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Old 03-18-2024, 08:31 PM   #751
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Really enjoying this still... we ready for another submission from me?

How about Wayne Bradhold, Elder HS in Cincinnati, OH. Blue Collar Man PF...

Hi, Chas...I'm glad to see you're still having fun following the story. I'm still enjoying bringing it to life.

It looks like Wayne is a junior at Elder this year. I'll bring him into next year's recruiting class, as a graduate of the Class of 2041. He's 6'10", 236 pounds, and a very good student with a 3.37 GPA and a 1320 test score.

Thanks for being part of the story!
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Old 03-18-2024, 09:19 PM   #752
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November 23, 2039
@#1 Villanova 82, Valparaiso 71

This is one of the wackiest games Coach Sims has ever seen, and he's coached over a thousand of them.

We break our school record for field goal attempts, firing 87 shots. That's one every 28 seconds. Forty-one of those shots are three-pointers; one more, and we'd have tied that record, too. Only 31 of our shots go in, however, and only 9 of the three-pointers.

John Cannon, one of the few Wildcats to shoot decently, goes 9-for-19 and scores 26 points. Nick Spencer scores 13, but he needs 23 shots to do so. Nick misfires on 13 of the 14 threes he attempts. He does, however, steal the ball 8 times, and he hands out 6 assists.

DeAndre Brown finishes with 17 points, Chris Wilson with 13 and 9 rebounds. Zak Marshall pulls down 11 rebounds.
Record: 5-0.


November 26, 2039
#1 Villanova 91, @Emory 46

We journey to Atlanta and send the Eagles down to their sixth defeat in as many games. The teams of the UAA can hardly wait for conference play.

Zayden Calhoun scores 27 points and snares 8 rebounds. Freshman reserves Forrest Curl and John Cannon add 14 and 12, respectively. Chris Wilson scores 10 points; Nick Spencer scores 9 with 7 assists.

We still shoot poorly, making only 4 of 19 threes. We'll have to fix that before January.
Record: 7-0.


November 30, 2039
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#8 Duke 88, #1 Villanova 77 --------------------------------------------------------- Duke (7-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Colin Menchaca C 25 1-3 0-0 0 2 1 5 2 David Aucoin PF 32 6-18 3-5 3 6 1 0 15 M. Vanlandingham SF 28 6-8 0-0 2 4 2 0 14 Helmfrid Vorbach SG 24 5-11 5-6 2 7 2 4 18 Jake Joyce PG 35 4-10 0-0 5 9 10 1 10 James Baillargeon SF 24 4-7 6-6 0 1 1 1 15 Justin Noonan SG 11 4-4 2-2 1 2 0 0 13 Rob Edmonds SF 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 David Escalera PF 13 0-2 1-2 1 3 0 1 1 Brian Stein C 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 15 (C.Menchaca 1, D.Aucoin 3, M.Vanlandingham 2, H.Vorbach 2, J.Joyce 2, J.Baillargeon 2, J.Noonan 1, D.Escalera 2) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.Aucoin 1, M.Vanlandingham 1, D.Escalera 1) Steals: 4 (D.Aucoin 2, M.Vanlandingham 1, J.Joyce 1) 3P FGs: 11-20 (M.Vanlandingham 2-2, H.Vorbach 3-7, J.Joyce 2-6, J.Baillargeon 1-2, J.Noonan 3-3) Villanova (6-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Wilson C 29 6-8 4-4 1 6 4 5 16 Zak Marshall PF 31 6-12 4-4 5 10 1 2 16 Zayden Calhoun SF 31 4-14 0-0 2 5 4 3 10 DeAndre Brown SG 25 1-3 0-0 0 1 0 5 3 Nick Spencer PG 32 2-9 4-5 1 3 2 1 8 Kai Smith PG 8 2-2 4-4 0 0 2 0 9 John Cannon SG 20 1-6 3-3 0 2 3 3 6 Forrest Curl C 10 2-2 0-0 2 3 0 2 4 David Lovett SG 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Jordi Ballester PF 9 1-1 0-0 0 3 1 0 2 John Locklear C 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (C.Wilson 1, Z.Marshall 3, Z.Calhoun 7, D.Brown 1, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 1, J.Cannon 2) Blocked Shots: 6 (C.Wilson 2, Z.Marshall 1, Z.Calhoun 1, J.Ballester 1, J.Locklear 1) Steals: 7 (C.Wilson 1, Z.Calhoun 1, K.Smith 2, J.Cannon 2, J.Ballester 1) 3P FGs: 6-25 (Z.Calhoun 2-10, D.Brown 1-2, N.Spencer 0-5, K.Smith 1-1, J.Cannon 1-5, D.Lovett 1-2) Player of Game: PG Jake Joyce (DUKE)
The Blue Devils deliver a large dose of reality, routing us in front of our home fans.

We can beat Emory, and even Valpo, when we shoot badly and turn the ball over. When we do that against Duke, we get hammered.

Duke's senior guard Jake Joyce comes within an assist of a triple-double, getting the better of our Nick Spencer at both ends of the floor. Zak Marshall and Chris Wilson play well for us, but it's not enough.
Record: 6-1.
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Old 03-18-2024, 09:49 PM   #753
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Then, on the heels of bad news from last night...

...some very good news from the O'Halloran home. Dan has decided to stay close to home, and he'll play his college basketball at Villanova.

If Dan is as good as we think he is, he'll take his place beside Avery Sullivan and Sebastian Roberts as the best big men ever to play for Villanova. He might be a more complete player than either of them.

Dan and Israel Moody give us two of the five most highly-touted players in their class. They'll almost surely be with us for only three years, but that's to be expected with players this gifted.
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Old 03-19-2024, 09:19 AM   #754
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@#1 Villanova 78, LaSalle 46

When you aren't shooting well, you can still win basketball games if you keep your opponent from shooting well, too. That's the formula we employ against the Explorers, and it works a treat.

Zayden Calhoun (20p/8r, 4-5 from three) does manage to shoot well. Chris Wilson (20p/9r/2b) scores a lot of points, but he takes a lot of shots, too (20 FGA). John Cannon (13p/4r) continues to be a source of instant offense. Zak Marshall (7r/4b) does big man things; Nick Spencer (7p/6a) does guard things.
Record: 7-1.


December 8, 2039
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#3 Villanova 94, Amherst 48 --------------------------------------------------------- Amherst (2-3, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Darin Oliver C 24 1-2 1-2 1 2 0 2 3 Bill Bennett PF 32 2-6 0-0 2 7 2 0 4 Emmett Sturgill SF 26 4-8 6-8 1 2 0 2 15 W. Burmeister SG 25 2-8 1-1 0 1 1 3 6 Franklin Garcia PG 24 3-5 0-0 0 1 0 1 8 Henry Burden SF 20 2-4 4-5 0 1 2 4 8 Jeramy Morey PG 20 0-5 0-0 1 2 1 3 0 Joseph Smith SG 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Tim Wagner C 8 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 1 2 Kevin Mink PF 10 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 19 (D.Oliver 1, B.Bennett 2, E.Sturgill 5, W.Burmeister 2, F.Garcia 3, H.Burden 2, J.Morey 1, J.Smith 2, T.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 0 Steals: 4 (B.Bennett 1, W.Burmeister 1, F.Garcia 1, H.Burden 1) 3P FGs: 4-12 (E.Sturgill 1-2, W.Burmeister 1-3, F.Garcia 2-3, H.Burden 0-1, J.Morey 0-2, J.Smith 0-1) Villanova (8-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Forrest Curl C 30 5-11 2-6 1 6 3 2 12 Jordi Ballester PF 30 4-7 0-0 2 11 2 3 8 David Lovett SF 25 11-16 4-6 7 7 1 4 29 Nick O'Brien SG 33 3-10 4-4 0 1 4 3 11 Kai Smith PG 30 5-7 0-0 3 5 7 1 12 John Locklear C 14 2-2 0-0 3 6 0 2 4 Derek Lamb SF 16 0-1 0-0 1 2 4 2 0 DeAndre Brown SG 10 3-4 2-3 0 1 1 0 9 John Cannon SF 6 1-2 0-0 1 2 0 1 3 Nick Spencer PG 5 2-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 6 Turnovers: 10 (F.Curl 2, J.Ballester 1, D.Lovett 1, N.O'Brien 5, K.Smith 1) Blocked Shots: 1 (J.Ballester 1) Steals: 9 (F.Curl 1, D.Lovett 2, N.O'Brien 1, K.Smith 2, J.Locklear 1, D.Brown 2) 3P FGs: 9-20 (D.Lovett 3-4, N.O'Brien 1-8, K.Smith 2-3, D.Brown 1-2, J.Cannon 1-2, N.Spencer 1-1) Player of Game: SG David Lovett (VLNV)
See what I did there?

I should have thought about how the new teams in my world would stock their rosters for their first year: with a motley crew of freshman walk-ons. If I had, I would have never invited them to play Villanova.

Since I can't swap poor Amherst for another opponent, I decide to trust this game to the Villanova reserves and walk-ons.

It goes very well. Jordi Ballester and Forrest Curl operate well inside; Jordi gives off some strong Blue Collar Man vibes, and Forrest creates some offense. Promising first year Kai Smith runs the point with flair and composure. Nick O'Brien struggles a bit, but still finishes with 11 points and 4 assists. And David Lovett absolutely balls out.

We have one more game against newcomers on our schedule, and I'll coach it the same way.
Record: 8-1.


December 12, 2039
@#3 Villanova 84, Northwestern 34

The first string returns to action tonight and spank the visitors from Chicagoland hard.

DeAndre Brown excels with 20 points and 5 steals. Zak Marshall controls the paint, grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking a half dozen shots. John Cannon knocks down 4 of 7 three-pointers and finishes with 18 points. Zayden Calhoun, still enduring a shooting slump, scores 12 and rebounds 5.

We're still not making our threes (11-for-33, which is almost exactly our success rate for the season), and we took a lot of them despite my adjusting down our tendency to shoot them.
Record: 9-1.
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Old 03-19-2024, 02:50 PM   #755
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December 16, 2039
#4 Villanova 87, @William & Mary 76

Exams are over, so the team can spend a bit more time on its road trip to Virginia. After a team walk in the historic area at Colonial Williamsburg the evening before, the Wildcats take to the court at William & Mary and knock off the Tribe.

Zak Marshall, who's a History major, enjoys both activities very much. His 16 points, 10 boards, and 4 blocks earn him a PotG award. John Cannon (14p), DeAndre Brown (11p/7r), and Chris Wilson (11p/6r/2b) join him in double figures.

Tony Flaherty returns to the court, scoring a basket and grabbing a rebound in two minutes of action.
Record: 10-1.


December 19, 2039
@#3 Villanova 68, Creighton 46

The top four teams in this week's media poll are all Big East teams. Our preparation for the demands of conference play continue, as we smother the Blue Jays back at Wawa Arena.

Chris Wilson (19p/13r/2b), Zayden Calhoun (10p/6a/4r) and John Cannon (11p/4a) distinguish themselves, and everyone plays solid defense.
Record: 11-1.


December 22, 2039
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#3 Villanova 88, Macalester 68 ---------------------------------------------------------- Macalester (0-9, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Ned Horton C 28 4-4 2-2 0 1 1 4 10 Charles Robinett PF 24 4-7 0-0 0 5 1 2 8 Grover Wille SF 25 4-10 4-4 0 1 2 3 12 Rudolf Perkins SG 31 5-9 2-3 2 3 5 4 13 Winston Yager PG 13 1-1 0-1 1 1 0 4 2 Dean Fenton PG 17 3-3 0-0 0 1 3 3 7 Oren Osborn PG 20 4-6 2-2 0 3 2 1 10 Danilo Hinson PF 17 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 Quincy Leiker C 15 1-3 1-2 0 1 0 1 3 Bert Ball SF 10 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 Turnovers: 18 (N.Horton 1, C.Robinett 2, G.Wille 1, R.Perkins 6, W.Yager 1, D.Fenton 2, O.Osborn 2, D.Hinson 2, B.Ball 1) Blocked Shots: 0 Steals: 3 (R.Perkins 1, D.Fenton 1, O.Osborn 1) 3P FGs: 3-7 (G.Wille 0-1, R.Perkins 1-3, D.Fenton 1-1, B.Ball 1-2) Villanova (12-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Forrest Curl C 23 3-6 2-4 4 8 0 4 8 Jordi Ballester PF 27 5-9 1-1 2 10 2 3 11 Derek Lamb SF 33 6-11 2-2 1 1 3 3 14 David Lovett SG 17 6-9 3-4 2 4 0 4 17 Nick O'Brien PG 33 5-8 6-7 0 3 5 2 16 John Locklear C 24 4-5 2-2 0 1 1 2 10 Kai Smith PG 22 1-3 1-2 0 0 5 1 3 Tony Flaherty SF 8 3-3 3-4 0 1 0 0 9 DeAndre Brown SG 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Chris Wilson C 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 10 (D.Lovett 3, N.O'Brien 2, J.Locklear 1, K.Smith 2, D.Brown 1, C.Wilson 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (D.Lamb 1, T.Flaherty 1) Steals: 10 (F.Curl 1, J.Ballester 1, D.Lamb 1, D.Lovett 2, N.O'Brien 3, K.Smith 2) 3P FGs: 2-10 (D.Lovett 2-5, N.O'Brien 0-3, K.Smith 0-1, D.Brown 0-1) Player of Game: PG Nick O'Brien (VLNV)
We give the second team some action against Macalester, who enter the game 0-8 for the season. The Scots don't win tonight, either, but they aren't humiliated, either. And, to Macalester's credit, they aren't playing against some dudes from an intramural league.

Forrest Curl is a Green/Green player. Jordi Ballester is Green/Blue. So is David Lovett. David was a five-star recruit; Forrest and Jordi were four-star, Top 100 guys. Even Nick O'Brien is an Orange/Green walk-on. Macalester won't play a better team all year than the Villanova squad they face tonight.

David, Jordi, and Forrest look good again, as do walk-ons Derek Lamb and John Locklear.
Record: 12-1.


December 31, 2039
@#1 Villanova 72, Lafayette 50

Tonight is the last night of the '30s, a decade that has been a very good one for Graham Sims and Villanova basketball. We mark the occasion with a return to the top spot in the media poll, and a victory over the team that gave Coach Sims his start. Tonight's victory gives him a very symmetrical 888 career wins (against 144 losses).

Tony Flaherty celebrates his return to the starting five with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3, blocks, and 2 steals. Tony's fellow starters, Chris Wilson (13p/9r), Nick Spencer (11p), Zayden Calhoun (10p/7r/5a/3s), and Zak Marshall (6p/6r/3b), all do good things.

We still shoot badly: 41 percent from the floor, 24 percent from three. I think this might be more than a slump.
Record: 13-1.

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Old 03-20-2024, 02:56 PM   #756
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2039 Big East Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige ----------------------------------------------------------------- #3 Georgetown 0 0 .000 14 0 1.000 35 99 #2 Boston College 0 0 .000 13 0 1.000 9 100 #1 Villanova 0 0 .000 13 1 .929 140 100 #14 St. John's 0 0 .000 12 1 .923 6 68 #8 Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 12 2 .857 10 90 #17 Syracuse 0 0 .000 10 2 .833 52 70 Providence 0 0 .000 10 3 .769 243 69 Seton Hall 0 0 .000 6 7 .462 349 54 Connecticut 0 0 .000 5 9 .357 347 80

Our RPI suffers from my decision to schedule three brand-new Division I teams. I fully expect it to improve now that we're playing against the Big East.

Code:
2039 New England Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige -------------------------------------------------------- Amherst 0 0 .000 3 8 .273 212 18 Williams 0 0 .000 3 9 .250 291 20 Bowdoin 0 0 .000 3 8 .273 319 24 Colby 0 0 .000 1 10 .091 261 19 Tufts 0 0 .000 1 10 .091 299 13 Wesleyan 0 0 .000 0 12 .000 167 10 Brandeis 0 0 .000 0 13 .000 238 9 Bates 0 0 .000 0 11 .000 248 21 Middlebury 0 0 .000 0 12 .000 371 12
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2039 University Athletic Association Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige -------------------------------------------------------------- Rochester 0 0 .000 3 10 .231 78 24 Johns Hopkins 0 0 .000 3 8 .273 306 22 Hamilton 0 0 .000 2 11 .154 263 11 Vassar 0 0 .000 1 10 .091 188 10 Swarthmore 0 0 .000 1 11 .083 215 14 Washington & Lee 0 0 .000 1 10 .091 338 18 Haverford 0 0 .000 1 9 .100 342 16 Emory 0 0 .000 0 12 .000 308 25 Carnegie Mellon 0 0 .000 0 11 .000 372 23
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2039 Midwest Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige ------------------------------------------------------------------- Kenyon 0 0 .000 1 11 .083 185 22 Case Western Reserve 0 0 .000 1 11 .083 197 17 Carleton 0 0 .000 1 11 .083 277 15 Denison 0 0 .000 0 12 .000 116 10 Macalester 0 0 .000 0 11 .000 213 16 Grinnell 0 0 .000 0 12 .000 283 20 Chicago 0 0 .000 0 11 .000 294 25 Washington-St. Louis 0 0 .000 0 11 .000 335 25 St. Olaf 0 0 .000 0 12 .000 357 12

I deliberately tried to keep all the new teams off the bottom of the Prestige list. I wonder if they'll be able to recruit some decent incoming freshmen this year?

The most impressive victory recorded by one of the newbies has to be Amherst's 61-52 victory over local rival Massachusetts. UMass is an Atlantic 10 school with a Prestige of 58. Kenyon beat William & Mary, 63-54, and Haverford came close to upsetting Seton Hall, losing 52-45.

Carleton beat Northwestern, but that's not as impressive as it might seem. The Wildcats are horrible. They're 0-13, and you might remember them losing 84-34 to us.

The newbies' other victories have come at each other's expense, or in matchups against other low-Prestige teams from around the nation.
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Old 03-20-2024, 03:38 PM   #757
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@#1 Villanova 95, #17 Syracuse 64

26 points from Zayden Calhoun and 20 more from Tony Flaherty power us to a victory in our Big East lid-lifter.

John Cannon scores 15 off the bench. Zak Marshall (7p/11r/3b) and backup Forrest Curl (10r) play well against the Orange big men.
Record: 14-1 (1-0).


January 7, 2040
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#1 Villanova 82, Connecticut 42 --------------------------------------------------------- Connecticut (5-11, 0-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Tony Craighead C 27 2-10 1-5 3 5 0 4 5 Daniel Brown PF 28 1-5 6-6 4 14 2 3 8 Ellis Torres SF 26 3-8 1-4 0 7 1 2 7 Norris Dawkins SG 16 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 Edmond Aaron SG 12 2-4 0-0 1 2 0 4 6 Marco D'Alessio SG 34 0-3 1-3 2 4 3 1 1 Michael Voss C 21 2-3 0-0 0 2 1 1 4 N. Bazemore PG 22 2-6 0-1 1 1 1 1 4 George Diaz SF 14 1-3 3-4 1 4 1 1 5 Turnovers: 29 (T.Craighead 4, D.Brown 4, E.Torres 6, N.Dawkins 4, M.D'Alessio 4, M.Voss 1, N.Bazemore 4, G.Diaz 2) Blocked Shots: 5 (E.Torres 1, M.D'Alessio 2, M.Voss 2) Steals: 6 (T.Craighead 1, D.Brown 1, E.Aaron 1, M.Voss 1, G.Diaz 2) 3P FGs: 2-10 (N.Dawkins 0-1, E.Aaron 2-3, M.D'Alessio 0-3, N.Bazemore 0-2, G.Diaz 0-1) Villanova (15-1, 2-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 30 3-6 1-2 2 6 0 4 7 Chris Wilson PF 31 5-10 6-9 4 9 1 3 16 Tony Flaherty SF 30 6-12 1-3 5 12 6 3 13 Zayden Calhoun SG 29 6-15 0-2 2 3 3 2 14 Nick Spencer PG 31 5-15 0-0 2 2 5 0 11 Kai Smith PG 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 2 2 0 John Cannon SG 16 5-8 1-1 2 3 1 4 13 DeAndre Brown SG 5 1-2 2-2 0 1 0 0 4 Jordi Ballester PF 10 1-1 0-0 0 5 0 4 2 Forrest Curl C 9 1-1 0-0 2 4 0 2 2 Turnovers: 12 (Z.Marshall 2, T.Flaherty 1, Z.Calhoun 4, N.Spencer 1, J.Cannon 2, D.Brown 1, F.Curl 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (Z.Marshall 3, C.Wilson 3, T.Flaherty 1, J.Ballester 1, F.Curl 1) Steals: 15 (Z.Marshall 5, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 2, Z.Calhoun 2, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 1, J.Cannon 1, D.Brown 2) 3P FGs: 5-24 (T.Flaherty 0-4, Z.Calhoun 2-8, N.Spencer 1-6, K.Smith 0-1, J.Cannon 2-4, D.Brown 0-1) Player of Game: C Chris Wilson (VLNV)
What a delightfully weird, weirdly delightful team this year's Villanova Wildcats are!

We can't shoot threes, which our teams usually do very well. Our .315 percentage from behind the arc is ranked #257 in the nation. Graham Sims, at age 60, could probably shoot that well.

But boy, can we play defense! UConn isn't a great offensive team, but they usually score 20 points more than they do against us tonight.

And we're good at making two-point shots: 28-for-48 tonight. Someone must have told this year's team that it's 1990, not 2040, and the mid-range game is back in vogue.

I like the balanced scoring, and the disruptive defense of Zak Marshall with his steals and blocks.
Record: 15-1 (2-0).


January 9, 2040
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#1 Villanova 76, #3 Georgetown 66 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (16-1, 3-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 31 3-4 2-3 2 12 1 1 8 Chris Wilson PF 32 5-10 2-4 0 9 2 1 12 Tony Flaherty SF 30 5-13 2-2 2 6 2 1 12 Zayden Calhoun SG 32 7-13 0-0 4 7 5 3 15 Nick Spencer PG 19 2-7 6-6 0 1 4 4 10 Kai Smith PG 18 1-7 0-0 0 0 6 1 2 John Cannon SG 15 3-9 0-0 1 2 2 2 9 DeAndre Brown SG 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 Jordi Ballester PF 9 3-4 2-2 0 2 0 0 8 Forrest Curl C 8 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (Z.Marshall 3, C.Wilson 2, T.Flaherty 2, Z.Calhoun 3, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 3, D.Brown 2) Blocked Shots: 5 (Z.Marshall 2, C.Wilson 2, T.Flaherty 1) Steals: 11 (T.Flaherty 3, N.Spencer 2, K.Smith 5, J.Ballester 1) 3P FGs: 4-15 (T.Flaherty 0-3, Z.Calhoun 1-3, N.Spencer 0-1, K.Smith 0-4, J.Cannon 3-4) Georgetown (16-1, 2-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Adam Webb C 26 1-5 1-2 2 13 2 2 4 J. Sanders, Jr. PF 23 5-8 0-0 2 4 4 4 10 Tadgh Phelan SF 28 5-11 0-0 0 2 3 2 13 Josh Medley SG 29 8-12 0-0 0 4 5 0 19 Gus Dean PG 25 2-5 1-1 0 0 1 0 5 Jerry King C 23 1-7 0-0 0 7 1 4 2 Edgar Beck SF 23 2-10 1-4 0 1 1 1 6 Phoenix Underwood PF 7 2-5 0-0 3 3 0 1 4 Gregory Mendez PG 15 1-2 0-0 0 3 2 2 3 Turnovers: 20 (A.Webb 3, J.Sanders, Jr. 1, T.Phelan 3, J.Medley 5, G.Dean 1, E.Beck 4, G.Mendez 3) Blocked Shots: 7 (J.Sanders, Jr. 3, J.King 3, E.Beck 1) Steals: 7 (J.Sanders, Jr. 1, T.Phelan 2, G.Dean 2, J.King 1, G.Mendez 1) 3P FGs: 9-23 (A.Webb 1-1, T.Phelan 3-5, J.Medley 3-5, G.Dean 0-3, J.King 0-2, E.Beck 1-5, G.Mendez 1-2) Player of Game: SF Zayden Calhoun (VLNV)
This year's formula for success works well against Georgetown tonight, too.

We hold James Sanders, Jr., who has taken his offensive game to a new level this year, to 10 points, just over half his season's average. Josh Medley gets his points, but we force him into 5 turnovers. With the exception of John Cannon, we fling bricks from behind the arc. But we do everything else well, and we end up with a big road win.
Record: 16-1 (3-0).


January 11, 2040
@#1 Villanova 71, #2 Boston College 50

Two nights after we beat the #3 team in the nation, we welcome the #2 team to Wawa Arena. It's a matchup between the two most efficient defenses in college basketball, and ours has the upper hand tonight.

We play at a fast pace, taking 70 shots to UConn's 49. We revert to launching lots of threes (33) and make only 10 of them. Only two Wildcats--Zayden Calhoun (19p/6r) and Nick Spencer (16p) score in double figures. But we win the turnover battle, 22-9, and Chris Wilson turns back 4 shots.

It's been a wild two weeks, but we emerge from them in excellent shape.
Record: 17-1 (4-0).
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Old 03-20-2024, 04:14 PM   #758
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#1 Villanova 79, @Seton Hall 62

We defeat the Pirates and put up 79 points without making a single three-point basket. Our accuracy from the free throw line (11-for-13, almost 85 percent) and on two-point field goal attempts (34-for-59, almost 58 percent) make up for our 0-for-13 performance from long range.

Tony Flaherty leads us with 23 points; Nick Spencer and Zayden Calhoun score 10 each. Playing 28 minutes in relief of a foul-plagued Chris Wilson, Jordi Ballester scores 8 points with 11 boards.
Record: 18-1 (5-0).


