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Old 05-06-2024, 05:38 PM   #851
MoonlightGraham
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February 21, 2043
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#2 Villanova 91, #17 Boston College 73 --------------------------------------------------------- Boston College (17-9, 6-7): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jon LaFramboise C 28 7-13 4-5 3 8 2 2 18 Chris Pless PF 30 2-3 2-2 1 3 2 1 6 James Caudle SF 25 5-13 1-1 1 4 1 4 13 Jae Camacho SG 24 6-9 1-1 0 2 2 3 16 Milan Yachmenev PG 29 0-4 0-0 0 1 4 2 0 Major Garcia C 19 2-4 2-2 0 1 0 2 6 Lenny Mitchum SG 16 2-3 3-4 1 1 1 0 8 Frank Grady SF 12 1-3 0-0 2 5 0 1 2 Hilton Bain C 10 1-5 0-2 1 3 0 0 2 Joseph Keim SG 5 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 0 2 Turnovers: 17 (J.LaFramboise 1, C.Pless 1, J.Caudle 5, J.Camacho 3, M.Yachmenev 2, M.Garcia 2, L.Mitchum 3) Blocked Shots: 2 (J.LaFramboise 1, M.Garcia 1) Steals: 7 (J.Caudle 1, L.Mitchum 3, F.Grady 2, J.Keim 1) 3P FGs: 6-15 (J.Caudle 2-4, J.Camacho 3-4, M.Yachmenev 0-2, M.Garcia 0-1, L.Mitchum 1-2, F.Grady 0-1, J.Keim 0-1) Villanova (22-3, 10-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 27 8-9 3-4 0 3 1 3 19 Forrest Curl PF 27 1-3 1-2 2 3 3 1 3 Israel Moody SF 28 17-24 3-3 2 5 1 2 37 Asaad Richardson SG 12 2-4 2-2 1 2 5 4 7 Kai Smith PG 29 4-5 0-0 0 2 14 3 10 Tyson Lien SG 20 2-5 0-0 1 5 1 3 5 Roman Holloway C 22 0-5 0-0 1 8 2 2 0 Weston Wagner SF 9 4-7 1-2 0 0 1 1 10 Scott McMasters PG 8 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 5 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 14 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 4, W.Wagner 1, S.McMasters 1, M.Ferree 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 2, R.Holloway 2, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 10 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1) 3P FGs: 5-15 (I.Moody 0-1, A.Richardson 1-2, K.Smith 2-3, T.Lien 1-4, W.Wagner 1-3, M.Ferree 0-2) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Our patented 2043 winning formula proves potent once again: sublime offensive orchestration by Kai Smith and elite scoring by Israel Moody, with opportunistic defense and just enough rebounding to spice things up.

Israel has made 223 baskets in 25 games this season. At this pace, he's going to challenge Mason Reynolds' mark of 311, set in 2035/36. Any time you challenge a meaningful record held by a man whose jersey hangs from the Wawa Arena rafters, you've done something.
Record: 22-3 (10-2).


February 23, 2043
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#2 Villanova 66, Pittsburgh 65 -------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (23-3, 11-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 5-16 7-9 6 15 3 0 17 Forrest Curl PF 29 2-3 0-0 3 6 0 2 4 Israel Moody SF 30 9-15 1-2 1 4 0 1 19 Asaad Richardson SG 22 3-11 2-2 3 5 0 4 9 Kai Smith PG 30 0-3 0-0 0 1 10 2 0 Tyson Lien SG 22 4-6 0-0 1 2 1 0 10 Roman Holloway C 20 1-3 0-0 4 9 0 1 2 Weston Wagner PF 8 1-3 1-1 1 1 0 2 3 Scott McMasters PG 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Immanuel Bahr C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 17 (D.O'Halloran 4, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 5, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1, M.Ferree 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 1, R.Holloway 2) Steals: 7 (I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 2, R.Holloway 1) 3P FGs: 3-14 (A.Richardson 1-7, K.Smith 0-3, T.Lien 2-3, W.Wagner 0-1) Pittsburgh (16-11, 6-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Chris Vice C 33 4-8 2-2 5 10 1 2 10 Mark Spicer PF 30 2-5 2-2 1 3 2 3 6 Cedrick Truax SF 25 5-10 0-0 0 2 1 3 12 Theo Baker SG 32 4-10 1-1 1 2 5 3 10 Casey Wallace PG 33 4-12 0-0 0 1 1 1 9 Raphael Ramos SF 17 2-5 0-0 1 3 0 1 5 Steven Mertens PG 7 3-5 0-0 0 2 0 0 7 Richard Derry C 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 Jake Vitale C 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Charles Hardy SF 6 1-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 2 Garland Milford PF 4 1-3 0-0 1 2 0 0 2 Turnovers: 13 (M.Spicer 1, C.Truax 2, T.Baker 3, C.Wallace 2, R.Ramos 2, S.Mertens 3) Blocked Shots: 3 (C.Vice 3) Steals: 7 (C.Vice 1, T.Baker 2, C.Wallace 1, R.Derry 1, J.Vitale 1, C.Hardy 1) 3P FGs: 6-19 (C.Vice 0-1, C.Truax 2-2, T.Baker 1-6, C.Wallace 1-6, R.Ramos 1-2, S.Mertens 1-2) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
Tonight's hero is Scott McMasters, who sinks a nifty floater with eight seconds on the clock to silence a big, boisterous Pitt crowd.

Scott is in the game because Asaad Richardson rolls his ankle over with five minutes left to play. Scotty Mac takes one shot, and it's a big one.

Hats off to Dan O'Halloran, who posts another assertive double-double. And Kai Smith's first assist of the game is the 900th of his Villanova career. He has a chance to finish his career with 1000 points and 1000 assists, the only player in Villanova history to achieve this feat. Justice Stafford finished his career with over 2000 points and assists combined, but he fell short of the 1000-assist mark.
Record: 23-3 (11-2).


February 25, 2043
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#2 Villanova 88, Seton Hall 73 -------------------------------------------------------- Seton Hall (12-16, 2-12): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Frank Wilmoth C 33 2-8 2-2 6 12 1 3 6 Benjamin Brown PF 30 5-10 4-4 3 5 0 3 14 Joseph Lira PG 10 4-5 0-0 0 0 3 4 10 Basil Upshaw SF 36 3-15 5-8 0 2 2 2 14 Joshua Revell SG 35 4-6 3-5 0 4 4 2 11 Alfonzo Gordon PG 29 3-8 5-6 0 3 3 3 12 Monte Weisman PF 13 1-4 2-2 0 2 0 0 4 Weston Leiva PG 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Daren Coss PF 6 1-1 0-0 2 3 1 0 2 Turnovers: 10 (F.Wilmoth 1, B.Brown 1, J.Lira 1, B.Upshaw 4, J.Revell 2, A.Gordon 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (F.Wilmoth 3) Steals: 7 (J.Lira 1, B.Upshaw 1, J.Revell 3, A.Gordon 1, W.Leiva 1) 3P FGs: 6-20 (J.Lira 2-3, B.Upshaw 3-11, J.Revell 0-2, A.Gordon 1-3, M.Weisman 0-1) Villanova (24-3, 12-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 35 8-14 3-6 5 13 3 1 19 Forrest Curl PF 29 2-3 1-2 2 5 3 4 5 Israel Moody SF 19 4-11 1-2 1 2 1 4 9 Asaad Richardson SG 29 8-11 1-1 0 2 1 4 21 Kai Smith PG 26 4-7 2-2 1 3 10 3 11 Tyson Lien PG 20 3-3 2-2 0 6 7 2 10 Roman Holloway C 22 1-5 0-0 1 5 0 3 2 Weston Wagner SF 12 4-6 0-0 0 2 0 1 11 Scott McMasters PG 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Mark Ferree SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 12 (D.O'Halloran 3, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 1, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1, S.McMasters 1, M.Ferree 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 3, I.Moody 2, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 1) Steals: 4 (A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 2) 3P FGs: 10-17 (A.Richardson 4-7, K.Smith 1-3, T.Lien 2-2, W.Wagner 3-5) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
Dan O'Halloran and Kai Smith deliver star performances again, both recording double-doubles, as we move within a game of clinching the Big East regular season championship. Weston Wagner and Tyson Lien give us very good production off the bench again this evening.

Kai didn't get any steals tonight, which is rare. Every one of his thefts moves him closer to the NCAA record of 339, held by Gerald Rivera, who finished his career at Duke in 2033. Kai has 314 career steals, which means he'll have to contribute a bunch of thefts to a team that makes deep tournament runs next March.

History says both those things might happen.
Record: 24-3 (12-2).

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Old 05-08-2024, 10:02 AM   #852
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March 4, 2043
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#2 Villanova 109, #10 Georgetown 72 -------------------------------------------------------- Georgetown (24-6, 10-5): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Rob Arceneaux C 26 4-16 0-1 4 8 1 3 8 Barry Barrick PF 30 4-7 2-2 3 8 2 0 10 Juste Faulvarque SF 29 7-15 0-1 3 8 6 4 17 Carl Covington SG 27 5-13 1-2 1 5 0 1 14 Harold Whisler PG 28 1-5 1-2 0 1 6 3 3 John Elam C 15 1-2 0-0 2 4 0 1 2 Clark Mead PG 12 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 9 John Dion PF 19 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 3 3 Louis Hermes SG 12 2-6 2-2 0 0 1 4 6 Ulysses Peterson SG 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 21 (R.Arceneaux 3, J.Faulvarque 6, C.Covington 1, H.Whisler 5, C.Mead 2, J.Dion 1, L.Hermes 3) Blocked Shots: 1 (B.Barrick 1) Steals: 6 (B.Barrick 1, C.Covington 1, H.Whisler 2, J.Dion 1, L.Hermes 1) 3P FGs: 10-29 (B.Barrick 0-2, J.Faulvarque 3-6, C.Covington 3-7, H.Whisler 0-2, C.Mead 3-5, J.Dion 1-2, L.Hermes 0-4, U.Peterson 0-1) Villanova (25-3, 13-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 31 2-7 2-3 3 11 3 0 6 Forrest Curl PF 26 2-4 0-0 1 10 4 2 4 Israel Moody SF 28 13-20 10-10 1 7 3 1 36 Nick O'Brien SG 13 1-2 2-2 0 0 1 1 5 Kai Smith PG 29 7-12 3-6 0 3 10 0 19 Asaad Richardson SG 29 6-13 1-2 2 5 3 1 18 Tyson Lien PG 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 Roman Holloway C 17 2-2 2-2 0 4 1 3 6 Weston Wagner SF 12 4-5 2-2 0 2 3 0 13 Immanuel Bahr PF 6 0-1 0-0 2 3 0 0 0 Turnovers: 17 (D.O'Halloran 4, I.Moody 4, N.O'Brien 2, K.Smith 2, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 2) Blocked Shots: 13 (D.O'Halloran 4, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, N.O'Brien 2, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 2) Steals: 14 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 3, I.Moody 2, N.O'Brien 1, K.Smith 7) 3P FGs: 11-24 (N.O'Brien 1-2, K.Smith 2-7, A.Richardson 5-10, T.Lien 0-1, W.Wagner 3-4) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
What's better than winning on Senior Night?
Beating Georgetown on Senior Night.

What's better than beating Georgetown on Senior Night?
Beating Georgetown by 37 points on Senior Night.

What's better than beating Georgetown by 37 points on Senior Night?
Winning the Big East championship by beating Georgetown by 37 points on Senior Night.

Nick O'Brien, who has played very little this season without complaint, starts tonight and acquits himself well. Nick's classmates Kai Smith and Forrest Curl do the things they do at high levels; note especially Kai's seven steals. And only someone who is hopelessly naive would believe that this isn't Dan O'Halloran's last game at Wawa Arena. Dan is far more likely to be the #1 pick in the pro draft.

It might not be Israel Moody's last game (we hope it's not), but if it is, he goes out in especially fine style.
Record: 25-3 (13-2).


