 2-4 1 5 2 3 10 James Largent C 5 0-1 2-2 0 3 0 0 2 Turnovers: 7 (R.Holloway 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, K.Smith 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 2) Blocked Shots: 6 (R.Holloway 3, I.Moody 1, W.Wagner 2) Steals: 12 (R.Holloway 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 4, K.Smith 3, I.Bahr 2) 3P FGs: 7-18 (A.Richardson 3-7, K.Smith 0-2, T.Lien 2-4, W.Wagner 2-5) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Dan O'Halloran's absence pushes more of the responsibility for scoring onto Israel Moody and Asaad Richardson, and they respond spectacularly. Roman Holloway plays well in his first career start, and Weston Wagner is productive in extended duty from the bench.

Having players like Holloway and Wagner keep us out of trouble when injuries, foul trouble, and fatigue take their toll on our starters. We can let O'Halloran heal completely before he returns to action without sacrificing our chances to win against tough opponents.

We avoid turnovers and create lots of them, and that's a winning formula for us.
Record: 14-2 (2-1).


January 14, 2043
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#3 Villanova 79, Boston College 53 ---------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (15-2, 3-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Roman Holloway C 27 1-3 0-0 1 6 0 3 2 Forrest Curl PF 30 3-3 0-0 2 7 0 0 6 Israel Moody SF 32 9-20 1-2 2 5 3 2 19 Asaad Richardson SG 30 12-17 2-3 2 9 3 3 31 Kai Smith PG 33 3-11 0-0 0 2 9 1 7 Dan O'Halloran C 18 1-4 0-0 3 8 2 2 2 Tyson Lien SG 12 0-2 2-2 0 1 0 2 2 Immanuel Bahr PF 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 3 0 Scott McMasters PG 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Weston Wagner SF 8 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 7 Turnovers: 9 (R.Holloway 1, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 1, D.O'Halloran 2, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (R.Holloway 1, I.Moody 4, D.O'Halloran 3) Steals: 11 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 2, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 8-21 (A.Richardson 5-8, K.Smith 1-5, T.Lien 0-2, S.McMasters 1-2, W.Wagner 1-4) Boston College (12-4, 1-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jon LaFramboise C 30 5-15 2-4 3 9 0 1 12 Chris Pless PF 34 5-10 2-3 1 10 1 1 12 James Caudle SF 32 3-12 1-2 1 2 2 4 8 Jae Camacho SG 20 3-8 2-2 1 3 3 3 11 Milan Yachmenev PG 23 1-2 0-0 1 1 0 4 2 Major Garcia C 22 1-4 0-2 1 6 0 2 2 Lenny Mitchum PG 18 0-3 4-4 1 2 2 1 4 Frank Grady SG 15 1-3 0-0 2 4 0 0 2 Hilton Bain PF 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Joesph Gutierrez C 2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Joseph Keim SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (J.LaFramboise 3, C.Pless 1, J.Caudle 1, J.Camacho 2, M.Yachmenev 4, M.Garcia 1, L.Mitchum 1, F.Grady 2, H.Bain 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (J.LaFramboise 1, M.Garcia 1) Steals: 4 (J.Caudle 1, J.Camacho 1, M.Yachmenev 1, L.Mitchum 1) 3P FGs: 4-17 (J.Caudle 1-6, J.Camacho 3-8, L.Mitchum 0-2, F.Grady 0-1) Player of Game: SG Asaad Richardson (VLNV)
Is Boston College an example of a Big East team that inflated its reputation by beating up on a weak lot of opponents in November and December? They don't play like the #10 team in the country--on their home floor--tonight.

Asaad Richardson enjoys his second big game in a row. This time, he sets a new career high for points. Israel Moody is an especially disruptive defender, calling attention to an aspect of his game that's often overlooked.
Record: 15-2 (3-1).