January 23, 2040
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#1 Villanova 96, #8 Pittsburgh 88 --------------------------------------------------------- Pittsburgh (17-4, 4-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Amir Kirk C 28 3-14 3-4 4 10 2 1 9 Tad Dupuis PF 36 4-9 0-1 3 7 0 4 8 Broderick Boone SF 23 5-7 1-1 1 5 0 1 13 Tanner McLaughlin SG 36 6-8 0-0 1 4 3 4 14 Roland Goodnight PG 34 7-8 4-5 1 2 5 1 23 Carl Bias PF 15 3-5 6-7 2 3 1 1 12 Steven Mertens PG 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Kenneth McGee SF 12 2-3 2-4 2 5 1 1 7 Chris Brundage PF 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Raphael Ramos SF 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Luigi Woods C 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 25 (A.Kirk 4, T.Dupuis 2, B.Boone 5, T.McLaughlin 3, R.Goodnight 5, C.Bias 1, S.Mertens 3, K.McGee 2) Blocked Shots: 3 (A.Kirk 2, T.Dupuis 1) Steals: 2 (T.McLaughlin 1, C.Brundage 1) 3P FGs: 10-18 (A.Kirk 0-1, T.Dupuis 0-1, B.Boone 2-4, T.McLaughlin 2-4, R.Goodnight 5-5, K.McGee 1-2, R.Ramos 0-1) Villanova (19-1, 6-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 21 2-5 0-0 0 3 1 4 4 Chris Wilson PF 28 3-8 3-4 1 4 0 4 9 Tony Flaherty SF 34 14-18 2-2 2 7 5 2 33 Zayden Calhoun SG 31 9-18 2-5 1 3 7 3 23 Nick Spencer PG 32 5-8 2-2 1 3 8 2 13 Kai Smith PG 8 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 0 0 John Cannon SG 13 4-7 0-0 0 0 2 3 10 DeAndre Brown SG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Jordi Ballester PF 21 1-3 0-0 2 4 2 3 2 Forrest Curl C 10 1-1 0-0 1 2 1 0 2 Derek Lamb PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 12 (Z.Marshall 3, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 4, Z.Calhoun 3, N.Spencer 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (Z.Marshall 3, C.Wilson 3, N.Spencer 1) Steals: 15 (T.Flaherty 6, Z.Calhoun 2, N.Spencer 3, K.Smith 1, J.Cannon 1, D.Brown 1, F.Curl 1) 3P FGs: 9-14 (T.Flaherty 3-3, Z.Calhoun 3-7, N.Spencer 1-1, J.Cannon 2-3) Player of Game: SF Tony Flaherty (VLNV)
Tony Flaherty plays the best game of his career to date, and we knock off the Panthers in a high-scoring, exciting contest.

Tony does more than a bit of everything tonight; he scores 33 points, grabs 7 rebounds, hands out 5 assists, and makes 6 steals. No wonder he's expected to hear his name called early on Draft Night this April. (Yes, I'm resigned to the fact Tony will be leaving us this spring.)

Unselfish play (28 assists), active defense (25 forced turnovers) and surprising accuracy from three-point land are important keys to an important victory.
Record: 19-1 (6-0).


January 25, 2040
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#1 Villanova 104, Providence 94 ---------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (20-1, 7-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 32 3-5 1-1 1 8 4 3 7 Chris Wilson PF 32 9-15 9-10 3 8 1 1 27 Tony Flaherty SF 34 6-16 4-6 1 7 6 2 16 Zayden Calhoun SG 31 9-15 5-5 3 9 6 3 27 Nick Spencer PG 32 6-10 4-5 1 4 4 4 19 Kai Smith PG 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 1 0 John Cannon SG 14 1-3 0-0 0 1 2 2 2 Jordi Ballester PF 14 3-4 0-0 1 3 0 1 6 Forrest Curl C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (C.Wilson 3, T.Flaherty 3, Z.Calhoun 5, J.Cannon 4) Blocked Shots: 6 (Z.Marshall 2, C.Wilson 2, T.Flaherty 1, Z.Calhoun 1) Steals: 8 (C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 1, Z.Calhoun 4, N.Spencer 1, J.Cannon 1) 3P FGs: 7-19 (Z.Marshall 0-2, T.Flaherty 0-5, Z.Calhoun 4-7, N.Spencer 3-4, J.Cannon 0-1) Providence (13-7, 2-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Johann Grillmaier C 29 5-10 4-5 1 5 0 3 14 Jimmmy Sewell PF 21 3-5 0-0 2 5 1 5 6 Keenan Ober SF 26 11-17 4-4 0 5 2 2 31 Charles Carmona SG 30 6-8 0-0 0 5 3 2 15 Joseph Roney PG 30 2-8 3-4 0 2 6 3 9 Jonas Trainor PG 19 1-3 4-6 0 0 4 0 6 Kevin Wilmot SF 14 1-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 Roger Turnbull SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Saul Gerber PF 24 4-6 1-1 2 8 2 2 9 Jaime Gonsalez PF 6 1-1 0-0 1 1 1 2 2 Turnovers: 15 (J.Grillmaier 1, J.Sewell 1, K.Ober 1, C.Carmona 2, J.Roney 8, J.Trainor 1, K.Wilmot 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (S.Gerber 2) Steals: 6 (J.Sewell 1, K.Ober 2, C.Carmona 1, J.Trainor 1, J.Gonsalez 1) 3P FGs: 10-18 (K.Ober 5-8, C.Carmona 3-5, J.Roney 2-5) Player of Game: SF Zayden Calhoun (VLNV)
Now it's time for Chris Wilson and Zayden Calhoun to play the heroes, scoring 27 points each and impacting the game in other ways, too.

We're 23-for-27 from the charity stripe and 30-for-50 on our two-point shots. Toss in a decent number of threes, and we manage to outscore Providence on a night when the Friars' offense is hitting on all cylinders.

We're finding a lot of different ways to win this season.
Record: 20-1 (7-0).
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#1 Villanova 80, @Connecticut 63
The hapless Huskies remain winless in Big East competition, as we deliver a confident performance up in Hartford.

Zayden Calhoun scores 24 points, with Chris Wilson and Tony Flaherty adding 15 each. Nick Spencer scores 10 with 8 assists, and Zak Marshall finishes with 8 points and 8 boards.
Record: 21-1 (8-0).


February 4, 2040
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#1 Villanova 86, St. John's 78 --------------------------------------------------------- St. John's (17-6, 4-5): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Miskin C 31 2-6 0-0 2 12 1 1 4 Erik Thomason PF 30 5-11 6-7 3 6 1 3 16 James Boucher SF 26 5-11 2-2 2 6 2 4 14 Wilmer Jackson SG 34 3-7 2-2 0 1 3 0 8 David Culver PG 33 6-8 3-4 0 3 6 0 18 Andy Womack SF 22 5-9 3-4 0 3 1 0 14 Tony Price PG 6 0-1 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 James Pfaff SG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 John Garcia C 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 4 0 Michael Hall SF 5 1-3 1-2 0 0 1 1 4 Turnovers: 19 (E.Thomason 4, J.Boucher 3, W.Jackson 6, D.Culver 2, A.Womack 3, J.Garcia 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (C.Miskin 5, J.Boucher 1) Steals: 7 (C.Miskin 1, J.Boucher 2, W.Jackson 1, D.Culver 2, A.Womack 1) 3P FGs: 7-14 (J.Boucher 2-3, W.Jackson 0-2, D.Culver 3-3, A.Womack 1-2, T.Price 0-1, J.Garcia 0-1, M.Hall 1-2) Villanova (22-1, 9-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 31 4-8 5-7 1 6 0 1 13 Chris Wilson PF 23 7-11 0-0 1 5 0 4 14 Tony Flaherty SF 33 4-8 3-4 1 5 8 3 12 Zayden Calhoun SG 33 10-16 0-0 3 6 5 3 23 Nick Spencer PG 23 2-7 1-1 1 2 5 4 5 Kai Smith PG 14 1-3 0-0 0 0 3 1 2 John Cannon SG 12 0-3 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 DeAndre Brown SG 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Jordi Ballester PF 19 6-7 1-3 2 10 2 1 13 Forrest Curl C 7 1-2 0-2 0 1 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 15 (C.Wilson 2, T.Flaherty 5, Z.Calhoun 5, K.Smith 2, J.Cannon 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (Z.Marshall 5, C.Wilson 1) Steals: 9 (Z.Marshall 1, T.Flaherty 1, Z.Calhoun 2, N.Spencer 3, K.Smith 2) 3P FGs: 4-9 (T.Flaherty 1-1, Z.Calhoun 3-5, N.Spencer 0-3) Player of Game: SF Zayden Calhoun (VLNV)
Zayden Calhoun becomes the tenth player in Villanova history to score at least 1500 career points, leading us to victory over St. John's at Wawa Arena. Z achieves this milestone in only 97 games.

Plenty of Zayden's teammates play well on his special night, especially his friend and classmate Jordi Ballester. No longer unhappy about his situation at Villanova, Jordi is enjoying a fine season; he's making 55 percent of his shots and is our most productive rebounder on a per minute basis, by far.
Record: 22-1 (9-0).


February 6, 2040
#1 Villanova 88, @Syracuse 70

We erase a 2-for-13 nightmare from three-point distance by grabbing 50 rebounds and making most of our other shots.

Tony Flaherty packs 19 points and 3 blocks into 18 minutes before foul trouble catches up with him. Zayden Calhoun (14p/7r/4a), Zak Marshall (11p/11r), Chris Wilson (11p/8r/3b), and Jordi Ballester (6p/9r) also distinguish themselves.
Record: 23-1 (10-0).


February 8, 2040
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#1 Villanova 75, #2 Georgetown 55 --------------------------------------------------------- Georgetown (22-2, 8-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Adam Webb C 25 1-4 3-4 0 5 2 2 5 J. Sanders, Jr. PF 29 4-10 0-0 1 6 2 1 8 Tadgh Phelan SF 21 2-4 0-1 2 6 0 4 5 Josh Medley SG 28 5-9 2-2 1 6 2 3 14 Gus Dean PG 25 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 Edgar Beck SF 30 3-17 3-3 4 8 3 3 11 Phoenix Underwood PF 12 3-5 2-3 1 2 1 0 8 Jerry King C 13 0-4 0-0 0 4 0 1 0 Otto Harrold PG 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 1 0 4 Barry Barrick PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (A.Webb 1, J.Sanders, Jr. 2, T.Phelan 2, J.Medley 9, G.Dean 2, E.Beck 2, P.Underwood 1, O.Harrold 2) Blocked Shots: 5 (A.Webb 2, J.Sanders, Jr. 2, G.Dean 1) Steals: 4 (A.Webb 1, E.Beck 2, J.King 1) 3P FGs: 5-16 (T.Phelan 1-1, J.Medley 2-3, G.Dean 0-1, E.Beck 2-8, J.King 0-2, O.Harrold 0-1) Villanova (24-1, 11-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 25 1-4 0-0 2 12 0 4 2 Chris Wilson PF 29 5-8 1-3 3 8 1 1 11 Tony Flaherty SF 29 6-23 2-2 1 8 7 1 16 Zayden Calhoun SG 24 6-9 1-2 1 5 6 3 15 Nick Spencer PG 27 3-10 0-0 0 1 5 1 6 Kai Smith PG 13 3-4 2-2 0 0 1 1 8 DeAndre Brown SG 18 4-5 0-0 1 2 1 2 8 John Cannon SG 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 Jordi Ballester PF 19 2-4 3-4 0 2 1 1 7 Forrest Curl C 8 1-2 0-0 1 2 0 1 2 Turnovers: 9 (Z.Marshall 4, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 1, Z.Calhoun 1, N.Spencer 1, J.Cannon 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (Z.Marshall 2, C.Wilson 4, T.Flaherty 1, K.Smith 1, D.Brown 1) Steals: 10 (C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 4, Z.Calhoun 1, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 1, D.Brown 1, J.Ballester 1) 3P FGs: 4-14 (T.Flaherty 2-6, Z.Calhoun 2-3, N.Spencer 0-4, K.Smith 0-1) Player of Game: SF Zayden Calhoun (VLNV)
We complete a sweep of our regular season contests against Georgetown. Those two losses are the only ones the Hoyas have suffered.

Have you noticed how often Zayden Calhoun is the Player of the Game in our most important contests? Not for nothing has he been nicknamed Z-Money. Tonight, he scores 15 points on only 9 shots, making other contributions and turning the ball over only once.

And, on a night when his shot isn't falling, Tony Flaherty finds other ways to help us win.

In other news: Unless Lafayette can win the East Coast Conference tournament, they might fail to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 26 years. The Leopards have a 16-8 record, 7-3 in conference play; Lehigh is right behind them at 6-4.

Villanova last missed the Big Dance in 2024/25.
Record: 24-1 (11-0).

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February 13, 2040
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#1 Villanova 85, #4 Boston College 74 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (25-1, 12-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 23 1-3 1-2 1 8 0 4 3 Chris Wilson PF 29 4-9 2-2 1 6 1 2 10 Tony Flaherty SF 32 8-19 4-4 2 5 7 1 23 Zayden Calhoun SG 30 7-12 3-3 1 5 6 2 21 Nick Spencer PG 29 3-6 0-0 1 3 2 3 7 Kai Smith PG 11 1-4 2-2 0 0 3 0 5 DeAndre Brown SG 14 2-3 1-2 0 2 1 0 6 John Cannon SF 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Jordi Ballester PF 21 4-6 0-0 3 7 2 2 8 Forrest Curl C 8 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 Turnovers: 16 (Z.Marshall 2, C.Wilson 3, T.Flaherty 5, Z.Calhoun 4, K.Smith 1, D.Brown 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (Z.Marshall 1, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 2, J.Ballester 1) Steals: 6 (T.Flaherty 2, Z.Calhoun 1, N.Spencer 1, D.Brown 1, J.Cannon 1) 3P FGs: 10-16 (T.Flaherty 3-4, Z.Calhoun 4-6, N.Spencer 1-2, K.Smith 1-3, D.Brown 1-1) Boston College (21-4, 8-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts David Getty C 35 5-15 6-6 3 5 3 0 17 Patya Bure PF 23 1-5 1-2 1 2 0 4 3 Teddy Wine SF 27 6-12 2-2 3 7 2 2 14 Max Fall SG 27 4-7 0-0 0 5 3 1 10 Gary Fairfield PG 26 5-10 0-0 1 5 5 4 11 Abe Gunderson C 22 2-3 0-0 0 4 0 0 4 Mervin Hutchison SF 12 3-3 3-5 0 1 0 1 9 Chris Pless C 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Lenny Mitchum SG 23 3-8 0-0 0 3 2 1 6 Gary Jordan PG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 14 (D.Getty 1, P.Bure 1, T.Wine 1, M.Fall 5, G.Fairfield 1, A.Gunderson 1, L.Mitchum 3, G.Jordan 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.Getty 2, A.Gunderson 1, L.Mitchum 1) Steals: 7 (D.Getty 1, T.Wine 1, M.Fall 2, A.Gunderson 2, L.Mitchum 1) 3P FGs: 4-15 (D.Getty 1-2, M.Fall 2-4, G.Fairfield 1-3, A.Gunderson 0-1, L.Mitchum 0-5) Player of Game: SF Tony Flaherty (VLNV)
It's a very important win for us, at a place where it's very hard for opposing teams to find much happiness. The Eagles entered tonight's game 15-1 at the Conte Forum, and they lead, 41-38, at the half before Zayden Calhoun and Tony Flaherty take control of the game.

Tony buries all 3 of the triples he attempts in the second half, and Zayden goes 5-for-6 from the field, including 3 treys of his own.

The victory is the 900th of Graham Sims' distinguished career; his lifetime record now stands at 900-144.
Record: 25-1 (12-0).


February 15, 2040
@#1 Villanova 101, Seton Hall 56

Tonight belongs to Zayden Calhoun, who scorches the Pirates for 38 points. Z ties a career high, which he set one year and one day ago. Only Mason Reynolds' 52-point masterpiece in 2035 ranks higher. He supplements his scoring with 9 rebounds, too.

Chris Wilson (22p/5a/5r/3b), Tony Flaherty (13p/6a/3s), Zak Marshall (9p/10r/4b), and Nick Spencer (9p/6a) play strong supporting roles.

For the second straight game, we shoot well from long range, making 7 of our 15 three-point tries.
Record: 26-1 (13-0).


February 22, 2040
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#1 Villanova 74, #8 Pittsburgh 70 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (27-1, 14-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 30 1-4 6-6 1 5 2 0 8 Chris Wilson PF 31 3-5 4-6 1 8 2 2 10 Tony Flaherty SF 32 10-15 2-2 2 5 3 3 23 Zayden Calhoun SG 31 6-13 0-0 0 5 7 3 13 Nick Spencer PG 29 5-10 4-4 0 0 4 4 15 Kai Smith PG 11 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 0 0 DeAndre Brown SG 13 1-2 0-0 0 3 1 2 2 John Cannon SF 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 Jordi Ballester PF 14 0-1 0-0 0 2 1 1 0 Forrest Curl C 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 20 (Z.Marshall 1, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 5, Z.Calhoun 3, N.Spencer 8, K.Smith 1, D.Brown 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (Z.Marshall 5, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 1, D.Brown 1) Steals: 9 (Z.Marshall 2, T.Flaherty 1, Z.Calhoun 1, N.Spencer 3, K.Smith 1, D.Brown 1) 3P FGs: 4-9 (T.Flaherty 1-1, Z.Calhoun 1-3, N.Spencer 1-4, J.Cannon 1-1) Pittsburgh (20-9, 7-7): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Amir Kirk C 17 1-7 0-0 1 6 0 4 2 Tad Dupuis C 35 2-4 0-0 2 6 1 2 4 Broderick Boone SF 23 2-8 0-0 2 3 1 0 4 Tanner McLaughlin SG 35 9-14 2-3 2 5 4 2 24 Roland Goodnight PG 33 6-12 1-2 0 3 6 3 16 Carl Bias PF 15 2-3 0-0 1 2 2 1 4 Steven Mertens PG 10 2-3 0-1 0 0 1 1 4 Kenneth McGee SF 13 2-3 0-0 0 1 0 3 5 Chris Brundage PF 16 2-6 0-0 1 3 0 2 4 Raphael Ramos SF 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Luigi Woods C 2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 Turnovers: 19 (A.Kirk 3, T.Dupuis 2, B.Boone 1, T.McLaughlin 3, R.Goodnight 6, C.Bias 1, S.Mertens 1, K.McGee 2) Blocked Shots: 2 (T.McLaughlin 2) Steals: 6 (B.Boone 1, T.McLaughlin 2, R.Goodnight 2, K.McGee 1) 3P FGs: 8-23 (B.Boone 0-4, T.McLaughlin 4-7, R.Goodnight 3-9, C.Bias 0-1, K.McGee 1-2) Player of Game: SF Tony Flaherty (VLNV)
We clinch the Big East regular season title with a win against our cross-state rival. Such is the caliber of this year's Big East that the #8 team in the country has a 7-6 record in conference play.

We fall behind by as many as eight points in the first half, and trail 48-41 at the intermission. An 8-0 run after the break gives us the lead, and while the Panthers cut that lead to a single point with two minutes remaining, we never relinquish it again.

Tanner McLaughlin, whom we recruited as a high school senior, plays a very good game against us, but we counter with an assertive performance from Tony Flaherty.

The Panthers defend our shooters well, denying us open three-pointers, but we make 4 of the 9 we do take.
Record: 27-1 (14-0).


February 29, 2040
#1 Villanova 70, @St. John's 52

The Johnnies have no answer for Zayden Calhoun, who hits 4 of his 8 three-point tries and scores 30 points, while a spirited team effort on defense holds the home team to 52.

Tony Flaherty (10p/5r/5a/2b) and DeAndre Brown (10 points in 14 minutes) are the only other Wildcats in double figures. Zak Marshall (8r/5b) and Chris Wilson (6r/3b) patrol the paint effectively.
Record: 28-1 (15-0).


March 3, 2040
@#1 Villanova 78, Providence 49

We complete a perfect regular season in the Big East with a Senior Day victory over the Friars.

The team's only senior is walk-on Derek Lamb. Derek starts, and plays 20 minutes; he's a perfect 2-for-2 from the floor and 1-for-1 from the line, he grabs 2 rebounds, and makes a steal. The 6'6" forward also blocks 3 shots.

Zayden Calhoun, almost certainly playing his final game at Wawa Arena, too, picks up where he left off and scores 27 points. Z adds 11 rebounds and 2 steals.

Zak Marshall (11p/12r/3b) and Chris Wilson (12p/4r), who yields his starting spot to Derek, are effective, and so are backcourt pests Nick Spencer (4s), Kai Smith (2s) and DeAndre Brown (3s).
Record: 29-1 (16-0).

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Connecticut, who beat Seton Hall in the play-in game, will be our first opponent in the Big East tournament.

Big East Tournament, Second Round
(1) #1 Villanova 97, (9) Connecticut 61

We discover some of our old three-point magic, sinking 11 of 22 from behind the arc in a decisive victory.

Zayden Calhoun (21p/6a/4r/5s), Nick Spencer (18p/4a/3r/3s), Nick Flaherty (16p/8r/3b), Chris Wilson (13p/9r), and Zak Marshall (8p/9r/5b) enjoy strong outings.
Record: 30-1.


March 10, 2040
Big East Tournament Semifinal
(1) #1 Villanova 98, (5) Syracuse 73

Zayden Calhoun scores 26 as we advance to the Big East championship game.

Z receives quality help from Nick Spencer, who scores 12 points, makes 6 steals, and hands out a career-high 13 assists; Zak Marshall, who posts a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double with 3 blocks; and Tony Flaherty, who combines 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

Meanwhile, it appears Lafayette's ticket to the Big Dance has been snatched away. They lose to Rider, 85-80, in the semifinal of the East Coast Conference tourney. With a 19-10 record and an RPI of 109, they'll almost certainly find themselves NIT-bound.
Record: 31-1.


March 11, 2040
Big East Tournament Championship

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#1 Villanova 104, #3 Georgetown 89 --------------------------------------------------------- Georgetown (29-5, 12-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Adam Webb C 23 3-5 0-0 1 3 2 4 6 J. Sanders, Jr. PF 31 5-13 7-7 3 9 0 4 17 Tadgh Phelan SF 28 7-14 5-5 2 7 3 2 20 Josh Medley SG 33 5-14 0-0 1 3 5 1 11 Gus Dean PG 25 4-11 2-2 3 4 4 2 11 Jerry King C 23 2-3 1-2 3 8 1 2 6 Phoenix Underwood SF 17 3-5 1-2 0 2 2 3 7 Gregory Mendez PG 18 3-6 2-2 0 3 5 2 8 Otto Harrold PG 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 3 Barry Barrick PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 18 (A.Webb 2, J.Sanders, Jr. 1, J.Medley 9, G.Dean 4, J.King 1, P.Underwood 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (A.Webb 2, J.Sanders, Jr. 1, J.Medley 1, J.King 1) Steals: 8 (T.Phelan 1, J.Medley 3, G.Dean 4) 3P FGs: 5-25 (T.Phelan 1-6, J.Medley 1-6, G.Dean 1-6, J.King 1-2, G.Mendez 0-3, O.Harrold 1-2) Villanova (32-1, 16-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 29 4-7 1-2 1 8 1 4 9 Chris Wilson PF 35 7-11 7-11 3 11 4 1 21 Tony Flaherty SF 32 7-15 1-2 2 7 8 2 15 Zayden Calhoun SG 32 14-21 0-0 3 6 6 3 36 Nick Spencer PG 32 6-10 2-2 1 2 7 1 16 Kai Smith PG 14 1-4 0-0 0 0 6 3 2 DeAndre Brown SG 8 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 0 1 John Cannon SF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Jordi Ballester PF 14 2-3 0-1 0 3 0 2 4 Forrest Curl C 1 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (Z.Marshall 1, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 6, Z.Calhoun 3, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 2, D.Brown 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (Z.Marshall 1, T.Flaherty 3, Z.Calhoun 2, D.Brown 1) Steals: 10 (C.Wilson 2, Z.Calhoun 3, K.Smith 2, D.Brown 3) 3P FGs: 10-18 (T.Flaherty 0-2, Z.Calhoun 8-10, N.Spencer 2-4, K.Smith 0-2) Player of Game: SG Zayden Calhoun (VLNV)
Once again, Zayden Calhoun plays his best basketball when the stakes are highest, powering us to the Big East tournament championship. Look carefully at the box score, and you'll see how much he does to help us win, besides scoring those 36 points.

Graham's teams have now won seven Big East tournament championships.
Record: 32-1.
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I had to share this Cinderella story from the Midwest Conference, one of the three home-made leagues I added to my game.

Grinnell was one of the two or three worst teams among the 374 in my version of Division I. The Pioneers finished the regular season with a 5-24 record. In the final week of the regular season, they showed signs of life, winning 48-21(!!) at Denison and 70-52 at home against St. Olaf. Even with those victories, Grinnell found themselves in the Midwest tournament play-in game, facing 8th-place Carleton.

The Pioneers won that game, 62-52, behind 16 points from Anibal Hargis and 15 from Tyree Lindholm. That earned them a shot at top-seed Washington-St. Louis, who had rolled to a 13-3 mark in conference play.

Forward Garry Meyer struck for 18 points--almost double his team-high 9.7 PPG--as the Pioneers shocked the Bears, 69-58. Lindholm added 12 points.

Next up was Chicago, led by Reno Dutra, the league's top scorer. Dutra scored his usual 15 points, but the Pioneers controlled the other Maroons and won, 62-52. Meyer and sixth man Lynwood Garner scored 11 points, and Lindholm completed a double-double (10p/10r).