March 7, 2043
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#2 Villanova 73, #19 St. John's 62 ---------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (26-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 36 7-15 5-9 4 18 0 0 19 Forrest Curl PF 20 3-5 2-2 2 5 0 5 8 Israel Moody SF 30 9-18 2-2 2 8 3 4 20 Asaad Richardson SG 32 4-16 3-4 4 6 3 2 13 Kai Smith PG 31 2-7 0-0 1 2 7 3 4 Tyson Lien SG 13 0-1 0-0 0 0 4 2 0 Roman Holloway PF 22 4-7 0-0 2 5 1 1 9 Weston Wagner SF 9 0-2 0-0 1 3 0 1 0 Scott McMasters PG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 James Largent C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 5, K.Smith 4) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.O'Halloran 2, R.Holloway 1) Steals: 14 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 6, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 4, R.Holloway 1) 3P FGs: 3-18 (A.Richardson 2-11, K.Smith 0-3, T.Lien 0-1, R.Holloway 1-1, W.Wagner 0-2) St. John's (21-8, 8-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts RJ Cannon C 16 0-2 2-2 2 4 2 4 2 Zachariah Hanson PF 35 3-8 0-1 2 10 2 2 6 Sammy Childers SF 36 5-17 3-4 2 8 5 0 15 Kim Francis SG 32 2-9 3-4 1 3 1 4 7 Tony Price PG 26 5-8 4-7 2 4 1 1 14 Mark Gile PG 19 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 Isaac Hernandez SG 8 4-4 2-2 0 1 2 0 11 Glenn Breen C 18 1-4 0-0 0 7 1 4 3 Robert Overton PF 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (R.Cannon 1, Z.Hanson 2, K.Francis 9, T.Price 3, M.Gile 1, I.Hernandez 1, G.Breen 2, R.Overton 2) Blocked Shots: 4 (Z.Hanson 2, K.Francis 1, G.Breen 1) Steals: 8 (Z.Hanson 2, K.Francis 1, T.Price 3, M.Gile 1, I.Hernandez 1) 3P FGs: 4-18 (S.Childers 2-8, K.Francis 0-5, T.Price 0-1, I.Hernandez 1-1, G.Breen 1-2, R.Overton 0-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Dan O'Halloran's season-best 18 rebounds includes the 1000th rebound of his collegiate career. It's altogether fitting for Double-Double Dan to have at least a thousand points and boards in Villanova colors.

Now it's time to take a closer look at Kai Smith's chances of becoming a member of the very exclusive 1000-point, 1000-assist club. Kai's seven helpers today give him 939 for his career. He could have as few as two more games remaining, or as many as nine. Kai is averaging 8.4 APG this season; last year, his mark was 8.2. At his current assist rate, Kai will need eight games to reach his goal. For several reasons, I hope he gets those eight games and those 61 assists.
Record: 26-3 (14-2).
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Old 05-08-2024, 10:30 AM   #853
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March 13, 2043
Big East Tournament, First Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 79, (9) Seton Hall 53 --------------------------------------------------------- Seton Hall (14-18, 3-13): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Frank Wilmoth C 28 0-2 4-4 3 7 0 2 4 Benjamin Brown PF 13 2-4 0-0 1 6 1 4 4 Joseph Lira PG 34 3-5 1-3 1 5 4 2 7 Basil Upshaw SF 31 6-15 1-2 2 4 2 4 17 Joshua Revell SG 33 3-6 5-6 1 6 2 1 11 Alfonzo Gordon SF 15 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 Monte Weisman PF 25 0-5 0-0 0 1 0 2 0 Weston Leiva PG 6 2-2 0-0 1 1 0 1 5 Daren Coss PF 10 0-1 2-2 0 0 1 0 2 Chris Francisco PF 5 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 Turnovers: 25 (F.Wilmoth 4, B.Brown 2, J.Lira 5, B.Upshaw 7, J.Revell 2, A.Gordon 1, M.Weisman 2, W.Leiva 2) Blocked Shots: 4 (F.Wilmoth 3, M.Weisman 1) Steals: 7 (B.Upshaw 2, J.Revell 2, A.Gordon 2, M.Weisman 1) 3P FGs: 5-21 (J.Lira 0-2, B.Upshaw 4-11, J.Revell 0-3, A.Gordon 0-3, M.Weisman 0-1, W.Leiva 1-1) Villanova (27-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 24 5-12 3-3 1 4 5 2 13 Forrest Curl PF 30 2-3 1-4 3 6 2 1 5 Israel Moody SF 16 4-11 1-1 0 4 2 4 9 Asaad Richardson SG 21 5-9 0-0 5 5 1 4 12 Kai Smith PG 33 2-4 0-0 0 3 6 2 5 Tyson Lien SG 20 4-6 4-4 0 1 1 0 14 Roman Holloway C 21 3-5 0-0 2 4 0 2 6 Weston Wagner SF 19 2-9 4-4 0 5 0 0 9 Scott McMasters PG 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 2 Immanuel Bahr PF 8 2-3 0-0 2 3 1 1 4 Nick O'Brien SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 12 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 1, S.McMasters 2, B.Cioffi 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, R.Holloway 3, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, K.Smith 3, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1) 3P FGs: 6-19 (A.Richardson 2-5, K.Smith 1-3, T.Lien 2-4, W.Wagner 1-7) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
The objective of tournament play is very simple: win and survive to play again. That's what we do today. We're the new #1 team in the nation, but we don't play like it tonight.

Kai Smith's six assists make his goal tougher to achieve. We'll likely have to reach the national championship game for Kai to get there. He's a bit more likely to break the career record for steals; he needs 11 thefts.
Record: 27-3.


March 14, 2043
Big East Tournament Semifinal

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(1) #1 Villanova 87, (4) #19 St. John's 68 --------------------------------------------------------- St. John's (22-9, 8-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts RJ Cannon C 13 2-2 1-1 0 3 0 5 5 Zachariah Hanson PF 33 0-2 0-2 0 2 0 3 0 Sammy Childers SF 14 4-7 0-0 1 3 2 4 10 Kim Francis SF 29 7-9 4-6 0 2 2 2 19 Tony Price PG 26 4-6 2-2 1 2 2 3 11 Mark Gile PG 28 4-12 2-2 1 4 3 3 11 Isaac Hernandez SG 18 0-3 1-2 0 0 1 0 1 Glenn Breen C 30 1-2 0-0 3 8 4 3 3 Robert Overton SF 10 2-2 3-5 1 2 0 0 8 Turnovers: 20 (R.Cannon 1, Z.Hanson 4, S.Childers 1, K.Francis 2, T.Price 4, M.Gile 1, I.Hernandez 2, G.Breen 4, R.Overton 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (Z.Hanson 1, M.Gile 1, G.Breen 2) Steals: 3 (K.Francis 1, M.Gile 2) 3P FGs: 7-18 (S.Childers 2-4, K.Francis 1-2, T.Price 1-1, M.Gile 1-6, I.Hernandez 0-3, G.Breen 1-1, R.Overton 1-1) Villanova (28-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 34 6-9 7-12 5 10 3 0 19 Forrest Curl PF 29 1-3 0-0 4 6 1 3 2 Israel Moody SF 30 9-17 4-5 1 4 3 4 22 Asaad Richardson SG 23 5-10 2-2 1 2 3 5 15 Kai Smith PG 29 4-4 1-2 0 2 9 3 12 Tyson Lien SG 18 0-4 4-4 1 3 4 2 4 Roman Holloway PF 17 1-4 0-0 1 3 0 0 2 Weston Wagner SF 8 3-3 0-0 1 2 0 2 7 Scott McMasters PG 8 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 Immanuel Bahr PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Nick O'Brien SG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 10 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (A.Richardson 1, R.Holloway 1) Steals: 11 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 7-14 (A.Richardson 3-6, K.Smith 3-3, T.Lien 0-2, W.Wagner 1-1, S.McMasters 0-2) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
We move one step closer to another double Big East championship as we overcome the Red Storm.

The cast of characters play their familiar roles, the ones they've perfected throughout the year...and in some cases, for an even longer time.
Record: 28-3.


March 15, 2043
Big East Tournament Championship

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(1) #1 Villanova 83, (7) #15 Boston College 75 --------------------------------------------------------- Boston College (21-11, 8-8): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jon LaFramboise C 31 12-18 6-6 4 5 0 4 30 Chris Pless PF 34 1-7 4-4 2 11 2 3 6 James Caudle SF 32 2-11 0-0 0 4 0 3 4 Jae Camacho SG 31 4-5 5-5 0 6 4 2 17 Milan Yachmenev PG 36 3-7 1-1 1 2 5 5 7 Major Garcia C 19 1-5 4-8 0 3 1 1 6 Lenny Mitchum SG 10 2-3 1-1 0 2 0 1 5 Frank Grady SF 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Hilton Bain C 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Joseph Keim SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (J.LaFramboise 2, C.Pless 1, J.Caudle 1, J.Camacho 4, M.Yachmenev 2, M.Garcia 4, L.Mitchum 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (J.LaFramboise 3, C.Pless 2, M.Garcia 1, H.Bain 1) Steals: 2 (J.Camacho 1, L.Mitchum 1) 3P FGs: 4-16 (C.Pless 0-1, J.Caudle 0-5, J.Camacho 4-5, M.Yachmenev 0-3, L.Mitchum 0-1, F.Grady 0-1) Villanova (29-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 26 5-12 4-4 2 8 2 5 14 Forrest Curl PF 30 4-9 0-1 2 11 1 0 8 Israel Moody SF 20 3-6 4-4 1 3 3 4 10 Asaad Richardson SG 25 5-8 2-2 1 2 2 3 16 Kai Smith PG 33 3-8 4-4 0 2 7 3 12 Tyson Lien SG 14 1-2 3-4 1 2 5 2 5 Roman Holloway C 24 1-5 1-2 1 6 2 4 3 Weston Wagner SF 19 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 8 Scott McMasters PG 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Immanuel Bahr PF 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien SG 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 2 Turnovers: 12 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 2, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (F.Curl 1, R.Holloway 2, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 8 (F.Curl 2, I.Moody 2, K.Smith 4) 3P FGs: 9-19 (A.Richardson 4-6, K.Smith 2-7, T.Lien 0-1, W.Wagner 2-3, S.McMasters 1-1, I.Bahr 0-1) Player of Game: C Jon LaFramboise (BSCOL)
We win our sixth consecutive Big East tournament trophy, spoiling an otherwise magical evening for Boston College big man Jon LaFramboise. The Big Raspberry has played in Dan O'Halloran's shadow for years. Both men will be among the top five picks in this year's professional draft, and they'll both deserve the money and acclaim they'll receive.

Kai Smith ends the game with 961 career assists and 333 career steals. He'll need to rack up 39 assists and 6 steals in the NCAA tournament to achieve the milestones he's chasing.
Record: 29-3.
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Old 05-09-2024, 10:59 AM   #854
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March 15, 2043

The NCAA tournament selection committee gives us the top seed in the East Region once again. North Carolina, Miami, and Syracuse round out the top four seeds in the East.

We're joined in the Final Four by Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Duke. The South Region, where Duke is joined by Tennessee and Georgetown, looks like the Group of Death this time.


March 19, 2043
NCAA East Region, First Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 98, (16) Stephen F. Austin 73 --------------------------------------------------------- Stephen F. Austin (14-20, 4-10): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Keven Pilgrim C 36 2-5 0-0 1 9 1 1 4 Pedro Barner PF 34 5-14 0-1 2 5 2 1 10 Ahmed Harlan SF 34 3-10 4-6 2 5 2 4 11 Justin Jackson SG 32 4-12 0-0 1 2 5 1 9 James McAfee PG 34 7-15 7-8 1 2 2 1 27 JosÚ Herrera SG 12 1-1 5-6 0 3 1 1 7 Rusty Parker SF 5 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 Bennie Mohan SG 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 John Stoffel PF 8 0-1 0-0 1 3 0 1 0 Lino Moody C 2 0-2 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (K.Pilgrim 2, P.Barner 3, A.Harlan 3, J.Jackson 2, J.McAfee 4, J.Herrera 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (K.Pilgrim 4, A.Harlan 2) Steals: 4 (P.Barner 1, A.Harlan 1, J.Jackson 1, J.Herrera 1) 3P FGs: 9-26 (A.Harlan 1-3, J.Jackson 1-6, J.McAfee 6-12, R.Parker 0-1, B.Mohan 1-1, J.Stoffel 0-1, L.Moody 0-2) Villanova (30-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 11-16 1-2 1 10 1 2 23 Forrest Curl PF 29 3-4 0-0 1 3 3 3 6 Israel Moody SF 17 2-7 2-2 2 6 2 3 6 Asaad Richardson SG 24 7-12 8-8 1 2 1 3 26 Kai Smith PG 20 6-10 0-0 1 3 8 4 15 Tyson Lien SG 26 1-2 0-0 0 5 7 2 2 Roman Holloway C 22 1-5 0-0 2 6 1 1 2 Weston Wagner SF 17 5-7 0-0 0 5 0 2 15 Scott McMasters PG 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 2 0 3 Immanuel Bahr PF 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Nick O'Brien SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, R.Holloway 3, S.McMasters 2) Blocked Shots: 8 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, R.Holloway 2, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 2) Steals: 9 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1) 3P FGs: 13-21 (A.Richardson 4-6, K.Smith 3-7, T.Lien 0-1, W.Wagner 5-5, S.McMasters 1-2) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
Dan O'Halloran, Asaad Richardson, and Weston Wagner are the stars as we defeat the Lumberjacks.

