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John Celestand is averaging 11.2 ppg for the Wildcats.
Dec. 12 , 1997

Wildcats Prepare for Privateers

Nova Hosts New Orleans Saturday

VILLANOVA WILDCATS
(2-3 Overall, 2-0 Big East)
vs.
NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS
(0-1 Overall, 0-0 Sun Belt)

December 13, 1997 ~ 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Villanova, Pa.
The Pavilion

Game Notes

Last Time Out
Villanova: Villanova fell to No. 1-ranked Duke, 94-66, in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 10, 1997. The Wildcats were led by Malik Allen, who posted a career-high 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead both teams in both categories. Duke registered six double-figure scorers, led by Elton Brand with 15 points. The Blue Devils shot 54.4 percent from the field, while Villanova converted only 36.6 percent and committed 19 turnovers in the contest.

New Orleans: The Privateers have been out of action since Nov. 22, 1997, their longest in-season break in history, when they were defeated by Nebraska, 81-66. Eddie Washington had a career-high 22 points for New Orleans and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Corey Brown added 14. Venson Hamilton paced the Cornhuskers with 19 points and 12 rebounds. New Orleans committed 28 turnovers and shot 40 percent in the game, while Nebraska converted 49 percent from the floor.

Villanova-New Orleans Series Notes
This marks the third time in history that Villanova and New Orleans have faced off, with the two squads each winning one contest. New Orleans captured the first meeting in 1973 by a narrow 81-80 score, and Villanova won the second, in 1995, 80-72. The last meeting between the two teams marked a homecoming for New Orleans native Kerry Kittles, who earned All-America honors at Villanova that year, and led the Wildcats with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the game. After a relatively tight battle, Villanova outscored New Orleans 12-2 in the final five minutes of the game to secure the victory.

Game Information
Television: N/A
Radio: WPHT-FM (1210 am)
Talent: Andy Musser, Whitey Rigsby
Series Info: Tied, 1-1
Last meeting: VU 80-72, 12/22/95 @UNO

VU Coach:
Steve Lappas
105-59 (.640) / 6 yrs. (VU)
161-121 (.571) / 10 yrs.

UNO Coach:
Joey Stiebing
0-1 (.000) / 1 yr. (UNO)
0-1 (.000) / 1 yr. (UNO)

Probable Villanova Starters
No. Pos.    Name                        PPG     RPG
#15 F   Malik Allen (So., 6-10, 240)    10.4    8.6
#22 F   HOWARD BROWN (Jr., 6-5, 200)    11.0    5.0
#31 C   Rafal Bigus (Jr., 7-1, 270)     7.0     5.2
#13 G   John Celestand (Jr., 6-3, 175)  11.2    4.8
#10 G   JERMAINE MEDLEY (Fr., 6-0, 185) 6.4     1.6

Probable New Orleans Starters
No. Pos.    Name                            PPG     RPG
#34 F   KEVIN ELLIOTT (Jr., 6-6, 230)       6.0     3.0
#30 F   TORY WALKER (Fr., 6-7, 170)         7.0     1.0
#54 C   EDDIE WASHINGTON (Sr., 6-8, 250)    22.0    10.0
#10 G   KRIS STONEKING (So., 6-3, 175)      8.0     2.0
#24 G   COREY BROWN (Sr., 6-4, 186)         14.0    4.0

Wildcat Dress Roster

No. Name            Pos. Ht. Wt.    Cl.-Exp. Hometown
0   Simon Ogunlesi  F   6-10 265    Fr.-HS  Lagos, Nigeria
10  Jermaine Medley G   6-0  185    Fr.-HS  Wilmington, Del. 
11  Marvin O'Connor G   6-4  190    Fr.-HS  Philadelphia, Pa. 
12  Brian Noone     G   6-2  175    Sr.-2L  Syossett, N.Y. 
13  John Celestand  G   6-3  175    Jr.-2L  Piscataway, N.J. 
15  Malik Allen     F   6-10 240    So.-1L  Medford, N.J. 
20  Joe Jackson     G   5-8  170    Jr.-TR  Ridgewood, N.J.
21  Brian Lynch     G   6-6  185    So.-1L  Belmar, N.J.
22  Howard Brown    G   6-5  200    Jr.-2L  Pottstown, Pa.
31  Rafal Bigus     C   7-1  270    Jr.-2L  Stargard, Poland
33  Zeffy Penn      F   6-6  195    Sr.-3L  Harrisburg, Pa. 
40  Johnny Holley   F   6-6  180    Fr.-HS  McKinney, Texas
50  T.J. Caouette   F   6-7  215    So.-1L  Winthrop, Maine 
51  Chris Lee       F   6-5  200    Jr.-1L  Havertown, Pa.

