Jan. 27, 1998
Villanova Heads to Indiana
Wildcats Take on Notre Dame
(7-10 Overall, 4-5 Big East)
NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
(10-6 Overall, 4-4 Big East)
Jan. 28, 1998 ~ Notre Dame, Ind.
The Joyce Center (11,418)
7:30 p.m. (ET)
Last Time Out
Villanova: The Wildcats lost to St. John's, 82-59, on Sunday in Madison Square Garden. Felipe Lopez scored 22 points, while Ron Artest had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Zendon Hamilton posted 15 points and 11 boards. Villanova was led by John Celestand with 16 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field, and Brian Lynch, who had a career-high 13 points. St. John's shot 50.0 percent from the field, and dominated the rebounding, while the Wildcats converted only 32.4 percent from the field.
Notre Dame: The Irish have not played since Jan. 21,when they defeated Syracuse, 83-63, in the Joyce Center. Keith Friel came off the bench to score 30 points, including eight-of-10 shooting from behind the three-point arc, while Pat Garrity had 21 points and Phil Hickey posted 12 rebounds. Todd Burgan scored 22 points to lead the Orangemen, who shot only 37.1 percent from the field. Notre Dame converted 54.0 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from long range, and outrebounded Syracuse 37-34.
Villanova-Notre Dame Series Notes
Villanova and Notre Dame first met on Jan. 10, 1970, with the Irish winning 94-92 in overtime on their home floor. Since then, Notre Dame has won nine meetings with the Wildcats to eight losses, including a streak of four-straight from 1978 to 1981. Since Notre Dame joined the Big East Conference, Villanova has won all three meetings, including a 75-70 win last season in the CoreStates Center and a 68-57 victory in the Joyce Center. Villanova is 1-0 at Notre Dame, and head coach Steve Lappas is 3-1 versus the Irish throughout his career.
110-66 (.625) / 6 yrs. (VU)
166-128 (.565) / 10 yrs.
89-100 (.471) / 7 yrs
179-169 (.514) / 13 yrs.
Villanova: Villanova returns to The Pavilion for a Jan. 31 match-up with Miami at noon.
Notre Dame: The Irish travel to New York City for game with St. John's on Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Probable Villanova Starters No. Pos. Name PPG RPG #22 F HOWARD BROWN (Jr., 6-5, 200) 11.8 5.1 #50 F T.J. CAOUETTE (So., 6-7, 215) 3.4 1.3 #15 C Malik Allen (So., 6-10, 240) 9.3 7.4 #10 G JERMAINE MEDLEY (Fr., 6-0, 185) 5.6 1.3 #21 G BRIAN LYNCH (So., 6-6, 185) 7.1 2.5 Probable Notre Dame Starters No. Pos. Name PPG RPG #3 F DEREK MANNER (Sr., 6-6, 209) 7.1 6.0 #53 F PAT GARRITY (Sr., 6-9, 227) 23.9 8.4 #55 C PHIL HICKEY (Jr., 6-10, 265) 10.2 8.2 #4 G ANTONI WYCHE (Jr., 6-4, 186) 9.1 2.9 #24 G MARTIN INGELSBY(Fr., 6-0, 180) 6.9 2.8 Villanova-Notre Dame Comparison (17 game VU totals; 16 game ND totals) VU ND 1153 Points Scored 1179 67.8 Avg. PPG 73.7 431-1003 FG-FGA 428-918 .430 FG Pct. .466 104-351 3FG-3FGA 110-288 .296 3-Pt. Pct. .382 187-285 Free Throws 213-327 .656 FT Pct. .651 1215 Points Allowed 1114 71.5 Avg. Allowed 69.6 624 Total Rebounds 644 36.7 Avg. RPG 40.3 -3.5 Rebound Margin +4.7 264 Assists 304 15.5 Avg. APG 19.0 292 Turnovers 267 17.2 Avg. TO Per Game 16.7 113 Steals 111 6.6 Avg. SPG 6.9 Series Facts Record in Overtime Games ND 1-0 Series First Meeting 1/10/70 Overall Series Record ND 10-8 Big East Regular-Season Series VU 3-0 Big East Tournament Series 0-0 Current Win Streak VU 3
Off the Bench
Junior guard John Celestand came off the bench on Sunday versus St. John's for the first time since midway through last season, breaking his string of 37-consecutive games started. Celestand entered the game six minutes into the action and played 32 minutes. The Piscataway, N.J., native, led the team with 16 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field and two-of-three from three-point range. His 16 points was his highest scoring output since Jan. 6 when the Wildcats defeated Boston College, and his shooting performance was his third-best all season. Celestand is Villanova's leading scorer on the season with an average of 12.7 ppg, and also leads the Wildcats in assists and steals.