I haven't said enough about how important Weston's contributions have become. He's produced several outstanding shooting performances off the bench, and we're using him in crucial situations more often.

Kai Smith's eight assists and two steals bring him just a bit closer to his milestones.
Record: 30-3.


March 21, 2043
NCAA East Region, Second Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 83, (9) #25 Marshall 43 --------------------------------------------------------- Marshall (27-8, 15-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Frank Sasaki C 36 2-9 1-2 1 7 1 4 5 Rodya Zubov PF 33 0-4 0-0 1 5 2 3 0 Stephen Mumford SF 27 3-7 0-0 1 4 1 4 6 Weldon Hannan SG 29 4-8 1-2 0 2 0 4 12 Emmanuel Ward PG 33 2-7 0-0 0 0 2 1 5 H. McLaughlin SF 16 3-5 0-1 0 1 0 1 7 Billy Piotrowski SG 5 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 1 0 Terrance McAlpine SG 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Jackson Gordon PG 6 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 6 Ben Stalker PF 10 1-1 0-0 1 3 0 2 2 Turnovers: 22 (F.Sasaki 1, R.Zubov 4, S.Mumford 2, W.Hannan 7, E.Ward 4, H.McLaughlin 3, J.Gordon 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (F.Sasaki 4) Steals: 2 (S.Mumford 1, J.Gordon 1) 3P FGs: 6-19 (F.Sasaki 0-1, W.Hannan 3-6, E.Ward 1-4, H.McLaughlin 1-3, T.McAlpine 0-2, J.Gordon 1-3) Villanova (31-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 4-10 9-11 3 6 1 2 17 Forrest Curl PF 28 4-7 0-0 1 8 1 1 8 Israel Moody SF 25 2-6 1-2 0 5 1 4 5 Asaad Richardson SG 28 5-8 3-4 3 5 2 1 16 Kai Smith PG 32 4-9 2-2 0 2 12 2 12 Tyson Lien SG 14 4-7 2-2 0 4 1 1 13 Roman Holloway C 19 1-1 2-2 1 7 0 1 4 Weston Wagner SF 10 2-3 1-2 1 1 1 1 6 Scott McMasters PG 5 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 0 1 Immanuel Bahr PF 5 0-1 1-2 1 1 0 1 1 Turnovers: 11 (D.O'Halloran 2, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 1, T.Lien 2, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 8 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, R.Holloway 2) Steals: 7 (I.Moody 1, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 1) 3P FGs: 9-18 (A.Richardson 3-5, K.Smith 2-5, T.Lien 3-6, W.Wagner 1-2) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
Marshall's ranked Herd is the next opponent to fall, as we advance to the second weekend of the tournament.

No team in the nation forces as many turnovers as we do, and we harry the Herd into four more than our average opponent commits.

And Kai Smith's composed, creative presence is on display once again. His four steals give him 339 for his career, bringing him into a tie for first place on the NCAA career list.

Wildcat fans, enjoy these moments with Kai while you can. There won't be many more.
Record: 31-3.


March 26, 2043
NCAA East Region Semifinal: the Sweet Sixteen

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(1) #1 Villanova 76, (4) #18 Syracuse 59 --------------------------------------------------------- Syracuse (25-10, 10-6): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alec Pedigo C 21 1-3 0-0 0 3 0 4 2 Guy Hubbard PF 29 6-12 0-2 3 3 0 4 12 Daniel Collings SF 24 1-4 0-2 0 5 0 5 2 Napoleon Luis SG 34 2-5 0-0 2 7 7 4 6 Rene Gonzalez PG 32 7-11 0-0 1 3 6 3 19 Vito Hope PF 16 2-3 0-0 1 4 1 1 4 David Pell SF 19 3-12 0-0 3 3 2 2 6 Charles Guertin PG 4 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 Emmerich Becker C 13 1-3 0-0 1 2 0 0 2 Martin Choate SF 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 H. Sch÷nbuchner PF 6 1-2 0-0 1 3 0 0 2 Turnovers: 22 (G.Hubbard 2, D.Collings 5, N.Luis 9, R.Gonzalez 4, V.Hope 1, D.Pell 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (G.Hubbard 3, E.Becker 2) Steals: 3 (D.Collings 1, R.Gonzalez 1, D.Pell 1) 3P FGs: 7-18 (D.Collings 0-3, N.Luis 2-4, R.Gonzalez 5-6, D.Pell 0-5) Villanova (32-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 34 8-15 3-5 6 11 4 2 19 Forrest Curl PF 30 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 Israel Moody SF 31 7-17 6-8 1 3 2 2 20 Asaad Richardson SG 29 5-11 5-6 3 5 1 2 16 Kai Smith PG 30 1-2 0-0 2 4 8 2 2 Tyson Lien SG 15 1-4 0-0 0 0 2 0 2 Roman Holloway PF 18 2-2 0-0 0 6 1 0 4 Weston Wagner SF 6 3-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 9 Scott McMasters PG 6 1-1 2-2 0 0 2 0 4 Immanuel Bahr PF 1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 1 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 3, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 1, W.Wagner 2, S.McMasters 1, I.Bahr 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 1, R.Holloway 3) Steals: 11 (F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 4, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 1) 3P FGs: 2-10 (A.Richardson 1-4, K.Smith 0-1, T.Lien 0-3, W.Wagner 1-2) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
With 6:05 remaining in the first half, the score is tied at 19. Syracuse wing Daniel Collings, finding his path to the basket blocked by Roman Holloway, tries to kick the ball back out to point guard Rene Gonzalez. Kai Smith anticipates the play, flashes into the passing lane, and steals the pass. This steal is the 340th of Kai's illustrious career, and he is now the NCAA's all-time leader. We request the game ball, and it's presented to Kai as a keepsake.

He and his teammates then pursue the greater goal of another NCAA championship, locking down our Big East rival and advancing to the Elite Eight.
Record: 32-3.


March 28, 2043
NCAA East Region Final: the Elite Eight

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(1) #1 Villanova 86, (3) #10 Miami 81 ------------------------------------------------------------ Miami (31-6, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jack Lasher C 26 3-9 1-2 3 4 0 4 7 Don Messenger PF 33 5-8 6-6 2 6 0 3 16 C. Desjardins SF 35 4-6 0-0 2 5 2 2 9 Rolland Mix SG 30 6-13 4-4 3 7 2 4 19 Peter Johnson PG 35 3-9 2-2 0 2 7 3 8 Percy Hake C 16 1-1 2-4 1 3 0 1 4 Philip Vines PF 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 2 Daniel Cox SG 8 2-3 4-4 0 0 1 0 9 Gregory Leclaire PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 D. Hendrickson SF 7 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 0 2 Foster Moriarty PG 5 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 Theo Gifford SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (J.Lasher 3, D.Messenger 3, C.Desjardins 1, R.Mix 8, P.Johnson 3, D.Hendrickson 2, F.Moriarty 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (J.Lasher 1, D.Messenger 1, R.Mix 1, P.Hake 1) Steals: 8 (J.Lasher 1, C.Desjardins 2, P.Johnson 2, D.Cox 2, T.Gifford 1) 3P FGs: 6-12 (C.Desjardins 1-2, R.Mix 3-6, P.Johnson 0-1, D.Cox 1-1, F.Moriarty 1-2) Villanova (33-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 36 8-14 6-6 6 15 2 3 22 Forrest Curl PF 17 3-5 0-0 2 2 0 5 6 Israel Moody SF 17 2-8 2-2 0 2 2 4 6 Asaad Richardson SG 28 5-11 5-6 0 1 4 3 19 Kai Smith PG 36 3-5 4-4 2 3 11 1 11 Tyson Lien SG 15 2-2 0-0 2 2 1 2 5 Roman Holloway PF 25 3-7 0-0 2 5 0 2 6 Weston Wagner SF 20 4-9 0-0 1 2 2 3 9 Scott McMasters PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Immanuel Bahr PF 3 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Brian Cioffi PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 18 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 2, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 3, W.Wagner 2, S.McMasters 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 1, R.Holloway 5) Steals: 8 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 1, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 3) 3P FGs: 7-18 (A.Richardson 4-9, K.Smith 1-3, T.Lien 1-1, W.Wagner 1-5) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
Kai Smith doesn't want to talk much about his 1000th assist. "I've played a long time," he says. "I've been lucky to have a lot of great teammates, great scorers playing beside me. When I get the ball to them, they do good things with it.

"We won the game and we're going to the Final Four. That's the story here."

At one point, Kai has exactly 1000 career assists and exactly 200 career turnovers. Those are some fantastic round numbers, aren't they? He lost the ball on a drive in the game's final minute, giving him 201 turnovers.

How special is this? Twenty-three players have committed at least 150 turnovers in a single season, and the record is 174. Given his career rates, Kai would have to play eleven seasons of college hoops in order to break the career record for turnovers. By then, he would have over 2500 assists.

He'll have at least one more game to add to his totals. As he pointed out, we're going to the Final Four.
Record: 33-3.

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NCAA National Semifinal: the Final Four

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#1 Villanova 89, #6 Oklahoma 78 -------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (34-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 9-11 6-8 1 7 2 3 24 Forrest Curl PF 29 2-4 2-4 1 9 1 3 6 Israel Moody SF 26 9-15 0-0 1 3 2 3 18 Asaad Richardson SG 29 5-13 3-3 0 3 1 2 14 Kai Smith PG 34 2-6 2-2 0 3 16 4 6 Tyson Lien SG 11 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 Roman Holloway C 21 2-4 1-2 0 3 2 3 5 Weston Wagner SF 11 3-4 0-0 2 3 0 1 7 Scott McMasters PG 6 1-1 2-2 0 0 3 0 4 Immanuel Bahr PF 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 14 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, R.Holloway 2, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.O'Halloran 1, I.Moody 1, K.Smith 1) Steals: 12 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 4, K.Smith 4) 3P FGs: 3-14 (A.Richardson 1-8, K.Smith 0-2, T.Lien 1-1, R.Holloway 0-1, W.Wagner 1-2) Oklahoma (34-4, 11-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Merrill Williams C 24 3-5 0-0 4 7 1 1 6 M. Caraballo PF 23 3-4 6-8 1 4 0 2 12 Rod Martinez SF 34 5-14 0-5 1 3 0 1 11 Alonzo Moy SG 30 6-15 0-0 1 6 3 4 16 Gil Desouza PG 27 3-9 2-2 0 3 5 1 9 Timothy Martinez PF 25 4-7 0-0 3 8 2 2 8 Bret Shuster PG 20 2-5 2-2 2 5 1 4 7 William McCaslin C 8 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 4 3 Omar Hooks PG 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Kenny Adam SF 8 1-3 2-2 1 1 1 0 4 Turnovers: 19 (M.Caraballo 1, R.Martinez 2, A.Moy 5, G.Desouza 2, B.Shuster 6, W.McCaslin 3) Blocked Shots: 1 (K.Adam 1) Steals: 7 (R.Martinez 2, A.Moy 2, G.Desouza 1, T.Martinez 1, K.Adam 1) 3P FGs: 7-27 (R.Martinez 1-5, A.Moy 4-11, G.Desouza 1-5, B.Shuster 1-4, K.Adam 0-2) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
We're back in the national championship game, after knocking off fellow #1 seed Oklahoma.

Our poor three-point shooting is offset by our excellent performance inside the arc; we make 32 of our 48 two-point attempts. Sixteen of our 35 baskets are assisted by Kai Smith, who sets a new school record for helpers in a single game. Justice Stafford handed out 15 assists on two different occasions.

A familiar foe awaits us in the championship game: our former Big East rival, West Virginia.
Record: 34-3.