Cinderella had one dance left on her card: a date with Case Western Reserve. The prize would be a trip to the biggest Dance of all.
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(9) Grinnell 82, (3) Case Western Reserve 74 --------------------------------------------------------- Case Western Reserve (11-21, 8-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jamey Bergman C 20 5-6 1-2 3 5 0 5 11 Barrett Mills PF 28 2-3 0-3 0 1 1 2 5 Ambrose Stamm SF 29 11-19 2-4 3 5 1 2 26 Everette Kidwell SG 29 1-4 1-2 0 1 2 0 4 Brian Lemmon PG 32 5-11 1-2 1 3 6 4 11 Myron Anderson C 27 3-6 4-7 3 4 0 4 10 King Gould SF 16 2-7 0-0 1 3 2 0 5 George Jones SG 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Jonathan Bly PF 12 0-1 0-0 1 3 0 2 0 Turnovers: 6 (J.Bergman 1, B.Mills 1, A.Stamm 1, E.Kidwell 1, M.Anderson 1, J.Bly 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (J.Bergman 1, J.Bly 1) Steals: 8 (J.Bergman 3, A.Stamm 1, M.Anderson 2, K.Gould 2) 3P FGs: 5-14 (B.Mills 1-1, A.Stamm 2-5, E.Kidwell 1-3, B.Lemmon 0-1, K.Gould 1-3, G.Jones 0-1) Grinnell (9-24, 5-11): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Anibal Hargis C 31 7-10 0-0 2 7 4 4 14 Gary Moran PF 31 4-6 6-7 2 7 2 1 14 Garry Meyer SF 26 6-7 1-3 1 2 2 1 17 Parker Hood SG 17 0-1 4-7 1 2 1 4 4 Tyree Lindholm PG 27 1-5 0-0 1 3 2 4 2 Lynwood Garner PG 19 3-5 3-4 0 5 1 3 9 Kurt Roberts PG 26 4-9 4-4 2 4 2 1 12 Alfredo Hall SF 10 1-1 2-2 1 2 2 0 4 Timothy Bucci PF 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 Timothy Jennette C 8 2-2 0-1 1 1 0 0 4 Turnovers: 14 (A.Hargis 3, G.Moran 4, G.Meyer 2, P.Hood 1, T.Lindholm 1, L.Garner 1, K.Roberts 1, T.Bucci 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (A.Hargis 2, T.Lindholm 1, K.Roberts 2) Steals: 5 (A.Hargis 1, L.Garner 2, A.Hall 1, T.Bucci 1) 3P FGs: 4-6 (G.Meyer 4-5, K.Roberts 0-1) Player of Game: SG Garry Meyer (GRIN)
Case Western led, 45-40, at the half, but Grinnell stormed back to capture the Midwest Conference tournament!

The Pioneers will face Bowdoin, the winner of the New England Conference tourney, in a First Four matchup.

Guess who the winner will play in the first round of the tournament proper...?

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We're seeded first in the East Region once again, and the other top seeds are Georgetown (West), Duke (Midwest), and Kentucky (South). You'll remember that Duke was the team that handed us our only defeat of the season.

March 13, 2040
NCAA East Region Play-In Game

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(16a) Grinnell 42, (16b) Bowdoin 41 --------------------------------------------------------- Grinnell (10-24, 5-11): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Anibal Hargis C 34 1-4 0-0 3 8 2 4 2 Gary Moran PF 28 4-5 2-4 1 9 0 5 10 Garry Meyer SF 28 4-10 3-6 1 2 1 1 12 Parker Hood SG 33 2-5 1-2 1 5 0 1 7 Tyree Lindholm PG 30 1-4 0-0 0 3 4 2 2 Lynwood Garner PG 17 3-5 0-0 0 1 0 2 7 Kurt Roberts PF 19 0-1 2-2 0 1 2 1 2 Alfredo Hall SF 5 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 Timothy Bucci PF 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Timothy Jennette C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 23 (A.Hargis 3, G.Moran 4, G.Meyer 2, P.Hood 4, T.Lindholm 3, L.Garner 4, K.Roberts 2, T.Jennette 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (A.Hargis 2, L.Garner 1) Steals: 4 (A.Hargis 1, P.Hood 2, T.Lindholm 1) 3P FGs: 4-11 (G.Meyer 1-3, P.Hood 2-4, T.Lindholm 0-2, L.Garner 1-2) Bowdoin (14-19, 8-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Joe Rowles C 27 0-4 0-0 4 10 0 2 0 Gavin Pilkington PF 27 1-6 2-3 1 3 1 2 4 David Eberhardt SF 29 1-6 0-0 1 4 1 4 2 Carl Resendez SG 30 3-13 0-0 4 7 3 2 6 Darron Lacombe PG 32 5-11 3-4 1 2 2 0 13 Henry Cassel SF 26 4-9 1-2 1 2 0 3 9 Chris Lewis PG 11 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Luis Fortner C 13 2-4 1-1 1 3 2 3 6 David Hatch PG 4 0-1 1-2 1 1 0 0 1 Gavin Harris SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (G.Pilkington 2, D.Eberhardt 1, C.Resendez 2, D.Lacombe 2, H.Cassel 5, C.Lewis 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (J.Rowles 1, D.Eberhardt 1, H.Cassel 2) Steals: 8 (D.Eberhardt 2, C.Resendez 3, D.Lacombe 3) 3P FGs: 1-14 (D.Eberhardt 0-1, C.Resendez 0-5, D.Lacombe 0-4, H.Cassel 0-2, L.Fortner 1-2) Player of Game: PG Darron Lacombe (BOWD)
I wish I'd saved the log of this game. I want so much to know how it ended! In my head-canon, the Pioneers win it with a buzzer-beating three, perhaps by Parker Hood. Parker hasn't had a chance to be a hero yet.

The Cinderella from the Hawkeye State advances into the tournament proper, where they'll meet Graham Sims' mighty Villanova Wildcats.
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(1) #1 Villanova 80, (16) Grinnell 42 -------------------------------------------------------- Grinnell (10-25, 5-11): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Anibal Hargis C 28 1-4 0-0 1 4 1 0 2 Gary Moran PF 27 1-6 1-1 2 5 1 3 3 Garry Meyer SF 24 3-6 0-0 1 2 0 2 8 Parker Hood SG 27 1-5 0-2 2 5 1 1 3 Tyree Lindholm PG 28 1-7 5-6 0 3 1 1 8 Lynwood Garner PG 18 1-3 2-2 1 1 0 1 4 Kurt Roberts PG 23 3-4 4-7 0 1 0 5 11 Alfredo Hall SF 11 1-1 0-0 0 2 1 2 3 Timothy Bucci PF 8 0-0 0-0 0 3 1 0 0 Timothy Jennette C 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 31 (A.Hargis 1, G.Moran 3, G.Meyer 4, P.Hood 6, T.Lindholm 5, L.Garner 3, K.Roberts 4, A.Hall 2, T.Bucci 1, T.Jennette 2) Blocked Shots: 1 (A.Hargis 1) Steals: 3 (P.Hood 1, T.Lindholm 1, T.Bucci 1) 3P FGs: 6-12 (G.Meyer 2-4, P.Hood 1-4, T.Lindholm 1-1, K.Roberts 1-2, A.Hall 1-1) Villanova (33-1, 16-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 16 0-2 0-0 1 2 0 4 0 Chris Wilson C 30 3-6 5-6 1 6 3 3 11 Tony Flaherty SF 23 5-9 0-0 2 3 3 4 10 Zayden Calhoun SG 29 11-17 3-4 4 9 3 2 29 Nick Spencer PG 30 3-10 0-0 2 3 3 3 7 Kai Smith PG 16 3-6 7-8 0 1 3 4 14 DeAndre Brown SG 15 0-2 0-0 1 1 0 2 0 John Cannon SF 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 David Lovett SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Jordi Ballester PF 25 3-3 1-2 3 9 1 1 7 Forrest Curl C 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 Derek Lamb PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (C.Wilson 3, T.Flaherty 1, Z.Calhoun 6, N.Spencer 1, D.Brown 1, F.Curl 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (Z.Marshall 2, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 2, J.Ballester 1) Steals: 20 (T.Flaherty 4, Z.Calhoun 5, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 4, J.Cannon 2, J.Ballester 3, F.Curl 1) 3P FGs: 6-17 (T.Flaherty 0-1, Z.Calhoun 4-6, N.Spencer 1-4, K.Smith 1-2, D.Brown 0-2, J.Cannon 0-2) Player of Game: SG Zayden Calhoun (VLNV)
I never considered playing with the depth chart the way I did against the tiny schools I scheduled during the regular season. This is the NCAA tournament. The Grinnell players are champions, men who won their conference tournament against long odds. It would be disrespectful of Graham Sims to approach this game as if it were a scrimmage.

Graham knows the Grinnell coach, Larry Adair, quite well. Coach Adair is no slouch. He's an excellent recruiter, and he has a knack for coaching offense, too. He was a member of James Sweet's staff at Duke, and had the head job at Coppin State for several years. Coach Adair welcomes the chance to match wits with a Hall of Famer like Graham, and his players look forward to opposing the Villanova stars on the court.

One day, Parker Hood can tell his grandchildren that he stole the ball from Zayden Calhoun. Anibal Hargis, a New Jersey guy who grew up rooting for Villanova, might point out that he defended Zak Marshall well enough that Zak only took two shots all game, and he blocked one of them. Kurt Roberts will fondly remember the night he came off the bench and scored 11 points against Villanova in the NCAA tournament.

The handshake line at the end of the game is cordial. "I respect what those guys did to get here," Zayden says after the game. They won four games in their conference tournament and a play-in game. All of them are freshmen. I wished them luck for next season. I hope they make it back here next year."
Record: 33-1.


March 18, 2040
NCAA East Region, Second Round
(1) #1 Villanova 82, (8) California 52

The Golden Bears feature sophomore guard Chris Glassman, who was the #1 recruit in his high school class. Glassman can play--he averaged almost 18 PPG this year--and he scores 16 against us today.

We hold every other Cal player to single digits, however, and Zayden Calhoun stays in form; he hits 29 points for the second straight game.

Tony Flaherty (17p/8r/4s), DeAndre Brown (10p/5r), and Zak Marshall (6p/13r/3b) also play particularly well.
Record: 34-1.


March 23, 2040
NCAA East Region Semifinal: the Sweet Sixteen
(1) #1 Villanova 82, (4) #25 Maryland 60

If this NCAA tournament is Zayden Calhoun's last ride, he's making it a memorable one. The junior wing pours in 27 points to lead us to a place in the East Region final. He adds 5 assists, tying Kai Smith for the team high in that category, too.

His classmate Tony Flaherty, who is also likely to declare for the draft following the tournament, scores 19 with 3 steals. Zac Marshall scores 8 points and grabs 9 boards.
Record: 35-1.


March 25, 2040
NCAA East Region Final: the Elite Eight
(1) #1 Villanova 84, (7) Syracuse 60

The Orange make it to the region final, upsetting two better seeds along the way, but they can't make it past us. We defeat the Orange for the third time this season, and punch our ticket to the Final Four.

Zayden Calhoun faces especially tenacious defense and is held to 10 points, but reserve John Cannon picks up the slack with 24. Fellow second teamer Kai Smith finishes with 10; Chris Wilson scores 12 with 8 rebounds; Zak Marshall scores 8, rebounds 8 and rejects 5.

It's Villanova's eighth trip to the Final Four, and Coach Sims' tenth.
Record: 36-1.
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Top seeds Kentucky and Villanova are joined in the Final Four by two teams that very few people picked to get there.

Kansas is one of the nation's most successful programs; the Jayhawks' 831 lifetime wins ranks second only to Villanova's 849. However, they're a 9 seed this year; Blaine Boyd has coached as well as he ever has to get this flock of birds to the Final Four. They beat Duke in the second round and sent another Cinderella, Kent State, home before beating South Florida in the Elite Eight. The Jayhawks will face us in the national semifinal.

Kentucky will play Temple, a 10 seed who beat Kansas State, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Utah to get there.

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NCAA National Semifinal #1 Villanova 92, Kansas 64 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (37-1, 16-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 26 1-2 3-4 0 0 0 2 5 Chris Wilson PF 28 5-11 1-1 0 3 1 2 11 Tony Flaherty SF 30 6-7 0-0 1 9 6 1 13 Zayden Calhoun SG 24 9-14 4-4 1 2 6 4 24 Nick Spencer PG 27 7-10 1-2 1 2 6 3 16 Kai Smith PG 20 2-4 2-2 1 1 5 3 7 John Cannon SF 12 3-4 2-2 1 4 0 3 11 DeAndre Brown SG 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 Jordi Ballester PF 17 1-1 1-5 1 5 0 4 3 Forrest Curl C 9 0-1 0-1 1 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 15 (Z.Marshall 1, C.Wilson 3, T.Flaherty 1, N.Spencer 2, K.Smith 3, J.Cannon 1, D.Brown 2, J.Ballester 1, F.Curl 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (Z.Marshall 1, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 3, N.Spencer 1, J.Ballester 2) Steals: 14 (Z.Marshall 1, T.Flaherty 5, Z.Calhoun 1, N.Spencer 4, K.Smith 1, J.Cannon 1, F.Curl 1) 3P FGs: 8-14 (T.Flaherty 1-1, Z.Calhoun 2-3, N.Spencer 1-2, K.Smith 1-3, J.Cannon 3-3, D.Brown 0-2) Kansas (25-12, 7-7): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Ronald Williams C 24 3-5 1-2 0 1 0 1 7 Tyson Seagraves PF 21 1-3 3-4 1 6 1 4 5 Neal Chau SF 32 5-11 0-2 1 6 3 2 10 Timothy Seay SG 24 2-7 4-4 1 3 2 3 9 Tony Salomon PG 20 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 Myron Coleman SG 15 2-5 5-6 1 1 1 2 9 Ryan Wideman PG 24 3-4 9-12 0 3 0 1 16 Anthony Fisher SF 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Charles Andino PF 25 1-2 2-2 2 4 0 3 4 Larry Chance C 9 1-1 0-1 1 1 0 0 2 Lino Sumner PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 28 (R.Williams 2, T.Seagraves 2, N.Chau 4, T.Seay 4, T.Salomon 4, M.Coleman 4, R.Wideman 7, C.Andino 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (R.Williams 1, C.Andino 1) Steals: 2 (N.Chau 1, R.Wideman 1) 3P FGs: 2-8 (N.Chau 0-3, T.Seay 1-2, M.Coleman 0-1, R.Wideman 1-1, C.Andino 0-1) Player of Game: SF Tony Flaherty (VLNV)
Graham Sims and Blaine Boyd have been friends for years. Decades ago, they were considered among the brightest young coaches in the nation. Coach Boyd took Dayton to the Final Four in 2013, earning himself an offer from Pitt. A decade later, Coach Sims arrived at Villanova, and their friendly rivalry intensified. Coach Boyd surprised many when he left Pitt for Kansas, fresh after leading the Panthers to the 2035 national championship.

Tonight, the two coaches with a combined record of 1623-438 meet for a chance to win another NCAA title, and Graham's Wildcats come out on top.

Zayden Calhoun regains his scoring touch, but the all-round excellence of Tony Flaherty and the tenacity of the 'Nova defense, which forces 28 Kansas turnovers, are the bigger stories tonight.


April 2, 2040
NCAA Championship Game

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#1 Villanova 96, Temple 95 (OT) --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (38-1, 16-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Zak Marshall C 33 3-7 0-0 7 14 2 4 6 Chris Wilson PF 34 5-13 5-7 2 9 2 3 15 Tony Flaherty SF 33 8-17 1-3 3 8 3 3 18 Zayden Calhoun SG 31 8-19 2-2 0 6 2 4 23 Nick Spencer PG 33 3-9 2-2 1 1 5 1 9 Kai Smith PG 23 1-2 1-2 0 2 7 2 3 John Cannon SF 11 5-8 4-5 0 0 0 3 15 DeAndre Brown SG 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Jordi Ballester PF 19 2-3 1-2 1 6 0 0 5 Forrest Curl C 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 11 (Z.Marshall 1, C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 4, Z.Calhoun 1, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 1, J.Ballester 1, F.Curl 1) Blocked Shots: 13 (Z.Marshall 2, C.Wilson 5, T.Flaherty 3, K.Smith 1, J.Ballester 2) Steals: 9 (C.Wilson 1, T.Flaherty 2, Z.Calhoun 3, K.Smith 1, J.Cannon 2) 3P FGs: 8-19 (T.Flaherty 1-2, Z.Calhoun 5-11, N.Spencer 1-2, K.Smith 0-1, J.Cannon 1-3) Temple (27-11, 14-4): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Paul Waldon C 34 5-8 1-1 5 12 2 2 11 Junior Hinton PF 29 4-9 5-6 3 11 1 5 13 James Santos SF 39 7-16 2-4 1 4 0 3 20 Jeromy McGuire SG 31 6-13 0-0 1 5 3 3 12 Stevie Chesser PG 34 9-19 3-6 5 6 8 2 27 Gary West PG 16 1-2 2-2 0 4 0 1 5 Boyce Pape SG 12 1-7 0-2 1 2 1 3 3 Larry Herren PF 21 2-4 0-0 0 7 3 0 4 Dale Francis SG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 James Stallworth PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Chuck Farrington C 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 2 0 Turnovers: 15 (P.Waldon 1, J.Santos 4, J.McGuire 2, S.Chesser 3, B.Pape 3, L.Herren 2) Blocked Shots: 2 (J.Hinton 1, C.Farrington 1) Steals: 1 (L.Herren 1) 3P FGs: 12-32 (J.Santos 4-9, J.McGuire 0-2, S.Chesser 6-13, G.West 1-2, B.Pape 1-4, L.Herren 0-1, C.Farrington 0-1) Player of Game: SG Zayden Calhoun (VLNV)
Philadelphia is the center of the college basketball universe tonight, as two of its storied programs battle for a national crown.

Villanova's overtime victory over Temple gives the Wildcats program its fifth national championship. For their coach, Graham Sims, it's the sixth. Both totals are unmatched in college basketball history.

That outcome doesn't seem likely when Temple takes a 54-44 lead into the first media timeout of the second half. But the Wildcats claw their way back into the game, sparked by the shooting of John Cannon. The freshman wing hits three consecutive baskets, the last one a three-pointer, to erase the Owls' lead.

The Wildcats lead, 83-80, with eight seconds left, but James Santos drills a three-pointer from the left wing to tie the score as the buzzer sounds.

Santos has another chance to extend the game in the closing seconds of the overtime period. Zayden Calhoun slashes to the hoop and scores to give us a 96-94 lead with eight seconds left. These two points give Zayden 23 for the game, and they are, almost certainly, the final two points of his distinguished collegiate career.

The Owls advance into the frontcourt. Santos drives the baseline and misses, but there's a whistle: he's been fouled by Cannon. James is a 70 percent shooter for his three-year career. He's made one of two free throws tonight. If he makes both of these, we're probably headed for another extra period.

Two seconds remain as Santos steps to the line. His first foul shot rims out.

Santos takes a step back from the line, looking up at the ceiling, and places his hands over his face. He takes the ball back, draws a deep breath, and sinks the second. It's a tribute to his resilience, but that's no consolation for him now.

On the other sideline, Graham Sims and his Villanova players do not celebrate when Santos misses. "You don't cheer and act all hyped up when someone misses like that," senior Derek Lamb explains. "You save it for the final buzzer. Then it's time to celebrate. Not before."

When the buzzer sounds, Lamb is the first player to embrace his coach. For everyone else on the Villanova sideline, players and coaches alike, it's their first national championship.

"I'm glad we got the chance to do this again," Graham says to his player.
Record: 38-1.
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2039 OVERALL AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: JR C David Getty Boston College 19.3 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.2 APG 0.7 SPG, 4.4 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR SF Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.9 APG 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG Coach of the Year: Lance Lamb Wyoming 27 - 9 (10 - 6) All-league 1st Team: C JR David Getty Boston College 19.3 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.7 SPG, 4.4 BPG PF JR August Ray Colgate 23.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.3 BPG SF SR Ahmed Way Kentucky 18.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 3.2 SPG, 1.1 BPG SG JR Zayden Calhoun Villanova 20.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG PG JR Winford Guy Louisville 15.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C JR Charles Terry California 12.8 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.4 SPG, 4.7 BPG PF JR James Sanders, Jr. Georgetown 16.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.1 BPG SF JR Tony Flaherty Villanova 14.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.3 SPG, 1.4 BPG SG SR Matthew Matt Holy Cross 21.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG JR Frank Escobar UCLA 16.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.1 BPG All-league 3rd Team: C JR Wilber Bull West Virginia 17.0 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG PF SR Justin Hui Vanderbilt 17.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.5 BPG SF JR Kory Geis Kansas State 20.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.7 BPG SG SR Gregory Orndorff Minnesota 24.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG SR Clifford Clark Clemson 12.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 7.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.3 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Raleigh Holguin San Diego State 13.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG PF FR Vito Nagy Fresno State 8.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG SF FR Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG SG FR Devon Vetter Tulane 13.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG FR Angel Valdivia Mississippi State 11.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Zayden Calhoun becomes the third player in Villanova history to be selected to the All American first team. It's hard to believe no Wildcat earned that honor until Mason Reynolds in 2036.

I'm delighted to see Tony Flaherty join Z as an All American, lining up besides James Sanders, Jr. in the second team frontcourt.

Maybe Tadgh Phelan realized he'd have a hard time forcing either Calhoun or Flaherty out of our starting lineup, and chose Georgetown for that reason. I'm not sure if the AI for recruits is sensitive enough to evaluate their potential for playing time as freshmen.
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2039 BIG EAST AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: JR C David Getty Boston College 19.3 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.2 APG 0.7 SPG, 4.4 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR SF Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.9 APG 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG Coach of the Year: Graham Sims Villanova 38 - 1 (16 - 0) All-league 1st Team: C JR David Getty Boston College 19.3 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.7 SPG, 4.4 BPG PF JR James Sanders, Jr. Georgetown 16.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.1 BPG SF JR Tony Flaherty Villanova 14.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.3 SPG, 1.4 BPG SG JR Zayden Calhoun Villanova 20.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG PG SR Gary Fairfield Boston College 10.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.0 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C SO Zak Marshall Villanova 7.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 2.6 BPG PF SO Chris Wilson Villanova 12.5 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.7 BPG SF FR Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG SG SR Josh Medley Georgetown 15.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG SO Roland Goodnight Pittsburgh 14.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Adam Webb Georgetown 6.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.8 BPG PF FR Guy Hubbard Syracuse 4.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG SF FR Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG SG FR Max Fall Boston College 9.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG PG FR Kai Smith Villanova 4.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG

To nobody's surprise, Zayden and Tony are chosen for the All-Big East first team, too. We recruited all five of the first team players heavily enough for me to have posted their "hero cards" when they were high school seniors.

It's great to see our sophomores, Zak and Chris, earn post-season honors. For Chris, it's his second mention; he was on the Freshman Team last season. That's where Kai, our backup point guard, ends up this year.

And Graham's undefeated season in conference play earns him the Big East Coach of the Year award.
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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: 4-0 RPI Rank: #1 Conference Record: 16-0 Record Vs 101-200: 3-0 Home Record: 16-1 Record Vs 200+: 13-0 Team Stats CR NR Opp. Stats CR NR Margin CR NR -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Points 85.4 2 2 Points 62.6 1 49 Points 22.8 1 1 O.Reb 12.4 4 45 O.Reb 8.9 1 25 O.Reb 3.5 1 9 D.Reb 25.9 3 82 D.Reb 23.9 2 120 D.Reb 2.1 3 56 Rebounds 38.3 3 53 Rebounds 32.8 1 50 Rebounds 5.5 3 16 Assists 21.0 1 1 Assists 11.8 1 70 Assists 9.2 1 1 Steals 11.7 1 1 Steals 4.9 2 66 Steals 6.7 1 1 Blocks 6.4 3 16 Blocks 3.4 1 232 Blocks 3.1 2 17 Turnovers 12.3 2 34 Turnovers 21.2 1 1 Turnovers -8.8 1 1 Fouls 19.3 4 177 Fouls 17.9 9 338 Fouls 1.4 7 300 FG% .492 1 1 FG% .411 2 50 FG% .081 2 4 FT% .751 1 4 FT% .705 9 345 FT% .046 2 41 3P% .354 5 102 3P% .349 7 269 3P% .005 7 153 PPS 1.30 2 42 PPS 1.19 5 77 PPS .114 3 42 Adj. FG% .543 2 11 Adj. FG% .464 2 49 Adj. FG% .079 1 5

Adjusting our offense to rely less on three-point shooting was the right move. We end up averaging 18.6 three-point attempts per game, almost exactly in the middle of the rankings. That average includes our relatively free-wheeling approach early in the year; by crunch time, we probably averaged several fewer threes per game. And, as we became more selective, our percentage went up.

We finished second in the nation in scoring, first in field goal percentage, and first in assists per game. Those have become hallmarks of the way Villanova plays. We also led the nation in steals per game and turnovers forced, which is a new trend that I'm starting to like.

Our offensive efficiency (113.7) trails only South Dakota State's 115.9. We're also second in defensive efficiency at 83.7; Pepperdine was first at 82.7.

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#1 VILLANOVA Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Zak Marshall C 37 37 27.9 7.5 2.6 8.2 1.2 0.8 2.6 1.3 2.3 15.7 Zayden Calhoun SG 37 37 27.8 20.2 1.9 5.6 4.2 1.7 0.3 2.8 2.9 16.6 Chris Wilson PF 38 34 27.3 12.5 1.8 6.4 1.5 0.7 1.7 1.6 2.4 16.6 Tony Flaherty SF 29 26 26.9 14.7 1.7 5.3 4.1 2.3 1.4 2.6 2.5 16.6 Nick Spencer PG 38 37 26.5 9.3 0.9 2.3 4.6 2.1 0.1 0.9 2.5 16.1 DeAndre Brown SG 38 10 14.9 5.3 0.7 1.8 1.1 1.2 0.1 1.0 1.6 9.9 Jordi Ballester PF 39 2 14.4 3.7 1.1 4.8 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.4 1.5 7.0 Kai Smith PG 39 1 13.7 4.0 0.3 0.9 3.0 1.3 0.1 0.9 1.2 5.9 John Cannon SF 38 1 13.4 7.7 0.6 1.6 1.0 1.2 0.1 0.8 1.6 5.8 John Locklear C 3 0 13.3 4.7 1.0 2.3 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.3 6.7 Derek Lamb PF 12 4 10.3 2.3 0.5 1.2 0.8 0.3 0.5 0.3 1.2 10.0 Forrest Curl C 37 2 10.0 2.6 1.0 2.6 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.9 4.8 Nick O'Brien PG 10 2 8.5 3.6 0.0 0.4 1.1 0.5 0.1 0.8 0.6 5.8 David Lovett SG 16 2 7.9 5.0 0.9 1.9 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.9 0.9 3.6
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#1 VILLANOVA Totals Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zak Marshall C 37 37 1034 277 97 304 45 30 96 47 85 581 Zayden Calhoun SG 37 37 1027 749 69 206 154 64 12 103 106 615 Chris Wilson PF 38 34 1036 476 68 242 57 27 65 59 93 629 Tony Flaherty SF 29 26 781 426 50 153 120 67 41 75 73 480 Nick Spencer PG 38 37 1008 355 36 87 175 81 3 33 96 611 DeAndre Brown SG 38 10 567 200 27 69 43 46 5 37 59 376 Jordi Ballester PF 39 2 561 145 44 187 26 17 13 15 60 273 Kai Smith PG 39 1 534 157 11 36 117 51 2 36 46 229 John Cannon SF 38 1 511 293 22 61 37 46 3 32 61 222 John Locklear C 3 0 40 14 3 7 2 1 1 1 4 20 Derek Lamb PF 12 4 123 28 6 14 9 3 6 4 14 120 Forrest Curl C 37 2 370 95 36 95 17 9 2 16 34 178 Nick O'Brien PG 10 2 85 36 0 4 11 5 1 8 6 58 David Lovett SG 16 2 127 80 15 30 6 8 1 14 15 58
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#1 VILLANOVA Shooting Player Pos Fgm Fga Fg% Ftm Fta Ft% 3pm 3pa 3p% PPS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zak Marshall C 104 208 .500 69 89 .775 0 3 .000 1.33 Zayden Calhoun SG 282 531 .531 79 102 .775 106 233 .455 1.41 Chris Wilson PF 179 341 .525 116 160 .725 2 2 1.000 1.40 Tony Flaherty SF 177 343 .516 54 75 .720 18 61 .295 1.24 Nick Spencer PG 133 333 .399 54 65 .831 35 138 .254 1.07 DeAndre Brown SG 70 155 .452 35 41 .854 25 84 .298 1.29 Jordi Ballester PF 64 115 .557 17 36 .472 0 0 .000 1.26 Kai Smith PG 50 125 .400 43 51 .843 14 54 .259 1.26 John Cannon SF 106 212 .500 33 43 .767 48 113 .425 1.38 John Locklear C 6 7 .857 2 2 1.000 0 0 .000 2.00 Derek Lamb PF 12 22 .545 4 4 1.000 0 0 .000 1.27 Forrest Curl C 40 88 .455 15 30 .500 0 0 .000 1.08 Nick O'Brien PG 11 23 .478 12 13 .923 2 12 .167 1.57 David Lovett SG 26 56 .464 21 27 .778 7 26 .269 1.43

Zayden led the Big East in scoring, passing David Getty late in the season. Tony finished seventh. Nick was third in assists, but Zayden (7th) and Tony (8th) were also in the top ten.

