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Villanova vs. Georgetown preview: 3 things to consider

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Saturday. 2:00pm. Wells Fargo Center. The team lost to Georgetown a few weeks ago. All this means one thing.


It's a Wells Fargo Security nightmare.

Ever since the road losses to the Seton Hall Pirates and Georgetown HoyasVillanova students have circled the dates of the home meetings against those respective teams. After a loss Wednesday night at the hands of the Providence Friars, the Hoyas look to salvage their time in the top 25 (for now).

Georgetown sits in third place in the Big East with a 15-7 (7-4) record. A win here can put them in a tie for second.


Is it Joshua Smith?

According to the stat sheet, Smith did not do too much on January 19th. He finished with 9 points on 4-6 shooting with 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. However, the eye test says different. Daniel Ochefu had a rough time defending the 350-lb senior, and there's little evidence to say this time around will be different. The Wildcats need to figure out switches or double-teams when dealing with the Hoyas' center or this game can start out very bad.

It doesn't help that Smith shoots 64% from the floor this season, however he shoots with similar success from the free throw line at 66.3%. You don't want to rack up too many fouls, but that will be a way to limit his opportunities.

Limit turnovers

On MLK Day, turnovers did not lose the game. However, they DID hurt any chance of climbing back. Villanova averages 11 turnovers per game this season, and they had 17 against G`Town last time. The `Cats turned the ball over 15 times against Marquette, so they come in with ball-handling issues. Against the Hoyas JayVaughn Pinkston personally had 6 turnovers in arguably his worst game of the season. `Nova needs to ensure they limit the amount of free passes they give Georgetown.

Dylan Ennis where are you????

Since the win against Penn on January 17th, Ennis is only 3-15 for 14 points. That's across 4 games!!! He's averaging 4 APG and just over 2 RPG, meaning the double-digit scorer and assist-machine from October and November has gone missing. It's comforting to see Ryan Arcidiacono kick it into high gear lately, but it would be VERY RELAXING to see Ennis to join that trend.