January 21, 2043
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#2 Villanova 105, Pittsburgh 81 --------------------------------------------------------- Pittsburgh (10-7, 1-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Vice C 31 3-6 1-1 2 8 2 0 8 Mark Spicer PF 28 2-7 4-4 3 9 0 0 8 Cedrick Truax SF 22 5-10 1-1 0 1 1 3 13 Theo Baker SG 16 3-7 1-2 4 4 2 4 8 Casey Wallace PG 23 4-12 1-3 1 2 1 1 11 Steven Mertens SG 19 3-7 0-0 1 2 2 4 6 Raphael Ramos SF 21 4-8 4-4 2 4 1 0 14 Timothy Tucker PG 16 3-5 2-2 1 3 1 2 9 Richard Derry C 12 1-6 0-0 3 4 3 2 2 Jake Vitale PF 10 0-1 2-2 0 1 0 0 2 Charles Hardy PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Andrew Johnson SG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 18 (C.Vice 1, M.Spicer 1, C.Truax 4, T.Baker 4, C.Wallace 3, T.Tucker 4, R.Derry 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (C.Vice 6, R.Derry 1) Steals: 5 (T.Baker 1, R.Ramos 1, T.Tucker 2, J.Vitale 1) 3P FGs: 9-31 (C.Vice 1-1, C.Truax 2-4, T.Baker 1-5, C.Wallace 2-7, S.Mertens 0-3, R.Ramos 2-4, T.Tucker 1-3, R.Derry 0-4) Villanova (16-2, 4-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 4-13 3-4 4 13 2 2 11 Forrest Curl PF 27 7-10 0-0 4 4 1 3 14 Israel Moody SF 23 8-14 1-1 0 5 1 2 17 Asaad Richardson SG 27 6-10 2-2 1 4 2 1 17 Kai Smith PG 22 6-9 5-5 0 0 9 4 18 Tyson Lien SG 20 6-8 0-0 0 1 3 0 15 Roman Holloway C 25 3-4 0-0 2 8 3 2 6 Scott McMasters PG 11 1-2 2-2 0 0 5 2 5 Immanuel Bahr PF 7 1-3 0-0 1 3 1 1 2 Weston Wagner SF 8 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 Mark Ferree SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 12 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 2, R.Holloway 1, S.McMasters 1, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, A.Richardson 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 13 (F.Curl 3, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 8-14 (A.Richardson 3-5, K.Smith 1-2, T.Lien 3-4, S.McMasters 1-2, W.Wagner 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
We move up a spot in the polls after a Duke loss, and we play like we deserve our ranking in a nicely balanced victory over Pitt at Wawa Arena.

The full range of Kai Smith's talents are on display. He makes the night even more special by scoring his 1000th career point. His understudy, Scott McMasters, combines with him on a 14-assist, 2-turnover point guard masterclass.

Georgetown lost to UConn over the weekend, so we climb to second place in the Big East, a half-game behind Syracuse.
Record: 16-2 (4-1).
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January 26, 2043
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#2 Villanova 86, Seton Hall 74 -------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (17-2, 5-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 36 6-10 3-6 4 12 1 3 15 Forrest Curl PF 31 4-6 0-0 3 8 1 2 8 Israel Moody SF 34 7-15 3-3 2 6 2 2 17 Asaad Richardson SG 31 7-13 4-4 0 3 3 3 20 Kai Smith PG 34 4-10 5-5 1 3 11 3 15 Tyson Lien SG 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 2 3 Roman Holloway C 14 3-3 0-0 0 2 1 1 6 Scott McMasters PG 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 4 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 5 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 2 0-0 0-2 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 3, S.McMasters 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 3, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 3, M.Ferree 1) 3P FGs: 5-16 (A.Richardson 2-7, K.Smith 2-8, T.Lien 1-1) Seton Hall (11-9, 1-5): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Frank Wilmoth C 28 5-12 1-4 1 8 0 3 11 Keith Trull C 16 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 1 2 Joseph Lira SF 25 5-6 1-2 0 0 3 4 16 Joshua Revell SG 30 6-8 2-3 1 3 4 4 19 Alfonzo Gordon PG 33 4-10 3-3 0 2 4 3 11 Benjamin Brown PF 20 0-2 2-2 0 3 0 1 2 Monte Weisman PF 15 2-2 7-7 1 2 0 0 11 Weston Leiva PG 23 0-4 2-2 0 1 2 1 2 Daren Coss SF 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 Chris Francisco PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (F.Wilmoth 1, K.Trull 1, J.Lira 2, J.Revell 3, A.Gordon 4, M.Weisman 1, W.Leiva 3, D.Coss 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (F.Wilmoth 3, B.Brown 2, W.Leiva 1) Steals: 4 (J.Lira 2, A.Gordon 1, D.Coss 1) 3P FGs: 10-18 (J.Lira 5-5, J.Revell 5-7, A.Gordon 0-4, W.Leiva 0-1, D.Coss 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
It's a really good thing when a game like this one seems routine: a twelve-point win over a conference opponent that features good shooting, solid defense, unselfish play, and balance. We could have been more accurate from behind the arc, but that's how this year's Villanova team rolls.