Marvin O'Connor sprained his ankle on Friday after the Miami game and missed the contest with St. John's. He is probable for the Notre Dame game, but will be reevaluated on the day of the match-up. O'Connor had started the five games prior to St. John's and is averaging 5.8 ppg and 2.1 rpg in his rookie season.
Starting in tonight's game for Notre Dame is Martin Ingelsby, a freshman point guard from Philadelphia. The Archbishop Carroll graduate is the son of former Wildcat standout Tom Ingelsby, who played at Villanova from 1970-73. Ingelsby played with Howard Porter on the 1971 Final Four team and averaged 25.5 ppg during his senior season.
Sophomore T.J. Caouette played a season-high 22 minutes versus the Hurricanes last week, the most minutes for him this season since earlier in the year. The product of Winthrop, Maine, was extremely productive, scoring 10 points on four-of-six shooting and posting a team-high seven rebounds. His seven boards was a personal-best. He was inserted into the starting lineup versus St. John's for his first collegiate start, scoring five points in 21 minutes of play.
Another Career-High for Lynch
In his second career start versus St. John's, Brian Lynch posted a career-high 13 points. His output tied his previous best of 13, scored versus Boston College earlier in the year. Lynch also posted a career-high six rebounds and three steals in the contest. Since battling early-season injuries, the Belmar, N.J., native, has been extremely in the last 10 games, scoring in double figures five times.
Medley Leads the Way
Freshman Jermaine Medley came off the bench last Thursday to lead the Wildcats in scoring with a career-high 17 points on five-for-11 shooting from the field. The Wilmington, Del., native, hit three treys and was a perfect four-for-four from the charity stripe, also a career-best. His 17 points surpassed his previous high of 15 set earlier this season versus Seton Hall when he nailed five three pointers, the most treys by a freshman in school history. Medley's performance marked his fourth double-digit effort of the season.
Experimenting with the Lineup
Villanova head coach Steve Lappas has utilized five different starting lineups this season. Nine players have started at least one games this season, and only Malik Allen has started every game. 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 6-3 (F) Allen, (F) Brown, (C) Bigus, (G) Celestand (G) O'Connor 1-4 (F) Caouette, (F) Brown, (C) Allen, (G) Lynch (G) Medley 0-1
Three-Point Shooting Woes
Villanova has been struggling from behind the three-point arc over the last seven games (1-6 record), converting only 40-of-150 (.267) threes during that time. In the four games prior to the Wildcats' recent slump (4-0 record), they hit 31-of-77 (.403) from three-point range. On the year, the Wildcats have converted 104-of-351 (.296).
Losing has not been the norm on the Main Line in the last four years, as Villanova's current five-game skid is its first since Steve Lappas's first year at Villanova when they dropped eight-straight to finish the season. Villanova lost to Seton Hall (65-59), Georgetown (61-52), Providence (74-59), Syracuse (73-72), St. John's (77-62), Pittsburgh (77-76), Miami (77-76) and Boston College (74-70). The dates of that streak ran from Feb. 13, 1993 to March 11, 1993.
The Wildcats have lost five-straight games and six of their last seven contests after stringing together four-straight wins in December. One of the major difference in the two streaks is scoring, as Villanova averaged 85.0 ppg in wins over Temple, Florida International, Hofstra and Boston College. Conversely, the Wildcats have only managed an average of 62.1 ppg during their last seven games. Villanova lost to La Salle, defeated Boston College and fell to Seton Hall, Georgetown, West Virginia, Miami, and St. John's during that six-game stretch. On the year, Villanova is averaging 67.8 ppg as a team.
Problems on the Glass
Rebounding has been one of the Wildcats' achilles heels of late, as Villanova has not beat another team on the glass since the Hofstra game on Dec. 27, 1997, when they earned a 38-30 rebounding edge. In fact, in the last three games, Villanova has been outrebounded by its opponents by an average of 17.0 rebounds per game.
At Home and on the Road in the Big East
Over the last four years (1994-present), Villanova has recorded a mark of 25-5 (.833) at home in Big East Conference regular-season contests. In Big East games in The Pavilion during that time, the Wildcats are 19-3 (.864), while they are 6-3 (.667) in Philadelphia. During the Steve Lappas era at Villanova, the Wildcats are 31-18 (.633) at home in league play, including a stellar 24-12 (.667) in The Pavilion.
The Villanova Wildcats have recorded a mark of 26-24 (.520) on the road in Big East Conference match-ups under Lappas, including a stellar record of 24-17 (.585) over the last four years, and a 2-3 mark this season with wins at Georgetown and Boston College.
