Nov. 15, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - After posting a convincing 90-59 victory over one team from the state of Maryland on Wednesday, Villanova turns its attention to another with the Towson Tigers (3-0 overall, 0-0 CAA) set to visit the Pavilion Sunday. The contest tips off at 5:02 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. The radio broadcast can be heard on CBS Sports Radio 610.
This is the first of four games that the Wildcats will play as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The remaining three take place over Thanksgiving weekend in the Bahamas, with VU opening against USC at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28.
Towson comes to town after posting a 75-69 victory Thursday night over another Philadelphia Big Five squad, Temple, on its home floor in Baltimore.
The Tigers boast a veteran cast led by Georgetown transfer Jerrelle Benimon, who averages 19.7 points and 13.7 rebounds per outing. As a team, Towson is out-rebounding its opponents by a margin of 44-33.
"Towson comes in off a very impressive victory over a tough Temple team," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "They have four seniors who have earned the right to be on a successful team. This is a great rebounding team."
"Benimon presents one of the toughest matchups we've seen. The rest of the team plays with reckless abandon."
The Wildcats used a 16-0 spurt to pull away from Mount St. Mary's in the first half and were never threatened again on Wednesday night at the Pavilion. Senior guard Tony Chennault and junior forward Darrun Hilliard (18 points) helped spark the run. Junior forward JayVaughn Pinkston led the way with 21 points and freshman guard Josh Hart delivered a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. VU connected on .627 of its attempts from the field - their highest field goal percentage effort was .591 in a 94-71 win at DePaul last February.
"We've got to rebound," said Wright. "We're concerned about their ability to get on the offensive glass. We also have to contain Benimon. But they have many other scorers and if we give him too much attention, those other scorers could go off."
The Wildcats struggled on the boards in the first half of the opener against Lafayette, with the Leopards owning a 23-16 edge in that period. Since then, however, VU has been much better on the glass. Senior James Bell is averaging 8.5 rpg for the `Cats through the first two games.
This is the third in a series of four straight home games for Villanova to open 2013-14. Following this encounter Sunday, the Wildcats host Delaware on Friday , Nov. 22, at 7:00 p.m. (Fox Sports 1).