A shout out to Seton Hall's guards for their accurate long-range marksmanship.

A misstep by Syracuse against Boston College returns us to the top of the Big East.
Record: 17-2 (5-1).


January 28, 2043
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#2 Villanova 78, St. John's 70 --------------------------------------------------------- St. John's (15-5, 2-5): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts RJ Cannon C 30 0-2 2-2 1 6 1 1 2 Zachariah Hanson PF 35 1-5 0-0 1 8 1 4 2 Sammy Childers SF 32 5-17 5-6 1 4 4 5 19 Kim Francis SG 30 8-15 5-6 1 3 2 4 25 Tony Price PG 27 0-6 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 Mark Gile PG 16 5-6 2-2 1 1 1 3 13 Isaac Hernandez SG 8 2-3 0-0 0 0 2 1 4 Glenn Breen C 15 0-3 1-2 0 3 1 4 1 Robert Overton SF 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 8 (Z.Hanson 2, S.Childers 3, K.Francis 1, M.Gile 1, G.Breen 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (R.Cannon 2, Z.Hanson 1) Steals: 10 (S.Childers 1, K.Francis 4, T.Price 3, M.Gile 2) 3P FGs: 9-22 (R.Cannon 0-1, S.Childers 4-7, K.Francis 4-6, T.Price 0-3, M.Gile 1-2, I.Hernandez 0-1, G.Breen 0-2) Villanova (18-2, 6-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 35 3-9 6-7 2 16 3 2 12 Forrest Curl PF 32 3-5 4-5 2 6 3 0 10 Israel Moody SF 29 6-12 5-7 1 6 3 5 17 Asaad Richardson SG 24 5-9 0-0 1 4 2 4 14 Kai Smith PG 32 2-8 0-0 2 2 5 5 5 Tyson Lien SG 20 4-5 4-4 2 3 0 2 15 Roman Holloway C 17 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 0 1 Scott McMasters PG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 6 0-1 2-2 0 1 0 1 2 Weston Wagner SF 1 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 0 2 Mark Ferree SG 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 17 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 6, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 4, R.Holloway 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, I.Bahr 2) Steals: 4 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 1) 3P FGs: 8-16 (A.Richardson 4-6, K.Smith 1-6, T.Lien 3-3, M.Ferree 0-1) Player of Game: SG Kim Francis (STJN)
As if they'd read what I just wrote, the boys prove they can shoot threes tonight, coming back on very short rest to beat St. John's. Kai Smith is the possible exception, but that's not really Kai's game.

Dan O'Halloran dominates the paint defensively on a night when his shot won't fall. Dan's stats aren't as glossy as they were last year, but I'd argue he has a more balanced team around him. We don't need 20-and-12 from Dan every night to win.
Record: 18-2 (6-1).


February 4, 2043
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#2 Villanova 76, Connecticut 67 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (19-2, 7-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 35 4-10 7-7 2 8 4 0 15 Forrest Curl PF 30 5-8 1-3 4 7 0 1 11 Israel Moody SF 32 6-16 1-1 1 4 2 0 13 Asaad Richardson SG 21 2-7 0-0 0 2 4 4 6 Kai Smith PG 33 4-7 8-8 1 2 6 2 18 Tyson Lien SG 22 2-5 0-0 2 2 3 1 5 Roman Holloway C 19 3-6 0-0 3 4 0 2 6 Scott McMasters PG 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 Weston Wagner SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (D.O'Halloran 3, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 4, K.Smith 2, R.Holloway 2, I.Bahr 1, M.Ferree 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (I.Moody 2, R.Holloway 1) Steals: 10 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 3, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 2) 3P FGs: 5-15 (A.Richardson 2-7, K.Smith 2-3, T.Lien 1-4, S.McMasters 0-1) Connecticut (16-6, 4-5): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Raphael Rainer C 23 1-3 0-0 3 5 1 1 2 Chris Butler PF 19 0-1 0-0 2 5 0 5 0 Jonathan Martinez SF 31 8-16 0-0 1 5 1 2 19 Marcus Dalessio SG 34 5-9 0-0 1 1 4 2 13 N. Bazemore PG 25 2-7 4-4 0 0 4 4 10 Graham Boss PG 14 3-3 0-1 1 3 2 2 8 Dino Ferris C 22 1-2 1-1 0 6 2 2 3 Jeffrey Deckard PF 15 3-5 0-0 2 5 0 1 6 Henry Darcy SF 15 2-3 2-2 0 1 4 2 6 George Diaz SF 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Wyatt Verret C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 28 (R.Rainer 2, C.Butler 3, J.Martinez 1, M.Dalessio 4, N.Bazemore 8, G.Boss 1, D.Ferris 1, J.Deckard 3, H.Darcy 4, G.Diaz 1) Blocked Shots: 10 (R.Rainer 1, M.Dalessio 3, D.Ferris 4, J.Deckard 2) Steals: 7 (M.Dalessio 2, N.Bazemore 2, J.Deckard 1, H.Darcy 2) 3P FGs: 10-23 (J.Martinez 3-7, M.Dalessio 3-6, N.Bazemore 2-7, G.Boss 2-2, H.Darcy 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
The Huskies discover that it's almost impossible to win when you commit 28 turnovers. We force a number of them, but they're also very careless.

