‘Nova looks to avenge previous loss to Hoyas

Joe Groglio

As the season nears its ending, every game is crucial as teams are scrambling to fill up their NCAA tournament résumé. This applies to the Villanova Wildcats, who most see as a lock to make the dance, but seeding is still important.

Georgetown presents itself as a huge game this Saturday, as they defeated the ‘Cats by one point on Jan. 15 in heartbreaking fashion. The Hoyas sealed the victory when Darrell Owens caught a Hail Mary pass from Ashanti Cook and was fouled. Owens then hit his free throws to seal the victory.

Since then, Georgetown has been a solid team at 16-8 overall, including an 8-5 mark in the Big East.

Leading the way has been forward Brandon Bowman, a 6-8 forward who can shoot and rebound. Bowman leads the team with over 15 points per game, and just over six rebounds. Helping out down low is freshman Jeff Green, who has shocked the Big East by having a breakout season en route to 14 points per game. Roy Hibbert has also been a presence at center, playing solid defense and averaging six points.

The backcourt has been a constant shuffle, but one constant has been the play of Ashanti Cook. Averaging 11 points per game, Cook is the floor general for this team, with his excellent ball handling and terrific defense.

Darrell Owens and Jonathan Wallace split time, but they both score more than five points a game and have shown flashes of consistency. Rahmel Ross, Ray Reed and Tyler Crawford round out this young group.

The most important aspect of this team is new coach John Thompson III, who is truly a tactical genius and has installed his Princeton offense for this team perfectly. With its backdoor cuts and patience, the ‘Nova defense must try its best to rattle their guards, forcing turnovers. Fast breaks are not the Hoyas’ forté, so expect to see a lot of full court pressure in an effort to create turnovers.

On offense, the ‘Cats must play their normal game plan and hit open shots. In the last meeting between these teams, ‘Nova was without Jason Fraser, so this time expect to see a lot more of an inside game, which in turn will create open shots on the perimeter for our guards and Curtis Sumpter.

This game could end up being very important, depending on the outcome of the BC battle which at press time was still not decided. Every game is a chance for Villanova to prove to the selection committee that not only do they belong in the NCAA tournament, but they also deserve a proper seeding. One thing is certain: there will be tons of excitement on campus this year as March Madness unfolds.