April 7, 2043
NCAA Championship Game

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#5 West Virginia 117, #1 Villanova 115 (2 OT) --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (34-4, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 38 4-12 4-4 4 11 3 5 12 Forrest Curl PF 37 3-4 0-0 2 4 3 5 6 Israel Moody SF 38 13-21 1-1 2 9 6 2 27 Asaad Richardson SG 22 3-9 0-0 2 3 1 5 6 Kai Smith PG 42 8-14 2-2 0 2 9 2 23 Tyson Lien SG 27 4-5 3-4 1 3 6 4 13 Roman Holloway C 23 6-8 0-0 0 2 0 2 12 Weston Wagner SF 11 2-3 1-1 0 2 1 1 6 Scott McMasters PG 6 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 8 Immanuel Bahr PF 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Nick O'Brien SG 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 2 0 2 Turnovers: 17 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 4, T.Lien 6, R.Holloway 1, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 9 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1, R.Holloway 3, W.Wagner 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 7 (I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 2) 3P FGs: 10-24 (A.Richardson 0-6, K.Smith 5-10, T.Lien 2-3, W.Wagner 1-2, S.McMasters 2-3) West Virginia (36-2, 16-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts William Ramirez C 43 3-8 4-12 3 10 0 4 10 Jonathan Hamlin PF 38 2-4 0-0 4 10 1 3 4 Lamarcus Hare SF 39 13-21 4-5 4 8 2 2 37 Michael Pepper SG 36 6-17 0-2 3 5 4 2 16 Houston Orosco PG 26 7-11 7-8 2 3 7 4 22 Roderick Estep SG 27 3-7 2-2 0 0 3 2 10 David Hage PG 19 2-2 2-2 2 4 5 0 6 Dennis Holt PF 13 4-6 2-4 2 3 0 0 10 David Gallagher SF 8 0-0 2-3 1 1 1 1 2 Raphael Hensel SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 17 (W.Ramirez 4, J.Hamlin 2, L.Hare 7, M.Pepper 1, H.Orosco 3) Blocked Shots: 6 (W.Ramirez 5, J.Hamlin 1) Steals: 8 (W.Ramirez 1, J.Hamlin 1, L.Hare 1, M.Pepper 1, H.Orosco 2, D.Holt 1, D.Gallagher 1) 3P FGs: 14-36 (L.Hare 7-14, M.Pepper 4-14, H.Orosco 1-5, R.Estep 2-3) Player of Game: SF Lamarcus Hare (WVU)
As soon as the final buzzer sounds, people begin to describe this game as the greatest in the history of college basketball. For Villanova, it is a defeat that leaves us with a complex mixture of heartbreak and pride.

West Virginia takes it to us from the opening tip. The Mountaineers are ahead, 52-37, at halftime. They continue to build their lead; seven minutes into the second half, the score is 70-47.

Then, we come alive, as you might expect a team who's been there before might do. Over the next seven minutes, we unleash an 18-6 run and halve the Mountaineers' lead.

We continue to draw closer. The clock reads 3:05 when Kai Smith makes a steal and finds Dan O'Halloran in transition. Dan, who is playing with four fouls, drives hard to the rack and clashes hard with WVU's Jonathan Hamlin. The official calls a blocking foul on Hamlin, and O'Halloran calmly makes both free throws. We've drawn to within four points; it's 85-81.

With 1:24 remaining, Israel Moody steals the ball and takes it all the way, finishing with a resounding two-handed slam. Now the score is 87-85, Villanova. It's our first lead of the game.

We trade baskets, and then Lamarcus Hare scores with 26 ticks left to tie the score at 89. Villanova hearts stop when the Mountaineers' press forces a turnover, and Hare has a chance at a game-winning three. He misses, and we head to overtime.

Three minutes later, Smith finds O'Halloran for an easy basket to put us ahead, 98-93. Now it's the Mountaineers' turn to dig deep. A buzzer-beater by Houston Orosco ties the score at 100 and makes another extra period necessary.

Despite their fatigue, both teams play the next five minutes at a fast pace. Dan O'Halloran, Asaad Richardson, and Forrest Curl all foul out. Curl's fifth personal sends William Ramirez to the line for two shots with the clock reading 0:36 and the score tied at 113. William hits the first and misses the second...and Orosco beats us to the rebound, puts it back up, and scores.

We move quickly down the floor and get a very desirable shot: Weston Wagner, a 43 percent shooter from distance, tries a game-tying three. He misses, but Roman Holloway tips in the rebound, and we pull to within a point. There are five seconds left.

Holloway immediately fouls Orosco. WVU is in the penalty, so Orosco has two foul shots. He makes the first and misses the second. Wagner grabs the rebound and heaves the ball nearly 90 feet as time expires. For a moment it looks like the ball might go in. It's on line, but it falls a foot or so short.

Lamarcus Hare falls to his knees beneath our basket, his face uplifted, wearing a huge smile. This picture of the game's biggest star will be its most iconic scene.

On the Villanova bench, Forrest Curl and Dan O'Halloran embrace. Israel Moody sits on the floor near the center circle, his head in his hands. Kai Smith rests a comforting hand on Israel's shoulder.

Graham Sims shakes hands with West Virginia's coach, Kirby Fulcher. This is Coach Fulcher's second season in Morgantown, and it ends with the Mountaineers' second national championship.

Then Coach Sims returns to his players. "So close, Coach," Kai Smith says to him, before he begins to sob. Graham simply wraps his arms around his player and nods. "Thank you, Kai," he whispers. "Thank you."

Then he looks at Mary Kate and their family in the stands, manages a smile, and waves. A young fan seated nearby watches this scene. He's about twelve years old and he wears a navy Villanova hoodie. The boy turns to his parents. "Is Coach Sims waving goodbye?"

"I'm not sure," his mother replies. "It looks like he might be."
Record: 34-4.
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To nobody's surprise, Dan O'Halloran announces that he'll be leaving Villanova this spring and entering the pro draft. Most draftniks believe he'll be the first overall pick.

We get good news from Israel Moody, who will be returning for his senior season. Israel's Achilles injury took him off the fast track to professional basketball. He'll get there eventually, but we're delighted to have his contributions one more time.
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2042 OVERALL AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: JR PF Bo Peoples Houston 18.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG 0.5 SPG, 4.3 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR PG Malcolm Lancaster Kansas 11.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.6 APG 1.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG Coach of the Year: Freddie Burney Wyoming 30 - 3 (14 - 2) All-league 1st Team: C SR Barry Fleming Hartford 23.1 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG PF JR Bo Peoples Houston 18.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 4.3 BPG SF JR Israel Moody Villanova 19.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.1 SPG, 1.0 BPG SG JR Alonzo Moy Oklahoma 23.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG PG SR Kai Smith Villanova 11.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 8.7 APG, 2.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C SR Travis Billingsley Air Force 14.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.4 BPG PF SR John Rodrigue Washington State 10.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 4.4 BPG SF SR Tyrone Janes Oklahoma State 19.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG SG SR Stephen Kratz George Washington 20.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG SR Oscar Cottle Michigan 13.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 7.5 APG, 2.5 SPG, 0.0 BPG All-league 3rd Team: C JR Dan O'Halloran Villanova 14.3 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.9 BPG PF SR Thomas Reyes Southern California 18.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.8 BPG SF SR Doyle Rees Kentucky 11.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG SG JR Chris Connolly Texas 26.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG PG JR Andre Keys Louisville 16.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Harland Showers Texas-San Antonio 8.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG PF FR John Callahan North Carolina Central 7.3 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG SF FR Michael Curran Duke 12.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG SG FR Dana Parham Santa Clara 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG FR Malcolm Lancaster Kansas 11.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG


Kai, Israel, and Dan are all repeat members of the All American teams. Kai moves up from the second team to the first. Israel was a member of the All-Freshman Team two years ago. So was Dan, who earned first team honors as a sophomore.

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2042 BIG EAST AWARDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Player of the Year: SR PG Kai Smith Villanova 11.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 8.7 APG 2.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG Freshman of the Year: FR PG Carl Covington Georgetown 11.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.6 APG 1.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG Coach of the Year: Graham Sims Villanova 34 - 4 (14 - 2) All-league 1st Team: C JR Dan O'Halloran Villanova 14.3 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.9 BPG PF SR Barry Barrick Georgetown 9.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 5.1 BPG SF JR Israel Moody Villanova 19.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.1 SPG, 1.0 BPG SG SO Asaad Richardson Villanova 15.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG SR Kai Smith Villanova 11.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 8.7 APG, 2.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG All-league 2nd Team: C JR Jon LaFramboise Boston College 12.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 1.6 BPG PF JR Chris Butler Connecticut 7.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.4 SPG, 3.0 BPG SF SR Juste Faulvarque Georgetown 12.7 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG SG SR Basil Upshaw Seton Hall 17.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG PG SR Rene Gonzalez Syracuse 14.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG All-freshman Team: C FR Roman Holloway Villanova 3.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.3 SPG, 1.3 BPG PF FR Major Garcia Boston College 7.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.8 BPG SF FR Alfonzo Gordon Seton Hall 6.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG SG FR Willie Vazquez Providence 7.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG PG FR Carl Covington Georgetown 11.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG
The Big East awards ceremony resembles the Villanova basketball banquet. A single Hoya prevents us from sweeping the All-Conference first team.

Kai Smith joins Mason Reynolds as the only two-time Big East Players of the Year we've produced. That is some exclusive company.

Roman Holloway gets some well-deserved recognition for his outstanding work in relief of our big men. He's poised to take over Dan O'Halloran's role next season.

And Graham can add another award to the collection he's amassed over the past three-plus decades in his profession.
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Old 05-10-2024, 07:49 AM   #858
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#1 VILLANOVA TEAM INFO Current Performance -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team Prestige: 100 Record Vs 1-50: 20-4 Poll Rank: #1 Season Record: 34-4 Record Vs 51-100: 4-0 RPI Rank: #1 Conference Record: 14-2 Record Vs 101-200: 3-0 Home Record: 16-1 Record Vs 200+: 7-0 Team Stats CR NR Opp. Stats CR NR Margin CR NR -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Points 86.6 1 1 Points 68.3 7 166 Points 18.3 1 2 O.Reb 11.8 5 94 O.Reb 9.2 1 33 O.Reb 2.6 2 26 D.Reb 25.8 7 115 D.Reb 22.0 1 11 D.Reb 3.8 1 13 Rebounds 37.6 6 91 Rebounds 31.2 1 15 Rebounds 6.4 1 11 Assists 23.2 1 1 Assists 13.9 5 247 Assists 9.3 1 1 Steals 9.5 1 2 Steals 5.0 2 42 Steals 4.5 1 1 Blocks 6.0 4 32 Blocks 5.1 5 356 Blocks 0.9 4 91 Turnovers 12.8 2 55 Turnovers 18.1 1 1 Turnovers -5.3 1 1 Fouls 18.3 5 94 Fouls 17.4 9 352 Fouls 0.8 9 248 FG% .508 1 1 FG% .433 7 182 FG% .075 1 7 FT% .797 1 1 FT% .706 8 345 FT% .091 1 4 3P% .399 2 4 3P% .360 8 300 3P% .039 2 45 PPS 1.35 1 5 PPS 1.22 7 149 PPS .131 2 34 Adj. FG% .564 1 2 Adj. FG% .495 7 221 Adj. FG% .069 1 13

Another typical Villanova team: exceptionally good shooting, often the result of outstanding offensive execution and passing, and opportunistic defense that generates tons of turnovers, many in live ball situations.

Six of the highest-scoring teams in the history of our universe, including the top four, are Graham's Villanova teams. Six Villanova teams appear among those with the most made field goals, but the Wildcats team with the most FGA in history ranks only 13th overall. We compare almost as well in the assists category, especially in recent years.

We led the nation in offensive efficiency again (116.4); Michigan was second (111.8). Our defensive efficiency ranked a respectable 43rd nationally (92.4).

A Farewell and some Tributes come next.
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Old 05-10-2024, 08:14 AM   #859
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DAN O'HALLORAN


We started recruiting Dan O'Halloran as an eighth grader, when he was playing JV down the road at Episcopal Academy. Dan wasn't a huge Villanova fan growing up--his grandfather played at Boston College--so we had to work hard to convince him to stay close to home. He arrived as the nation's top recruit, and we predicted he could join Avery Sullivan and Sebastian Roberts on the short list of Villanova's best-ever big men.