Next Up
Villanova: Villanova plays its first Big 5 contest of the season, facing Temple on Dec. 16, 1997, at 7 p.m. in The Pavilion. The game will air on ESPN2.

New Orleans: The Privateers host Southern on Dec. 15, 1997, at 7:35 p.m.

   
Villanova-New Orleans Comparison
(Five game VU totals; One game UNO totals)
VU                          UNO
314     Points Scored       66
62.8    Avg. PPG            66.0    
121-299 FG-FGA              23-57
.405    FG Pct.             .404    
26-99   3FG-3FGA            7-20
.263    3-Pt. Pct.          .350
46-66   Free Throws         13-15
.697    FT Pct.             .867
348     Points Allowed      81
69.6    Avg. Allowed        81.0
192     Total Rebounds      37
38.4    Avg. RPG            37.0
-0.6    Rebound Margin      +2.0
76      Assists             11
15.2    Avg. APG            11.0
93      Turnovers           28
18.6    Avg. TO Per Game    28.0
30      Steals              8
6.0     Avg. SPG            8.0

All-Time Series
    12/29/73    Away    L   80-81
    12/22/95    Away    W   80-72
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Malik Allen

Allen Comes Through
Sophomore Malik Allen put in one of the finest performances of his young career on Wednesday versus Duke. The Shawnee High School product posted game-high numbers in scoring and rebounding, registering a career-high 17 points and 16 rebounds. His 17 points came on seven-for-12 (.583) shooting from the field, personal-bests in field goals made, attempted and percentage. In addition, his 16 boards (eight offensive and eight defensive) is the most by a Wildcat since March 17, 1995, when Jason Lawson collected 17 against Old Dominion in the NCAA Tournament.

Villanova Versus the Sun Belt
The Wildcats are 3-3 all-time versus teams from the Sun Belt Conference, posting a record of 1-1 against New Orleans, 1-1 versus Lamar, 1-0 against Western Kentucky, and 0-1 versus Jacksonville. Additionally, the Wildcats are 5-4 against teams from the state of Louisiana, posting a record of 2-2 against LSU and 2-1 versus Tulane in addition to their 1-1 mark against New Orleans.

Lappas and Non-Conference Opponents
Currently in his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcat program, head coach Steve Lappas has posted a mark of 44-17 (.721) versus non-conference opponents during his tenure. In his first year on the Main Line, the Wildcats were 5-3; in 1993-94 Villanova recorded a mark of 10-3 in non-Big East games. In 1994-95, the Wildcats registered a mark of 8-3, and in 1995-96 they were 11-2 out of conference. Last season, Lappas posted a mark of 10-3 in non-league contests, while Villanova is 0-3 in 1997-98.

Turning it up a Notch
Junior Howard Brown has elevated his play since the first game of the season, posting four-straight double-figure scoring games. He is averaging 13.8 ppg since the Minnesota game. The Pottstown, Pa., native, led Villanova in scoring against Bradley with 14 points, and is shooting a sizzling 22-for-40 (.550) from the field during the four-game stretch. Brown recorded the best outing from the field of his career when he hit seven-of-11 (.636) from the floor against Seton Hall, and the best outing of his career from behind the three-point arc vesus Bradley when he hit four-of-five.

Rookie at the Point
Wildcat freshman Jermaine Medley made his first career start against Bradley, becoming the first true freshman to run the point for Villanova since the 1985-86 season when Kenny Wilson ran the show. Wilson went on to become a four-year starter for head coach Rollie Massimino, setting the Wildcat career assist mark with 627 from 1985-89. That year, Villanova started an all-freshman backcourt with Wilson at point guard and Doug West at the two guard position. Both players started each of their four years at Villanova.