Asaad Richardson has an off night, but the rest of the guys play well. It's not a spectacular win, but they all count.

UConn has a player named Graham Boss. Yes, he is.
Record: 19-2 (7-1).
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#15 Georgetown 86, #2 Villanova 81 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (19-3, 7-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 24 3-12 0-0 5 12 1 4 6 Forrest Curl PF 27 1-3 2-2 4 14 2 1 4 Israel Moody SF 28 12-24 2-2 1 4 2 3 26 Asaad Richardson SG 27 3-9 2-2 3 5 1 0 11 Kai Smith PG 32 4-8 2-3 0 1 8 0 11 Tyson Lien SG 19 1-4 0-0 0 2 4 3 3 Roman Holloway C 22 1-2 0-0 2 4 2 1 2 Weston Wagner SF 17 6-11 1-2 1 3 2 2 16 Scott McMasters PG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 Turnovers: 15 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 5, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 2, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 3, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 9 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 3) 3P FGs: 8-26 (I.Moody 0-1, A.Richardson 3-9, K.Smith 1-5, T.Lien 1-4, W.Wagner 3-7) Georgetown (21-3, 7-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Rob Arceneaux C 29 6-17 0-0 2 5 2 1 12 Barry Barrick PF 33 2-6 0-0 1 6 1 0 4 Juste Faulvarque SF 31 11-15 2-2 4 13 10 3 28 Carl Covington SG 22 1-5 0-0 2 2 1 4 2 Harold Whisler PG 33 7-13 0-0 1 6 4 1 16 John Elam C 16 0-2 2-2 1 5 1 1 2 Louis Hermes SG 24 7-14 3-6 1 3 5 2 20 John Dion SG 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Clark Mead PG 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Ulysses Peterson SG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 11 (R.Arceneaux 2, J.Faulvarque 2, C.Covington 3, H.Whisler 1, J.Elam 1, L.Hermes 1, C.Mead 1) Blocked Shots: 13 (B.Barrick 12, J.Elam 1) Steals: 8 (B.Barrick 1, J.Faulvarque 2, H.Whisler 1, J.Elam 1, L.Hermes 2, U.Peterson 1) 3P FGs: 9-28 (J.Faulvarque 4-7, C.Covington 0-4, H.Whisler 2-6, L.Hermes 3-9, J.Dion 0-2) Player of Game: SF Juste Faulvarque (GTOWN)
Georgetown takes the top spot in the Big East away from us, fired by a triple-double from fifth-year senior Juste Falvarque. The hefty French forward (6'4" and a croque monsieur over 230) was ranked #523 in his recruiting class, and today he takes a collection of Top 100 guys to school.

Israel Moody and Weston Wagner provide most of our highlights on an evening that is otherwise forgettable.
Record: 19-3 (7-2).