Three years later, that's exactly who he's turned out to be.
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#52 C Dan O'Halloran - Villanova - Junior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 270 High School: Episcopal Academy Hometown: Newtown Square, PA Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 93 35 65 31 31 48 99 100 84 46 19 86 37 100 48 70 2041: 91 31 56 27 28 47 97 99 84 41 16 86 36 96 48 64 2040: 80 27 48 23 24 40 86 88 74 37 14 76 35 91 47 58 2039: 70 25 44 21 22 36 76 78 64 35 12 66 32 81 44 46 Potential: A C C D D C A A B C D B Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 87 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 39 38 26.7 10.4 2.5 8.2 1.9 1.7 1.12 0.5 1.2 1.9 2041 39 38 30.9 15.2 3.0 10.4 2.2 2.1 1.06 0.5 1.6 2.3 2042 37 36 31.4 14.3 3.2 9.8 2.5 2.0 1.25 0.5 1.9 2.2 Career 115 112 29.6 13.3 2.9 9.5 2.2 1.9 1.25 0.5 1.6 2.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 4.2 8.1 .511 2.1 3.0 .686 0.0 0.0 .000 1.28 19.87 2041 5.7 11.3 .502 3.9 5.4 .717 0.0 0.0 .000 1.35 17.85 2042 5.5 11.5 .476 3.4 4.6 .741 0.0 0.0 .000 1.25 15.97 Career 5.1 10.3 .495 3.1 4.3 .718 0.0 0.0 .000 1.29 17.93 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 39 38 1043 405 96 319 74 66 20 48 73 2041 39 38 1206 594 116 406 85 80 20 62 90 2042 37 36 1160 530 120 364 91 73 18 71 83 Career 115 112 3409 1529 332 1089 250 219 58 181 246 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 162 317 81 118 0 0 775 2041 221 440 152 212 0 1 696 2042 202 424 126 170 0 0 591 Career 585 1181 359 500 0 1 2062 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 24 6 18 6 4 5 4 11 16 9 12 0 0 Career 24 7 19 6 4 5 8 11 19 10 12 0 1 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 18 2039 High School: Rated ***** and #1 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2040 NCAA Champion 2040 Freshman All-American 2040 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2040 Freshman All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2040 Conference Freshman of the Year (Big East Conference) 2041 NCAA Champion 2041 1st Team All-American 2041 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2042 3rd Team All-American 2042 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference)
Dan's career numbers aren't staggering, but they're a reflection of the quality of the teams for which he played. He's not among our ten top career scorers, but we never needed Dan to be our first offensive option. The stats for his junior year aren't quite as good as those he compiled as a sophomore but, then again, his supporting cast was a bit better.

But, as we predicted, Dan turned out to be a delightfully complete player. He leaves as our all-time leading rebounder; he and Sebastian are the only Wildcats to collect 1000 in their careers. Dan also handed out 250 career assists, considerably more than either Avery or Seb compiled. Avery was a better shot blocker, but not by much. And Dan matched Seb with two national championships, missing a third by a basket.

It's likely that Dan will match another of Sebastian's accomplishments this month, when the professional draft takes place. Almost every expert believes he'll be chosen with the first pick, like Sebastian was. He plans to complete his degree in Economics during his off-seasons.

You've done us proud. Thanks for the memories, Dan.
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NICK O'BRIEN


A native of Tonbridge, England, Nick walked on as a freshman and stayed for four years. Especially talented for a non-scholarship player, Nick played more meaningful minutes than many of his fellow volunteers.

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#24 PG Nick O'Brien - Villanova - Senior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-0 Weight: 176 High School: Hometown: Tonbridge, UK Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 27 44 41 60 41 57 26 18 32 41 50 19 89 34 51 97 2041: 26 41 39 59 41 51 25 17 31 37 46 18 88 33 50 89 2040: 24 37 37 58 41 47 23 16 30 33 42 17 87 32 50 82 2039: 23 34 35 57 41 44 22 15 29 30 39 16 86 31 49 75 2038: 21 30 33 53 41 40 20 13 27 24 33 14 85 27 48 55 Potential: D C D C D B D F C C C F Health: Good Scholarship: No Status: Active Roster Academics: 76 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 10 2 8.5 3.6 0.0 0.4 1.1 0.8 1.38 0.5 0.1 0.6 2040 37 1 8.1 3.3 0.4 0.8 0.5 0.7 0.80 0.3 0.1 0.8 2041 38 1 6.0 1.8 0.2 0.6 0.6 0.6 1.14 0.3 0.0 0.4 2042 8 1 3.4 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.4 2.00 0.1 0.3 0.1 Career 93 5 6.9 2.5 0.2 0.6 0.7 0.6 2.00 0.3 0.1 0.5 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 1.1 2.3 .478 1.2 1.3 .923 0.2 1.2 .167 1.57 5.80 2040 1.0 1.9 .551 0.7 1.1 .692 0.5 1.1 .450 1.75 2.16 2041 0.6 1.4 .436 0.3 0.5 .550 0.3 0.7 .400 1.25 -0.11 2042 0.4 0.6 .600 0.3 0.3 1.000 0.1 0.3 .500 1.80 1.00 Career 0.8 1.6 .500 0.6 0.8 .703 0.3 0.8 .392 1.55 1.53 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 10 2 85 36 0 4 11 8 5 1 6 2040 37 1 298 121 13 28 20 25 10 2 28 2041 38 1 228 69 6 23 24 21 11 0 15 2042 8 1 27 9 0 0 6 3 1 2 1 Career 93 5 638 235 19 55 61 57 27 5 50 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 11 23 12 13 2 12 58 2040 38 69 27 39 18 40 80 2041 24 55 11 20 10 25 -4 2042 3 5 2 2 1 2 8 Career 76 152 52 74 31 79 142 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 5 0 0 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 Career 16 2 4 5 3 2 5 6 10 6 7 2 8 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 1 2039 High School: Rated * and #806 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2039 Walked on at Villanova 2039 NCAA Champion 2040 NCAA Champion 2041 NCAA Champion

Nick was a creative enough passer to provide some video-worthy assists, both in practice against our first team and in competitive action. He could also make a defense pay if they left him alone; he made half the shots he attempted in his Villanova career and finished with 235 career points. In other words, he didn't go 2-for-4.

He complained a bit about playing time as a junior but, to his credit, he accepted his role as a senior, even as it became less significant. He'll complete his English degree next month and return to England. He's thinking about trying his hand at pro ball there, and he'll attend graduate school if that doesn't work out.

Thanks for the memories, Nick.
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Old 05-10-2024, 08:59 AM   #861
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FORREST CURL


Forrest Curl's career provides a perfect example of the value of patience. The three NCAA championship rings in Forrest's collection are lifelong reminders of the wisdom of his decision to keep his eye on the long game.

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#22 PF Forrest Curl - Villanova - Senior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 234 High School: Chatham High School Hometown: Chatham, NJ Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 62 57 31 0 41 60 70 65 80 53 43 36 36 99 51 97 2041: 58 56 29 0 38 54 69 64 70 46 36 35 36 97 51 88 2040: 56 54 28 0 36 50 66 63 64 44 34 34 36 95 50 79 2039: 53 51 26 0 34 47 61 58 57 42 32 31 35 92 50 69 2038: 51 49 25 0 33 45 58 55 53 40 30 29 33 89 49 57 2037: 45 47 23 0 31 41 50 47 45 38 28 25 31 79 45 15 Potential: C C D F C C B B B C C D Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 59 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 37 2 10.0 2.6 1.0 2.6 0.5 0.4 1.06 0.2 0.1 0.9 2040 27 2 8.4 2.0 1.1 2.7 0.7 0.5 1.38 0.3 0.2 0.6 2041 39 38 24.0 5.4 1.9 6.1 1.7 0.8 2.03 0.7 0.9 1.9 2042 38 38 27.1 5.8 2.1 6.7 1.7 1.1 1.61 0.9 0.5 2.4 Career 141 80 18.2 4.1 1.6 4.7 1.2 0.7 1.61 0.5 0.4 1.6 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 1.1 2.4 .455 0.4 0.8 .500 0.0 0.0 .000 1.08 4.81 2040 0.9 1.5 .585 0.2 0.3 .667 0.0 0.0 .000 1.32 4.07 2041 2.3 4.3 .539 0.8 1.3 .600 0.0 0.0 .000 1.26 15.38 2042 2.6 4.8 .533 0.6 1.2 .533 0.0 0.0 .000 1.20 13.39 Career 1.8 3.4 .525 0.5 1.0 .560 0.0 0.0 .000 1.21 9.91 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 37 2 370 95 36 95 17 16 9 2 34 2040 27 2 227 54 31 72 18 13 7 5 17 2041 39 38 935 210 73 238 67 33 27 36 76 2042 38 38 1028 220 81 253 66 41 33 19 93 Career 141 80 2560 579 221 658 168 103 76 62 220 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 40 88 15 30 0 0 178 2040 24 41 6 9 0 0 110 2041 90 167 30 50 0 0 600 2042 98 184 24 45 0 0 509 Career 252 480 75 134 0 0 1397 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 14 7 16 4 3 2 3 7 12 4 6 0 0 Career 17 7 16 5 3 4 3 7 12 5 6 0 0 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2037 High School: Rated **** and #87 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2037 High School: All-State (New Jersey) 2037 High School: Mr. Basketball (New Jersey) 2037 High School: All-American 2039 NCAA Champion 2040 NCAA Champion 2041 NCAA Champion

When we scouted Forrest, we projected him as a classic stretch four, with a Grade A jump shot. He didn't turn out to be that kind of sharpshooter, and that caused us to reevaluate his future. Many high school All-Americans would refuse a redshirt, but Forrest accepted the fact he could use an additional year to develop. Then, after he found playing time hard to come by, he expressed some displeasure which made us think he might be considering a transfer.

Fortunately for us, and hopefully for Forrest, too, he decided to stay on board. His role evolved into "glue guy," a solid post player who rebounded effectively, played tough defense, and made more than half the shots he took. In fact, Forrest led the Big East in field goal percentage as a junior.

Forrest received his B.S. in Environmental Science in the Class of 2042, and he's now working on his M.S. He's considering some options to play professionally in Europe, too.

Thanks for the memories, Forrest.
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KAI SMITH


It's hard to figure out where to begin writing about Kai Smith, one of the most beloved players Villanova has ever produced.

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#2 PG Kai Smith - Villanova - Senior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 5-5 Weight: 172 High School: Lansdale Catholic High School Hometown: Lansdale, PA Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 31 73 95 70 100 100 14 27 14 90 94 11 94 34 31 90 2041: 26 72 95 69 100 99 12 22 13 87 91 10 93 33 28 82 2040: 23 66 93 63 93 97 11 19 12 85 89 9 91 32 28 75 2039: 21 61 86 58 83 87 10 17 11 75 79 8 90 31 28 70 2038: 19 55 78 52 73 77 8 15 9 65 69 6 88 29 27 60 Potential: D B A B A A F D F A A F Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 80 Stat Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS ORE REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 39 1 13.7 4.0 0.3 0.9 3.0 0.9 3.25 1.3 0.1 1.2 2040 39 36 22.4 7.1 0.3 1.5 6.6 1.2 5.38 2.2 0.0 2.2 2041 39 38 28.8 10.2 0.9 2.5 8.2 1.5 5.50 2.7 0.1 2.7 2042 38 38 30.6 11.0 0.6 2.3 8.7 1.6 5.43 2.8 0.1 2.4 Career 155 113 23.8 8.1 0.5 1.8 6.6 1.3 5.43 2.3 0.1 2.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% PPS +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 1.3 3.2 .400 1.1 1.3 .843 0.4 1.4 .259 1.26 5.87 2040 2.5 4.9 .508 1.4 1.5 .933 0.6 2.3 .278 1.44 17.90 2041 3.4 6.5 .520 1.9 2.3 .843 1.5 3.5 .431 1.57 18.41 2042 3.7 7.3 .505 2.0 2.2 .906 1.6 4.3 .358 1.50 16.45 Career 2.7 5.5 .495 1.6 1.8 .881 1.0 2.9 .352 1.47 14.65 Stat Totals: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season G GS MIN PTS OREB REB AST TO STL BLK PF -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 39 1 534 157 11 36 117 36 51 2 46 2040 39 36 875 277 13 57 258 48 87 0 85 2041 39 38 1125 396 34 98 319 58 105 3 106 2042 38 38 1161 418 21 88 331 61 106 3 92 Career 155 113 3695 1248 79 279 1025 203 349 8 329 Shooting Totals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2039 50 125 43 51 14 54 229 2040 98 193 56 60 25 90 698 2041 131 252 75 89 59 137 718 2042 141 279 77 85 59 165 625 Career 420 849 251 285 157 446 2270 Career Highs: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type Pts OReb Reb Ast Stl Blk TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 23 2 6 16 7 1 8 8 14 8 8 5 10 Career 23 3 6 16 7 1 8 8 15 9 12 5 10 Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Player of the Game: 24 2038 High School: Rated ***** and #3 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2038 High School: All-State (Pennsylvania) 2039 NCAA Champion 2039 Freshman All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2040 NCAA Champion 2040 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2041 NCAA Champion 2041 2nd Team All-American 2041 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2041 Conference Player of the Year (Big East Conference) 2042 1st Team All-American 2042 1st Team All-Conference (Big East Conference) 2042 Conference Player of the Year (Big East Conference)

Kai grew up in Lansdale, another of the Montgomery County players whom Graham Sims has always recruited. Kai never seriously considered playing anywhere else; unlike Dan O'Halloran, Kai rooted for Villanova growing up.

