Villanova manhandled Nyack College 82-45 on Sunday afternoon in front of a sparse Wells Fargo Center crowd. In the final tuneup before the regular season, Jay Wright stuck with the same starting five as he used against Northwood, a clear sign that Dylan Ennis is sharpie'd in as the fifth starter for Friday night.
Some troubling injury news came out before the game as Kris Jenkins sat with a shoulder injury, but it mostly sounded precautionary. Wright seemed hopeful he would be available for Friday night vs. Lehigh.
Another lower-division opponent, and another big win. Not much to complain about.
1. Dylan Ennis looks like the best bet to replace James Bell's scoring
Less than a week after dropping an efficient 12 points against Northwood, Ennis recorded 14 in the victory against Nyack. It's important to remember the the competition, but Ennis has been assertive and has displayed competence both shooting it from deep (36% across both games) and going to the hoop.
The popular belief would be that Josh Hart would fill the void with increased minutes, but he doesn't look like he's fully meshed in to his role just yet.
2. Patience will be required with Josh Hart and Phil Booth
After bursting on to the scene last year, it's hard to imagine needing to give Josh Hart some time but he's looked out of sorts for two games now. The energy and the effort cannot be questioned but his 0-6, 6 turnover performance wasn't pretty. It's easy to forget he's just a sophomore and there will still be some growing pains.
The same goes for Phil Booth who was one of the top players on the court in the Northwood win, but he struggled with his shot today too. 3-10 from the floor, but more importantly 1-5 from the FT line. He'll have nights like those like anyone else.
3. The 'Cats might have a pretty good frontcourt
The guards will continue to be the story because #narratives, but I have a sneaky feeling that we'll want to keep talking about the play of Daniel Ochefu, JayVaughn Pinkston, and even Darryl Reynolds. We have to take the performances with an entire salt mine because of the opposition, but I'm really encouraged by what I've seen.
Pinkston had a nice bounceback game (15 points, 9 rebounds), and Ochefu went for his second straight double-double (11 points, 20 rebounds). The real story is Reynolds though, who looked like he belonged yet again with 8 points, 5 boards and 2 blocks in just 16 minutes. It will be interesting to see how much run he gets when the real games start, but he deserves his shot based on the preseason.