The 5-0 Villanova Wildcats team against an 0-4 Delaware Blue Hens. It doesn't sound pretty, and it sure wasn't. The `Cats started off sloppy shooting 6-17 and 2-9 from downtown, but that bested the Hens' 3-18 (0-11 from three) and UDel could never generate a serious threat. The Wildcats improve to 6-0 on the year as they win 78-47.
Kris Jenkins lead all Villanova scorers with 13 on 4-8 from deep. Delaware's Cazmon Hayes lead all scores with 17 on 6-21 shooting (4-13 from beyond the arc).
"I liked our defense" said Wright when asked what stuck out in this game. UDel was 18-58 from the field.
Daniel Ochefu started hot and ended the game with 12 points on 6-12 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds. Delaware missed two straight putbacks under the basket, helping Ochefu make a hook shot in transition. "That's my go to right now" said Daniel of that hook shot.
Villanova had a string of poor play from 12:39 to 8:36, when they did not score a single basket. The Wildcats resorted to old favorites like the missed three, followed by the offensive rebounds and immediate threes again. The `Cats also had two straight charges drawn on them. Thankfully Kory Holden's jumper was the only points for the Hens in that time.
The Hens went scoreless in the final three minutes of the first half. Josh Hart had an offensive rebound and layup as time expired to give the Wildcats a 34-16 at the half. Villanova dominated across the board in the first half, totaling more rebounds, assists, FG%, FT% and less turnovers.
The second half was more Wildcat domination. They outscored the Blue Hens 44-31. They totaled 21 assists on the day compared to the Hens' 9. Turnovers proved to be an issue in the end for both schools; Villanova had 13 and Delaware had 17.
Darrun Hilliard finished with 12 points- second on the team- on 4-6 shooting. He added 3 threes. Wright was ecstatic to have his old self again. "If he's got a problem, it's that he's too nice. He's worried about everybody else, he's concerned with everything. It's good to see him back." Hilliard said he was never worried during his cold stretch. "I always had confidence, it just had to fall. Today I had a rhythm and it just felt good. [My teammates] give me confidence."
Darryl Reynolds played 13 minutes adding 4 points on 2-2 shooting with 3 rebounds and 4 blocks.
The evening concluded with Kevin Rafferty, Pat Farrell, Darryl Reynolds, Henry Lowe and Phil Booth. Rafferty scored one bucket in the final minutes.
`Nova had six players score at least 8 points. Coach Wright loves the distribution his team has. "We have eight guys that are capable double figure scorers. That balance gives us a chance to be a good team."
Jay looks to their next opponent in the La Salle Explorers. He loves the atmosphere and says no game is easy. "If it's a Big 5 game they can beat us. La Salle battled pretty well in New York [against the Virginia Cavaliers and Vanderbilt Commodores.] We all know what it's gonna be, and it makes us stronger through the year."
La Salle played UVA, Vanderbilt, and next Villanova. They love the teams that start with V, and all their losses have come against them so far. The game is on Wednesday, December 3rd at 8:30pm. It will air on CBS Sports Network.