Several coaches privately confessed that, despite Kai's illustrious high school career and his status as the top point guard recruit in his class, they were convinced that his height would limit his effectiveness as a collegian. Kai proved them wrong, demonstrating that his court vision, quickness, and heart would enable him to control games at the highest levels of college hoops.

Kai loved playing for Villanova, and he loves being a student here. He quickly made it clear that he'd stick around for his senior year, a decision that endeared him to 'Nova Nation even more.

We've chronicled his statistical achievements already, but I think they bear mentioning one more time. Kai is the NCAA's all-time career leader in steals. He is one of only two players in history to record at least 1000 assists, while committing only 203 career turnovers. They don't make them like Kai very often.

Kai is especially popular with younger Villanova fans. Many of them delight in the fact that he's close to their size, and they appreciate his energy and enthusiasm. His #2 jersey is the best-selling Villanova shirt.

Kai loves children as much as they love him. He is completing a double major in Education and Africana Studies, and he plans to teach at the elementary school level. He isn't sure what he will do if he receives offers to play professional basketball.

As a youngster, Kai idolized Justice Stafford, who graduated when Kai was eight years old. Like Kai, Justice decided to play for Villanova for four seasons, and Kai mentioned that as a factor in his own decision to use all his collegiate eligibility. Kai dreamed of being as good as Justice one day. Dreams sometimes come true.

Thanks for the memories, Kai.
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As expected, Dan O'Halloran is the first player selected in this year's professional draft. Dan joins Gerald Eubanks (2019) and Sebastian Roberts (2038) as the only Villanova players to be drafted at #1.

We get a pleasant surprise early in the second round, when Forrest Curl hears his name called at #33! Forrest quickly changes his plans, and he'll report to summer camp as a professional draft pick.

None of the 30 teams take a chance on Kai Smith, who will return to campus and complete a M.A. in Education.

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2042 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Pittsburgh Big East SG Dennis Crowell ***** 2 1 1 0 0 2. Mississippi State SEC SG Adolph Sparks **** 0 4 1 0 0 3. Houston Southwest PF Eric Norman ***** 2 2 0 0 0 4. Villanova Big East SG Matthew Washington ***** 2 1 0 0 0 5. Duke ACC PF Jeffrey Cothran ***** 1 2 1 0 0 6. Georgetown Big East SF Samuel Roux ***** 2 0 0 0 0 7. Vanderbilt SEC C Benton Ramsey ***** 1 2 0 0 0 8. Kentucky SEC PG Timothy Pappas ***** 1 2 0 0 0 9. West Virginia Atlantic 10 C Tristan Outlaw **** 0 3 2 0 0 10. Washington Pacific-10 SF Lauren Harber **** 0 3 1 0 0 11. Connecticut Big East PG Richie Thach ***** 1 2 1 0 0 12. Wake Forest ACC SF Derek Ehlers ***** 1 2 1 0 0 13. Louisville Metro PF Stevie Emory ***** 1 1 1 0 0 14. California Pacific-10 PF James Whisenant **** 0 1 3 0 0 15. Boston College Big East PF John Zabriskie ***** 1 1 0 0 0 16. Florida SEC C Jim Robinson **** 0 3 1 0 0 17. Georgia Tech ACC PG David Hartshorn ***** 1 0 4 1 0 18. Detroit Horizon League C Kenneth Tupper *** 0 0 5 1 0 19. St. John's Big East PF Jose Jaquez **** 0 2 1 0 0 20. Virginia ACC SF Paul O'Neil **** 0 1 3 0 0
We are one of four programs to sign two five-star recruits. Our headliner, Matthew Washington, is a fairly raw freshman who won't be ready to take the Big East by storm unless he blows up in training camp. Earnest Crowder, however, looks ready to challenge for a spot in the rotation.
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2042 Recruiting Rankings # Team Conference Best Player Rtg 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Pittsburgh Big East SG Dennis Crowell ***** 2 1 1 0 0 4. Villanova Big East SG Matthew Washington ***** 2 1 0 0 0 6. Georgetown Big East SF Samuel Roux ***** 2 0 0 0 0 11. Connecticut Big East PG Richie Thach ***** 1 2 1 0 0 15. Boston College Big East PF John Zabriskie ***** 1 1 0 0 0 19. St. John's Big East PF Jose Jaquez **** 0 2 1 0 0 23. Syracuse Big East PG Chris Simmons **** 0 2 2 0 0 28. Providence Big East PG Ricky McElroy **** 0 2 1 0 0 114. Seton Hall Big East PG Philip Allen *** 0 0 1 0 1

The Big East is back, with the best aggregate recruiting class rankings we've seen in years. Over half the teams in the conference boast a five-star front man in their freshman classes.
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Old 05-10-2024, 10:23 AM   #864
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Today we learn that Georgetown's Clint Grams has decided to retire from coaching. Coach Grams' decision is surprising, since he's only 57 years old. He retires with a career record of 671-300; his wins total is tenth all-time. His Hoyas teams made a single trip to the Final Four, losing to us in the 2035/36 championship game.

Graham's friend Douglas Richburg announces his retirement, too. Coach Richburg is 61 years old, and he's been at UCLA since 2030. You might remember that Coach Richburg succeeded Coach Sims at Lafayette after coaching against him at Bucknell. Coach Richburg's first UCLA team reached the 2031 Final Four, and his 656 career victories place him 12th on the career list.

Speaking of coaches, my next post will bring some big news to my college basketball world. No, it's not a surprise retirement...
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Old 05-10-2024, 10:51 AM   #865
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I had been wondering for a while what I would do when Graham Sims became too aged to realistically be a college basketball coach. I knew one thing: I've had so much fun with FBCB that I wanted to continue playing in and writing about my college basketball universe.

I decided that the best way to keep the fun going was to create a new, young coach whose story will be focus of a new dynasty here on the FOFC board.

Had Graham and his Villanova team won their fourth consecutive NCAA title this spring, I'm almost positive I would have retired him. That would seem like the perfect time for him to move into the next phase of his life. However, when Graham's season ended with a heartbreaking overtime loss in the national championship game, I decided he wouldn't want to go out that way. So Coach Sims will postpone his retirement for the time being.

At the same time, I'm excited about the challenge of playing the game with a young coach who is far from his prime. So, it's time to introduce you to Toby Whittaker.

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COACH DETAILS Toby Whittaker -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Age: 30 High School: Episcopal Academy Hometown: Newtown Square, PA Alma Mater: Virginia Current Level: 5 Career Record: 0 - 0 Salary: $0 Recruiting: 57 Scouting: 50 Offense: 53 Defense: 40
Toby grew up on the Main Line, and like many basketball-loving kids in his area, he rooted hard for Villanova. But, instead of idolizing Corey Hicks and Jacob Allen, or modeling his high school game on that of Avery Sullivan or Justice Stafford, Toby adopted Graham Sims as his role model. He's always wanted to coach.

Toby was a decent player at Episcopal Academy, the school that would later produce Dan O'Halloran. He attended the University of Virginia, where he spent four years as a basketball manager, and then two more as a graduate assistant. After a six-year tenure as a high school coach, he's pursuing his first collegiate job.

I'll tell Coach Whittaker's story in this thread, along with that of Coach Sims. When Graham retires, I'll move Toby's story to a thread of its own. I hope we all enjoy the experiences of a young coach as he builds his career.

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Old 05-10-2024, 08:34 PM   #866
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It didn't take long for Toby Whittaker to receive a job offer he was willing to accept. He's now the head men's basketball coach at the University of Rochester.

The Yellowjackets have struggled since joining Division I for the 2039/40 season. They finished 12-4 in the University Athletic Association that first year, but they haven't won more than 9 games in a season since then. Their 3-13 record in UAA play last year reflects how far they've fallen, and how quickly.

Their previous coach, Chas Melchor, wasn't fired; he was a veteran coach who simply decided it was time to retire. Coach Melchor's staff has decided to stick around, and for now, I'll let them.



Rochester's Prestige currently sits at 23. The AD has approved a budget of $192,187 for this season, and almost $98,000 is available for recruiting. Coach Whittaker won't be searching far and wide for high school talent. The program's training facilities grade out at 20, which places them right in the middle of the UAA.

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Almost every year, one of Graham Sims' assistants accepts a head coaching job. This year, Lipscomb offers the big whistle to Erik Bayless, formerly Graham's coaching assistant. Coach Bayless has head coaching experience; he posted an 85-99 record at Texas Southern from 2023 to 2029. We wish him well as he returns to the head coaching ranks at age 56.

I'd been trying to land a younger assistant for a while now, and I finally succeeded. Robin Parker, age 40, will be Graham's right-hand-man on the bench this season. This will be Coach Parker's collegiate coaching debut, and I'm excited to have him. He's a Level 8 coach with ratings of 50 for Offense and 100 for Defense.

Coach Sims didn't see anyone he wanted to sign in the transfer portal, and Coach Whittaker didn't have an available scholarship.

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Toby Whittaker and his staff have two available scholarships this season. Both scholarship seniors, Kory Moore and Willis Hogue, are big men. The Rochester roster is fairly balanced, so we'll make finding a post player our top priority.

Kenny Trotter is the player we'd like to fill that role. He's a local player, from Greece Olympia High School in Rochester. A three-star player who is ranked just outside the Top 100, Kenny averages almost 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. He would be a fantastic signing for us. Coach Whittaker has already offered Kenny a scholarship, trusting his instincts before his staff has had a chance to break down his game.

We're also intrigued by Russel Hall, a high-scoring guard from Syracuse. He's also a three-star recruit, among the top 20 players at his position in the East.

Here is Coach Whittaker's initial call list:
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ROCHESTER Recruiting Name Pos Ht Wt Rating Interest State ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Kenny Trotter C 6-11 225 *** Very High New York Gregory Costanzo C 6-8 225 *** Very High New York Zackary Rodrigues SF 6-6 222 *** Very High New York Marquis Crittenden SF 6-7 227 *** Very High New York Russel Hall PG 5-10 161 *** Very High New York John Hernandez PG 6-3 197 ** Very High Pennsylvania Douglas Kulp SG 6-4 206 ** Very High Pennsylvania Nelson Turner C 6-7 202 ** Very High New York David Voigt PF 6-8 231 * Very High New York Mitch Gourley SG 6-4 186 * Very High New York David Hodges SF 6-4 226 *** High New York Prince Manzo SF 6-6 223 *** High Pennsylvania Herbert Bartel SG 6-4 185 *** High New York Garry Murphy PG 6-4 184 *** High New York Javier Keever PG 6-2 195 *** High New York Joseph McCauley PF 6-8 223 ** High New York John Casey PF 6-10 236 ** High New York Hunter Allison SG 6-3 171 ** High New York Jarrett Simonson PG 6-0 181 * High New York Cecil Clayton PG 6-3 185 * High New York

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Graham Sims also has two available scholarships, too. One is currently held by senior Israel Moody, and the other was vacated when Dan O'Halloran turned professional. There are several talented first and second year backcourt players on this year's team, so wings and big men will be our top priorities this recruiting season.

New York's Mr. Basketball is Messiah Lynch, a 6'5" small forward who is exactly the kind of player, and person, we like to recruit. Messiah is the nation's #3 player, an elite scorer who averages 32 PPG while slashing .579/.507/.875. He's also a top student who won't require extra academic assistance once he enrolls in college. Villanova is listed among Messiah's top five schools, but we're not at the top of that list. Perhaps an early offer will impress him and his family.

We are at the top of Adam Bradley's list. He's a lean 6'7" wing from New Jersey, a slightly less hyped version of Lynch. Still, he's a four-star, Top 50 player who scores 23 points a game. Julian Carlson, a bruising power forward from nearby Norristown, is another four-star guy we like a lot.