Tony and Nick placed first and second in steals, with Zayden not far back in sixth. Zak was fourth in blocks and seventh in rebounding.

We learn today that Zayden, Tony, and David Lovett are all entering this year's professional draft, so I'll have three Farewells and a Tribute to write.
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Old 03-21-2024, 09:17 PM   #768
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DAVID LOVETT


Sometimes, things just don't work out. That's what happened with David Lovett.
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#33 SG David Lovett - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-3 Weight: 207 High School: Mount Horeb High School Hometown: Mount Horeb, WI Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 56 56 54 50 40 27 21 17 20 42 68 28 87 44 93 60 2038: 51 53 51 48 38 26 20 16 19 40 65 27 86 42 93 50 2037: 47 49 48 46 36 25 19 15 18 38 62 26 85 40 93 40 2036: 41 43 42 42 32 23 17 13 16 34 56 24 83 36 90 22 Potential: B B B C C D D D D C B D Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 38 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 28 0 2.8 1.2 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.1 1.33 0.3 0.0 0.4 2038 3 0 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.3 2039 16 2 7.9 5.0 0.9 1.9 0.4 0.9 0.43 0.5 0.1 0.9 Career 47 2 4.4 2.4 0.4 0.9 0.2 0.4 0.43 0.3 0.0 0.6 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 0.4 1.1 .375 0.2 0.3 .857 0.1 0.5 .200 1.03 0.14 2038 0.0 0.3 .000 0.0 0.0 .000 0.0 0.3 .000 0.00 0.33 2039 1.6 3.5 .464 1.3 1.7 .778 0.4 1.6 .269 1.43 3.63 Career 0.8 1.9 .427 0.6 0.7 .794 0.2 0.9 .238 1.27 1.34 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 28 0 78 33 3 11 4 3 7 0 12 2038 3 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 2039 16 2 127 80 15 30 6 14 8 1 15 Career 47 2 209 113 18 42 10 18 15 1 28 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 12 32 6 7 3 15 4 2038 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2039 26 56 21 27 7 26 58 Career 38 89 27 34 10 42 63 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 29 7 7 2 2 1 3 11 16 4 6 3 5 Career 29 7 7 2 2 1 3 11 16 4 6 3 5 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 1 2036 High School: Rated ***** and #23 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2036 High School: All-State (Wisconsin) 2036 High School: Mr. Basketball (Wisconsin) 2036 High School: All-American 2039 NCAA Champion

David didn't turn out to be quite as good a player as we thought when we scouted him; neither his shooting or his defense graded out as high as we hoped. And, then, he didn't seem to develop his game very much after he arrived.

The David Lovett we thought we were getting would have forced his way into the rotation, at least. The version we got couldn't manage to do so, not with the competition he faced.

David was never happy here, so perhaps it's best that he's going pro. I hope he finds what he wants.

Thanks for the memories, David.
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Old 03-21-2024, 09:39 PM   #769
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TONY FLAHERTY


On the other hand, we got exactly the player we hoped we'd get with Tony Flaherty: a scoresheet-filling, all-purpose player who did so many things to help us win basketball games.
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#40 SF Tony Flaherty - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-7 Weight: 239 High School: Dalton School Hometown: New York, NY Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 73 87 46 47 44 60 37 46 52 75 67 71 58 54 44 81 2038: 69 80 45 43 40 54 35 42 44 69 61 60 58 52 44 76 2037: 65 72 43 39 37 49 33 38 37 61 53 50 58 49 44 70 2036: 59 66 41 35 33 43 31 32 31 53 45 42 55 43 41 56 Potential: B A C C C B D B B B B B Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 77 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 0 11.5 5.1 0.8 2.4 1.4 1.0 1.44 0.5 0.2 1.1 2038 36 0 14.0 6.4 0.6 2.6 1.4 1.6 0.89 1.0 0.4 1.4 2039 29 26 26.9 14.7 1.7 5.3 4.1 2.6 1.60 2.3 1.4 2.5 Career 104 26 16.7 8.2 1.0 3.3 2.2 1.6 1.60 1.2 0.6 1.6 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 1.9 3.9 .477 0.9 1.3 .706 0.4 1.3 .300 1.29 3.31 2038 2.5 5.5 .462 1.0 1.6 .603 0.4 1.7 .246 1.18 5.19 2039 6.1 11.8 .516 1.9 2.6 .720 0.6 2.1 .295 1.24 16.55 Career 3.3 6.7 .492 1.2 1.8 .679 0.5 1.7 .279 1.23 7.65 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 0 448 197 30 95 56 39 21 9 43 2038 36 0 505 232 22 92 50 56 36 16 49 2039 29 26 781 426 50 153 120 75 67 41 73 Career 104 26 1734 855 102 340 226 170 124 66 165 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 73 153 36 51 15 50 129 2038 91 197 35 58 15 61 187 2039 177 343 54 75 18 61 480 Career 341 693 125 184 48 172 796 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 33 5 12 8 8 3 6 14 23 7 9 3 6 Career 33 5 12 8 8 3 6 14 23 8 9 3 6 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 7 2036 High School: Rated ***** and #14 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2036 High School: All-State (New York) 2039 NCAA Champion 2039 2nd Team All-American 2039 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference)

The five-star recruit from the Big Apple spent his first two seasons with us as an increasingly important member of our rotation. This season, Tony moved into the starting five, and overcame an early-season injury to emerge as a star.

Tony made his biggest impact on the defensive end of the floor. He could, and did, guard positions one through five. He used his length to lead the conference in steals, a rare feat for a 6'7", 239-pound player. At the same time, however, he was a fine second option that forced teams to concentrate on someone other than Zayden Calhoun.

Professional scouts have grown to like Tony's game more and more over the course of his years on the Main Line. He's almost certain to be a lottery pick, and his basketball future looks bright.

Thanks for the memories, Tony.
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Old 03-21-2024, 10:01 PM   #770
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ZAYDEN CALHOUN


And sometimes you expect a lot from a player who delivers all you expect, and more.
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#11 SG Zayden Calhoun - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-6 Weight: 221 High School: Lawrenceville School Hometown: Princeton, NJ Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 61 93 72 84 54 67 47 48 34 70 64 36 83 63 88 71 2038: 57 84 70 82 52 56 43 47 31 69 63 35 83 58 86 63 2037: 50 74 63 72 45 46 36 40 28 60 54 32 83 55 84 58 2036: 46 66 57 64 41 40 32 36 26 52 46 30 81 47 83 46 Potential: C A B B C B C C C B B D Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 83 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 39 26.8 12.9 1.6 4.6 2.8 2.2 1.32 1.4 0.2 2.8 2038 36 36 28.2 18.1 1.4 5.3 3.4 2.4 1.42 1.6 0.2 2.6 2039 37 37 27.8 20.2 1.9 5.6 4.2 2.8 1.50 1.7 0.3 2.9 Career 112 112 27.6 17.0 1.6 5.1 3.4 2.4 1.50 1.6 0.2 2.7 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 4.4 8.9 .494 1.7 2.3 .744 2.4 5.3 .456 1.45 16.69 2038 6.6 13.1 .502 1.9 2.3 .827 3.0 7.3 .418 1.38 13.31 2039 7.6 14.4 .531 2.1 2.8 .775 2.9 6.3 .455 1.41 16.62 Career 6.2 12.1 .511 1.9 2.4 .780 2.8 6.3 .441 1.41 15.58 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 39 1046 505 63 178 111 84 54 9 108 2038 36 36 1014 650 50 192 121 85 59 6 92 2039 37 37 1027 749 69 206 154 103 64 12 106 Career 112 112 3087 1904 182 576 386 272 177 27 306 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 172 348 67 90 94 206 651 2038 237 472 67 81 109 261 479 2039 282 531 79 102 106 233 615 Career 691 1351 213 273 309 700 1745 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 38 4 11 7 5 2 7 14 21 10 11 8 11 Career 38 5 11 7 5 2 8 14 27 10 11 9 15 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 39 2036 High School: Rated ***** and #3 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2036 High School: All-State (New Jersey) 2036 High School: Mr. Basketball (New Jersey) 2036 High School: All-American 2037 National Freshman of the Year 2037 Freshman All-American 2037 2nd Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2037 Freshman All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2037 Conference Freshman of the Year (Big East Conference) 2038 2nd Team All-American 2038 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2039 NCAA Champion 2039 1st Team All-American 2039 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference)
A look at Zayden's list of achievements reveals how important he has been to our program. We expected him to start as a freshman, and he turned out to be the National Freshman of the Year. He worked at every aspect of his game, improving steadily every year.

Had Z only been a shooter, his jumper would have made him a valuable player. The fact that he could, and did, do much more made him one of the best players we've ever had.

Zayden departs as our sixth leading scorer, but that's a bit deceiving; with 19 more points--an average game for him this season--he'd move into second. He also ranks fourth in three-pointers made, sixth in steals, and tenth in assists. And, as you saw this year, Zayden lifted his game to match the importance of the contest. He earned the Z-Money nickname.

I would love to see him stay another year, but he's ready for the pros. He's certainly been a legitimate student, making excellent progress on a degree in Accounting.

When I signed Zayden, I wrote of him, "programs are built around recruits like Zayden." He's certainly made our program better than it was.

Thanks for the memories, Zayden.
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Old 03-21-2024, 10:29 PM   #771
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DEREK LAMB


Take a look at Derek Lamb's achievement list. Do you notice anything especially noteworthy there?
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#41 PF Derek Lamb - Villanova - Senior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-6 Weight: 217 High School: Western High School Hometown: Latham, OH Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 44 34 49 0 36 48 38 5 63 8 32 45 43 69 39 100 2038: 42 33 47 0 35 46 36 5 59 8 31 45 42 66 39 100 2037: 40 32 45 0 34 44 34 5 55 8 30 43 41 64 38 100 2036: 38 31 43 0 33 42 32 5 50 8 29 41 40 62 37 97 2035: 36 30 41 0 32 40 30 5 46 7 28 39 39 60 36 85 2034: 32 28 37 0 30 38 26 3 38 5 26 35 36 54 35 51 Potential: C D C F D C C F B F C C Health: Good Scholarship: No Status: Active Roster Academics: 73 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2036 5 0 3.8 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.4 2037 1 0 1.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.0 2038 2 0 6.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.5 2039 12 4 10.3 2.3 0.5 1.2 0.8 0.3 2.25 0.3 0.5 1.2 Career 20 4 7.8 1.6 0.3 0.8 0.5 0.3 2.25 0.2 0.3 0.9 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2036 0.2 0.4 .500 0.0 0.0 .000 0.0 0.0 .000 1.00 3.40 2037 1.0 1.0 1.000 0.0 0.0 .000 0.0 0.0 .000 2.00 4.00 2038 0.0 0.0 .000 0.0 0.0 .000 0.0 0.0 .000 0.00 -4.50 2039 1.0 1.8 .545 0.3 0.3 1.000 0.0 0.0 .000 1.27 10.00 Career 0.7 1.3 .560 0.2 0.2 1.000 0.0 0.0 .000 1.28 6.60 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2036 5 0 19 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 2037 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2038 2 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2039 12 4 123 28 6 14 9 4 3 6 14 Career 20 4 155 32 6 15 9 5 3 6 17 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2036 1 2 0 0 0 0 17 2037 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 2038 0 0 0 0 0 0 -9 2039 12 22 4 4 0 0 120 Career 14 25 4 4 0 0 132 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 14 2 4 4 1 3 3 6 11 2 2 0 0 Career 14 2 4 4 1 3 3 6 11 2 2 0 0 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2035 High School: Rated * and #1387 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2035 Walked on at Villanova 2035 NCAA Champion 2036 NCAA Champion 2039 NCAA Champion

Three men in the history of my college basketball world have been part of more than two NCAA championship teams. One of them is, of course, Graham Sims, who has six championship rings in his collection, collected over the course of a 29-year coaching career.

The other is Derek Lamb, who has been with us for the past five seasons.

Derek walked on and took a redshirt his freshman year. We usually don't redshirt walk-ons; as often as not, we end up cutting them. Derek was a good student, however, and he had some upside as a player.

That season, we went on to win the national championship; we came back and won it again the next season, with Derek scoring his first career basket. He played very sparingly for the next two years, but this season he got a significant opportunity to show what he was capable of doing. He started four games, averaging over 10 minutes per appearance, and made well over half his shots. And, he earned a third NCAA championship ring.

Derek will graduate in a few weeks with a degree in Cultural Studies. He'll remain with the Villanova basketball program as a graduate assistant; he thinks he'd like to pursue a career in coaching. We'll be very happy to have him on board once again.

Thanks for the memories, Derek.
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Old 03-21-2024, 11:06 PM   #772
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One out of every four lottery picks in this years draft played his college ball at Villanova.

David Getty of Boston College was the first overall pick, as expected. The next name called was Zayden Calhoun's. Tony Flaherty was chosen at #5, and David Lovett at #10.

James Sanders, Jr. left Georgetown after three years, and was chosen right before Tony, at #4. And Kentucky center Mark Rotz, Dane Barlow's old nemesis, was the #3 pick.

Despite having only two incoming recruits, our class ranked second in the nation.
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2039 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Kentucky SEC PG Joel Pollard ***** 2 2 0 0 0 2. Villanova Big East C Dan O'Halloran ***** 2 0 0 0 0 3. Boston College Big East C Jon LaFramboise ***** 2 1 1 0 0 4. North Carolina ACC SF Todd Cooper ***** 1 3 0 0 0 5. Texas Southwest SG Chris Connolly ***** 1 2 1 0 0 6. Mississippi State SEC C Robert Corbett ***** 1 3 0 0 0 7. Tennessee SEC SF Allen Risinger ***** 2 1 1 0 0 8. Stanford Pacific-10 SF Marcus McDonald ***** 1 1 1 0 0 9. West Virginia Atlantic 10 PG Houston Orosco ***** 1 2 0 0 0 10. Duke ACC PG Jermaine Swank ***** 1 2 1 0 0 11. Louisville Metro SF Andre Keys ***** 2 0 1 0 0 12. California Pacific-10 PF Dwight Henry ***** 1 2 1 0 0 13. Pittsburgh Big East PF Chris Vice ***** 2 1 0 0 0 14. Memphis Metro SG Gary Murray **** 0 3 1 0 0 15. Kansas State Big Eight C Damion Joyce **** 0 3 2 0 0

Dan O'Halloran is every bit as good as we hoped he would be, and Israel Moody is, too. Don't be surprised if both players start as freshmen.

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2039 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Villanova Big East C Dan O'Halloran ***** 2 0 0 0 0 3. Boston College Big East C Jon LaFramboise ***** 2 1 1 0 0 13. Pittsburgh Big East PF Chris Vice ***** 2 1 0 0 0 23. Connecticut Big East PF Jonathan Martinez **** 0 2 1 0 0 26. St. John's Big East SG Sammy Childers **** 0 2 1 0 0 77. Syracuse Big East C Emmerich Becker *** 0 0 3 0 0 190. Providence Big East PG Neal Driskell *** 0 0 1 0 0 194. Georgetown Big East PG Clark Mead *** 0 0 1 0 0 283. Seton Hall Big East SF Rosendo Isaacson ** 0 0 0 1 0

Most of the Big East recruited well, as usual. Jon LaFramboise is going to be a very good player, a worthy foe for Dan O'Halloran.

I was shocked by Georgetown's class, until I took a look at their roster. They're still in very good shape, with three dynamic sophomores.

On the other hand, how is Seton Hall going to keep up?
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Old 03-22-2024, 09:27 AM   #773
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The head coach hiring period was remarkably quiet this spring. We'll have to replace our Coaching Assistant, as Greg Seward has been hired to take the top job at Siena.

We hire Erik Bayless, a veteran coach who has spent most of his career at different colleges in Texas: as an assistant at Texas and, most recently, at Texas Tech, and as the big whistle at Texas Southern. Coach Bayless is 53, and he's known as an offensive specialist (Offense 100, Defense 48).

None of the players in the transfer portal appealed to me very much. The best was a shooting guard with a good jumper, but he won't play defense and he's an indifferent student.
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Old 03-22-2024, 10:45 AM   #774
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We begin this year's recruiting season with two available scholarships, although we can free up three more if we cut some walk-ons. I'm very tempted to do that; not because our walk-ons are so terrible, but because we have five of them right now, and two of our junior scholarship players are highly-regarded professional prospects.

Here's how our roster looks right now. I've included the players' year of eligibility, and I included only one walk-on, because he's promising.

C: O'Halloran (1), Marshall (3), Curl (2)
PF: Wilson (3), Ballester (4), Curl (2)
SF: Marshall? (3), Cannon? (2), Moody (1)
SG: Cannon (2) or Brown (3)
PG: Spencer (4), Smith (2), O'Brien (2w)

And here's what it will look like in 2041/42, if the anticipated three-and-dones turn pro at the end of their junior seasons:
C: O'Halloran (2), Curl (3)
PF: Curl (3)
SF: Moody (2), Cannon? (3)
SG: Cannon (3) or Brown (4)
PG: Smith (3), O'Brien (3w)

A year from now, we might have only six scholarship players unless I stock the cupboard.

Our two scholarship seniors are our starting point guard and an increasingly important rotation big man. I'll definitely want to recruit for those two positions. The guard can be a project, because Kai Smith is going to be superb. If there's an excellent big who wants to play for us, we might prioritize him. Forrest Curl seems best suited to be a versatile rotation guy.

I think I'll cut at least one walk-on, perhaps two.

There is one five-star player in Pennsylvania this year: Asaad Richardson, a 6'4" shooting guard. Asaad likes Villanova, so I'm going to pay close attention to him. Point guard Scott McMasters is a four-star point guard from the area, and he's worth looking at, too.

We often do well with players from New Jersey. Zayden Calhoun is the most recent example. This year, there are four New Jersey seniors who merit four stars. Among them is Tyson Lien, the son of former Lafayette standout Joe. Tyson is a shooting guard like his dad.

A player from Maryland, SF Sam Roux, would be the top player in his class if he were academically eligible. His 2.09 GPA and 560 test score don't bode well for his eventual eligibility, do they?

There are no such issues with the #2 player on the list: a big man from Cincinnati named Wayne Bradhold.

Here's our initial call list:
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#1 VILLANOVA Recruiting Name Pos Ht Wt Rating Interest State --------------------------------------------------------------------- Asaad Richardson SG 6-4 193 ***** Very High Pennsylvania Scott McMasters PG 6-2 173 **** Very High Pennsylvania Tyson Lien SG 6-3 189 **** Very High New Jersey Henry Darcy SF 6-5 194 **** Very High New Jersey Owen Fleming PG 6-1 182 **** Very High Maryland Rob Arceneaux C 6-8 218 **** Very High Pennsylvania Joshua Revell PG 5-11 156 **** Very High New Jersey Sam Luther SF 6-7 224 **** Very High Michigan Michael Arana SF 6-7 229 **** Very High New York Carl Delvalle PG 6-1 184 **** Very High New York Mark Gile SG 6-4 185 **** Very High Pennsylvania Kim Francis PG 6-3 202 **** Very High New Jersey Greg Hager SG 6-5 195 **** Very High Michigan Wayne Bradhold PF 6-10 236 ***** High Ohio David Hage SG 6-3 176 ***** High Illinois Joe Morrissette PG 6-1 176 ***** High Virginia Weston Wagner PF 6-9 217 **** High Illinois Mark Spicer C 6-8 216 **** High Pennsylvania Immanuel Bahr PF 6-8 265 ***** Average Germany

We're evaluating a few other bigs, and I'll move them onto the call list if any of them look especially promising.
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Old 03-22-2024, 08:14 PM   #775
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I decided to extend one of our three offers to Asaad Richardson before I advanced to August. After looking at his ratings, I'm glad I did.
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#4 SG Asaad Richardson -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-4 Weight: 193 High School: Upper Perkiomen High School Hometown: Pennsburg, PA GPA: 3.22 Test Score: 1300 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 43 66 62 52 43 30 31 19 14 54 34 12 78 46 83 42 Potential: A B B A C C D D C C C D Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 18.7 1.9 4.9 3.3 2.3 1.41 1.3 0.5 3.6 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8.0 15.7 .510 1.2 1.5 .800 1.5 4.4 .345 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #11 Overall, #3 SG, East Region #4 Overall, East Region #1 SG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: *Villanova, Georgetown, *Pittsburgh, *Wake Forest, Connecticut
Assuming our level 100 scout is evaluating him correctly (I'm wary after what happened with David Lovett), Asaad has the potential to develop into a dangerous three-level scorer at the next level. He's also a good athlete who won't be exposed defensively.

Pitt and Wake Forest have also offered him, but we're still tops on Asaad's list. We'll visit him and bring him to campus this month.

Wayne Bradhold is a Blue Collar Man who's leveled up his offensive game.
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#25 PF Wayne Bradhold -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 236 High School: Elder High School Hometown: Cincinnati, OH GPA: 3.37 Test Score: 1320 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 43 20 31 12 35 23 78 70 66 21 19 66 28 85 31 50 Potential: C D C D C D A A B B D A Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17.4 3.5 13.6 1.3 2.6 0.50 0.9 2.4 2.6 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7.8 14.4 .544 1.7 3.6 .479 0.1 0.4 .125 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: High Rankings: #2 Overall, #1 PF, Midwest Region #1 Overall, Midwest Region #1 PF High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (Ohio) Top 5 Schools: Tennessee, *North Carolina, Louisville, Georgetown, *Villanova
It's easy to envision Wayne as an elite rebounder, post defender, and rim protector, who could be a sneaky-good offensive player in the right system. I think he'd be a wonderful fit in *our* system, so I offered him a scholarship last month.

So did North Carolina, and right now, Wayne seems to prefer the Tar Heels. Let's see if a visit to Villanova, plus some quality time with Coaches Sims and Hairston, will change his mind.

There are several other guards in this class who possess skills I like. Scott McMasters is a traditional point guard who plays solid defense. Tyson Lien is a shooter, like his father was. Owen Fleming seems comfortable in either role, with a special emphasis on defense.

This year's assortment of big men isn't as rich. Besides Bradhold, who will take some persuading, the most intriguing among them are two players from Illinois, stretch four Weston Wagner and rugged center Everett Camp.

We'll spend our time and money this month visiting some of these players and bringing them to campus. Perhaps that will make it easier for me to decide whom I'd like to offer.
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Old 03-23-2024, 01:25 AM   #776
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Asaad Richardson has two programs left on his list: Villanova and Georgetown. We've offered him a scholarship, and the Hoyas haven't. My experience tells me we'll sign Asaad if we keep recruiting him actively.

The story is different with Wayne Bradhold. He has offers from Tennessee and North Carolina now, and he lists both those schools above Villanova, even after visiting our campus. Again, I've learned that our chances of signing a player who holds offers from two schools he prefers over us. As much as I hate to do it, I'm pulling Wayne's offer.

I cut another walk-on, so with Bradhold's offer back in my hand, I have three left to award. One of them is going to Tyson Lien.
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#11 SG Tyson Lien -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-3 Weight: 189 High School: West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South Hometown: West Windsor, NJ GPA: 3.21 Test Score: 1280 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 22 70 96 76 53 33 14 19 18 43 30 12 70 47 45 85 Potential: D B A A B B D D D C C F Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17.6 1.6 4.4 4.9 2.5 1.98 1.2 0.3 2.5 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7.9 16.8 .470 0.5 0.6 .909 1.3 4.2 .313 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #61 Overall, #20 SG, East Region #12 Overall, East Region #4 SG High School Awards: All-State Top 5 Schools: *Villanova, *Rutgers, Georgetown, *Massachusetts, St. John's
I envision Tyson as a role player, a defense-stretching shooter who can change the narrative of a game with his ability to put points on the board quickly. At the same time, he looks like he'll develop into a player who won't be terrorized when we don't have the ball.

We have the inside track on Tyson, whose other offers come from A10 schools. He'd probably play a different role at Rutgers or UMass; we'll see how he and his family envision for his ideal career.

We've also offered a scholarship to Weston Wagner.
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#12 PF Weston Wagner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-9 Weight: 217 High School: Proviso West High School Hometown: Hillside, IL GPA: 3.44 Test Score: 1400 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 37 62 92 66 19 28 40 43 42 29 11 37 40 65 58 66 Potential: C A A A D C B C C C D C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28.7 2.7 9.6 2.2 1.7 1.33 1.0 2.8 2.7 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11.4 20.1 .569 3.1 3.4 .912 2.8 5.6 .505 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Average Rankings: #38 Overall, #7 PF, Midwest Region #18 Overall, Midwest Region #3 PF High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (Illinois), All American Top 5 Schools: Tennessee, *Villanova, West Virginia, *Indiana, Pittsburgh

We don't often reach into the Midwest for recruits, but that 28.7 PPG caught my eye. Weston shoots a lot, but his skills seem to support those gaudy shooting stats.

