A quick, tempo-free look at some of the marquee Big East games this weekend, courtesy of Ray Floriani.
A quick look back on two particular Big East games of note from Saturday.
Georgetown 103, Villanova 90
What’s wrong with the Wildcats they say? Not a whole lot except they ran into a very tough team on their home floor still smarting from a home loss to South Florida. Issues were brought up regarding the Villanova defense. Granted it was better last year with a few more experienced interior players but the numbers aren’t drastically different.
- Villanova '09: Off. Efficiency = 109, Def. Efficiency = 98
- Villanova '10: Off. Efficiency = 115, Def. Efficiency = 102
The schedule has been in Villanova’s favor say some. Granted they did face Rutgers and St. John’s and entertained Seton Hall at home. Jay Wright’s team has swept Marquette, already defeated Georgetown at home and walked out of Freedom Hall with a W. Not a shabby resume to date.
You can pin some of Villanova’s problems Saturday on two factors, fouls and pace. Villanova committed 38 fouls and Georgetown shot 39 of 50 from the line (to Villanova’s 17 of 23). The Hoyas pushed the pace to an 89 possession tempo, a good fifteen higher than Villanova’s average Big East place. No doubt that ’NASCAR’ tempo had a bearing on Nova’s foul frequency.
West Virginia 79 St. John’s 60
In a game at Madison Square Garden this was your ‘tale of two halves’.
- West Virginia's offensive efficiency: 1st half - 61; for the game - 115.
- St. John's offensive efficiency: 1st half - 92; for the game - 87.
The second half numbers:
- West Virginia: 57 points on 33 possessions for an efficiency of 187.
- St. John's: 27 points on 33 possessions for an efficiency of 82.