Jermaine for Three
Freshman Jermaine Medley had a breakout game on Saturday versus Seton Hall, registering a career-high 15 points on five-for-nine shooting from the field. The Wilmington, Del., native, converted five-of-eight from behind the three-point arc, one of the best performances of all time for a freshman at Villanova. Medley's five treys set a single-game record for made three-pointers for all Wildcat freshman, while his percentage of .625 is the third best of all-time among Villanova rookies. Kerry Kittles owns the top two three-point shooting marks, converting four-of-four against Lehigh on Dec. 28, 1992, and hitting four-of-six (.667) against Syracuse on Feb. 23, 1993.

Home, Sweet, Home
The Wildcats have recorded 32-straight sellouts in their on-campus arena, The Pavilion, and boast a record of 92-34 (.730) in the building since it opened in 1986. From the 1994-95 season on, Villanova is 30-2 (.938) in The Pavilion, including an 18-2 (.900) mark in Big East Conference match-ups.

Non-Conference Opponents in the Pavilion
Under head coach Steve Lappas, Villanova owns a record of 19-1 (.950) versus non-Big East Conference foes in The Pavilion (1992-present). The only Wildcats' defeat to a non-league team came on Dec. 22, 1993, when the Florida Gators handed Villanova an 85-77 decision.

At Home and on the Road in the Big East
Over the last four years (1994-present), Villanova has recorded a mark of 24-4 (.857) at home in Big East Conference regular-season contests. In Big East games in The Pavilion during that time, the Wildcats are 18-2 (.900). During the Steve Lappas era at Villanova, the Wildcats are 30-16 (.652) at home in league play, including a stellar 23-11 (.676) in The Pavilion.

The Villanova Wildcats have recorded a mark of 25-21 (.543) on the road in Big East Conference match-ups under Lappas, including a stellar record of 23-14 (.622) over the last four years, and a 1-0 mark this season after a 73-69 win at Georgetown.

   
Big East 
Season  Record  Road    Home
1997-98 2-0     1-0     1-0 (1-0 Pavilion / 0-0 Phila.)
1996-97 12-6    5-4     7-2 (4-1 Pavilion / 3-1 Phila.)
1995-96 14-4    6-3     8-1 (7-0 Pavilion / 1-1 Phila.)
1994-95 14-4    6-3     8-1 (6-1 Pavilion / 2-0 Phila.)
1993-94 10-8    5-4     5-4 (4-3 Pavilion / 1-1 Phila.)
1992-93 3-15    2-7     1-8 (1-6 Pavilion / 0-2 Phila.)
Totals  55-37   25-21   30-16 (23-11 Pavilion / 7-5 Phila.)

Experimenting with the Lineup
Villanova head coach Steve Lappas has utilized three different starting lineups this season. The constants have been Malik Allen, Rafal Bigus, and John Celestand, while Jermaine Medley has been inserted at the point guard position and Howard Brown replaced Zeffy Penn versus Georgetown. Following are each of Villanova's lineups this season, and the result:

Lineup  Record
(F) Allen, (F) Penn, (C) Bigus, (G) Lynch, (G) Celestand    0-1
(F) Allen, (F) Penn, (C) Bigus, (G) Celestand, (G) Medley   0-1
(F) Allen, (F) Brown, (C) Bigus, (G) Celestand, (G) Medley  2-1

From the Training Room
Villanova sophomore Brian Lynch missed both the Bradley and Georgetown contests due to a strained right achilles, but returned to practice following the game with the Hoyas and dressed for Seton Hall. Just as he appeared to back at full strength, the sophomore then sprained his right ankle the day prior to the Duke game, and did not dress. Additionally, walk-on Brian Noone did not play for the fourth-consecutive game versus Duke due to a fractured left index finger.