If Tennessee offers him a scholarship, we might be in trouble. His Average interest level is a bit of a concern. We'll continue recruiting him and see what happens in a month.

I was wondering who else might be worthy of an offer, and suddenly this player caught my eye...
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#32 PF Immanuel Bahr -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-8 Weight: 265 High School: Hometown: Munich, Germany GPA: 2.45 Test Score: 1140 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 39 26 65 30 22 6 62 61 39 41 27 60 37 51 32 29 Potential: B B B D C C B B B C D B Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12.5 2.8 10.1 0.4 2.1 0.20 1.7 2.7 2.9 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5.3 10.4 .505 1.9 2.2 .864 0.1 1.3 .077 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #3 Overall, #2 PF, Foreign #1 Overall, Foreign #1 PF High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: Villanova, Kentucky, Washington, California
Immanuel Bahr is ranked higher than any recruit in this year's class not named Wayne Bradhold. He's not very athletic and, like many foreign players, his skills are raw. But our scouting team thinks he'll develop into a well-rounded big man, a better shooter than Bradhold, if not quite as dominant in other ways.

I'm intrigued, and I'm going to offer Immanuel a scholarship. Over half our recruiting budget for the month will be devoted to inviting him to campus and sending Coach Sims to Munich to visit him and his family.
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Old 03-23-2024, 01:50 AM   #777
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The situation with Asaad Richardson remains the same. With Decision Day approaching, and Asaad still saying he'd prefer to attend Villanova than anywhere else, I think we'll have good news about him in a month.

Tyson Lien has removed every school but Villanova from his list. I feel good about our chances to land him next month, too.

Weston Wagner is still holding out for an offer from Tennessee, and he still expresses only Average interest in playing for us. However, I did some investigating. Tennessee has 11 scholarship players, none of which are seniors, and two walk-ons. That means they have two schollies to offer. One is going to Wayne Bradhold. The other is currently in the hands of Dane Taylor, a 6'11" center from West Virginia. Dane has taken every other school off his list. If I'm reasoning correctly, the Volunteers don't have a scholarship to offer Weston. I'm going to make sure he knows how much we'd like to have him in Villanova blue.

Immanuel Bahr must have enjoyed his visit, and Coach Sims must have said all the right things when he visited the Bahr home. Immanuel isn't interested in playing anywhere but Villanova now.

I went ahead and cut the last expendable walk-on before I advanced the game. That meant I had a scholarship to offer to Scott McMasters.
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#1 PG Scott McMasters -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-2 Weight: 173 High School: Strath Haven High School Hometown: Wallingford, PA GPA: 3.24 Test Score: 1280 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 16 39 62 58 60 63 9 9 15 51 24 12 71 29 51 48 Potential: C C B B B B D D D B C D Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12.0 1.1 4.2 6.9 2.1 3.29 2.1 0.2 2.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5.4 10.9 .495 0.4 0.5 .700 0.9 3.0 .283 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #63 Overall, #11 PG, East Region #14 Overall, East Region #3 PG High School Awards: All-State Top 5 Schools: *Villanova
A local player who has always listed Villanova first among his Top Schools, Scott is a solid point guard who will probably stay for four seasons, maximize his potential, play a meaningful role for us, graduate, and represent us well. I'll take that anytime. Wouldn't you?
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Old 03-23-2024, 02:14 AM   #778
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Decision Day!


Three recruits, including two five-star players, announce their intention to play their college ball at Villanova today!

The first is Asaad Richardson. Asaad was our top target from Day One. "Shooting guard" is a perfect description for this sharpshooter from suburban Montgomery County. He's not as good a shooter as Reed Weisberg was in high school, but we think he could be that good by the time he's through.

Next, we hear good news from Munich. Immanuel Bahr has chosen to pursue his basketball dreams with us. Immanuel's surname is derived from the German word for "bear," and it fits the 6'8", 265-pound forward very well. Immanuel might not be ready for Big East play right away, but we think there's a reason why he's rated so highly.

And, then, we learn that Scott McMasters has committed to us, too. Scott didn't feel like being coy; when he and his family got the offer they wanted from us, they didn't hesitate to accept. He'll have the opportunity to understudy Kai Smith before we need him to take over as our #1 point guard.

Tyson Lien's enthusiasm for Villanova hasn't changed, but he's apparently waiting to make his commitment. And Weston Wagner seems to be holding out for an offer he can't have; Tennessee announces today that they've signed Wayne Bradhold and Dane Taylor.

Today, though, it's all about Asaad, Immanuel, and Scott, the three newest future Wildcats.
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Old 03-24-2024, 10:46 AM   #779
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It's time to meet the 2040/41 Villanova Wildcats, coached for the 15th season by Graham Sims.

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#1 VILLANOVA General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chris Wilson 0 PF Jr 6-11 249 Yes 97 OK Dallas, PA Kai Smith 2 PG So 5-5 168 Yes 80 OK Lansdale, PA Israel Moody 3 SF Fr 6-5 208 Yes 82 OK Joppa, MD Jordi Ballester 4 PF Sr 6-7 249 Yes 85 OK El Prat de Llobregat, Spain DeAndre Brown 10 SG Jr 6-2 197 Yes 97 OK Pen Argyl, PA Nick Spencer 12 PG Sr* 5-11 184 Yes 72 OK Collegeville, PA John Cannon 20 SF So 6-4 206 Yes 68 OK Hueytown, AL Forrest Curl 22 C So* 6-10 231 Yes 59 OK Chatham, NJ Nick O'Brien 24 PG So 6-0 176 No 76 OK Tonbridge, UK Brian Cioffi 33 PF Fr 6-7 204 No 52 OK Greenbelt, MD Zak Marshall 50 C Jr 6-10 212 Yes 88 OK Newcomerstown, OH Dan O'Halloran 52 C Fr 6-10 268 Yes 87 OK Newtown Square, PA

Let's see how the Wildcats did in training camp:
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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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chris Wilson 4 4 1 1 4 4 7 7 16 5 0 16 1 0 1 8 Kai Smith 2 5 7 5 10 10 1 2 1 10 10 1 1 1 0 5 Israel Moody 6 6 6 4 2 2 2 2 6 4 10 4 1 10 3 36 Jordi Ballester 6 4 0 0 4 0 9 3 11 3 4 3 1 2 0 0 DeAndre Brown 3 7 2 5 5 3 3 3 2 7 9 2 1 2 2 6 Nick Spencer 5 1 1 1 2 1 3 3 1 16 0 1 2 2 3 8 John Cannon 2 9 5 2 6 4 2 0 1 11 11 2 0 3 1 10 Forrest Curl 3 3 2 0 2 3 5 5 7 2 2 3 1 3 0 10 Nick O'Brien 1 3 2 1 0 3 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 7 Brian Cioffi 2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 1 8 1 46 Zak Marshall 7 12 8 4 2 2 7 9 11 5 3 3 0 4 1 6 Dan O'Halloran 10 2 4 2 2 4 10 10 10 2 2 10 3 10 3 12

The Wildcats return three starters from the team that won the national championship in April, but it's possible that only one of them might be a starter this year.

The Player Most Likely to Return to the Starting Lineup is power forward Chris Wilson. Chris averaged 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore last year, earning second team All-Big East recognition. He emerges from camp as an elite defender and rim protector, and he can be counted on to produce points as an inside scorer.

Redshirt senior Nick Spencer was our starting point guard last season. He averaged 9.3 points and 4.6 assists in 2039/40. However, his shooting percentages weren't as high as they had been when he was a rotation player, and perhaps that's the role he's best suited to play. It's the one I envisioned for Nick when I recruited him.

Kai Smith appears ready to take the point in his second season. Last year, he was named to the Big East freshman team, averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 assists while playing just under 14 minutes per game. Kai and Nick are both secure ballhandlers and creative passers, and both play superb defense. Nick is slightly better on defense, while Kai is the more skilled distributor.

Last season, Zak Marshall started 37 games, mostly at center, and earned a spot on the Big East second team. The 6'10" junior was a productive, low volume scorer last year, averaging 7.5 PPG and making 50 percent of his shots. He also led us in rebounding (8.2 RPG) and blocked shots (2.6 BPG).

Still, the arrival of dynamic, five-star freshman wing Israel Moody makes Zak's role this season a bit unclear. Moody can slash to the hoop and score from midrange, and he's an eager defender. He is the best natural three on the roster, although he'd prefer to guard big men than perimeter players. Israel impressed the coaching staff with his commitment to conditioning during camp.

And then, there's Dan O'Halloran. Dan's arrival has been anticipated as eagerly as that of any player Graham Sims has signed since Asher Wise. The #1 player in last year's recruiting class, Dan looks like he's every bit as good as advertised, and he is ready to start at center for us. He worked as hard as anyone in camp, adding muscle and developing his skills.

The fifth starter will be junior DeAndre Brown or sophomore John Cannon. Last year, Brown averaged 5.3 points in just under 15 minutes per game, while Cannon recorded 7.7 PPG in just under 14 MPG. John can change the narrative of a game with his instant offense. DeAndre is a slightly better defender, and both are quick and smart enough to rack up lots of steals. I can envision them sharing the position, with both players seeing considerable action.

Our starting five will be taken from those eight players. We can run a "big" set, with O'Halloran, Marshall, and Wilson; Chris is comfortable enough guarding wings to play the 3. If Moody and Smith start, we can field a second unit that features Marshall and Spencer, with either Brown or Cannon. I'll match that group up against anyone in the Big East.

Two big men round out our roster of ten scholarship players: senior Jordi Ballester and sophomore Forrest Curl. I wouldn't hesitate to put either of them into any situation in any game.

We begin the season ranked #1 in the media poll. Honestly, I'd vote for them at #1, too. If the freshmen come close to what their ratings suggest they can achieve, we should be carrying a top seed into the tournaments come March, a team nobody wants to face in an elimination game.
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Paradise Shootout, First Round
(1) #1 Villanova 105, (8) Rice 56

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rice (0-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts George Cooper C 23 2-6 0-0 0 1 0 3 4 Marvin Brandon PF 14 0-2 0-0 0 0 2 4 0 Quentin Bellows SF 11 3-3 1-1 1 3 0 4 7 John Lavin SG 21 7-11 4-4 0 2 1 1 20 W. Fitzgerald PG 24 0-4 1-2 0 3 3 2 1 Dave Floyd SF 23 3-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 8 Levi Ammerman C 27 1-3 0-0 1 5 0 3 2 Americo Sanz SG 20 1-4 0-0 2 2 3 3 2 Ronald Baker PF 19 1-3 1-3 4 8 1 0 3 George Malinowski PG 13 4-5 0-0 0 2 0 0 9 Justin Davis PF 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 30 (G.Cooper 1, M.Brandon 1, Q.Bellows 1, J.Lavin 4, W.Fitzgerald 5, D.Floyd 3, L.Ammerman 5, A.Sanz 4, G.Malinowski 5, J.Davis 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (G.Cooper 1, L.Ammerman 1) Steals: 7 (M.Brandon 1, W.Fitzgerald 1, L.Ammerman 1, A.Sanz 1, R.Baker 1, G.Malinowski 2) 3P FGs: 5-18 (J.Lavin 2-4, W.Fitzgerald 0-4, D.Floyd 2-8, A.Sanz 0-1, G.Malinowski 1-1) Villanova (1-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 28 7-9 1-2 4 7 2 1 15 Chris Wilson PF 27 6-11 2-2 2 7 2 2 14 Israel Moody SF 24 6-16 6-9 2 4 1 1 18 DeAndre Brown SG 17 2-4 2-2 3 7 1 0 7 Kai Smith PG 21 0-1 0-0 0 0 6 3 0 John Cannon SF 24 9-13 4-5 2 4 1 4 28 Zak Marshall PF 18 4-7 3-4 4 6 0 2 11 Nick Spencer SG 22 1-2 2-2 0 1 8 2 4 Jordi Ballester PF 9 2-5 1-2 3 5 0 0 5 Nick O'Brien PG 9 0-1 3-5 0 0 1 1 3 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 2, C.Wilson 1, I.Moody 3, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 1, J.Cannon 1, Z.Marshall 2, N.Spencer 1, J.Ballester 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 5, Z.Marshall 2) Steals: 22 (D.O'Halloran 3, C.Wilson 3, I.Moody 2, D.Brown 3, J.Cannon 6, Z.Marshall 1, N.Spencer 3, N.O'Brien 1) 3P FGs: 7-13 (D.Brown 1-2, K.Smith 0-1, J.Cannon 6-8, N.Spencer 0-1, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: SF John Cannon (VLNV)
We open our season in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where we run out to a comfortable victory over Rice in the opening round of the Paradise Shootout. We're up 64-29 at halftime.

I'm posting the box score so you can see how today's rotation works. I'd say it works well, wouldn't you?

Our 22 steals are a new program record. John Cannon contributes 6 of these, along with the career-high 28 points he scores off the bench.
Record: 1-0.


November 20, 2040
Paradise Shootout Semifinal
(1) #1 Villanova 76, (5) Florida State 51

This game looks a lot different from the Rice game, but the result's still very pleasant. Again, we keep our opponent from doing the things they want to do.

John Cannon leads us in scoring again, finishing with 24 points and 4 assists. Israel Moody adds 18 with 4 steals and 3 blocks; Chris Wilson scores 14, takes down 9 rebounds, and blocks another 5 shots. Kai Smith finishes with 7 assists, Nick Spencer 5 with 3 steals.
Record: 2-0.


November 22, 2040
Paradise Shootout Championship

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(1) #1 Villanova 80, (6) Washington State 63 ---------------------------------------------------------- Washington State (2-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Gilbert Paniagua C 25 1-6 0-1 2 6 1 2 2 John Rodrigue PF 30 2-6 0-0 1 5 1 4 4 Robert Merkle SF 27 7-12 1-4 4 8 3 4 15 Chase Wescott SG 33 4-7 2-5 0 3 3 3 13 Brian Hamilton PG 33 8-10 7-8 0 4 1 2 28 Frank Norvell PG 14 0-4 0-0 0 1 4 4 0 Mikel Dennis PG 8 0-1 0-0 2 3 0 1 0 Charlie Hatchett PG 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Thomas Fetter C 12 0-1 0-0 1 2 0 2 0 Robert Guffey C 12 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 1 1 Mack Russ SF 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Rainer Kolbl PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (G.Paniagua 2, J.Rodrigue 1, R.Merkle 2, C.Wescott 4, B.Hamilton 7, F.Norvell 4, M.Dennis 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (J.Rodrigue 3, C.Wescott 1, B.Hamilton 1, T.Fetter 1) Steals: 6 (G.Paniagua 1, R.Merkle 1, C.Wescott 1, B.Hamilton 1, F.Norvell 1, T.Fetter 1) 3P FGs: 8-18 (R.Merkle 0-1, C.Wescott 3-4, B.Hamilton 5-6, F.Norvell 0-3, M.Dennis 0-1, C.Hatchett 0-1, M.Russ 0-2) Villanova (3-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 2-5 3-4 2 5 4 3 7 Chris Wilson PF 31 10-15 4-6 4 11 3 3 24 Israel Moody SF 29 9-20 3-4 5 6 1 2 21 DeAndre Brown SG 22 1-5 2-2 1 3 6 3 4 Kai Smith PG 26 2-4 2-3 0 0 4 4 7 John Cannon SG 11 0-2 0-0 2 4 0 4 0 Zak Marshall PF 19 2-6 0-0 1 7 1 1 4 Nick Spencer SG 18 0-5 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 Jordi Ballester PF 6 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 0 1 Nick O'Brien PG 7 2-4 4-4 1 1 0 1 10 Turnovers: 11 (C.Wilson 2, I.Moody 3, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 2, J.Cannon 2) Blocked Shots: 2 (Z.Marshall 2) Steals: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 3, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 2, Z.Marshall 1) 3P FGs: 3-14 (D.Brown 0-4, K.Smith 1-2, J.Cannon 0-1, N.Spencer 0-3, N.O'Brien 2-4) Player of Game: PF Chris Wilson (VLNV)
Washington State upset Wake Forest and Mississippi State to earn a spot in the Shootout final. At halftime, we lead by only three points (40-37), but we play much better during the second 20 minutes and win the tournament trophy.

Chris Wilson and Israel Moody have no problems scoring against the WSU players who try to guard them.

On the other hand, we shoot threes like it's last year; our 3-for-14 includes a pair from walk-on Nick O'Brien. I might have to restrict our players' tendency to jack up three-pointers again this season.
Record: 3-0.

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@#1 Villanova 90, Richmond 51

The Spiders are a decent Atlantic 10 team who won 23 games last year, including their first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. They return four starters from last year, including their three top scorers. So, beating them by 39 points is a significant feat.

Our offense is a group project; Chris Wilson (14p/9r), Nick Spencer (13p/6r/4a), and Israel Moody (13p) are our only double-figure scorers, but four other Wildcats finish with 9 points apiece. Among them are Kai Smith, who also hands out 8 assists, and Nick O'Brien.

We block 10 Richmond shots. Chris rejects 5, Zak Marshall 3, and Dan O'Halloran 2.
Record: 4-0.


November 28, 2040
@#1 Villanova 89, Creighton 60

Freshman Israel Moody scores 20 points to lead us to victory over the Blue Jays at Wawa Arena.

He's joined in double figures by Nick Spencer (14p), DeAndre Brown (12p), and John Cannon (11p). Moody, Dan O'Halloran (5p/8r/2b), and Chris Wilson (7p/9r/2b) all block 2 shots each.
Record: 5-0.

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Old 03-24-2024, 04:01 PM   #782
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We complete our five-man recruiting class today, with good news from Weston Wagner and Tyson Lien.

Weston and Tyson are both exceptionally good shooters; there is probably not a big man anywhere in the country who can shoot like Weston can. Both are four-star recruits and All-State players. Weston is Illinois' Mr. Basketball and an All American.

Welcome to the Villanova family!

Here's where some of our other recruits will be playing their college ball:
  • Wayne Bradhold: Tennessee
  • Everett Camp: Purdue
  • David Hage: West Virginia
  • Joe Morrissette: Duke
  • Mark Gile and Kim Francis: St. John's
  • Rob Arceneaux: Georgetown
  • Joshua Revell: Seton Hall
  • Henry Darcy: Connecticut
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Old 03-26-2024, 09:04 AM   #783
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@#1 Villanova 75, Xavier 50

"Israel Moody" sounds like the name of a regimental officer in the Continental Army. It's also the name of a freshman forward who is our team's leading scorer this season, a player who scores 18 points and grabs 6 rebounds as we beat the Musketeers tonight.

Sixth man John Cannon (16p/6r), Kai Smith (10p/7a/4s), and Dan O'Halloran (9p/9r) also play well. Nick O'Brien sinks a three and scores 6 points in 4 minutes.
Record: 6-0.


December 12, 2040
@#1 Villanova 87, Marquette 38[/b]
It's 50-13 at halftime, as we can't miss and Marquette can't score. Our defense limits the Golden Eagles' scoring opportunities, and they can't seem to make shots when they're open.

We record assists on 26 of our 37 made baskets, with Kai Smith recording 9 and leading scorer John Cannon (22p/2b) collecting 6. Nick Spencer (15p) Israel Moody (14p/4s), Zak Marshall (7p/10r/3b), and Chris Wilson (10p) score or rebound in double figures.

We attempt 10 threes and make 9 of them; Cannon goes 4-for-4 from behind the arc.
Record: 7-0.


December 16, 2040
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#1 Villanova 91, Marist 38 --------------------------------------------------------- Marist (3-6, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Shad Hanson C 25 0-3 0-0 1 3 0 3 0 Preston Leclair PF 14 0-3 0-0 1 2 0 3 0 Demetrius Bodine SF 27 4-11 0-0 1 1 2 3 8 Travis Dewar SG 29 4-12 1-2 3 3 2 3 10 Larry Jones PG 30 5-8 0-0 2 5 1 3 12 Mckinley Thomas PG 12 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 0 0 Caleb Findlay SG 10 0-2 2-2 1 1 0 1 2 Tyree Mehta PG 7 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Jerome Martinez C 25 1-4 0-0 0 6 1 0 2 Toussaint Drumet PF 16 1-2 0-0 0 2 0 2 2 Sheldon Burford SF 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 Turnovers: 25 (S.Hanson 3, P.Leclair 3, D.Bodine 6, T.Dewar 5, L.Jones 5, M.Thomas 1, C.Findlay 1, J.Martinez 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (S.Hanson 2, D.Bodine 1, M.Thomas 1, T.Drumet 1) Steals: 2 (S.Hanson 1, J.Martinez 1) 3P FGs: 3-12 (T.Dewar 1-6, L.Jones 2-4, C.Findlay 0-1, J.Martinez 0-1) Villanova (8-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 28 6-8 1-3 0 9 1 2 13 Chris Wilson PF 29 3-5 4-6 1 5 1 2 10 Israel Moody SF 26 4-9 3-4 1 4 4 3 11 DeAndre Brown SG 22 1-2 3-4 0 1 4 0 5 Kai Smith PG 16 2-2 2-2 1 1 5 4 7 John Cannon SG 29 7-14 1-1 2 2 3 3 19 Zak Marshall C 14 4-4 2-2 2 5 0 1 10 Nick Spencer PG 21 3-5 0-0 0 3 6 1 7 Jordi Ballester PF 8 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 5 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 7 Turnovers: 11 (D.O'Halloran 3, C.Wilson 2, I.Moody 3, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (C.Wilson 3, I.Moody 1, Z.Marshall 1) Steals: 12 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, I.Moody 2, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 1, J.Cannon 4, N.Spencer 2) 3P FGs: 8-14 (D.Brown 0-1, K.Smith 1-1, J.Cannon 4-9, N.Spencer 1-1, N.O'Brien 2-2) Player of Game: SG John Cannon (VLNV)
More of the same, as we hold the Red Foxes under 40 points, force 25 turnovers, make 63 percent of our shots with 24 assists on 33 baskets, and make over half of a limited number of three-pointers.

We're third in the nation in scoring and also in points allowed.

Record: 8-0.

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@#1 Villanova 88, Emory 55
We play the second half of a home-and-home with Emory tonight, and the UAA team hangs in against a Villanova lineup that features several reserves.

Forrest Curl leads us with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Walk-on freshman forward Brian Cioffi makes 6 of 7 points, scores 15, makes 2 steals, and grabs 6 rebounds in 18 very productive minutes...and tears his MCL. He'll miss the remainder of the season. Nick Spencer (9p/7a/5r) displays his well-rounded set of skills.
Record: 9-0.


December 26, 2040
#1 Villanova 77, @Rider 61

A Boxing Day contest at Rider ends up being a competitive game; we lead 36-30 at halftime, and the Broncs twice cut our lead to three points.

John Cannon scores 18 points to lead us, with Kai Smith contributing a career-high 15. Israel Moody scores 10; Dan O'Halloran and Zak Marshall grab 10 rebounds each, and Zak blocks 3 shots.
Record: 10-0.


December 30, 2040
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#1 Villanova 95, Stanford 69 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (11-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 23 8-13 2-4 3 9 1 4 18 Chris Wilson C 29 4-10 1-1 1 6 4 1 9 Israel Moody SF 16 3-6 3-4 1 3 1 4 9 DeAndre Brown SG 24 5-11 1-2 0 2 3 2 13 Kai Smith PG 25 7-9 0-0 0 1 8 1 18 Nick Spencer SG 24 1-4 0-0 1 4 4 4 3 John Cannon SF 17 5-8 6-8 0 2 2 5 19 Zak Marshall PF 27 1-4 3-4 1 11 2 2 5 Jordi Ballester PF 6 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 9 0-1 1-2 1 2 1 0 1 Turnovers: 11 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 3, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 1, N.Spencer 2, J.Cannon 1) Blocked Shots: 14 (D.O'Halloran 5, C.Wilson 4, Z.Marshall 5) Steals: 8 (C.Wilson 1, D.Brown 4, K.Smith 2, J.Cannon 1) 3P FGs: 10-17 (D.Brown 2-3, K.Smith 4-5, N.Spencer 1-2, J.Cannon 3-6, N.O'Brien 0-1) Stanford (7-5, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Timothy Walker C 22 0-3 0-0 0 3 0 3 0 Albert Novak PF 28 2-10 1-3 4 12 0 2 5 Randall Hoover SF 23 4-11 2-2 2 3 0 4 10 Buster Hunt SG 22 2-8 2-4 1 5 3 4 8 Joshua Lewis PG 25 3-4 2-2 0 2 5 1 10 T. Merriweather C 21 1-4 1-1 0 2 3 1 3 C. Greenfield PF 16 4-7 1-1 1 5 0 3 9 Marcus McDonald SG 16 2-4 4-5 1 4 0 1 8 Dominique Jones PG 10 2-2 4-5 0 1 1 0 9 Henry Griffiths SG 7 0-2 1-2 1 2 1 1 1 Gregory Battle SF 7 1-4 0-2 0 0 1 0 2 Frederick Windham SG 3 1-2 1-2 1 1 0 0 4 Turnovers: 16 (R.Hoover 1, B.Hunt 3, J.Lewis 4, T.Merriweather 2, C.Greenfield 2, M.McDonald 3, D.Jones 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (T.Walker 2, G.Battle 1) Steals: 4 (R.Hoover 1, B.Hunt 2, F.Windham 1) 3P FGs: 6-15 (R.Hoover 0-2, B.Hunt 2-5, J.Lewis 2-2, M.McDonald 0-1, D.Jones 1-1, H.Griffiths 0-1, G.Battle 0-2, F.Windham 1-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
The Cardinal have struggled a bit this year, so this game doesn't end up being the stern test I anticipated when I put them on our schedule last spring.

We enjoy a dominant performance from Dan O'Halloran, the first of his young career. Those 14 blocks are the fourth highest total for a Villanova team during Graham's tenure. All in all, it's a very satisfying performance with contributions from a number of players.

The calendar year will end with us riding a 43-game winning streak.
Record: 11-0.

