Tuesday, December 7, 2010

#12 Villanova (6-1) at Pennsylvania (4-3)

Tomorrow, December 8th, Corey Fisher and the Villanova Wildcats will make the short drive to take on Jack Eggleston and city rival Pennsylvania. The Quakers are riding a two game winning streak and will be sure to turn in a great effort against a Villanova team that has definitely not played up to its potential. Villanova has beat Penn eight straight times dating back to 2002, and many of those victories have been as lopsided as they come, such as last season's 103-65 thrashing.

The Wildcats come in with some things to work on before Big East play starts. First, they must simply shoot better. For a team that relies on guard play and the three-point shot, Villanova has not been getting it done, only making 29 percent of its threes. The Cats also need to get healthy, with Isiah Armwood and Maurice Sutton nursing injuries. These injuries, along with JayVaughn Pinkston's recent suspension, caused the Cats to go to a seven man rotation last game, which is simply not sustainable. Although Penn is improving and building a program around guys like leading scorer Jack Eggleston, twelve-ranked Villanova should have no problem taking care of business as they continue to prep for conference play.

Prediction: Villanova-83, Penn-57

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