Wildcats on the Tube
During the Lappas tenure on the Main Line, Villanova has made 52 appearances on five national television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, ABC, and NBC). The Wildcats have recorded a mark of 30-22 (.577) in those games, including an 11-14 record on ESPN. Villanova is 7-1 on ESPN2, 9-7 on CBS, 1-0 on ABC, and 2-0 on NBC during the six years Lappas has served as Villanova head coach.

75 is the Magic Number
Prior to the 1997-98 campaign, over the past five seasons under head coach Steve Lappas, the Wildcats are 72-12 (.857) in games where they have scored 75 points or better. In 1996-97, the Wildcats were 15-3 when hitting a score of 75. Last year, Villanova was 16-1 when producing 75+ points. During the 1994-95 season, they tallied a 19-1 record in such games, while they were 13-4 in 1993-94 and 8-3 in 1992-93. With five games only gone in the 1997-98 season, the Wildcats have yet to reach 75. However, they surpassed 70 twice and won both games.

Starting from Scratch
The Wildcats are virtually starting from scratch this season, with only one starter returning to the 1997-98 lineup, as Chuck Kornegay, Jason Lawson, Tim Thomas, and Alvin Williams have all departed. Combined, the quartet amassed 4,244 career points and 2,142 career rebounds during their varied tenures at Villanova. In addition, the Wildcat seniors from a year ago (Kornegay, Lawson, Williams) compiled 95 victories during their four-year stint, the most wins by a class in school history. The class of '97 surpassed the class of '85, which posted a record of 92-38 and won the NCAA title.

Turning it Around
Villanova head coach Steve Lappas has made winning the norm on the Main Line during the last four years, as the Wildcats compiled 95 wins during that time and won the NIT Championship, the Big East Tournament title, the Big East regular-season crown, set a school record for wins in a single season, and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons. Prior to his arrival on campus, Villanova had not recorded a 20-win season since the 1987-88 campaign when Rollie Massimino's squad finished 24-13 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Final Eight.

The Last Four Years Under Lappas
    1993-94 20-12 overall
    1994-95 25-8 overall
    1995-96 26-7 overall
    1996-97 24-10 overall

Holley to Redshirt
Freshman Johnny Holley, a 6-foot-6 forward from McKinney, Texas, will redshirt the 1997-98 season due to an inflammatory condition in his right knee. Holley played in only one game this season, seeing limited action against Bradley.

1997-98 Big East Predictions
Syracuse and Connecticut are the choices of the Big East Conference head coaches to win the 1997-98 division titles. Syracuse is picked to win the Big East 7 Division, receiving 10 first-place votes and 81 points. Connecticut garnered nine first-place votes and 69 points to earn the Big East 6 champion, narrowly edging St. John's with 63 points and four first-place votes. Following is the results of the tally:

Villanova Player Profiles

#15 Malik Allen
So.~6-10~240~F
Medford, N.J.

Started every Villanova game at power forward ... Averaging 10.4 ppg and a team-best 8.6 rpg ... Third on the team in scoring ... Tremendous performance against Duke, registering a career-high 17 points and 16 rebounds, both game-high numbers ... His 16 boards is the most by a Wildcat since March 17, 1995 when Jason Lawson had 17 against Old Dominion in the NCAA Tournament ... Has reset scoring career-high twice in the last three games ... Leading the Big East in blocked shots with 2.4 bpg ... Played a career-high 34 minutes against the Blue Devils ... Posted 16 points against Georgetown to go with a game-high eight rebounds ... Converted a career-high eight-for-eight from the foul line against the Hoyas, including four in the final 1:06 to put Villanova up by four and help secure the win ... Played 33 minutes against Georgetown ... Scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds versus Minnesota ... Shot four-for-eight in the contest ... Team leader in rebounding three times this season, versus Bradley, Georgetown and Duke ... Set career-high with three steals versus the Braves.

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Howard Brown
#22 HOWARD BROWN
Jr.~6-5~200~G
Pottstown, Pa.

