VILLANOVA, Pa. – After two Big Five matchups in Philadelphia earlier within the season – together with an 81-68 in opposition to La Salle and a 68-64 loss at Temple – Villanova returns to motion Monday night time when it hosts Delaware State at 6:30 p.m
Scott Graham and Jim Spanarkel will element the motion for a nationwide tv viewers on FS2. Ryan Fannon and Whitey Rigsby can have the radio name on Villanova Sports Network.
Both groups go into this recreation with 1-1 information. The Wildcats are hoping to bounce again from a last ball loss on Friday night time in opposition to the Owls on the Liacouras Center. Delaware State is coached by Stan Wateman, who directed this system at Sanford School for 30 years. Among his college students, VU was a sophomore ahead Nnanna Njoku.
“I think our boys understand that we have to improve,” mentioned the Villanova head coach Kyle Neptune after the Wildcats practiced on the Finneran Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. “I believe they’ve embraced it and look ahead to getting again on the market to compete.
“For us, we try to focus on everything. I don’t think it’s just one thing. There are many things we need to work on.”
Temple saved the Wildcats from stepping into an offensive move early within the contest and put Villanova in a deficit for a lot of the first half-hour of the sport. They finally dug out halfway by the second half and led after a 64-62 Jordan Longino 3-pointer within the last minute. But the Owls scored the ultimate six factors of the sport, all from free throws.
Villanova tried simply seven discipline objectives that went past the 3-point arc and dropped two, together with Longino’s clutch and one from redshirt freshman Angelo Brizzi. Longino transformed 5 of seven discipline objective makes an attempt on Friday and completed with 11 factors.
“We think of our boys as basketball players,” Neptune famous. “Jordan is not any totally different. It does not matter how large you’re. He’s a type of guys who can do all the things. He can get the ball up, he can rating, he is an amazing passer, an excellent determination maker and he can do us will attempt to use it in each doable state of affairs.
“If you have someone out there in the last few minutes, you have confidence in any coach,” Neptune famous. “You don’t really have to say anything (anymore).”
Next up for Villanova is the primary journey in program historical past to East Lansing, Michigan to meet the Michigan State Spartans. These groups will compete on the annual Gavitt Games at 8pm on the Breslin Student Events Center (FS1 and Villanova Sports Radio Network).