Jan. 18, 2014
Villanova won its 12th straight game at the Pavilion, including its ninth in a row this season. Of the 12 straight wins, nine have come by double digits and each of the last five has been by more than 20 points. Today's win was also the Wildcats fifth straight home win over a BIG EAST opponent.
Freshman Josh Hart scored in double figures for the eighth consecutive game and the 10th time this season. He finished today's game with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 accuracy from three-point range.
Sophomore Daniel Ochefu scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in today's game, while also adding six rebounds and tied a career-high with four assists. Ochefu's previous career high was 12 points against USF last season (1/9/13). Today's game was his second straight in double figures - Ochefu scored 10 points in last Saturday's 74-67 win at St. John's.
Sophomore Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in today's game, marking his third consecutive game in double figures. This is the second such streak this season for Arcidiacono. Over his last three games he has scored 41 points (13.7 points per game) while shooting 14-of-27 (.519) from the field.
Villanova received 24 points from its bench in today's game and the team's reserves outscored the DePaul bench by a 24-8 margin. Over the last 10 games (beginning with the Penn game on 12/4), the Wildcats own an overall scoring margin of 16.1 points per game, with the "bench scoring margin" accounting for 13.2 points out of the overall scoring margin.
Next up for Villanova is a Monday night meeting with No. 20 Creighton at the Wells Fargo Center. This is the first regular season game at the Center for the Wildcats this season. Last year Villanova went 3-0 in the building and since the venue opened the Wildcats have an all-time record of 36-32 there.