February 11, 2043
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#2 Villanova 99, Providence 76 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (20-3, 8-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 34 4-8 4-6 6 11 5 2 12 Forrest Curl PF 17 2-2 0-0 1 5 0 4 4 Israel Moody SF 31 14-23 4-4 2 4 4 0 32 Asaad Richardson SG 24 6-11 0-0 0 1 6 4 17 Kai Smith PG 31 8-8 0-1 1 1 8 2 19 Tyson Lien SG 18 2-2 2-2 0 1 4 1 6 Roman Holloway PF 23 2-5 0-2 3 5 1 1 4 Weston Wagner SF 12 2-4 0-0 0 2 1 2 5 Scott McMasters PG 6 0-3 0-1 0 0 2 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 10 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 2) Blocked Shots: 1 (I.Moody 1) Steals: 11 (I.Moody 4, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 3) 3P FGs: 9-17 (A.Richardson 5-9, K.Smith 3-3, W.Wagner 1-2, S.McMasters 0-3) Providence (15-10, 3-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Matthew Peloquin C 32 4-6 0-0 0 6 3 4 8 Josh Dunkin PF 27 3-6 7-9 1 1 1 2 13 Norm Anderson SF 27 2-3 0-0 0 6 2 3 5 Harold Willett SG 27 5-8 4-4 2 2 0 3 15 Mike Gandy PG 27 5-8 2-2 1 2 1 1 16 Chris Carillo PF 17 0-0 2-2 1 6 2 2 2 Rein Firsch PG 24 1-8 0-0 0 0 3 1 2 Willie Vazquez SG 12 3-6 2-2 1 1 3 0 10 Günter Eichelman C 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 1 2 James Mallett PG 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 2 3 Turnovers: 23 (M.Peloquin 4, J.Dunkin 2, N.Anderson 5, H.Willett 3, M.Gandy 1, C.Carillo 2, R.Firsch 3, W.Vazquez 2, G.Eichelman 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (M.Peloquin 3, J.Dunkin 2, R.Firsch 1) Steals: 4 (M.Peloquin 1, R.Firsch 2, W.Vazquez 1) 3P FGs: 9-17 (N.Anderson 1-1, H.Willett 1-2, M.Gandy 4-7, R.Firsch 0-3, W.Vazquez 2-3, J.Mallett 1-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Our perimeter players seize the day in a bounceback victory over Providence. Israel Moody is the recipient of a half-dozen great passes from Kai Smith, who doesn't turn the ball over once. Kai and Asaad Richardson strike repeatedly from long range.

Meanwhile, UConn does us a solid, defeating Georgetown, 85-84, and allowing us to retake the Big East lead.
Record: 20-3 (8-2).


February 14, 2043
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#2 Villanova 87, #14 Syracuse 69 --------------------------------------------------------- Syracuse (18-6, 6-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alec Pedigo C 30 4-4 0-2 2 9 0 3 8 Guy Hubbard PF 31 2-6 6-8 0 4 0 1 10 Daniel Collings SF 29 4-9 5-6 0 2 1 4 15 Napoleon Luis SG 33 4-9 4-4 4 7 4 3 12 Rene Gonzalez PG 32 3-8 0-0 0 2 5 2 9 Emmerich Becker C 17 0-3 3-4 0 3 0 1 3 Vito Hope SF 17 3-3 3-7 0 1 0 2 9 David Pell SG 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 0 0 3 Charles Guertin PG 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 Martin Choate SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 19 (A.Pedigo 1, G.Hubbard 3, D.Collings 3, N.Luis 5, R.Gonzalez 5, E.Becker 1, V.Hope 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (A.Pedigo 1, E.Becker 1) Steals: 2 (R.Gonzalez 1, E.Becker 1) 3P FGs: 6-17 (D.Collings 2-5, N.Luis 0-4, R.Gonzalez 3-5, D.Pell 1-2, C.Guertin 0-1) Villanova (21-3, 9-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 33 2-9 0-3 3 9 1 4 4 Forrest Curl PF 27 2-6 0-0 0 6 3 5 4 Israel Moody SF 18 6-8 1-2 2 4 2 5 13 Asaad Richardson SG 31 10-16 0-1 0 1 4 2 27 Kai Smith PG 31 6-7 2-2 0 3 11 2 17 Tyson Lien SG 16 3-6 0-0 0 0 3 1 8 Roman Holloway C 23 0-2 0-0 3 4 0 2 0 Weston Wagner SF 12 3-6 4-4 0 1 0 3 12 Scott McMasters PG 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 6 1-1 0-0 0 4 1 1 2 Brian Cioffi PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 15 (D.O'Halloran 4, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 1, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 2, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (D.O'Halloran 4, F.Curl 1, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 10 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 1) 3P FGs: 14-24 (A.Richardson 7-10, K.Smith 3-4, T.Lien 2-5, W.Wagner 2-4, S.McMasters 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)

Kai Smith receives three marriage proposals via signs in the Villanova student section, as he leads us to victory on St. Valentine's Night.

Asaad Richardson undoubtedly sets a few pulses beating faster, and our total of 10 steals doesn't include the hearts our players captured. Exactly 12,500 not-so-secret admirers leave happy, unless they happened to be rooting for Syracuse.
Record: 21-3 (9-2).
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