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@#1 Villanova 96, Lafayette 60

An unranked Lafayette team with a 10-3 record comes to Wawa Arena, falls behind 58-34 at halftime, and never poses much of a threat.

The Leopards can't handle our big men. Chris Wilson (22p/5b) and Dan O'Halloran (12p/12r/4b) hold Lafayette big men to a total of 7 points and 11 rebounds. Israel Moody adds 13 points, and reserves Nick Spencer and John Cannon score 15 and 11, respectively.

Lafayette's prestige, which rose as high as 95 in 2030, has dropped back to 74. I notice we and they almost never recruit the same players anymore.
Record: 12-0.


Code:
2040 Big East Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige --------------------------------------------------------------- #2 Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 14 0 1.000 8 89 #3 Georgetown 0 0 .000 14 0 1.000 41 98 #6 St. John's 0 0 .000 13 0 1.000 7 67 #1 Villanova 0 0 .000 12 0 1.000 1 100 Providence 0 0 .000 11 2 .846 142 68 Boston College 0 0 .000 9 4 .692 45 100 #21 Connecticut 0 0 .000 9 3 .750 64 77 Seton Hall 0 0 .000 8 6 .571 202 53 Syracuse 0 0 .000 7 5 .583 74 75

After 23-15 and 23-12 seasons, including 7-9 and 8-8 marks in Big East play that were not up to their usual standards, Pitt seems to be back with a vengeance this year. Down in DC, the Hoyas undoubtedly feel like they have something to prove after exiting the NCAA tournament on the first day last March. And St. John's is off to their best start in years.


January 7, 2041
@#1 Villanova 88, Seton Hall 56

Israel Moody leads all Big East freshmen in scoring, averaging 14.7 PPG. He pours in 23 tonight as we open our conference campaign with a win over the Pirates.

Classmate Dan O'Halloran scores 13 points with 8 rebounds. Kai Smith dishes out 11 assists, Zak Marshall nets 12 points, and DeAndre Brown scores 11 with 5 steals.
Record: 13-0 (1-0).


January 14, 2041
#1 Villanova 60, @Syracuse 36

The scoreline looks like that of a poorly played high school game, doesn't it? We play good defense and shoot terribly, but not as terribly as the Orange, who are 16-for-57 on the night. They attempt 15 threes and make one of them.

One reason why Syracuse misses so many shots: we reject 14 of them. Chris Wilson (5), Zak Marshall (4), Dan O'Halloran (3), and Israel Moody (2) attend our block party.

Moody leads us with 15 points. Kai Smith has 8 assists, and O'Halloran ends up with 8 points and 11 boards.
Record: 14-0 (2-0).


January 16, 2041
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#1 Villanova 88, #4 St. John's 68 --------------------------------------------------------- St. John's (15-1, 2-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Miskin C 18 1-4 0-0 0 7 2 5 2 Erik Thomason PF 18 1-2 2-4 0 3 1 4 4 James Boucher SF 24 0-2 2-2 1 3 0 2 2 Sammy Childers SG 30 2-7 0-0 3 4 2 3 5 David Culver PG 34 7-11 8-8 1 5 6 3 23 Andy Womack C 21 4-8 1-2 0 2 0 4 10 Tony Price SF 22 2-3 4-4 1 2 2 1 9 James Pfaff SG 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 Chris Weigel PF 12 5-7 0-0 1 2 0 1 11 RJ Cannon C 11 1-2 0-0 0 3 1 0 2 Zachariah Hanson PF 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 3 0 Turnovers: 26 (C.Miskin 3, E.Thomason 1, J.Boucher 7, S.Childers 5, D.Culver 5, A.Womack 2, T.Price 2, J.Pfaff 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (E.Thomason 1, S.Childers 1, C.Weigel 2) Steals: 3 (E.Thomason 1, D.Culver 1, Z.Hanson 1) 3P FGs: 5-14 (J.Boucher 0-1, S.Childers 1-4, D.Culver 1-3, A.Womack 1-3, T.Price 1-1, C.Weigel 1-2) Villanova (15-0, 3-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 28 5-8 4-5 5 7 0 0 14 Chris Wilson PF 29 8-13 5-9 1 12 1 1 21 Israel Moody SF 29 4-8 3-3 0 0 4 4 11 DeAndre Brown SG 27 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 Kai Smith PG 21 3-5 2-2 0 1 4 4 10 Nick Spencer PG 24 3-9 2-2 1 2 4 3 9 John Cannon SF 12 2-4 0-0 0 0 2 4 5 Zak Marshall PF 19 3-3 4-7 0 3 0 1 10 Jordi Ballester PF 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 7 2-4 0-0 1 1 0 1 5 Turnovers: 12 (C.Wilson 3, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 1, N.Spencer 1, J.Cannon 1, Z.Marshall 1, J.Ballester 1, N.O'Brien 2) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, Z.Marshall 3) Steals: 11 (I.Moody 5, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 1, N.Spencer 3, N.O'Brien 1) 3P FGs: 6-16 (D.Brown 1-3, K.Smith 2-3, N.Spencer 1-6, J.Cannon 1-2, N.O'Brien 1-2) Player of Game: PF Chris Wilson (VLNV)
This year's St. John's team is the best they've ever had, and I entered this one thinking we might be ripe for an upset. Chris Wilson had other ideas.

I have to commend Zak Marshall and Nick Spencer for the mature way in which they've adjusted to their new roles as reserves. Neither of them have complained, and they allow us to manage our players' fatigue without suffering much, if any, dropoff in effectiveness. Eight of our players average at least 18 minutes per game, and nobody averages more than 29.
Record: 15-0 (3-0).
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#2 Pittsburgh 93, #1 Villanova 88 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (15-1, 3-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 5-8 1-2 4 8 2 1 11 Chris Wilson PF 29 7-12 2-4 3 13 2 4 16 Israel Moody SF 30 8-15 0-0 1 4 1 2 16 DeAndre Brown SG 23 6-9 0-0 1 1 2 2 14 Kai Smith PG 18 0-1 2-2 0 1 5 4 2 Nick Spencer PG 24 3-8 4-4 1 1 2 1 10 John Cannon SG 20 3-8 4-4 0 2 3 2 13 Zak Marshall PF 17 2-6 0-0 3 6 3 2 4 Forrest Curl PF 5 1-1 0-0 1 1 0 1 2 Nick O'Brien PG 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 Turnovers: 19 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 5, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 3, N.Spencer 3, J.Cannon 1, Z.Marshall 1, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (C.Wilson 6, I.Moody 1, Z.Marshall 1, F.Curl 1) Steals: 11 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, D.Brown 3, K.Smith 1, N.Spencer 3, J.Cannon 2) 3P FGs: 5-16 (D.Brown 2-4, K.Smith 0-1, N.Spencer 0-5, J.Cannon 3-6) Pittsburgh (19-0, 5-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Amir Kirk C 28 6-10 1-2 2 9 0 2 13 Tad Dupuis PF 34 5-10 2-2 3 5 0 3 12 Kenneth McGee SF 19 6-10 1-2 3 4 1 5 19 Tanner McLaughlin SG 34 5-8 7-7 0 2 4 3 19 Broderick Boone PG 30 5-9 0-0 2 5 8 3 10 Casey Wallace PG 12 1-5 0-1 0 0 1 1 2 Theo Baker SG 14 2-3 0-0 1 3 0 0 6 Chris Vice C 16 0-3 0-0 1 5 3 0 0 Chris Brundage PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 Raphael Ramos SF 9 3-9 5-5 1 1 0 0 12 Steven Mertens PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 19 (A.Kirk 1, T.Dupuis 1, K.McGee 2, T.McLaughlin 8, B.Boone 2, C.Wallace 3, T.Baker 1, C.Brundage 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (T.Dupuis 5, C.Vice 1) Steals: 12 (A.Kirk 1, T.Dupuis 1, K.McGee 2, T.McLaughlin 2, B.Boone 5, C.Vice 1) 3P FGs: 11-25 (T.Dupuis 0-2, K.McGee 6-6, T.McLaughlin 2-3, B.Boone 0-3, C.Wallace 0-2, T.Baker 2-3, C.Vice 0-1, R.Ramos 1-5) Player of Game: SF Broderick Boone (PITT)
As a fan of college basketball, you want a game between the nation's top two teams to be a good one. This game does not disappoint. The atmosphere in Pitt's arena is electric, and the contest isn't decided until the final ninety seconds or so of the game.

We lead, 46-45, at halftime. We're down two, 86-84, with 1:38 remaining, when the Panthers' outstanding junior center, Amir Kirk converts an and-one. If I had one more scholarship to offer when Amir was a high school senior, it would have gone to him.

Another guy I really wanted, Tanner McLaughlin, is enjoying a fine senior season at Pitt. And Kenneth McGee, who would have also been a great fit for our program (if he'd liked us), carves us up with 6 threes.

Roland Goodnight, Pitt's excellent point guard, is serving an academic suspension. Broderick Boone plays so well tonight they barely miss him.

Chris Wilson makes his presence felt inside once again, but this time it's in a losing effort.
Record: 15-1 (3-1).


January 26, 2041
@#1 Villanova 92, Connecticut 63

Back at Wawa Arena, we hand the Huskies a lopsided defeat.

The six Wildcats who play the most all score at least 11 points, led by Dan O'Halloran's first 20-point game. Kai Smith also records a new career high with 11 assist, to go with 12 points. And Chris Wilson (15p/9r) blocks 8 shots, the second-most by a Graham Sims-coached Wildcat.

There were some crazy good shot blockers at Villanova back in the day, such as Kenneth Bankston, Gerald Eubanks, and the grand master, Larry Vanegas. Charlie Lambert is our all-time leading shot blocker, but Charlie got his five at a time, rather than exploding for 10 at a time like LV did.
Record: 16-1 (4-1).


January 30, 2041
@#1 Villanova 99, #23 Boston College 54

Israel Moody drops a career-best 28 points and Chris Wilson adds 24 more as we lay the wood to a ranked Eagles team at Wawa Arena.

Chris also grabs 12 rebounds and blocks 3 shots. Kai Smith, the Big East's assist leader (6.5 APG), dishes out 11 for the second straight game.

Pitt has to feel hard done by. They're undefeated at 20-0, they lead the Big East standings, they beat us, and they're still ranked #2 behind us.
Record: 17-1 (5-1).
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#1 Villanova 90, @Providence 52

The Cannon is firing tonight, as we rout the Friars up in Providence.

John Cannon scores a career-best 32 points in 20 minutes of reserve duty, adding 6 steals for good measure. He's 8-for-12 from three-point range.
Fellow backup Nick Spencer pitches in 14 points and 7 assists, and Chris Wilson contributes 15 points and 4 blocks.
Record: 18-1 (6-1).


February 4, 2041
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#3 Georgetown 92, #1 Villanova 79 --------------------------------------------------------- Georgetown (21-1, 7-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Adam Webb C 24 1-4 0-0 0 6 1 0 2 Phoenix Underwood PF 26 2-11 0-0 6 13 2 2 4 Tadgh Phelan SF 29 13-23 3-4 4 10 2 2 38 Edgar Beck SG 14 0-2 0-0 0 4 2 5 0 Gus Dean PG 25 5-8 6-8 2 2 4 2 17 Gregory Mendez SG 23 2-2 1-2 1 7 4 3 7 Otto Harrold PG 17 5-5 0-0 0 0 5 2 12 Barry Barrick PF 21 2-3 0-0 0 0 1 2 4 Clark Mead SG 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 Stevie Liang C 10 1-3 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Juste Faulvarque SF 11 1-1 4-4 1 5 1 4 6 Turnovers: 18 (P.Underwood 3, T.Phelan 5, E.Beck 2, G.Dean 2, G.Mendez 1, O.Harrold 1, B.Barrick 2, S.Liang 1, J.Faulvarque 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (A.Webb 4, P.Underwood 1, B.Barrick 1, S.Liang 3) Steals: 5 (T.Phelan 1, G.Dean 1, O.Harrold 1, C.Mead 1, J.Faulvarque 1) 3P FGs: 14-27 (A.Webb 0-1, T.Phelan 9-18, G.Dean 1-4, G.Mendez 2-2, O.Harrold 2-2) Villanova (18-2, 6-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 4-11 0-0 6 11 2 0 8 Chris Wilson PF 30 4-11 3-5 1 5 2 1 11 Israel Moody SF 28 5-11 1-4 0 3 1 3 11 DeAndre Brown SG 24 3-7 4-4 1 1 4 4 13 Kai Smith PG 26 3-7 8-8 0 2 4 4 15 Nick Spencer SG 19 1-6 0-0 1 4 3 4 2 John Cannon SF 15 5-9 1-3 2 2 1 1 12 Zak Marshall C 14 2-9 0-0 1 2 0 0 4 Forrest Curl PF 10 1-1 1-3 5 7 3 0 3 Nick O'Brien PG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, C.Wilson 2, I.Moody 1, N.Spencer 2) Blocked Shots: 10 (D.O'Halloran 3, C.Wilson 6, I.Moody 1) Steals: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, I.Moody 1, K.Smith 2, J.Cannon 4) 3P FGs: 5-20 (I.Moody 0-2, D.Brown 3-6, K.Smith 1-4, N.Spencer 0-4, J.Cannon 1-4) Player of Game: SF Tadgh Phelan (GTOWN)
Remember when I messed up and didn't invite Tadgh Phelan to campus early enough in his recruiting cycle? I pay the price for that mistake tonight, as he scorches us for a career-best 38 points.

I intend no offense to any of our current players, but Phelan is a star. He's leading the Big East in scoring, and he'll almost certainly score his 1000th career point later this month, in less than two seasons. He'd look great in Villanova colors.

With our loss, we drop to third in the Big East standings.
Record: 18-2 (6-2).


February 6, 2041
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#1 Villanova 103, Seton Hall 91 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (19-2, 7-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 2-5 6-6 3 8 2 1 10 Chris Wilson PF 28 4-11 6-9 1 7 3 2 14 Israel Moody SF 18 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 10 DeAndre Brown SG 28 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 2 12 Kai Smith PG 15 4-5 0-0 0 3 4 4 11 Nick Spencer SG 18 3-5 1-1 0 0 1 4 8 John Cannon SF 23 5-13 2-4 1 1 4 0 16 Zak Marshall PF 20 5-9 3-4 1 10 2 1 13 Forrest Curl PF 5 1-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 15 3-4 0-0 1 3 1 0 7 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, I.Moody 2, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 1, N.Spencer 4, J.Cannon 1, Z.Marshall 1, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 13 (D.O'Halloran 3, C.Wilson 6, Z.Marshall 4) Steals: 10 (I.Moody 2, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 2, N.Spencer 1, J.Cannon 2, F.Curl 1, N.O'Brien 1) 3P FGs: 11-24 (C.Wilson 0-1, D.Brown 2-3, K.Smith 3-4, N.Spencer 1-2, J.Cannon 4-12, N.O'Brien 1-2) Seton Hall (9-13, 1-7): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Frank Wilmoth C 22 1-3 0-0 1 9 0 0 2 Matthew Scholl PF 18 0-1 0-0 1 6 1 4 0 Olen Treadwell SF 30 7-22 3-4 0 7 2 4 17 Ethan Rodgers SG 22 6-8 2-2 1 1 4 2 18 Lamont Weston PG 35 6-8 1-1 0 3 4 3 16 Basil Upshaw SF 21 6-9 4-4 0 0 2 4 17 Devin Mix PG 18 5-11 4-4 1 1 0 1 17 Joseph Lira PG 8 0-0 2-2 1 1 1 0 2 Jasper Krouse PF 13 1-2 0-0 0 2 0 1 2 Keith Trull C 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 3 0 Eugene Mitchell PF 3 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (F.Wilmoth 2, O.Treadwell 4, E.Rodgers 4, L.Weston 1, B.Upshaw 3, D.Mix 2, K.Trull 5) Blocked Shots: 3 (M.Scholl 2, L.Weston 1) Steals: 8 (O.Treadwell 1, L.Weston 2, B.Upshaw 3, D.Mix 1, J.Lira 1) 3P FGs: 11-20 (O.Treadwell 0-3, E.Rodgers 4-5, L.Weston 3-4, B.Upshaw 1-2, D.Mix 3-6) Player of Game: PF Zak Marshall (VLNV)
One last look at "#1 Villanova" before the new polls are released.

Truthfully, I'm posting this box score because I like our balance so much. Zak Marshall is the star, with an outstanding effort in a reserve role.

Chris Wilson blocks 6 more shots. His average of 3.7 rejections per game ranks him first in the Big East, and ninth in the nation.
Record: 19-2 (7-2).


February 9, 2041
@#1 Villanova 86, Bowdoin 41

I redistributed our playing time a bit for this game, and a good time was had by all (except our visitors from Maine).

John Cannon (20p/3s), Zak Marshall (14p/2b), Nick Spencer (13p/5a/2s), and Israel Moody (11p) all score in double digits. Forrest Curl grabs 11 rebounds.
Record: 20-2 (7-2).
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@#1 Villanova 73, St. Francis (PA) 63

The Red Flash hang tough, giving us a competitive game for 40 minutes tonight.

Our balanced attack features five double-figure scorers, led by Israel Moody (14p/7r) and Chris Wilson (13p/6r). Kai Smith supplements his 11 points with 3 steals and another 8 assists.

I'm especially proud of the fact we commit only 6 turnovers.
Record: 22-2 (8-2).


February 20, 2041
#1 Villanova 81, @Connecticut 38

We remain at #1; despite our two losses, we're still ranked ahead of undefeated Pitt. And we play like the best team in the nation in Hartford tonight, doubling up on the Huskies.

Israel Moody (21p/5r), Dan O'Halloran (17p/8r), DeAndre Brown (11p), and Kai Sims (10p/5a) all score at least 10 points, and Nick Spencer dishes out 7 assists.

But the real story is the plunderous nature of our defense. We steal the ball from the Huskies 21 times, one theft short of the school record we set in November. The leading bandits are DeAndre (6), Nick (4), Dan, Kai, and Israel (3 each). Chris Wilson blocks 3 shots.

We've added some real swagger to our defense lately. We lead the nation in blocks, steals, and turnovers forced.
Record: 23-2 (11-2).


February 23, 2041
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#1 Villanova 69, #13 St. John's 55 -------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (24-2, 10-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 5-9 1-2 0 7 1 1 11 Chris Wilson PF 31 6-10 0-0 3 8 2 1 12 Israel Moody SF 29 4-8 2-2 1 4 1 1 10 DeAndre Brown SG 36 5-8 6-6 2 3 1 3 18 Kai Smith PG 29 2-5 0-0 1 1 11 1 4 Nick Spencer PG 16 3-4 0-0 1 3 3 1 8 John Cannon SF 9 0-1 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 Zak Marshall C 11 2-7 0-0 1 3 0 0 4 Forrest Curl PF 7 0-1 0-0 0 3 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 14 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 2, I.Moody 3, D.Brown 4, K.Smith 1, N.Spencer 1, J.Cannon 1, F.Curl 1) Blocked Shots: 14 (C.Wilson 10, Z.Marshall 4) Steals: 9 (I.Moody 1, D.Brown 3, K.Smith 2, N.Spencer 2, Z.Marshall 1) 3P FGs: 4-7 (D.Brown 2-2, K.Smith 0-2, N.Spencer 2-3) St. John's (21-6, 6-6): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Miskin C 27 1-2 2-2 1 4 3 2 4 Erik Thomason PF 31 4-13 1-2 3 5 1 2 9 James Boucher SF 26 4-5 0-0 0 3 2 4 10 Sammy Childers SG 18 3-7 0-0 1 1 1 4 8 David Culver PG 34 3-8 1-1 2 3 7 2 7 Andy Womack SF 30 3-11 0-0 1 5 4 2 6 Tony Price PG 17 1-1 3-3 1 3 0 0 5 James Pfaff SG 4 2-5 0-0 0 1 0 0 6 Chris Weigel C 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 RJ Cannon C 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Harold Robinson SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 John Garcia C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (C.Miskin 2, E.Thomason 2, J.Boucher 3, S.Childers 3, D.Culver 1, A.Womack 2, T.Price 3) Blocked Shots: 4 (C.Miskin 3, E.Thomason 1) Steals: 5 (C.Miskin 2, D.Culver 2, A.Womack 1) 3P FGs: 6-20 (J.Boucher 2-2, S.Childers 2-6, D.Culver 0-3, A.Womack 0-4, J.Pfaff 2-5) Player of Game: PF Chris Wilson (VLNV)
Chris Wilson protects the rim as if it were his prized possession, turning back 10 Johnnies shots as we beat St. John's on the road. The 6'11" junior misses a triple-double by 2 rebounds.

DeAndre Brown leads a balanced attack with 18 points.
Record: 24-2 (10-2).


February 27, 2041
@#1 Villanova 88, Providence 60

Chris Wilson wins the PotG nod, scoring 14 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, and rejecting 5 shots. It could have gone to DeAndre Brown, who scored 13 points with 8 rebounds and 7 steals.

Israel Moody wouldn't have been a bad choice (18p/5r). Same for Nick Spencer (11p/7a/2s). It's a nice problem to have.

We'll close out our month a game behind Georgetown and Pitt in the Big East standings. The Hoyas and Panthers are both 12-1.
Record: 25-2 (11-2).
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#1 Villanova 82, #3 Pittsburgh 55 --------------------------------------------------------- Pittsburgh (26-2, 12-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Amir Kirk C 26 4-13 0-0 2 8 1 3 8 Tad Dupuis PF 32 1-6 0-0 1 6 1 2 2 Kenneth McGee SF 26 4-11 0-0 1 2 2 3 10 Tanner McLaughlin SG 27 3-7 2-2 2 5 1 4 9 Broderick Boone PG 27 2-9 2-2 1 4 4 2 6 Casey Wallace PG 10 3-3 0-0 0 1 0 0 8 Theo Baker SG 14 1-3 0-0 0 4 0 1 3 Chris Vice C 15 2-6 0-0 0 1 0 1 5 Chris Brundage PF 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 1 0 0 Raphael Ramos SF 12 1-2 0-0 1 2 0 3 2 Steven Mertens PG 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 2 Turnovers: 21 (A.Kirk 1, T.Dupuis 1, K.McGee 3, T.McLaughlin 5, B.Boone 1, C.Wallace 1, T.Baker 6, C.Vice 1, R.Ramos 2) Blocked Shots: 14 (A.Kirk 2, T.Dupuis 8, K.McGee 1, T.McLaughlin 1, T.Baker 1, R.Ramos 1) Steals: 6 (K.McGee 3, T.McLaughlin 1, C.Wallace 1, C.Brundage 1) 3P FGs: 7-22 (T.Dupuis 0-1, K.McGee 2-6, T.McLaughlin 1-4, B.Boone 0-4, C.Wallace 2-2, T.Baker 1-2, C.Vice 1-3) Villanova (26-2, 12-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 25 5-8 1-1 2 8 1 1 11 Chris Wilson PF 25 6-10 3-4 2 5 2 0 15 Jordi Ballester PF 19 3-6 1-3 4 13 3 0 7 DeAndre Brown SG 25 3-5 1-1 0 2 0 1 7 Nick Spencer PG 15 2-3 0-0 1 3 3 4 5 Kai Smith PG 26 2-5 5-5 0 3 8 2 10 Israel Moody SF 26 4-15 0-3 0 3 2 1 8 John Cannon SG 15 6-11 3-3 1 2 1 1 17 Zak Marshall C 15 0-3 2-2 1 4 1 0 2 Forrest Curl PF 8 0-1 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 Turnovers: 12 (C.Wilson 1, J.Ballester 1, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 2, I.Moody 3, J.Cannon 4) Blocked Shots: 12 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 4, D.Brown 1, I.Moody 1, Z.Marshall 4, F.Curl 1) Steals: 12 (C.Wilson 1, J.Ballester 2, D.Brown 2, N.Spencer 1, K.Smith 1, I.Moody 1, J.Cannon 3, F.Curl 1) 3P FGs: 4-11 (D.Brown 0-1, N.Spencer 1-2, K.Smith 1-2, J.Cannon 2-6) Player of Game: PF Chris Wilson (VLNV)
We honor our seniors, Nick Spencer and Jordi Ballester, in the best way possible with an important victory over the visiting Panthers.

Jordi, in particular, rises to the occasion. He pulls in a career-high 13 rebounds and makes 2 steals.

Chris Wilson, who is also almost certainly playing his final game at Wawa Arena, makes a big impact. So does Zak Marshall, who also might be taking his final bow tonight. Chris has been predicted to be a lottery pick since he was in high school, and Zak is forecast to go in the first round if he enters the draft.

We're now tied with Pitt for second place in the league, but we're still listed third in the table.
Record: 26-2 (12-2).


March 6, 2041
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#2 Georgetown 82, #1 Villanova 74 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (26-3, 12-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 4-8 0-2 4 11 2 2 8 Chris Wilson PF 30 8-17 2-2 1 10 2 4 18 Israel Moody SF 27 0-5 4-4 0 3 2 3 4 DeAndre Brown SG 24 7-10 0-0 1 5 4 3 15 Kai Smith PG 25 1-4 2-2 1 1 6 3 4 Nick Spencer PG 13 0-1 0-0 1 3 0 1 0 Zak Marshall PF 23 4-8 1-2 1 8 0 3 9 John Cannon SG 20 5-9 0-0 0 0 2 3 14 Forrest Curl PF 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 1 0 Turnovers: 17 (D.O'Halloran 2, C.Wilson 2, I.Moody 2, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 3, N.Spencer 1, Z.Marshall 1, J.Cannon 3, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 3, I.Moody 2, Z.Marshall 3) Steals: 8 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, I.Moody 1, D.Brown 2, J.Cannon 3) 3P FGs: 5-14 (C.Wilson 0-1, D.Brown 1-3, K.Smith 0-2, J.Cannon 4-8) Georgetown (30-1, 15-1): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Adam Webb C 26 3-5 2-2 3 8 2 0 8 Phoenix Underwood PF 29 3-8 3-3 1 4 2 2 9 Tadgh Phelan SF 24 3-8 1-2 1 5 5 4 8 Edgar Beck SG 32 2-13 5-8 2 7 3 1 10 Gus Dean PG 26 5-10 4-6 3 6 2 0 17 Gregory Mendez SG 20 4-9 3-5 0 3 2 1 13 Otto Harrold PG 9 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 6 Barry Barrick PF 21 0-2 1-3 3 5 0 0 1 Stevie Liang C 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Juste Faulvarque SF 9 2-3 2-2 0 2 1 2 8 Turnovers: 14 (A.Webb 2, T.Phelan 1, E.Beck 4, G.Dean 2, G.Mendez 1, O.Harrold 2, B.Barrick 1, J.Faulvarque 1) Blocked Shots: 11 (A.Webb 6, P.Underwood 1, E.Beck 1, B.Barrick 2, S.Liang 1) Steals: 9 (P.Underwood 1, T.Phelan 2, E.Beck 2, G.Mendez 3, J.Faulvarque 1) 3P FGs: 11-25 (T.Phelan 1-2, E.Beck 1-3, G.Dean 3-8, G.Mendez 2-7, O.Harrold 2-2, S.Liang 0-1, J.Faulvarque 2-2) Player of Game: PG Gus Dean (GTOWN)
Our chances of an eighth consecutive Big East regular season championship expire at the hands of the Hoyas tonight. They sink us with a barrage of three-pointers and the shot-blocking talents of Adam Webb..