Extremely hard working player with great intensity ... Great competitor ... Started three games this season, with first start of the year coming at Georgetown ... Averaging 11.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg ... Second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding ... Has registered four-straight double-figure scoring outings, averaging 13.8 ppg during that time ... Hit for 14 points against Duke to go with five boards ... Posted a season-high 16 points against Seton Hall, hitting seven-of-11 from the field, the best shooting performance of his career and a personal-best for made field goals in a single game ... Also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out a career-high six assists and had no turnovers in a career-high 34 minutes versus Seton Hall ... Contributed 11 points on five-of-nine shooting from the field, six rebounds and three assists against the Hoyas ... Hit huge basket against Georgetown as the shot clock expired in the final 2:27 of the game, and had two defensive rebounds in the closing minutes of the game ... Saw most extensive action of the season against Georgetown, playing 32 minutes ... Villanova's leading scorer versus Bradley, posting 14 points on five-for-eight shooting from the field ... Hit a career-best four-of-five from three-point range, personal-highs for treys made and percentage ... Played 24 minutes versus Bradley ... Also led the team in assists with four, tying a career-best.

#13 JOHN CELESTAND
Jr.~6-3~175~G
Piscataway, N.J.

Started every Villanova game ... Started at the point versus Minnesota, and at the two since then ... Averaging 11.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg ... First on the team in scoring, fourth in rebounding, second in steals and first in assists ... Registered double-figure scoring outings in three of the past four games ...Tied career-high for points with a game-high 19-point effort against Seton Hall (matching previous best of 19 versus Georgetown as a freshman), the most by a Wildcat this season ... Shot five-for-nine in the game and posted a season-high seven assists, the most by any Wildcat this season ... Had 15 points against Georgetown in one of the best games of his career ... Controlled the game and did an excellent job handling the tough Georgetown pressure ... Also had a season-high seven rebounds and hit five-of-eight from the foul line ... Played a career-high 40 minutes against Bradley and scored 10 points.

#31 Rafal Bigus
Jr.~7-1~270~C
Stargard, Poland

Good offensive skills ... Started every Villanova game this season at center ... Averaging 7.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg ... Fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding ... Hitting a team-best .577 percent from the field ... Started against Georgetown despite a painful hip pointer and played an outstanding first half, hitting all four shots from the field ... Scored 12 points on six-of-nine shooting and grabbed nine rebounds against Minnesota ... Tied career-high for points versus Minnesota, and reset personal-bests for blocks (four) and field goals (six) ... Tallied a season-best nine boards twice, against Minnesota and Seton Hall ... Scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in the final seven minutes of the Wildcats' contest with Seton Hall to help Villanova pull away.

#10 JERMAINE MEDLEY
Fr.~6-0~185~G
Wilmington, Del.

Very talented point guard with great shooting ability ... Possesses great range ... Started four contests and played in every Wildcat game this season ... Averaging 6.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg ... Has shown improvement in each game this season ... Broke out against Seton Hall, connecting on five three-pointers on only eight attempts to score a career-high 15 points ... Five treys is the most by a Wildcat freshman in school history, while his percentage from behind the arc is the best for a rookie since Kerry Kittles hit four-of-six (.667) versus Syracuse on Feb. 23, 1993 (Kittles also hit four-for-four as a frosh versus Lehigh on Dec. 28, 1992) ... Played a career-high 31 minutes against the Pirates ... Hit first three of his career against Georgetown ... Played 15 minutes versus Minnesota and scored four points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out three assists ... Started at the point guard spot versus Bradley and played 17 minutes in the game.

#11 MARVIN O'CONNOR
Fr.~6-4~190~G
Philadelphia, Pa.

Bright spot early for Villanova ... Played in every Wildcat game this season, posting double figures in scoring twice ... Averaging 6.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg ... Fifth on the team in scoring ... Hit first three-pointer of his career against Seton Hall ... Scored 10 points on five-for-11 shooting versus Minnesota ... Also grabbed two steals in the game ... Registered 11 points versus Bradley in 26 minutes, both career-bests ... Played 19 minutes against Georgetown and grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists and had no turnovers.

#33 ZEFFY PENN
Sr.~6-6~195~F
Harrisburg, Pa.

