Milwaukee, WI – No. 4 Villanova needed overtime, but they ended Marquette’s 20- game home conference winning streak with a 94-85 OT win. After trailing for most of the game, Marquette tied the game with four seconds left in the second half. Villanova showed their toughness playing solid in OT after making a potential game- winning shot at the end of regulation that was call a charge. The game displayed teams that score the ball two different ways. Marquette used inside scoring with 54 points in the paint. Villanova’s scored mostly from outside, hitting eight more three pointers then Marquette. The key factor was Villanova stayed small yet still out- rebounded Marquette by three.
Villanova has good guard play that can shoot the ball well; Ryan Arcidiacono, Darrun Hilliard and James Bell. Arcidiacono’s strengths are having a great shooting stroke coming off the dribble, or catching and shooting. He also has the ability to break down a defense with his handle and when in the lane he can finish or has the vision to make a play for others. Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, well above his season averages. As he is a sophomore he needs to stay in school and add body strength and become more consistent in his overall game.
Hillard has a good shooting stroke going 4-of-8 from three-point range. He can finish around the basket with either hand well, but needs to improve on his opposite hand dribble (his right hand) because he has a tendency to go left. He should return to school for his senior year.
Bell is a senior. He went 4-of-10 from the three-point line and 9-of-18 from the field. He has a good shooting stroke and is better when catching and shooting. He plays well off the ball and understands when to cut and how to get open. He needs to improve on his handle and playmaking ability to receive looks at the NBA level, but having a good shooting stroke, solid defensive ability and good strength should get attention.
Marquette’s Davante Gardner scored 29 points. He is a senior who provides inside scoring. He has a variety of post moves but they all go to his strong hand. Gardner, has very good footwork for a 6-8, 290-pound post player. His defensive strength is playing the post when he can be physical and active, but has showed the ability to guard stretch forwards.
Steven Siewert is a Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.