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NBA Wildcat Watch (October 26)

Brunson made his first career NBA start, and three other Wildcats were in action on Friday night.

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From Tuesday through Friday, each time a former Wildcat hits the court, we will recap how they did and include a few highlights. On Tuesdays, we’ll also recap what happened over the weekend, so you don’t miss the action. This will also serve as a discussion board. We will try to keep it updated as soon as the games are over, so check back often!

Four different Wildcats were in action on Friday night, and we got to see Kyle Lowry and Jalen Brunson square off on the court. Donte DiVincenzo and Ryan Arcidiacono were also playing.

Jalen Brunson

With Dennis Smith Jr. out with an ankle injury, Jalen Brunson got the nod for his first career start, going against another Villanova alum, Kyle Lowry. It wasn’t the sweetest of games for Brunson, who shot just 3-of-11 on the floor. However, he was 2-for-4 from deep and got to trick Lowry twice on a smooth step-back three. Unfortunately for him and his Mavs, they lost to Lowry’s Raptors, 116-107. Brunson finished with eight points, three rebounds, four assists, and a steal.

Up Next: vs. Utah on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. ET

Kyle Lowry

Lowry and the Raptors continue to roll, winning their sixth-straight game. It was another nice performance for Lowry, racking up a double-double. He had 20 points, 12 assists, and no turnovers, beating Jalen Brunson in a duel between former Villanova point guards. The Raptors won 116-107, as they continue their best start in NBA history. Lowry has now enjoyed four-straight double-doubles.

Up Next: at Milwaukee on Monday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. ET

Ryan Arcidiacono

After leading in the first quarter, Chicago fell behind and ultimately lost to the Charlotte Hornets, 135-106. Arcidiacono came off the bench, supplying eight points and four assists, while shooting 3-of-5 on the floor. Although he wasn’t starting, Arcidiacono played the most minutes out of Chicago’s point guards, logging 25 of them.

Up Next: at Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Donte DiVincenzo

DiVincenzo did a little of everything on Friday night during the Bucks’ 125-95 victory to improve to 5-0. The rookie played 19 minutes off the bench, leading the reserves with a game-high plus/minus of +20. DiVincenzo also added a three-pointer to Milwaukee’s sharpshooting night, where it made 19 threes to tie a franchise record for most in a game. DiVincenzo finished with nine points, four rebounds, and five assists.

Up Next: vs. Toronto on Monday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. ET