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NBA Wildcat Watch (January 30)

Ryan Arcidiacono gets the nod for the starting five.

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

From Tuesday through Friday, each time a former Wildcat hits the court, we will recap how they did and include a few highlights (if available). 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!

Three different Wildcat alumni were in action on Wednesday night—two former point guard greats, Ryan Arcidiacono (Chicago Bulls) and Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks), as well as Omari Spellman (Atlanta Hawks) in the nightcap.

Ryan Arcidiacono

The Bulls went with experience and someone they could rely on, and they chose Arcidiacono to replace Zach LaVine, who didn’t play against the Miami Heat due to an ankle injury. Arcidiacono has had starting experience earlier this season, working his way up the depth chart and proving to be a reliable guard while Kris Dunn was out for an extended amount of time. Since Dunn’s return, Arcidiacono has been one of the first players off the bench. On Wednesday, Chicago opted to roll with two point guards in the starting five and we got to see two former Big East Player of the Year winners play side-by-side.

The Bulls won 105-89. Through 34 minutes of action, Arcidiacono finished with nine points (4-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and just one turnover.

Up Next: @ Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. ET

Jalen Brunson

The Dallas Mavericks headed to Madison Square Garden and got to even the series, after losing to the New York Knicks back in November. Jalen Brunson had 10 minutes of playing time in the 114-90 victory.

Brunson finished with three points (1-of-2 shooting) and three rebounds.

Up Next: @ Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. ET

Omari Spellman

The Hawks lost 135-113 at Sacramento. Spellman logged 24 minutes of action off the bench, scoring three points, grabbing one rebound, as well as a steal.

Up Next: @ Utah on Friday, Feb. 1, at 9 p.m. ET

Thursday’s Slate

Four different Villanova Wildcats will be playing on Thursday night, NBA action from coast-to-coast. (All times ET)

  • Jalen Brunson: Dallas at Detroit, 7 p.m.
  • Kyle Lowry: Milwaukee at Toronto, 8 p.m. (TNT)
  • Dante Cunningham: Brooklyn at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
  • Josh Hart: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m.