Big East Season Record Road Home 1997-98 4-5 2-3 2-2 (2-1 Pavilion / 0-1 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 57-42 26-24 31-18 (24-12 Pavilion / 7-6 Phila.)
Wildcats in OT
Villanova has played two overtime contests this season, defeating Boston College 68-65 in The Pavilion on Jan. 6, and falling to West Virginia, 79-65 on Jan. 18, also in The Pavilion. Under head coach Steve Lappas, Villanova is 6-6 in overtime contests, including a 6-3 record from the 1993-94 season on. The Wildcats did not play an overtime game all last season, and won their only extra-session game during the 1995-96 season, winning 72-69 over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
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.
Home, Sweet, Home
The Wildcats have recorded 38-straight sellouts in their on-campus arena, The Pavilion, and boast a record of 96-36 (.727) in the building since it opened in 1986. From the 1994-95 season on, Villanova is 34-4 (.895) in The Pavilion, including a 19-3 (.864) mark in Big East Conference match-ups.
The Best Since ...
When Villanova and Boston College played at Conte Forum on Dec. 30, 1997, the Wildcats shot 61.8 percent from the field, at the time its third-straight game of shooting 50 percent or better from the field. The Wildcats converted 34-of-55 from the field, their best shooting effort since the Wildcats set a school record at the famous 1985 NCAA title game versus Georgetown. On April 1, 1985, Villanova shot 22-of-28 (.786) to defeat the Hoyas and sit atop college basketball's throne.
Wildcats on the Tube
During the Lappas tenure on the Main Line, Villanova has made 56 appearances on five national television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, ABC, and NBC). The Wildcats have recorded a mark of 32-24 (.571) in those games, including an 11-15 record on ESPN. Villanova is 9-1 on ESPN2, 9-8 on CBS, 1-0 on ABC, and 2-0 on NBC during the six Lappas years.
Junior Howard Brown has established himself as the most consistent player for the Wildcats this season, stepping up his play in his third year on the Main Line. Brown has posted double figures in 12 games this season and is averaging 11.8 ppg, the second-highest number on the team. He's shot better than 50 percent from the field eight times, and 40 percent or better from behind the arc eight times. He's led the team in scoring five times, assists four times and blocks five times, and rates as the best shooting wing on the Wildcat squad with a percentage of .457 (75-for-164). Seven of his top 10 career shooting performances have come this season, and he boasts the most made three-pointers of any Wildcat with 28. Brown's excellent shooting this season is markedly improved from his previous two seasons (35.8 in 1996, 39.2 in 1997).
Brown's Best Career Shooting Performances*
1. 77.8 7-for-9 20 points Fla. Int'l (12/27/97) 2. 70.0 7-for-10 19 points Georgetown (1/12/98) 3. 66.7 4-for-6 8 points Miami (1/27/96) 4. 63.6 7-for-11 16 points Seton Hall (12/6/97) 5. 62.5 5-for-8 14 points Bradley (11/29/97) 62.5 5-for-8 10 points UNC-Wilm. (12/30/96) 7. 60.0 6-for-10 15 points BC (12/30/97) 60.0 6-for-10 18 points St. Joseph's (12/23/96) 9. 55.6 5-for-9 11 points Georgetown (12/3/97) 55.6 5-for-9 13 points Connecticut (2/23/97) 11. 54.5 6-for-11 19 points Temple (12/16/97) *minimum four made field goals italics indicate 1997-98 season
75 is the Magic Number
Over the past six seasons under head coach Steve Lappas, the Wildcats are 74-12 (.860) 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. Villanova is 3-0 in 1997-98 when they score 75 or better.
Lappas Versus Ranked Opponents
Under head coach Steve Lappas, the Wildcats have recorded a mark of 17-17 (.500) against nationally-ranked teams, including a record of 13-10 (.565) over the past four years. This season, the Wildcats are 1-2 against nationally-ranked squads, defeating No. 16 Temple (68-57) on Dec. 16, 1997, and falling to No. 1 Duke on Dec. 10 (L 94-66) and No. 21 West Virginia on Jan. 18 (L 65-79)
Starting from Scratch
The Wildcats were virtually starting from scratch prior to the start of the 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.
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 47-19 (.712) 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 3-5 in 1997-98.
Both Marvin O'Connor and Jermaine Medley have cracked the starting lineup this season, with O'Connor starting five times and Medley making 11 starts. Under head coach Steve Lappas eight freshman have started at least one game during their rookie seasons. The last Villanova freshman to start at point guard was Kenny Wilson in 1985-86, who went on to start four years and become the school's all-time assist leader. Wilson was one guard of an all-freshman backcourt in 1985-86, playing with Doug West that season and throughout the rest of his career.