This is Coach Sims' call list:
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#1 VILLANOVA Recruiting Name Pos Ht Wt Rating Interest State -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Messiah Lynch SF 6-5 195 ***** Very High New York Nicholas Crowe PF 6-9 261 ***** Very High South Carolina James Moeller C 6-8 242 ***** Very High Massachusetts Cory Messick SF 6-4 207 ***** Very High New York Johnny Morales C 6-10 260 ***** Very High New York Adam Bradley SG 6-7 188 **** Very High New Jersey Branden Hairston C 6-8 221 **** Very High New Jersey Dario Hunter SF 6-4 195 **** Very High New Jersey Rodney Harber SF 6-6 235 **** Very High Massachusetts Julian Carlson PF 6-9 205 **** Very High Pennsylvania Alton Hendrickson PF 6-7 226 **** Very High New Jersey Rocky Birt PF 6-8 259 **** Very High New York CÚlestin Delevincquiere SF 6-9 225 **** Very High Canada Abe Williams PF 6-10 249 ***** High California Tony Bartel SG 6-4 203 ***** High Pennsylvania Kyle Kaur PG 6-0 173 ***** High Virginia Jonathan Abrams PF 6-6 247 ***** High Alabama Marcus Baker PG 6-1 176 ***** High Minnesota

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Our lead scout, Homer Scarborough, likes Kenny Trotter a lot. With a reminder that Coach Scarborough's Scouting score is 37, here's what Kenny's profile looks like.
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#4 C Kenny Trotter -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-11 Weight: 225 High School: Olympia High School Hometown: Rochester, NY GPA: 3.21 Test Score: 1180 Rating: *** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 33 5 25 0 33 9 61 33 21 38 35 40 35 78 47 0 Potential: C D D F D F A B C D B C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21.8 3.5 9.7 0.6 2.8 0.20 1.3 1.9 4.0 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.4 16.1 .584 3.0 6.3 .480 0.0 0.0 .000 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Rochester: Very High Rankings: #20 C, East Region #24 Overall, East Region #7 C High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: *Niagara, Buffalo, *Rochester, *Canisius, *Binghamton

After looking at stud recruits for so long at Villanova and, for quite some time, at Lafayette, I have to remind myself that a dude with B and C ratings can be a dominant force at a small program like Rochester. Kenny isn't as good as Kory Moore is right now, but he's darn close.

We're going to be doing battle with Niagara for Kenny's commitment. They have a big edge in terms of facilities, but otherwise, we match up well. Coach Whittaker and his recruiting assistant, Reid Bergeron, will be visiting Kenny's home, and we'll bring him to campus for a visit.

Russel Hall also looks like he could be a useful player for Coach Whittaker's team.
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#20 PG Russel Hall -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 5-10 Weight: 161 High School: Corcoran High School Hometown: Syracuse, NY GPA: 2.72 Test Score: 1010 Rating: *** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 12 47 40 87 42 22 11 2 35 44 52 42 76 15 36 66 Potential: F B D A C C D C C C A C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21.4 1.7 5.0 5.2 2.0 2.58 3.6 1.1 2.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8.3 17.1 .487 0.6 0.9 .611 4.2 9.0 .467 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Rochester: High Rankings: East Region #78 Overall, East Region #17 PG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: Syracuse, Rochester, Cornell, Albany, Niagara

Russel would like to play for Syracuse, his local team, but I don't think he's a Big East-level point guard. He'd be a great fit in the UAA, though. We'll offer Russel a scholarship and recruit him as heavily as we can.
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Messiah Lynch's ratings seem to support his eye-popping statistics.
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#5 SF Messiah Lynch -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-5 Weight: 195 High School: Ichabod Crane High School Hometown: Valatie, NY GPA: 3.44 Test Score: 1350 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 73 60 81 66 40 30 17 14 23 45 40 46 77 53 80 57 Potential: B B A A C D D D B C C C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 32.3 2.2 6.3 5.0 1.6 3.19 1.9 1.9 2.6 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13.1 22.6 .579 2.8 3.2 .875 3.4 6.7 .507 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #3 Overall, #3 SF, East Region #1 Overall, East Region #1 SF High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (New York), All American Top 5 Schools: *Boston College, *Villanova, *Pittsburgh, St. John's, *West Virginia

Messiah has four offers already, and one of them came from the school he lists as his favorite: Boston College. The Eagles have a new coach, Oren Weis, whose Recruiting score is 48. Coach Weis's head recruiter, Richard Irizarry, is a max-level 100. I'm perfectly willing to match Graham Sims and Carroll Taylor against the BC duo.

Adam Bradley has the qualities we look for in a wing, too.
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#11 SG Adam Bradley -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-7 Weight: 188 High School: St. Augustine Preparatory School Hometown: Richland, NJ GPA: 3.18 Test Score: 1170 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 30 64 64 62 27 18 20 14 13 46 14 28 63 38 77 50 Potential: C A B A C D C D C B D C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23.0 2.5 5.5 2.3 3.2 0.72 0.8 1.5 3.2 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.6 17.7 .544 2.3 2.7 .849 1.6 4.5 .344 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #68 Overall, #17 SG, East Region #19 Overall, East Region #7 SG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: Villanova, *Virginia, Georgetown, Boston College, Maryland

And Julian Carlson passes our eye tests for a power forward, too:
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#22 PF Julian Carlson -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-9 Weight: 205 High School: Methacton High School Hometown: Norristown, PA GPA: 3.19 Test Score: 1300 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 42 26 48 19 15 23 50 56 43 42 20 33 58 44 74 56 Potential: B A C D D D B B C B C D Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15.1 2.5 9.5 1.5 3.1 0.47 1.4 1.4 2.8 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6.8 11.2 .610 1.5 2.1 .707 0.1 0.5 .111 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #72 Overall, #11 PF, East Region #20 Overall, East Region #2 PF High School Awards: All-State, All American Top 5 Schools: Villanova, Georgetown, *Virginia, Maryland, Temple

I would love to have three schollies available this year, because I really like all three of these players. We have a greater need for big guys right now, so I'll offer our second scholarship to Julian. But I think I might be quick to drop out of the Messiah Lynch race if we don't overtake Boston College by next month. Adam is our kind of guy, much better than a "fall back" option.
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I've decided we're not going to try to pull off the big recruiting upset this time around. I'm not going to enjoy coaching against Messiah Lynch for the next three years, but I have a good feeling about Adam Bradley. We've had a lot of luck with sharpshooters from New Jersey over the years. I'm going to switch our offer over to Adam, and focus our recruitment efforts on him.

We'll battle with Virginia for Adam's commitment, the same school we're competing with for Julian Carlson. Julian also has an offer from Temple. Both Adam and Julian prefer Villanova, and it's our job to keep it that way.
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It appears that Julian Carlson has ended his recruitment. He removed every school except Villanova from his list.

We're in the driver's seat with Adam Bradley, too. Adam is still considering his offer from Virginia, but he lists us ahead of the Hoos. I wonder where Toby Whittaker hopes Adam will sign? He grew up a Villanova fan, but he's a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Next up...Decision Day.
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Graham Sims' recruiting season was as undramatic and successful as any he's experienced in his thirty-plus years as a coach. Like Toby Whittaker, he succeeds in landing both the players to whom he'd offered scholarships.

Local star Julian Carlson is the first to come aboard. While his national ranking (#72, four stars) isn't as glamorous as many Villanova signees, he's still an All American. Julian has a wide range of skills, spiced up by a jumper that we think could become elite. Think Weston Wagner, with a bit more inside presence.

Adam Bradley is also joining us next season. Long and lean, Adam fits the "three-and-D" profile well, with his accurate outside shot and his ability to create havoc on the perimeter. The low-end projection would see Adam serving as a floor-spreading sixth man, a source of instant offense. The high-end projection envisions him as Reed Weisberg.

Welcome to the Villanova family, Julian and Adam!
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Coach Graham Sims will guide this group of players in his 18th season as Villanova's head men's basketball coach:

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#2 VILLANOVA General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joel Campbell 0 SF Fr* 6-6 210 Yes 70 OK Royersford, PA Scott McMasters 1 PG So* 6-4 192 Yes 80 OK Wallingford, PA Israel Moody 3 SF Sr 6-5 218 Yes 82 OK Joppa, MD Asaad Richardson 4 SG Jr 6-4 210 Yes 80 OK Pennsburg, PA Tyson Lien 11 SG Jr 6-3 207 Yes 79 OK West Windsor, NJ Weston Wagner 12 SF Jr 6-9 235 Yes 96 OK Hillside, IL Roman Holloway 14 C So 7-0 263 Yes 82 OK Glen Mills, PA Matthew Washington 21 SG Fr 6-3 177 Yes 43 OK Olney, MD Earnest Crowder 23 PG Fr 6-1 190 Yes 89 OK Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Canada Immanuel Bahr 32 PF Jr 6-8 269 Yes 43 OK Munich, Germany Brian Cioffi 33 PF Sr 6-7 205 No 52 Unhappy Greenbelt, MD James Largent 34 C Jr* 6-8 237 Yes 74 OK Petaluma, CA Anthony DiStefano 40 SG Fr 6-3 186 Yes 86 Redshirt New Rochelle, NY Mark Ferree 45 SG So 6-3 190 No 21 OK Wexford, PA Braeden Manning 50 C Fr 6-7 225 No 72 OK Richland Center, WI

Here's how they did in fall training:
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#2 VILLANOVA Training Results Player Ins Jps Fts 3ps Hnd Pas Orb Drb Psd Prd Stl Blk Qkn Str Jmp Sta ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joel Campbell 1 3 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 4 2 1 0 4 1 7 Scott McMasters 2 3 1 4 6 6 1 2 2 5 3 1 0 2 1 4 Israel Moody 3 1 6 4 2 0 4 4 2 4 16 5 0 3 1 13 Asaad Richardson 1 3 3 11 1 5 5 3 3 7 7 1 1 4 1 6 Tyson Lien 1 9 0 2 7 7 3 3 2 5 5 1 1 1 1 3 Weston Wagner 4 5 0 5 2 2 3 3 4 3 3 3 0 3 1 4 Roman Holloway 9 3 5 1 2 4 9 9 8 2 1 8 0 5 1 4 Matthew Washington 6 6 4 6 4 6 2 2 2 6 2 2 0 4 2 28 Earnest Crowder 4 6 6 5 0 6 2 2 2 8 4 2 4 6 2 28 Immanuel Bahr 7 3 5 0 2 1 2 7 5 2 1 7 1 3 1 6 Brian Cioffi 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 11 James Largent 4 2 1 0 1 1 4 5 6 1 1 6 0 3 0 8 Anthony DiStefano 6 4 6 4 4 6 4 4 2 8 8 4 1 4 2 12 Mark Ferree 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 0 1 1 0 9 Braeden Manning 1 0 2 0 2 2 4 4 8 2 2 6 4 8 3 18

Coach Graham Sims returns two starters from last year's team, which lost its bid for a fourth consecutive national championship to West Virginia in double overtime. Those losses are significant. Dan O'Halloran was the first player chosen in the pro draft. Forrest Curl was drafted early in the second round. Kai Smith was twice the Big East Player of the Year. We've seen mighty programs brought down--at least temporarily--by losses such as these.

This Villanova team might be an exception. One of the remaining starters is Israel Moody, a first team All-American who averaged over 19 PPG last season. Like Smith last year, Moody is returning for his senior season, a decision that's been very popular on the Main Line. Israel is far from a one-dimensional scorer; he's proud of his defensive efforts, and in camp he was stealing everything that wasn't nailed down.

Israel does most of his work close to the basket. The other returning starter, junior Asaad Richardson, is a long-distance threat. Asaad was the team's second-leading scorer, averaging just over 15 PPG. He shot 40 percent from behind the three-point arc, and he still spent quite a bit of time working on his shot this fall.

As good a shooter as he is, Asaad names a teammate when he's asked to identify the team's best marksman. "It's Tyson, hands down." Tyson Lien will have the first opportunity to join his classmate Asaad in the backcourt. Tyson's slash line was an arcade game-like .594/.495/.949 last season, produced in 17 minutes per game as the team's sixth man. He is not a natural point guard, but his handle and passing ability are decent. He's also not a liability on defense.

Seven-foot sophomore Roman Holloway inherits O'Halloran's spot in the pivot. His playing style is similar to Dan's; he's a traditional big with enough court vision and skill to find open teammates when he's double-teamed. Roman will not be asked to be more than the team's third or fourth option offensively, and he's certainly skilled enough for that role.