Team captain and crowd favorite ... Returns for final season after spending 1996-97 season out as a redshirt ... Extremely active in the community ... Graduated in the spring with a degree in education, and is currently student-teaching at Furness High School in Philadelphia (10th grade) ... Also studying to become a Eucharistic Minister and serves as an academic mentor at Villanova ... Starter at the small forward spot for Villanova in first two games of the season ... Moved back to his sixth man role versus Georgetown to come off the bench and be extremely productive (10 points, four-for-six shooting, three boards, two assists, two steals) ... Averaging 7.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg ... Fourth on the team in scoring and fourth on the team in rebounding ... First on the squad in steals with nine, including a career-high three versus Seton Hall ... Scored 10 points, including eight in the second half, on four-for-eight shooting against Duke in 25 minutes ... Also added six rebounds, a game-high two steals, and two assists versus the Blue Devils ... Team leader in scoring with 13 points and posted game-high numbers in rebounding with 11 boards versus Minnesota ... Shot five-for-11 in the game and hit the Wildcats' only three against the Gophers ... Registered career-highs versus the Gophers in five categories: 13 points, 11 rebounds, 33 minutes, 1 trey, and five field goals.

#0 SIMON OGUNLESI
Fr.~6-10~260~F
Lagos, Nigeria

Missed most of preseason drills due to a stress fracture in his right leg ... Has played in three games this season, seeing four minutes of action versus Bradley and three against Seton Hall and Duke ... Took one shot and grabbed one rebound versus the Braves.

#12 BRIAN NOONE
Sr.~6-1~170~G
Syossett, N.Y.

Walk-on for the Wildcats in his final season ... Solid practice player ... Has not seen action yet this season ... Fractured his left index finger in practice prior to the Bradley game ... Expected to be out of action for three weeks.

#21 BRIAN LYNCH
So.~6-6~185~G
Belmar, N.J.

Missed Bradley and Georgetown games due to a strained right achilles ... Returned to practice following the Georgetown game and dressed for the Seton Hall contest but did not see action ... After finally returning to full strength, suffered a sprained ankle the day prior to the Duke game and did not dress for the contest with the Blue Devils ... Probable for New Orleans ... Started at the off guard position versus Minnesota ... Played 17 minutes versus Minnesota and scored four points to go with two rebounds.

#20 JOE JACKSON
Jr.~5-8~170~G
Ridgewood, N.J.

Walk-on for the Wildcats ... Jet quick ... Good practice player.

#50 T.J. CAOUETTE
So.~6-7~215~F
Winthrop, Maine

Good shooter ... Very tough player ... Played in every game this season for Villanova ... Averaging 2.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg ... Scored in three games on the season ... Registered a season-high 22 minutes versus Seton Hall and scored five points ... Posted four points, two boards, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in the Wildcats' win over Georgetown.

#40 JOHNNY HOLLEY
Fr.~6-6~180~F
McKinney, Texas

Played exceptionally hard throughout preseason drills ... Very athletic player ... Reserve with bright future ... Saw only action of the season versus Bradley ..

#51 CHRIS LEE
Jr.~6-5~200~F
Havertown, Pa.

Walk-on who serves primarily as a practice player ... Has not seen action this season.

Wildcats' Record When ...

RECORDS
Overall 2-3
Home    1-0
Away    1-2
Neutral 0-1
Big East    1-0
Non-Conference  0-3
Big Five    
in Overtime 
at The Pavilion 1-0
    
MONTH BY MONTH
November    0-2
December    2-1
    
AGAINST THE CONFERENCES
Big Ten         0-1
Missouri Valley 0-1
Atlantic Coast  0-1

Current Streak  L1
Longest Win Streak  2
Largest Margin of Victory   15 vs. SHU
Highest FG Percentage in a Game   46.4 vs. SHU
Lowest FG Percentage in a Game   36.6 vs. DU
Largest Lead    15 vs. SHU
Largest Deficit    36 vs. DU
When Leading at Halftime    2-0
When Trailing at Halftime   0-3

Individual Highlights

Games Leading VU in Scoring: Allen (2); Penn (1); Brown (1); Celestand (1).
Games Leading VU in Rebounding: Allen (3); Penn (1); Bigus (1).
Games Leading VU in Assists: Celestand (3); Medley (2); Brown (2); Allen (1); Caouette (1).
Games Leading VU in Steals: Penn (3); Allen (2); Celestand (1); O'Connor (1).
Games Leading VU in Blocks: Allen (4); Bigus (1); Brown (1).
Double-figure Scoring: Brown (4); Celestand (3); Penn (3); Bigus (2); O'Connor (2) Allen (2); Medley (1).
Double-figure Rebounding: Penn (1); Allen (1).
Double-Doubles: Penn (1); Allen (1).