Adam was the top recruit in his high school class. He's a Pennsylvania guy, so we hated to lose him, and tonight he reminds us why he's so highly regarded.
Record: 26-3 (12-3).


March 9, 2041
#1 Villanova 55, @Boston College 52

This is an old-fashioned game, largely played in the paint at both ends of the floor. The teams combine to attempt only 21 threes and make only 7 of them. Meanwhile, we combine to block 20 shots; Abe Gunderson records 7 for the Eagles, Chris Wilson 6 for us.

Nick Spencer leads us with 13 points, and Wilson scores 12. Nick's second basket of the game makes him the newest member of our 1000-point club.
Record: 27-3 (13-3).

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2040 Big East Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige -------------------------------------------------------------- #2 Georgetown 15 1 .938 30 1 .968 3 98 #3 Pittsburgh 13 3 .813 27 3 .900 2 89 #1 Villanova 13 3 .813 27 3 .900 1 100 #20 St. John's 8 8 .500 23 8 .742 6 67 Syracuse 7 9 .438 16 14 .533 21 75 Boston College 6 10 .375 16 14 .533 40 100 Providence 4 12 .250 16 14 .533 52 68 Connecticut 4 12 .250 15 15 .500 49 77 Seton Hall 2 14 .125 10 21 .323 96 53

The polls still believe we're the best team in the nation, but the Big East standings say we're the third best team in our conference. We'll face sixth-seeded Boston College in the first round proper.


March 15, 2041
Big East Tournament, First Round
(1) #1 Villanova 96, (6) Boston College 62

We advance to the semifinal with an easy win over the Eagles, but the big story from today's game is a serious injury suffered by dynamic freshman Israel Moody.

His ruptured Achilles tendon will keep him out of action for at least nine months. We'll hopefully have him back in time for the start of Big East play next season.

Dan O'Halloran leads us in scoring with 19 points, winning tonight's battle of the nation's top freshman centers with BC's Jon LaFramboise. Reserves John Cannon and Jordi Ballester score 16 and 14 respectively; fellow bench guy Zak Marshall produces a pair of nines (9p/9r).

John Cannon will have the first opportunity to fill Israel's spot in the starting lineup. If we want more size, we'll use Zak Marshall instead.

Providence upsets second-seeded Pitt, so we'll face the Friars next. And top seed Georgetown is knocked out by 8-seed UConn.
Record: 28-3.


March 16, 2041
Big East Tournament Semifinal

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(1) #1 Villanova 100, (7) Providence 48 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (29-3, 13-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 28 4-8 6-8 2 9 4 2 14 Chris Wilson PF 28 5-7 9-12 2 6 0 2 19 John Cannon SF 28 5-10 3-3 0 4 1 3 14 DeAndre Brown SG 28 4-10 0-0 1 1 1 2 9 Kai Smith PG 22 3-7 4-4 0 1 8 3 10 Nick Spencer SG 23 5-8 1-2 1 3 6 0 12 Zak Marshall PF 21 6-13 2-2 5 11 0 0 14 Jordi Ballester PF 10 0-3 1-2 2 4 0 0 1 Forrest Curl C 5 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 7 3-3 0-0 1 1 0 0 7 Turnovers: 8 (D.O'Halloran 3, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 3, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, J.Cannon 1, D.Brown 1, Z.Marshall 1) Steals: 17 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 2, J.Cannon 2, D.Brown 3, K.Smith 4, N.Spencer 3, Z.Marshall 1, F.Curl 1) 3P FGs: 4-16 (J.Cannon 1-6, D.Brown 1-3, K.Smith 0-2, N.Spencer 1-1, Z.Marshall 0-3, N.O'Brien 1-1) Providence (17-15, 4-12): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Johann Grillmaier C 20 1-5 0-0 1 6 0 2 2 Jimmmy Sewell PF 14 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 4 0 Kevin Wilmot SF 27 3-12 2-2 1 2 1 3 8 Keenan Ober SG 16 5-7 1-1 0 0 1 4 11 Jonas Trainor PG 18 1-3 0-0 0 1 3 0 2 Charles Carmona PG 27 4-8 2-3 2 7 5 2 11 Saul Gerber PF 17 1-3 0-0 1 4 1 3 2 Matthew Peloquin C 15 1-5 0-0 1 3 0 4 2 Roger Turnbull SG 14 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 Rein Firsch SG 10 2-3 0-0 2 2 1 2 5 Harold Willett SF 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Jaime Gonsalez PF 12 0-2 0-0 1 4 1 0 0 Günter Eichelman PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 28 (J.Sewell 1, K.Wilmot 5, K.Ober 4, J.Trainor 3, S.Gerber 1, M.Peloquin 2, R.Turnbull 6, R.Firsch 3, H.Willett 1, J.Gonsalez 2) Blocked Shots: 7 (J.Grillmaier 1, J.Sewell 1, K.Ober 1, S.Gerber 2, J.Gonsalez 1, G.Eichelman 1) Steals: 4 (J.Grillmaier 1, K.Ober 1, C.Carmona 1, R.Firsch 1) 3P FGs: 3-9 (K.Wilmot 0-1, C.Carmona 1-2, R.Turnbull 1-3, R.Firsch 1-2, H.Willett 0-1) Player of Game: PF Chris Wilson (VLNV)
Saddened and motivated by the injury of their teammate, the Wildcats eliminate the Friars in a magisterial performance.

We don't shoot well from distance, but we do almost everything else superbly: preventing turnovers, drawing fouls and making free throws, shooting two-point field goals, and harassing Providence ballhandlers.

One more bucket from DeAndre Brown, and we'd have had seven men in double figures.

Fun fact: Providence's roster contains three Germans, an Aussie, an Alaskan, and a dude who spells "Jimmmy" with three Ms. I include the Alaskan here because he's playing a lot farther from home than his German teammates are.
Record: 29-3.


March 17, 2041
Big East Tournament Championship

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(1) #1 Villanova 91, (5) Syracuse 69 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (30-3, 13-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 26 5-8 2-2 1 6 4 2 12 Chris Wilson PF 26 5-10 2-3 0 3 1 1 12 John Cannon SF 29 5-8 1-4 0 3 4 0 15 DeAndre Brown SG 18 7-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 16 Kai Smith PG 22 7-8 2-2 0 0 6 1 17 Nick Spencer SG 25 3-5 0-2 1 5 6 2 7 Zak Marshall PF 22 2-5 2-2 0 4 2 1 6 Jordi Ballester PF 13 0-3 0-0 0 2 0 3 0 Forrest Curl C 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 14 2-3 1-2 1 2 1 0 6 Turnovers: 12 (C.Wilson 3, J.Cannon 2, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 1, Z.Marshall 1, N.O'Brien 3) Blocked Shots: 11 (C.Wilson 3, Z.Marshall 6, J.Ballester 2) Steals: 11 (C.Wilson 1, J.Cannon 3, D.Brown 2, K.Smith 2, N.Spencer 2, Z.Marshall 1) 3P FGs: 9-14 (J.Cannon 4-5, D.Brown 2-4, K.Smith 1-2, N.Spencer 1-1, Z.Marshall 0-1, N.O'Brien 1-1) Syracuse (18-15, 7-9): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jeffrey Ott PF 32 3-10 1-2 2 9 5 2 7 Guy Hubbard PF 31 3-9 0-0 2 4 1 1 6 Raymon Rodman SF 32 8-13 0-1 3 7 0 2 21 Martin Red SG 13 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 4 5 Rene Gonzalez PG 27 5-9 0-0 1 3 1 2 13 Napoleon Luis SG 18 1-3 0-0 1 4 3 4 3 Dallas Lapoint PG 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 Emmerich Becker C 12 1-4 0-0 0 0 2 1 2 Alec Pedigo C 4 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 0 0 David Pell SG 16 2-4 0-0 1 2 0 2 4 Elroy Bradshaw SG 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Chris Ellis SF 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Turnovers: 24 (R.Rodman 3, M.Red 6, R.Gonzalez 5, N.Luis 2, D.Lapoint 3, A.Pedigo 1, D.Pell 4) Blocked Shots: 5 (G.Hubbard 2, R.Rodman 1, E.Becker 2) Steals: 7 (J.Ott 1, G.Hubbard 1, R.Rodman 2, R.Gonzalez 1, N.Luis 1, E.Becker 1) 3P FGs: 12-23 (J.Ott 0-1, R.Rodman 5-9, M.Red 1-1, R.Gonzalez 3-4, N.Luis 1-3, D.Lapoint 1-2, D.Pell 0-1, E.Bradshaw 0-1, C.Ellis 1-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
We defeat the Orange, and Graham Sims and his players cut down the nets at Madison Square Garden for the ninth time. It's our fourth consecutive Big East tournament victory.

It's a good example of what Coach Sims calls "Villanova basketball." We We feature balanced scoring. We shoot the ball well (with the exception of a so-so day at the free throw line). We take care of the ball. We record 27 assists on 36 made baskets. We block 11 shots and make 11 steals.

Now it's time to see if we can defend our NCAA tournament championship, too.
Record: 30-3.
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The Wildcats are used to holding the top seed in the nearby East Region. We're one of three Big East teams to secure 1 seeds; Pitt, Georgetown, and North Carolina round out the group.


March 21, 2041
NCAA East Region, First Round
(1) #1 Villanova 61, (16) Belmont 44

Belmont plays at a leisurely pace; they rank 331st in this category nationwide. Of course, they're going to take the air out of the ball today. Although it drives us crazy to play this slowly, we grind out a comfortable win against this year's Cinderella aspirant.

Kai Smith and Chris Wilson lead us in scoring with 11 points each. Kai adds 6 assists and 5 steals to earn Player of the Game recognition.
Record: 31-3.


March 23, 2041
NCAA East Region, Second Round
(1) #1 Villanova 93, (8) Mississippi State 62

Older fans can remember when Mississippi State was one of the most feared and accomplished teams in the nation. From 2018 to 2020, gifted coach James Berube led the Bulldogs to two NCAA championships and made it to the Final Four a third time.

Coach Kermit Faulk is trying to bring the 'Dogs back to national prominence, and he viewed this game as a possible launchpad. We ruin his plans with a complete performance.

John Cannon (23p/2s) leads us in scoring, with Nick Spencer (18p/4a/3s), Chris Wilson (12p/10r/3b), and Dan O'Halloran (12p/6r) backing him up.

Our victory sends us to the Sweet Sixteen. It's our 19th trip, one more than runner-up Georgetown.
Record: 32-3.


March 28, 2041
East Region Semifinal: the Sweet Sixteen

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(1) #1 Villanova 100, (8) #4 Temple 77 --------------------------------------------------------- Temple (27-6, 15-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Thompson C 25 1-3 0-0 1 3 0 4 2 Chuck Farrington PF 27 5-10 2-4 4 9 0 3 13 James Santos SF 19 5-6 0-0 0 1 2 4 14 Boyce Pape SG 24 5-13 0-0 1 3 1 4 13 Stevie Chesser PG 24 3-8 1-2 0 1 8 2 10 Gary West SG 19 2-5 2-2 0 0 2 0 7 Dewey Rasberry SG 13 2-3 1-2 0 1 0 3 7 Harold Laughlin PG 14 0-2 4-4 1 3 0 2 4 Sam Kirkpatrick PF 20 2-7 3-4 0 3 0 2 7 Royce Medlock C 15 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 1 0 Turnovers: 17 (C.Thompson 1, C.Farrington 1, B.Pape 5, S.Chesser 2, D.Rasberry 1, H.Laughlin 1, S.Kirkpatrick 2, R.Medlock 4) Blocked Shots: 2 (H.Laughlin 1, S.Kirkpatrick 1) Steals: 1 (G.West 1) 3P FGs: 14-33 (C.Farrington 1-5, J.Santos 4-5, B.Pape 3-9, S.Chesser 3-7, G.West 1-3, D.Rasberry 2-3, H.Laughlin 0-1) Villanova (33-3, 13-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 25 10-15 1-3 6 9 1 3 21 Chris Wilson SF 27 4-12 5-6 0 5 5 3 13 John Cannon SF 10 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 5 DeAndre Brown SG 26 10-12 6-6 2 3 1 1 31 Kai Smith PG 21 1-2 3-4 0 1 10 1 5 Nick Spencer SG 21 1-5 0-0 2 2 1 2 2 Zak Marshall PF 31 4-6 4-5 1 7 4 3 12 Jordi Ballester PF 20 3-5 2-4 4 11 0 2 8 Forrest Curl C 10 0-2 0-0 1 4 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 2, C.Wilson 1, D.Brown 1, Z.Marshall 2, J.Ballester 1, F.Curl 1, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (C.Wilson 1, D.Brown 1) Steals: 5 (D.Brown 2, K.Smith 1, N.Spencer 1, Z.Marshall 1) 3P FGs: 7-12 (J.Cannon 1-2, D.Brown 5-5, K.Smith 0-1, N.Spencer 0-3, N.O'Brien 1-1) Player of Game: SG DeAndre Brown (VLNV)
It's great to see another Philadelphia team in the top echelon of college basketball, but it's also great to see Villanova assert its right to remain at the very top.

We have DeAndre Brown's sharpshooting to thank, along with the rugged inside play of Dan O'Halloran, the playmaking of Kai Smith, the scoresheet-filling contributions of Chris Wilson, and the extended relief work of Zak Marshall.

The game was close (VU 49, TU 43) at halftime, but not thereafter.
Record: 33-3.


March 30, 2041
NCAA East Region Final: the Elite Eight
(1) #1 Villanova 77, (6) #11 West Virginia 41

Behind especially strong performances from John Cannon (20p/2s) and Zak Marshall (15p/7r/2b) we secure the East Region title and a trip to the Final Four. We become the first team to make it that far ten times.

DeAndre Brown adds 13 points and 5 of our team's 15 steals.
Record: 34-3.

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April 6, 2041
NCAA Tournament Semifinal: the Final Four

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#1 Villanova 87, #6 Houston 62 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (35-3, 13-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 28 6-10 1-2 7 16 2 0 13 Chris Wilson PF 27 4-8 2-4 2 5 0 1 10 John Cannon SF 30 8-16 3-4 2 6 3 2 23 DeAndre Brown SG 28 4-8 6-8 1 2 2 2 16 Kai Smith PG 20 1-4 0-0 0 0 8 2 2 Nick Spencer PG 24 6-10 1-2 4 4 0 1 13 Zak Marshall PF 21 0-3 3-4 1 2 0 0 3 Jordi Ballester PF 9 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Forrest Curl C 5 0-2 0-0 1 2 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 8 1-2 4-4 1 1 0 1 7 Turnovers: 10 (J.Cannon 1, D.Brown 4, N.Spencer 3, Z.Marshall 1, F.Curl 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (C.Wilson 3, N.O'Brien 1) Steals: 11 (D.O'Halloran 1, J.Cannon 4, D.Brown 1, K.Smith 4, F.Curl 1) 3P FGs: 7-21 (J.Cannon 4-9, D.Brown 2-5, K.Smith 0-3, N.Spencer 0-2, N.O'Brien 1-2) Houston (32-6, 13-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Bo Peoples C 28 3-8 2-2 2 5 1 3 8 Grover Guinn PF 28 1-3 0-0 3 9 0 2 2 Robert Alcala SF 22 4-8 1-1 1 2 0 1 11 Tom Fowler SG 19 2-5 1-1 0 1 2 3 5 Lon Dalton PG 18 2-6 3-3 0 1 2 4 7 Long Rome SG 15 3-7 3-3 0 0 1 2 10 Raul Mora PG 24 2-4 2-2 0 3 2 4 7 Josiah Stutzman SF 14 2-4 0-0 0 0 1 2 6 Tyree Jiminez PF 12 1-1 0-0 1 4 0 1 2 Silas Kohl C 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Daniel Valdez PG 6 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 Turnovers: 21 (B.Peoples 1, G.Guinn 2, R.Alcala 4, T.Fowler 2, L.Dalton 5, L.Rome 1, J.Stutzman 2, T.Jiminez 1, S.Kohl 1, D.Valdez 2) Blocked Shots: 3 (B.Peoples 1, R.Alcala 1, R.Mora 1) Steals: 5 (B.Peoples 1, T.Fowler 1, L.Dalton 2, R.Mora 1) 3P FGs: 6-23 (R.Alcala 2-4, T.Fowler 0-3, L.Dalton 0-3, L.Rome 1-5, R.Mora 1-3, J.Stutzman 2-4, S.Kohl 0-1) Player of Game: SF John Cannon (VLNV)
We move another step closer to another national championship with a neat victory over the Cougars, the pride of the Southwest Conference.

John Cannon continues to demonstrate his ability to produce as a starter as well as a sixth man. Four of his teammates join him as double-figure scorers, among them Dan O'Halloran, who adds a career-best 16 rebounds. Kai Smith hands out 8 assists without a single turnover.
Record: 35-3.


April 8, 2041
NCAA Tournament Championship

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#1 Villanova 91, #6 Memphis 58 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (36-3, 13-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 26 6-13 1-2 4 9 1 2 13 Chris Wilson PF 26 3-6 3-4 0 3 5 2 9 John Cannon SF 29 7-10 4-4 0 3 4 3 20 DeAndre Brown SG 23 6-6 2-2 1 1 1 2 17 Kai Smith PG 21 2-4 0-0 0 1 8 0 5 Nick Spencer SG 22 4-6 2-2 1 3 4 2 12 Zak Marshall PF 22 2-6 1-2 1 5 1 0 5 Jordi Ballester PF 11 1-3 2-2 1 4 0 3 4 Forrest Curl C 8 0-1 0-0 1 3 0 1 0 Nick O'Brien PG 11 3-5 0-2 1 1 0 0 6 Turnovers: 5 (C.Wilson 1, J.Cannon 1, D.Brown 2, Z.Marshall 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 5, Z.Marshall 1, J.Ballester 1, F.Curl 1) Steals: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, C.Wilson 1, J.Cannon 2, D.Brown 3, N.O'Brien 2) 3P FGs: 8-17 (J.Cannon 2-4, D.Brown 3-3, K.Smith 1-3, N.Spencer 2-4, Z.Marshall 0-1, N.O'Brien 0-2) Memphis (31-8, 10-6): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Andrew Atwood C 28 3-5 1-2 2 4 2 1 7 Edward Joseph PF 13 2-3 2-3 0 1 0 4 6 Lawrence Andersen SF 27 2-7 0-0 1 2 0 1 4 Steven Hodson SG 26 7-13 1-2 2 5 2 0 20 Rudolf Marcum PG 27 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 1 4 Floyd Geiger PF 17 2-4 3-4 0 5 0 2 7 Elijah Mick PF 12 0-2 2-2 1 2 1 1 2 Gary Murray SG 17 1-4 0-0 2 4 1 2 2 Chris Spiller C 10 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 2 Dion Brinker PG 13 1-2 1-2 0 0 1 0 4 Rupert Davis SF 9 0-4 0-0 0 1 0 2 0 Turnovers: 18 (A.Atwood 1, E.Joseph 1, L.Andersen 2, S.Hodson 2, R.Marcum 5, F.Geiger 2, G.Murray 3, D.Brinker 1, R.Davis 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (A.Atwood 2, E.Mick 1) Steals: 1 (E.Joseph 1) 3P FGs: 7-16 (S.Hodson 5-8, R.Marcum 1-2, G.Murray 0-1, D.Brinker 1-2, R.Davis 0-3) Player of Game: SF John Cannon (VLNV)
We become the second team in NCAA history to win back-to-back national championships, matching the feat we accomplished in 2036 and 2037.

John Cannon, who is clearly the tournament's Most Valuable Player, forever removes himself from the status of "player we signed because we lost Tadgh Phelan." We're all glad you're a Wildcat, John.

After the game, we learn that it was the final collegiate appearance for three of our players: Chris Wilson, Zak Marshall, and DeAndre Brown. We're not surprised by the decisions of Chris and Zak, who are both almost certainly first round picks. But nobody had guessed DeAndre was considering going pro. He's not listed in anyone's mock drafts.

Still, you can't blame a man for wanting to leave on such a high note. Perhaps that's why a young reporter asks Graham Sims if he's thinking about retirement.

Coach Sims, still fit at 61, smiles. "Not this year."
Record: 36-3.
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Old 04-05-2024, 01:58 PM   #793
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2040 OVERALL AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: SR C John White UNLV 21.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.6 APG 0.5 SPG, 4.3 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR PG Jose Slate St. Bonaventure 17.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.7 APG 1.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG Coach of the Year: Darrin Brazil UTEP 28 - 7 (14 - 2) All-league 1st Team: C SR John White UNLV 21.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.5 SPG, 4.3 BPG PF JR Chris Wilson Villanova 12.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 3.5 BPG SF SO Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 16.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG SG JR Brian Patterson Vanderbilt 21.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG PG SR Liam Harris Lafayette 15.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C SR Tony Weintraub UC Santa Barbara 15.9 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 3.0 BPG PF SO Ismael McBride Saint Louis 16.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.3 SPG, 1.9 BPG SF JR Denny Wadsworth Troy 18.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.5 BPG SG JR Kevin Gonzalez UTEP 20.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG SR Chris Torres Indiana 18.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-league 3rd Team: C JR Ike Sturm UCLA 14.3 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG PF JR Eric Veach Texas 13.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.8 BPG SF JR Joseph Prior Florida International 21.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.9 BPG SG SR Darrel Buckles Drexel 21.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG SR Brenda Buie UCLA 16.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Dan O'Halloran Villanova 10.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.2 BPG PF FR Bo Peoples Houston 10.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.3 SPG, 2.0 BPG SF FR Israel Moody Villanova 13.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG SG FR Alonzo Moy Oklahoma 15.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG FR Jose Slate St. Bonaventure 17.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Chris Wilson earns a well-deserved honor; he and UNLV's John White are clearly the two best big men in college basketball. I'll point out that while the Runnin' Ramblers are a good team, Chris's supporting cast is much deeper, and he has to share the ball a lot more.

Dan O'Halloran and Israel Moody live up to their billing as top recruits, earning the national recognition predicted for them. Again, while I intend no disrespect to Jose Slate, he was his team's alpha dog from Day One. Dan and Israel were part of a ferocious pack with four or five snarling bosses who could take the lead at any time.

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2040 BIG EAST AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: SO SF Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 16.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.1 APG 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR C Dan O'Halloran Villanova 10.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.9 APG 0.5 SPG, 1.2 BPG Coach of the Year: Clint Grams Georgetown 33 - 3 (15 - 1) All-league 1st Team: C FR Dan O'Halloran Villanova 10.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.2 BPG PF JR Chris Wilson Villanova 12.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 3.5 BPG SF SO Tadgh Phelan Georgetown 16.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG SG SR Edgar Beck Georgetown 18.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.7 BPG PG SO Kai Smith Villanova 7.1 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 6.6 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.0 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C JR Amir Kirk Pittsburgh 10.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG PF SR Jeffrey Ott Syracuse 13.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.9 BPG SF JR Raymon Rodman Syracuse 16.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG SG SR Tanner McLaughlin Pittsburgh 11.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG JR Broderick Boone Pittsburgh 11.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Dan O'Halloran Villanova 10.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.2 BPG PF FR Jonathan Martinez Connecticut 8.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG SF FR Israel Moody Villanova 13.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG SG FR Sammy Childers St. John's 10.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG FR Jae Camacho Boston College 7.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Tadgh Phelan had a great year, and he's a great pick for Big East POY.

As predicted, all our national honorees reprise their roles at the Big East level, and then some. Dan takes home a very nice first-year player trifecta; Israel presents his credentials as the second-best newcomer in the league; Chris makes his last ride one to remember. And I'm especially delighted to see our 5'5" playmaker, Kai Smith, move up to the Big East first team!
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Old 04-05-2024, 02:19 PM   #794
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#1 VILLANOVA TEAM INFO Current Performance -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team Prestige: 100 Record Vs 1-50: 22-3 Poll Rank: #1 Season Record: 36-3 Record Vs 51-100: 5-0 RPI Rank: #1 Conference Record: 13-3 Record Vs 101-200: 6-0 Home Record: 16-1 Record Vs 200+: 3-0 Team Stats CR NR Opp. Stats CR NR Margin CR NR -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Points 85.0 2 2 Points 58.4 1 7 Points 26.6 1 1 O.Reb 10.8 7 173 O.Reb 9.8 3 88 O.Reb 1.1 6 109 D.Reb 26.2 4 72 D.Reb 23.0 1 55 D.Reb 3.1 2 22 Rebounds 37.0 4 96 Rebounds 32.8 1 46 Rebounds 4.2 3 33 Assists 21.2 1 1 Assists 11.4 1 28 Assists 9.7 1 1 Steals 11.9 1 1 Steals 4.6 2 27 Steals 7.3 1 1 Blocks 8.1 1 1 Blocks 4.8 6 369 Blocks 3.3 2 6 Turnovers 12.0 1 22 Turnovers 22.0 1 1 Turnovers -10.0 1 1 Fouls 16.6 1 15 Fouls 18.3 6 292 Fouls -1.8 1 61 FG% .513 1 1 FG% .389 2 8 FG% .124 1 1 FT% .736 1 10 FT% .699 9 331 FT% .038 4 58 3P% .388 2 15 3P% .356 8 280 3P% .033 3 56 PPS 1.35 1 8 PPS 1.08 2 5 PPS .272 1 1 Adj. FG% .560 1 3 Adj. FG% .448 2 13 Adj. FG% .112 1 1
The longer I look at this table, the more I am impressed with our season. I really like the brand of basketball we're playing at Villanova.

