Score: DePaul 84, Villanova 76
Player of the Game: Corey Fisher, 23 pts, 2 ast
Recap: The DePaul Blue Demons upset The Villanova Wildcats in both team's Big East openers. DePaul took an early lead and Nova had a difficult time catching up. Villanova had a horrible night shooting the ball and went 1-11 from behind the arc in the first half. They had too many careless turnovers. Fisher led a Villanova comeback that cut the lead to 4, but after he was taken out of the game with 4 fouls with about 3 minutes left in the game, DePaul quickly went on a run to extend the lead back to double digits. I think Jay Wright should have left Fisher in the game. He was the only Wildcat that could score that night, and there was really no point in saving him with so little time left in the game. Villanova committed 2 crucial turnovers, that likely wouldn't have happened if Fisher was still in the game running the point. Casiem Drummond's absence was felt as Nova had no one to contain DePaul's big man Wesley Green. Scottie Reynolds struggled throughout the game and finished with 11 points and 5 assists. It seemed like Villanova was passing up too many open three's, and later settled for more difficult shots. A team with great shooters like Villanova shouldn't hesitate to shoot threes when their open. They may have lost some confidence after going 1-11 in the first half, but many of those threes were difficult shots, as opposed to the open shots they should be taking. This was Villanova's first Big East game of the season and only the third against a major conference school, and they have struggled in all three games. They lost by one point to NC State, were dominated for most of the game by LSU before the miraculous comeback, and now lost to a DePaul team who came in with a 4-7 record. The Wildcats will need to toughen up and play better defense to compete in the Big East this year.
Next Game: Sunday January 6, Noon vs. Pitt