Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nova to Face Marquette in Big East Quarterfinals

Foe: Marquette Golden Eagles (24-8)(12-6)

Recent History: Marquette and Villanova split the season series, with each team winning at home. Since the loss to Nova at the Pavilion on February 10, Marquette won three in row then lost their final four regular season games, all to ranked opponents. Part of the slide had to do with the loss of senior point guard Dominic James. James was a Nova-killer, always having big games against us. The rest of the team has struggled since James' season-ending injury, but they had no problem beating St. John's in the second round of the Big East Tournament today 74-45. The big three of Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews, and Lazar Hayward all scored in double figures. Maurice Acker has replaced James as the starting point guard. 

Final Verdict: I think the loss of Dominic James will be too much for the Golden Eagles to overcome, and Nova will win the rubber match and move on to the semifinals. Look for Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher to both have big games. Since Marquette plays small lineups, Jay Wright will likely play Fisher and Reynolds together more often. Fisher had 21 points in both games vs. Marqutte this season, while Reynolds had 15 and 27 points.

TV: ESPN 2:00 pm

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