This season, we played 25 of our 39 games against teams in the top 50 on the RPI chart, and only 3 against the bottom-dwellers. Last year, we faced top opponents 19 times (18-1) and low-ranked teams 13 times (13-0).

Our offensive efficiency of 114.5 ranked third (Temple 117.0, Georgetown 115.4). Our defensive efficiency (79.0!!) ranked first, with Georgetown second at 86.2.

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#1 VILLANOVA Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chris Wilson PF 39 37 27.4 12.8 1.5 6.4 2.0 0.7 3.5 1.5 1.5 18.5 Dan O'Halloran C 39 38 26.7 10.4 2.5 8.2 1.9 0.5 1.2 1.7 1.9 19.9 Israel Moody SF 31 28 23.9 13.6 0.8 3.5 1.5 1.7 0.6 1.9 2.2 14.8 DeAndre Brown SG 39 36 23.6 9.3 1.0 2.9 2.0 2.3 0.2 1.4 2.1 15.2 Kai Smith PG 39 36 22.4 7.1 0.3 1.5 6.6 2.2 0.0 1.2 2.2 17.9 Nick Spencer SG 39 3 20.6 8.1 0.7 2.3 3.6 1.8 0.1 1.2 2.1 13.2 Zak Marshall PF 39 1 19.4 6.7 1.5 5.7 0.8 0.4 2.1 1.1 1.0 12.2 John Cannon SF 39 10 19.4 13.2 0.9 2.2 1.7 2.0 0.2 1.1 2.3 15.3 Brian Cioffi PF 1 1 18.0 15.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 2.0 0.0 1.0 3.0 31.0 Jordi Ballester PF 29 2 9.5 2.3 0.8 3.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.8 4.7 Forrest Curl PF 27 2 8.4 2.0 1.1 2.7 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.6 4.1 Nick O'Brien PG 37 1 8.1 3.3 0.4 0.8 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.7 0.8 2.2

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#1 VILLANOVA Totals Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chris Wilson PF 39 37 1070 501 59 249 77 26 137 58 57 723 Dan O'Halloran C 39 38 1043 405 96 319 74 20 48 66 73 775 Israel Moody SF 31 28 742 422 26 108 48 54 20 60 67 458 DeAndre Brown SG 39 36 922 363 38 113 78 88 9 56 83 594 Kai Smith PG 39 36 875 277 13 57 258 87 0 48 85 698 Nick Spencer SG 39 3 803 316 28 89 139 72 2 48 80 513 Zak Marshall PF 39 1 757 262 57 224 33 17 83 42 39 475 John Cannon SF 39 10 757 514 36 86 68 77 6 41 91 596 Brian Cioffi PF 1 1 18 15 2 5 3 2 0 1 3 31 Jordi Ballester PF 29 2 276 66 23 92 9 6 5 9 23 137 Forrest Curl PF 27 2 227 54 31 72 18 7 5 13 17 110 Nick O'Brien PG 37 1 298 121 13 28 20 10 2 25 28 80

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#1 VILLANOVA Shooting Player Pos Fgm Fga Fg% Ftm Fta Ft% 3pm 3pa 3p% PPS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chris Wilson PF 195 374 .521 111 158 .703 0 2 .000 1.34 Dan O'Halloran C 162 317 .511 81 118 .686 0 0 .000 1.28 Israel Moody SF 177 353 .501 68 92 .739 0 3 .000 1.20 DeAndre Brown SG 133 256 .520 49 56 .875 48 123 .390 1.42 Kai Smith PG 98 193 .508 56 60 .933 25 90 .278 1.44 Nick Spencer SG 117 225 .520 42 58 .724 40 109 .367 1.40 Zak Marshall PF 104 231 .450 53 77 .688 1 10 .100 1.13 John Cannon SF 178 330 .539 59 75 .787 99 218 .454 1.56 Brian Cioffi PF 6 7 .857 3 4 .750 0 0 .000 2.14 Jordi Ballester PF 27 60 .450 12 24 .500 0 0 .000 1.10 Forrest Curl PF 24 41 .585 6 9 .667 0 0 .000 1.32 Nick O'Brien PG 38 69 .551 27 39 .692 18 40 .450 1.75

We end the season with three of the Big East's top scorers, its fifth-leading rebounder, its leading assist man (Kai Smith) and shot blocker (Chris Wilson). Kai's assist/turnover ratio (5.38) is the best in the nation among regular players.

However, the category in which we are most dominant is steals. DeAndre Brown is first. Kai Smith is second. John Cannon is fourth; he comes within a tenth of a steal of completing a podium sweep for us. Nick Spencer is sixth. And Israel Moody is tenth. Our season average is third all-time, pushing last year's Wildcats down to fifth.

We have to bid Farewell to all three of our juniors, and pay Tribute to our seniors.
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DeANDRE BROWN


From boyhood, DeAndre Brown wanted to be a Villanova basketball player. The more we saw of him, the more we wanted him to be one, too.
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PLAYER DETAILS #10 SG DeAndre Brown - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-2 Weight: 197 High School: Pen Argyl Area High School Hometown: Pen Argyl, PA Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 29 78 86 65 72 45 25 27 24 67 91 25 72 52 75 61 2039: 26 71 84 60 67 42 22 24 22 60 82 23 71 50 73 55 2038: 24 65 78 55 64 40 20 22 21 56 76 22 70 48 72 50 2037: 22 57 70 49 58 36 18 20 19 48 66 20 68 44 70 40 Potential: C A B B B C D D D B A D Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 97 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 33 0 4.4 2.5 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.3 1.00 0.5 0.1 0.4 2039 38 10 14.9 5.3 0.7 1.8 1.1 1.0 1.16 1.2 0.1 1.6 2040 39 36 23.6 9.3 1.0 2.9 2.0 1.4 1.39 2.3 0.2 2.1 Career 110 46 14.9 5.9 0.6 1.8 1.2 0.9 1.39 1.4 0.1 1.4 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 0.8 1.3 .619 0.5 0.8 .680 0.4 0.8 .462 1.93 0.91 2039 1.8 4.1 .452 0.9 1.1 .854 0.7 2.2 .298 1.29 9.89 2040 3.4 6.6 .520 1.3 1.4 .875 1.2 3.2 .390 1.42 15.23 Career 2.1 4.1 .506 0.9 1.1 .828 0.8 2.1 .365 1.42 9.09 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 33 0 146 81 2 12 9 9 18 2 13 2039 38 10 567 200 27 69 43 37 46 5 59 2040 39 36 922 363 38 113 78 56 88 9 83 Career 110 46 1635 644 67 194 130 102 152 16 155 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 26 42 17 25 12 26 30 2039 70 155 35 41 25 84 376 2040 133 256 49 56 48 123 594 Career 229 453 101 122 85 233 1000 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 31 4 8 6 7 2 6 10 12 6 8 5 7 Career 31 4 8 7 7 2 6 10 16 6 8 5 13 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 1 2037 High School: Rated **** and #26 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2037 High School: All-State (Pennsylvania) 2037 High School: Mr. Basketball (Pennsylvania) 2037 High School: All-American 2039 NCAA Champion 2040 NCAA Champion


DeAndre grew into a quick, powerful athlete who lettered nine times in three different sports in high school, and he was the valedictorian of his class at Pen Argyl High. He was crowned Pennsylvania's Mr. Basketball, beating out a big kid named Chris Wilson, and played in the high school All-America Game.

When he arrived on campus, he discovered playing time was hard to come by; future pro draft picks Dane Barlow and Zayden Calhoun were the starting guards, and Nick Spencer was also available. Patience paid off for DeAndre, however, and he became a more valuable member of our team with each successive year. He earned a starting position this year, and he grabbed it with both of his lightning-quick hands.

Those quick hands produced lots of steals. The three thefts DeAndre committed in the national championship game gave him 88 for the season, a new Villanova record.

I would have welcomed DeAndre back for a fourth season with open arms. He's decided to go pro, and I wish him well. He's been an excellent student, and there's a bright future ahead of him even if his basketball dreams don't continue to come true.

Thanks for the memories, DeAndre.

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ZAK MARSHALL


Unlike his classmate DeAndre Brown, Zak Marshall was predicted to be a "three-and-flee" player from the beginning of the season. After all, he'd started and played 27 minutes per game as a sophomore. His junior season deviated a bit from the direct path to the pros Zak might have envisioned, but he handled the situation with class.
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#50 PF Zak Marshall - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 212 High School: Newcomerstown High School Hometown: Newcomerstown, OH Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 67 51 64 30 20 24 71 83 90 38 21 85 38 59 53 68 2039: 60 39 56 26 18 22 64 74 79 33 18 82 38 55 52 62 2038: 51 24 51 13 16 20 55 62 67 30 16 70 37 52 52 57 2037: 43 20 47 11 14 18 47 50 57 28 14 60 35 46 52 47 Potential: B B C D D D B B A C D A Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 88 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 36 2 20.7 4.3 1.5 5.1 0.6 1.1 0.56 0.4 1.3 1.7 2039 37 37 27.9 7.5 2.6 8.2 1.2 1.3 0.96 0.8 2.6 2.3 2040 39 1 19.4 6.7 1.5 5.7 0.8 1.1 0.79 0.4 2.1 1.0 Career 112 40 22.7 6.2 1.9 6.3 0.9 1.2 0.79 0.6 2.0 1.7 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 1.7 3.4 .496 0.8 1.3 .625 0.0 0.2 .167 1.24 7.36 2039 2.8 5.6 .500 1.9 2.4 .775 0.0 0.1 .000 1.33 15.70 2040 2.7 5.9 .450 1.4 2.0 .688 0.0 0.3 .100 1.13 12.18 Career 2.4 5.0 .479 1.4 1.9 .710 0.0 0.2 .105 1.23 11.79 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 36 2 746 153 55 182 23 41 15 46 62 2039 37 37 1034 277 97 304 45 47 30 96 85 2040 39 1 757 262 57 224 33 42 17 83 39 Career 112 40 2537 692 209 710 101 130 62 225 186 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 61 123 30 48 1 6 265 2039 104 208 69 89 0 3 581 2040 104 231 53 77 1 10 475 Career 269 562 152 214 2 19 1321 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 15 5 11 4 2 7 4 7 13 5 7 1 3 Career 16 7 15 4 5 7 5 7 13 6 7 1 3 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 3 2037 High School: Rated ***** and #7 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2037 High School: All-State (Ohio) 2039 NCAA Champion 2039 2nd Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2040 NCAA Champion

The product of little Newcomerstown, Ohio was a top-ten player coming out of high school. He played almost 20 minutes per game as a freshman, like most top recruits do, and even more as a sophomore; he won Big East honors that year, too. It looked like he was on a glide path to even more accolades as a junior.

Then we signed center Dan O'Halloran and big wing Israel Moody, making our frontcourt very crowded with star players. Zak's ability to play multiple roles made him the most likely forward to be used in a reserve capacity. Zak didn't complain; instead, he continued to rebound, play defense, and block shots with regularity and scored enough to force opponents to respect him.

Zak exits with the fifth-most blocks in school history, second among three-year players. He's widely regarded as a first round pick in the draft, with a promising future ahead of him in professional basketball. Zak kept it classy to the end.

Thanks for the memories, Zak.
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Old 04-05-2024, 05:05 PM   #797
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CHRIS WILSON


I have a friend whose parents grew up in England. Charlie's dad, now in his seventies, sometimes describes a thing as being "exactly what it says on the tin." I remember being a bit bemused by this expression when I was a kid, but I've since figured it out; it simply means that a thing is exactly what you think it's going to be. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is, in fact, a rhapsody. Agatha Christie wrote about a murder on the Orient Express in Murder on the Orient Express. The title of the state song of Maine is The State Song of Maine.

In a slightly less straightforward manner, this phrase can apply to a basketball player who turns out to be precisely the player we thought he'd be when we recruited him.

Chris Wilson was exactly what it says on the tin.
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#0 PF Chris Wilson - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-11 Weight: 249 High School: Dallas High School Hometown: Dallas, PA Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 89 56 48 32 30 43 52 58 95 62 11 85 37 90 24 81 2039: 85 52 47 31 26 39 45 51 79 57 11 69 36 90 23 73 2038: 82 48 43 29 23 36 39 45 64 52 10 54 35 90 22 63 2037: 72 44 39 27 21 34 33 39 52 48 8 42 33 80 21 37 Potential: A C C D C C C C A B F B Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 97 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 33 31 25.5 8.9 1.5 5.4 1.4 1.4 1.00 0.3 0.8 2.4 2039 38 34 27.3 12.5 1.8 6.4 1.5 1.6 0.97 0.7 1.7 2.4 2040 39 37 27.4 12.8 1.5 6.4 2.0 1.5 1.33 0.7 3.5 1.5 Career 110 102 26.8 11.5 1.6 6.1 1.6 1.5 1.33 0.6 2.1 2.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 3.3 6.7 .491 2.2 3.5 .640 0.1 0.2 .400 1.32 11.21 2039 4.7 9.0 .525 3.1 4.2 .725 0.1 0.1 1.000 1.40 16.55 2040 5.0 9.6 .521 2.8 4.1 .703 0.0 0.1 .000 1.34 18.54 Career 4.4 8.5 .515 2.7 3.9 .694 0.0 0.1 .444 1.36 15.65 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 33 31 842 293 49 177 47 47 11 25 80 2039 38 34 1036 476 68 242 57 59 27 65 93 2040 39 37 1070 501 59 249 77 58 26 137 57 Career 110 102 2948 1270 176 668 181 164 64 227 230 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2038 109 222 73 114 2 5 370 2039 179 341 116 160 2 2 629 2040 195 374 111 158 0 2 723 Career 483 937 300 432 4 9 1722 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 24 4 13 5 3 10 4 10 17 9 12 0 1 Career 27 5 15 5 3 10 4 12 20 9 12 1 2 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 15 2037 High School: Rated ***** and #2 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2037 High School: All-State (Pennsylvania) 2037 High School: All-American 2038 Freshman All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2039 NCAA Champion 2039 2nd Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2040 NCAA Champion 2040 1st Team All-American 2040 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference)

When you sign the #2 player in his high school class, a high school All American, you expect to get a star. You figure he'll start the first game of his collegiate career, and almost every one that follows. You can reasonably expect him to turn out to be one of the very best players in a top conference, and you're not surprised if he's one of the best in the nation. And, you don't project him as being part of your team beyond three years, after which he leaves school with the expectation of being picked early in the first round of the pro draft.

That's a valid description of Chris's career.

What's more, he did well the things we thought he'd do well: being strong, scoring points, blocking shots, defending other big men. He was never great at the things we didn't think he'd be great at doing: rebounding, outside shooting, passing. We thought he'd be a good student, but we were wrong about that. He turned out to be an exceptional one, a man who will complete his degree in Economics, with honors, this summer.

Chris's offensive totals, like those of most of his teammates, aren't as high as they might be if he weren't surrounded by other good scorers. Basketball is played with only one ball. Still, he scored well over 1000 points, making well over half his shots. And he was really good at blocking the shots of other players. He's the one three-year guy ahead of Zak Marshall on our honor roll of rim protectors, and he led the Big East in that category this year.

A 6'11" forward with that skill set can look forward to a productive career in professional basketball. We hope he continues to be exactly what it says on the tin.

Thanks for the memories, Chris.

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Old 04-05-2024, 05:30 PM   #798
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JORDI BALLESTER


In summer 2036, we had our recruiting eyes on James Sanders, Jr., the son and namesake of the Lafayette star of the 'teens. You might remember young James choosing to play at Georgetown instead. By the time the leaves began to turn in southeastern Pennsylvania, we had discovered Jordi Ballester, a big, wide, 6'7" player from Spain.
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#4 PF Jordi Ballester - Villanova - Senior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-7 Weight: 249 High School: Hometown: El Prat de Llobregat, Spain Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 52 51 29 0 69 9 61 93 83 41 64 36 27 85 35 100 2039: 46 47 29 0 65 9 52 90 72 38 60 33 26 83 35 100 2038: 41 44 27 0 61 8 45 88 63 36 57 30 25 81 35 100 2037: 36 41 25 0 58 7 38 79 54 34 54 27 24 79 35 100 2036: 30 37 23 0 52 5 30 67 42 32 50 23 23 75 34 93 Potential: C C D F B F B A B C B C Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 85 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 0 7.8 1.4 0.7 2.4 0.4 0.4 1.00 0.2 0.1 0.6 2038 36 3 9.1 2.0 0.6 2.6 0.3 0.4 0.86 0.3 0.1 1.1 2039 39 2 14.4 3.7 1.1 4.8 0.7 0.4 1.73 0.4 0.3 1.5 2040 29 2 9.5 2.3 0.8 3.2 0.3 0.3 1.00 0.2 0.2 0.8 Career 143 7 10.3 2.3 0.8 3.3 0.4 0.4 1.00 0.3 0.2 1.0 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 0.6 1.2 .511 0.2 0.4 .467 0.0 0.0 .000 1.18 2.00 2038 0.7 1.4 .510 0.6 0.9 .688 0.0 0.0 .000 1.47 3.39 2039 1.6 2.9 .557 0.4 0.9 .472 0.0 0.0 .000 1.26 7.00 2040 0.9 2.1 .450 0.4 0.8 .500 0.0 0.0 .000 1.10 4.72 Career 1.0 1.9 .517 0.4 0.7 .542 0.0 0.0 .000 1.25 4.27 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 0 304 53 27 94 15 15 8 4 25 2038 36 3 328 72 22 94 12 14 10 4 40 2039 39 2 561 145 44 187 26 15 17 13 60 2040 29 2 276 66 23 92 9 9 6 5 23 Career 143 7 1469 336 116 467 62 53 41 26 148 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 23 45 7 15 0 0 78 2038 25 49 22 32 0 1 122 2039 64 115 17 36 0 0 273 2040 27 60 12 24 0 0 137 Career 139 269 58 107 0 1 610 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 14 4 13 3 2 2 2 7 9 2 4 0 0 Career 14 6 13 3 3 2 3 7 9 4 5 0 1 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2036 High School: Rated **** and #40 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2039 NCAA Champion 2040 NCAA Champion

James Sanders, Sr. had a teammate who was a big, wide 6'8" player from Spain: the Good King, Venceslás Castillo. While Jordi didn't turn out to play the same pivotal role for us that the Good King did on Coach Sims' early Lafayette teams, he still wore the uniform with pride.

Jordi B was an incredibly strong inside player with the ability to score in the post. He was an especially willing rebounder; he grabbed 70 percent as many rebounds as Chris Wilson did in his career, while playing half as many minutes. That says more about Jordi than it does about Chris.

I honestly recruited Jordi as a rotation player, and he filled that role quite well. His Awards & Achievements list contains only two entries about his collegiate career, but they're the ones Jordi would value most.

Jordi likes playing basketball, and there's a spot for him on a team in the Spanish professional league. He'll return home with a degree in International Business from Villanova, which might serve him well in his future endeavors.

Thanks for the memories, Jordi.

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NICK SPENCER


We don't usually recruit three-star players at Villanova, unless it's midwinter and we've missed on our early targets. Nick Spencer was different. We recruited him alongside the players whom we coveted most. He was on our original call list in summer 2036, along with Dane Barlow and Demetrius Reed. (Yes, that's how long ago we recruited Nick.) Nick wanted to play for Villanova worse than anything, and we gave him that chance. I'm glad we did.
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#12 SG Nick Spencer - Villanova - Senior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 5-11 Weight: 184 High School: Perkiomen Valley High School Hometown: Collegeville, PA Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 51 55 76 58 90 76 24 25 17 100 58 18 70 33 50 96 2039: 46 54 75 57 88 75 21 22 16 84 58 17 68 31 47 88 2038: 42 51 74 56 87 71 19 20 15 72 56 16 67 30 45 82 2037: 39 48 69 53 85 64 17 18 14 59 49 15 65 29 44 77 2036: 37 46 66 51 84 61 16 17 13 53 46 14 65 28 43 72 2035: 33 42 62 47 76 55 14 15 11 41 40 12 63 26 41 62 Potential: C C B C A B D D D A C D Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 72 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 0 17.8 5.2 0.3 1.1 2.8 0.8 3.27 0.8 0.1 1.1 2038 36 0 17.1 6.7 0.5 1.4 3.3 1.1 3.11 1.0 0.1 1.3 2039 38 37 26.5 9.3 0.9 2.3 4.6 0.9 5.30 2.1 0.1 2.5 2040 39 3 20.6 8.1 0.7 2.3 3.6 1.2 2.90 1.8 0.1 2.1 Career 152 40 20.5 7.3 0.6 1.8 3.6 1.0 2.90 1.4 0.1 1.7 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 1.8 4.2 .426 1.0 1.2 .792 0.7 2.2 .310 1.25 6.95 2038 2.4 4.9 .494 1.0 1.2 .814 0.9 2.0 .438 1.37 6.42 2039 3.5 8.8 .399 1.4 1.7 .831 0.9 3.6 .254 1.07 16.08 2040 3.0 5.8 .520 1.1 1.5 .724 1.0 2.8 .367 1.40 13.15 Career 2.7 5.9 .453 1.1 1.4 .790 0.9 2.7 .329 1.24 10.70 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 39 0 693 202 13 44 108 33 32 2 41 2038 36 0 616 241 18 52 118 38 35 3 46 2039 38 37 1008 355 36 87 175 33 81 3 96 2040 39 3 803 316 28 89 139 48 72 2 80 Career 152 40 3120 1114 95 272 540 152 220 10 263 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 69 162 38 48 26 84 271 2038 87 176 35 43 32 73 231 2039 133 333 54 65 35 138 611 2040 117 225 42 58 40 109 513 Career 406 896 169 214 133 404 1626 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 18 4 6 8 6 1 4 7 13 4 5 3 7 Career 20 4 6 13 8 1 8 7 23 6 6 3 14 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 3 2035 High School: Rated *** and #144 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2036 NCAA Champion 2037 Freshman All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2039 NCAA Champion 2040 NCAA Champion
Rather than languish deep on the bench as a first year player, Nick took a redshirt year, and it turned out to be a perfect decision for him. Nick emerged at the end of that season as a player who could play a lot for a very good team, a Big East Freshman Team member. As a junior, he was the starting point guard on an NCAA championship team, good enough to keep a five-star freshman recruit on the bench.

This year, Kai Smith became too good to hold in reserve. While Kai went on to lead the conference in assists, Nick returned to the role of super-sub. He was super enough to rank sixth in the Big East in steals.

Over five years of hard work, Nick developed into a premier defensive player. Boston College's venerable coach, Larry Ramirez, calls Nick the best on-ball defender he's ever coached against.

Nick wants to impart the value of hard work to young basketball players. He graduated in the Class of '40 with a degree in Secondary Education, and he's well on his way to completing his MA. He's been hired to teach World History by Salesianum School, the alma mater of Villanova teammates Dane Barlow and Erick Sullivan. There, he'll join Erick on the coaching staff.

Thanks for the memories, Nick.

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Two former Wildcats heard their names called on Draft Night. Chris Wilson didn't waste his trip to the Green Room; he was taken with the #3 pick. Zak Marshall also was picked in the first round, at #17.

California shooting guard Chris Glassman was the first overall pick, followed by Pitt pivotman Amir Kirk. UConn's Tony Craighead made a total of three Big East big men in the first eight picks.

The recruiting class rankings come out today, too.
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2040 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Villanova Big East PF Immanuel Bahr ***** 2 3 0 0 0 2. UCLA Pacific-10 SF Johnson Lamoreaux ***** 1 2 2 0 0 3. Missouri Big Eight SG Randy Avelar ***** 1 2 1 0 0 4. Georgetown Big East SF Andrew Quesenberry ***** 2 1 0 0 0 5. Memphis Metro SG Joey Baxley ***** 1 1 3 0 0 6. Tennessee SEC PF Wayne Bradhold ***** 2 0 1 0 0 7. St. John's Big East SG Mark Gile **** 0 4 0 0 0 8. Louisville Metro SG Kenneth Nagle ***** 2 1 1 0 0 9. North Carolina ACC PF James Malek ***** 1 1 3 0 0 10. Texas Southwest PG Dexter Horner **** 0 2 2 0 0 11. Utah WAC SG Bernie Perez ***** 1 1 2 0 0 12. Illinois Big Ten PG Ward Whitmore ***** 1 2 2 0 0 13. West Virginia Atlantic 10 SG David Hage ***** 2 0 2 0 0 14. Purdue Big Ten C Everett Camp ***** 1 1 1 0 0 15. Miami Metro C Percy Hake ***** 1 0 2 0 0 16. Connecticut Big East SF Henry Darcy **** 0 2 1 0 0 17. Nebraska Big Eight PG Carmelo Byrum **** 0 2 2 0 0 18. Florida SEC SF Charles Pulver ***** 1 1 1 0 0 19. New Mexico WAC SG James Provost **** 0 2 1 0 0 20. Florida State Metro SG Robert Sharpe **** 0 2 2 0 0
Our class is both big and deep, so I'm not surprised we're ranked very high. Immanuel Bahr, the #3 player in his class, is our headliner, but he doesn't look like he's ready for immediate stardom. His fellow five-star guy, Asaad Richardson, seems more likely to step right in.

Tennessee's Wayne Bradhold, this season's top recruit, looks like he's going to be a Blue Collar Man extraordinaire.
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2040 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Villanova Big East PF Immanuel Bahr ***** 2 3 0 0 0 4. Georgetown Big East SF Andrew Quesenberry ***** 2 1 0 0 0 7. St. John's Big East SG Mark Gile **** 0 4 0 0 0 16. Connecticut Big East SF Henry Darcy **** 0 2 1 0 0 23. Providence Big East PF Josh Dunkin **** 0 1 2 0 0 44. Seton Hall Big East PG Joshua Revell **** 0 1 1 1 0 47. Pittsburgh Big East SG Cedrick Truax **** 0 2 0 0 0 130. Boston College Big East C Joesph Gutierrez *** 0 0 1 0 0 134. Syracuse Big East PG Charles Guertin *** 0 0 2 0 0
The Big East had a good recruiting season, in general. Georgetown's fine class is headed by JUCO star Andrew Quesenberry, who was the #5 player in his class before he failed to qualify. We took long looks at Mark Gile and Henry Darcy, both of whom I think could be sleepers.
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