Wildcats Prepare for Privateers
Nova Hosts New Orleans Saturday
December 13, 1997 ~ 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Last Time Out
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
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.
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
Allen Comes Through
Villanova Versus the Sun Belt
Lappas and Non-Conference Opponents
Turning it up a Notch
Rookie at the Point
Jermaine for Three
Home, Sweet, Home
Non-Conference Opponents in the Pavilion
At Home and on the Road in the Big East
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
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
Wildcats on the Tube
75 is the Magic Number
Starting from Scratch
Turning it Around
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
1997-98 Big East Predictions
Villanova Player Profiles
#15 Malik Allen
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Walk-on for the Wildcats ... Jet quick ... Good practice player.
#50 T.J. CAOUETTE
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
Played exceptionally hard throughout preseason drills ... Very athletic player ... Reserve with bright future ... Saw only action of the season versus Bradley ..
#51 CHRIS LEE
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
Games Leading VU in Scoring: Allen (2); Penn (1); Brown (1); Celestand (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)