The fifth starter will be either of two juniors: Immanuel Bahr or Weston Wagner. Bahr provides a more rugged interior presence, Wagner offers floor-stretching shooting, Both will play quite a bit.

So will Scott McMasters, a redshirt sophomore who would give the team a more traditional, pass-first point guard. Three freshmen--guard Earnest Crowder and wings Matthew Washington and Joel Campbell--and junior big man James Largent round out the ranks of active scholarship players. Another youngster, wing Anthony DiStefano, is redshirting this season. They are all promising--especially Washington--but they'll all need to be patient while their more fully developed teammates carry the load. Washington and Crowder were especially dedicated to conditioning in fall camp.

We open the season ranked #1 nationally, just ahead of a powerful Tennessee team that features big man Wayne Bradhold and point guard Aaron Scott. This Villanova team has the potential to deliver what its fans expect: a Big East championship and a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
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#2 Villanova 90, Howard 54 --------------------------------------------------------- Howard (0-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jeffrey Davis C 22 0-2 0-0 0 2 1 1 0 C. Talamantes PF 23 3-10 4-5 0 2 0 2 10 Marvin Julius SF 22 0-1 2-2 2 3 1 3 2 Ray Chewning SG 22 2-4 0-0 0 3 2 0 4 Carey Garris PG 20 3-9 2-2 0 2 0 4 9 Gregory Pinkerton SG 26 6-12 2-2 1 3 2 1 18 Berry McKellar PG 16 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 William Holmes PF 20 0-2 3-4 1 6 0 1 3 Simon Davis C 15 1-4 3-4 1 2 0 1 5 Rolland Mashburn SF 14 1-3 0-0 0 1 0 1 3 Turnovers: 17 (J.Davis 1, M.Julius 3, R.Chewning 4, C.Garris 2, G.Pinkerton 3, B.McKellar 3, R.Mashburn 1) Blocked Shots: 1 (W.Holmes 1) Steals: 5 (J.Davis 1, R.Chewning 2, G.Pinkerton 1, S.Davis 1) 3P FGs: 6-20 (J.Davis 0-1, M.Julius 0-1, R.Chewning 0-2, C.Garris 1-4, G.Pinkerton 4-8, B.McKellar 0-2, S.Davis 0-1, R.Mashburn 1-1) Villanova (1-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Roman Holloway C 24 2-5 0-0 6 9 2 2 4 Immanuel Bahr PF 22 5-7 0-0 3 7 3 4 11 Israel Moody SF 31 9-18 7-7 0 7 1 0 25 Asaad Richardson SG 21 8-14 0-0 2 7 5 4 17 Tyson Lien PG 24 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 7 Scott McMasters PG 22 2-2 3-5 0 2 6 3 8 Weston Wagner PF 27 4-11 0-0 2 3 1 3 10 James Largent C 12 3-4 0-1 3 6 0 2 6 M. Washington SG 10 1-5 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Joel Campbell SF 5 0-0 0-0 1 4 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 3, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, S.McMasters 1, W.Wagner 1, J.Largent 1, M.Washington 2, J.Campbell 2) Blocked Shots: 10 (R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 6, W.Wagner 1, J.Largent 1, M.Washington 1) Steals: 8 (I.Bahr 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1, J.Largent 1, J.Campbell 1) 3P FGs: 6-18 (I.Bahr 1-1, A.Richardson 1-6, T.Lien 1-2, S.McMasters 1-1, W.Wagner 2-6, M.Washington 0-2) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
We weren't invited to a preseason tournament this year, so we open 2043/44 with a home game against Howard. With the exception of some wayward three-point shooting, it goes as we'd expect.

Immanuel Bahr is a big, wide man, and he doesn't let anything past him in the paint tonight. I'm digging those six blocks. And Israel Moody looks like he's picking up right where he left off last year.
Record: 1-0.


November 20, 2043
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#2 Villanova 92, Vanderbilt 84 -------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (2-0, 0-0) Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Roman Holloway C 26 8-8 3-3 4 7 0 4 19 Immanuel Bahr PF 24 2-3 1-1 1 8 0 4 5 Israel Moody SF 33 7-23 5-6 3 4 4 1 19 Asaad Richardson SG 32 8-20 0-1 1 4 5 1 20 Tyson Lien PG 26 2-2 2-2 0 3 4 3 7 Scott McMasters PG 17 2-3 1-2 1 1 1 2 5 Weston Wagner PF 15 2-4 4-4 1 5 0 3 10 James Largent C 11 1-2 2-2 2 5 0 0 4 M. Washington SG 8 1-6 1-2 0 1 3 0 3 Joel Campbell SF 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 14 (R.Holloway 4, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 1, T.Lien 3, S.McMasters 1, B.Cioffi 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 3, S.McMasters 1, J.Largent 2) Steals: 8 (R.Holloway 2, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 4, S.McMasters 1) 3P FGs: 7-22 (A.Richardson 4-14, T.Lien 1-1, S.McMasters 0-1, W.Wagner 2-3, M.Washington 0-3) Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Benton Ramsey C 29 7-14 2-4 3 12 1 0 16 Dennis Cummings SF 28 3-10 1-1 0 4 3 3 7 Eddy Freeman SF 24 9-14 2-3 1 6 4 4 22 Leonel Waddell SG 22 5-7 1-2 2 3 0 3 16 Dana Flowers PG 33 1-5 2-2 3 6 2 3 5 W. Soergel PF 14 0-3 3-4 0 1 3 3 3 Orlando Phelps C 21 2-4 2-4 1 2 0 1 6 Ali Anderson C 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Charles Nagy PG 16 1-3 0-1 1 3 4 1 3 David Witham PF 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 Daniel Pickens SF 7 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 Jared McCraw SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 21 (B.Ramsey 3, D.Cummings 4, E.Freeman 4, L.Waddell 1, D.Flowers 7, C.Nagy 1, D.Pickens 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.Cummings 2, E.Freeman 1, D.Flowers 1) Steals: 5 (E.Freeman 1, L.Waddell 1, D.Flowers 2, D.Pickens 1) 3P FGs: 11-22 (E.Freeman 2-5, L.Waddell 5-7, D.Flowers 1-4, W.Soergel 0-1, C.Nagy 1-2, D.Witham 1-1, D.Pickens 1-2) Player of Game: C Roman Holloway (VLNV)
Vanderbilt battles back after we have them 15 points down at the half, making this game a close one. They make a lot of threes, and give Israel Moody fits all night long.

But Roman Holloway makes every shot he tries, and we force the Commodores into 21 turnovers.
Record: 2-0.


November 25, 2043
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#2 Villanova 82, Amherst 55 ---------------------------------------------------------- Amherst (0-3, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Edward Arango C 36 2-2 0-0 3 9 1 3 4 Pedro McCray PF 22 1-5 2-2 1 3 2 4 4 Tanner Krol SF 29 2-6 0-0 1 5 1 1 6 Tony Goodloe SG 20 4-8 1-2 1 2 1 1 13 Hans Sierra PG 22 3-5 1-1 0 1 0 1 7 Jason Aker SF 18 4-9 0-0 1 4 3 4 11 Andrew Zielinski PG 17 3-5 0-0 0 3 0 2 7 Jude Nilsson SG 15 1-5 0-0 1 2 1 0 3 Reno Menjivar PF 16 0-4 0-0 1 2 1 1 0 Aaron Hewitt PF 2 0-0 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 Turnovers: 32 (E.Arango 3, P.McCray 5, T.Krol 5, T.Goodloe 3, H.Sierra 5, J.Aker 4, A.Zielinski 3, J.Nilsson 1, R.Menjivar 3) Blocked Shots: 1 (T.Krol 1) Steals: 5 (E.Arango 2, T.Krol 1, T.Goodloe 1, A.Zielinski 1) 3P FGs: 11-26 (P.McCray 0-3, T.Krol 2-5, T.Goodloe 4-7, J.Aker 3-5, A.Zielinski 1-2, J.Nilsson 1-2, R.Menjivar 0-2) Villanova (3-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Roman Holloway C 29 3-6 6-8 1 5 4 1 12 Immanuel Bahr PF 29 1-4 0-0 1 4 2 1 2 Israel Moody SF 36 17-27 3-5 1 5 2 3 37 Asaad Richardson SG 21 2-3 0-0 1 2 0 4 6 Tyson Lien PG 29 3-6 0-0 1 3 9 1 6 Scott McMasters PG 22 2-7 0-1 1 2 3 3 4 Weston Wagner PF 13 2-5 2-2 4 6 1 0 7 Earnest Crowder PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 James Largent C 10 2-6 1-2 2 4 1 0 5 M. Washington SG 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 Joel Campbell SF 2 0-0 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 Turnovers: 12 (R.Holloway 2, I.Bahr 1, I.Moody 1, A.Richardson 3, T.Lien 2, S.McMasters 1, W.Wagner 2) Blocked Shots: 4 (R.Holloway 1, I.Bahr 1, I.Moody 1, J.Largent 1) Steals: 15 (R.Holloway 2, I.Bahr 2, I.Moody 4, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 3, W.Wagner 1, M.Washington 1) 3P FGs: 4-13 (I.Bahr 0-2, A.Richardson 2-2, T.Lien 0-3, S.McMasters 0-3, W.Wagner 1-2, M.Washington 1-1) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Israel Moody takes his frustrations from the Vanderbilt game out on the Lord Jeffs tonight. His 37 points equal his career high.

We also force 32 turnovers, which is probably a school record. Our New England Conference opponents collect a nice away day payday and head back up to western Massachusetts.
Record: 3-0.


November 28, 2043
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#2 Villanova 97, Lipscomb 58 --------------------------------------------------------- Lipscomb (0-2, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Reinhold Dischler C 27 2-4 1-1 0 5 1 3 5 Warren Howlett PF 31 3-7 7-8 2 6 3 0 13 Andrew Looney SF 26 2-10 1-3 0 3 3 2 5 Armand Mello SG 28 5-10 3-4 1 1 1 1 14 Eric Ramey PG 27 3-5 2-2 1 2 1 1 10 Jack Wilkerson PG 13 1-3 1-1 0 2 1 1 3 Kevin Jordan SG 19 2-5 0-2 0 0 2 1 5 Wilfredo Clifton SG 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 3 Gerald Crowell C 17 0-1 0-0 0 3 0 1 0 Reid Davis PF 4 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 Turnovers: 23 (R.Dischler 1, W.Howlett 4, A.Looney 4, A.Mello 4, E.Ramey 4, J.Wilkerson 1, K.Jordan 3, W.Clifton 2) Blocked Shots: 3 (R.Dischler 2, W.Howlett 1) Steals: 3 (A.Looney 1, A.Mello 2) 3P FGs: 5-14 (A.Looney 0-4, A.Mello 1-2, E.Ramey 2-2, K.Jordan 1-4, W.Clifton 1-1, R.Davis 0-1) Villanova (4-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Roman Holloway C 25 3-4 4-4 0 4 1 1 10 Immanuel Bahr PF 19 5-6 0-0 2 3 0 3 11 Israel Moody SF 31 11-23 3-4 2 7 7 1 25 Asaad Richardson SG 28 8-12 0-0 2 5 2 3 20 Tyson Lien PG 24 5-7 0-0 0 3 9 2 14 Scott McMasters PG 19 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 Weston Wagner PF 18 0-4 0-0 1 2 1 5 0 Earnest Crowder PG 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 James Largent C 14 0-3 0-0 4 7 0 1 0 M. Washington SG 12 5-8 0-0 0 3 0 2 12 Joel Campbell SF 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 1 0 0 Turnovers: 14 (I.Bahr 1, I.Moody 2, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 1, S.McMasters 1, W.Wagner 3, J.Largent 1, M.Washington 3) Blocked Shots: 3 (I.Moody 2, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 13 (R.Holloway 2, I.Moody 3, A.Richardson 3, T.Lien 2, S.McMasters 1, W.Wagner 1, E.Crowder 1) 3P FGs: 12-20 (I.Bahr 1-1, A.Richardson 4-5, T.Lien 4-6, S.McMasters 1-3, W.Wagner 0-2, M.Washington 2-3) Player of Game: SF Israel Moody (VLNV)
Lipscomb's new coach, Erik Bayless, returns to Wawa Arena and is welcomed warmly. Then his former players teach his new team all kinds of lessons.

I'm very pleased with Tyson Lien's adjustment to the point guard role. He's handed out nine assists in two consecutive games, and he's shooting .650/.500/1.000. More than merely a marksman is Mr. Lien.
Record: 4-0.
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