Records when scoring ...
VU scores 59 or less    0-2
VU scores 60-69 points  0-1
VU scores 70-79 points  2-0 

Opponent scores less than 50    
Opponent scores 50-59 points    1-0
Opponent scores 60-69 points    1-2 
Opponent scores 80-99 points    0-1

Games decided by five or less   1-0 
Games decided by 11 or more 1-2
Games decided by 20 or more 0-1

Individual Season Highs

   
TOTAL POINTS    19  John Celestand (Seton Hall)
    
FIELD GOALS     7   Howard Brown (Seton Hall)

FG ATTEMPTS     16  John Celestand (Duke)

FG PERCENTAGE   100.0   Rafal Bigus (4-4)(Georgetown)
                66.7    Rafal Bigus (6-9)(Minnesota)
                63.6    Howard Brown (7-11)(Seton Hall) 

3-PT FG         5   Jermaine Medley (Seton Hall)

3-PT FG ATTEMPTS    8   Jermaine Medley (Seton Hall)

FREE THROWS     8   Malik Allen (Georgetown)    

FT ATTEMPTS     9   John Celestand (8-9)(Seton Hall)    

FT PERCENTAGE   1.000   Malik Allen (8-8)(Georgetown)

REBOUNDS        16  Malik Allen (Duke)                  
ASSISTS         7   John Celestand (Seton Hall)                 
TURNOVERS       7   John Celestand (Duke)   

BLOCKS          4   Rafal Bigus (Minnesota) 

STEALS          3   Malik Allen (Bradley)
                    Zeffy Penn (Seton Hall)

Team Highs & Lows

           
POINTS          High    33  Georgetown (12/3/97)    
(First Half)    Low     16  Minnesota (11/14/97)

POINTS          High    43  Seton Hall (12/6/97)
(Second Half)   Low     25  Bradley (11/29/97)      

TOTAL POINTS    High    73  Georgetown (12/3/97)    
                Low     48  Bradley (11/29/97)

FIELD GOALS High    26  Minnesota (11/14/97)
                        Seton Hall (12/6/97)
                        Duke (12/10/97) 
            Low     19  Bradley (11/29/97)  

FG ATTEMPTS High    71  Duke (12/10/97) 
            Low     51  Bradley (11/29/97)  

FG PCT  High    .464    Seton Hall (12/6/97)    
        Low     .363    Duke (12/10/97)

3-PT FG High    10  Seton Hall (12/6/97)    
        Low     1   Minnesota (11/14/97)    

3-PT FG ATTS.   High    25  Seton Hall (12/6/97)
                Low     16  Duke (12/10/97) 

FREE THROWS High    22  Georgetown (12/3/97)    
            Low     2   Minnesota (11/14/97)    

FT ATTEMPTS High    30  Georgetown (12/3/97)    
            Low     4   Minnesota (11/14/97)    

FT PCT. High    .833    Seton Hall (12/6/97)    
        Low     .500    Minnesota (11/14/97)
                        Bradley (11/29/97)  

REBOUNDS    High    47  Minnesota (11/14/97)    
            Low     29  Bradley (11/29/97)

ASSISTS High    20  Seton Hall (12/6/97)
        Low     11  Bradley (11/29/97)  

TURNOVERS   High    21  Bradley (11/29/97)
                        Georgetown (12/3/97)
            Low     12  Seton Hall (12/6/97)
            
BLOCKS  High    6   Minnesota (11/14/97)    
        Low     2   Duke (12/0/97)
                    
STEALS  High    8   Bradley (11/29/97)  
        Low     5   Minnesota (11/14/97)
                    Georgetown (12/3/97)
                    Seton Hall (12/6/97)

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