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Louisville 69 Villanova 55: Quick Recap

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Just like the day before, Villanova came out flat in the second half and allowed their opponent back into the game.  However, today there was no miracle Dwayne Anderson shot to save the Wildcats.  Instead, the team was never able to respond to the Louisville run and lost 69-55.

After a weak first half, the Cardinals played an almost perfect final 20 minutes and outscored the Wildcats 43-21.  They started the final half on a 17-2 run and were able to grab the lead from Villanova.  The Wildcats eventually tied the game at 50, but the Cardinals responded again with a 10-0 run.  Villanova was never able to get back in the game again, and eventually lost by 14.

Part of the Wildcats problems was that in the second half they were unable to handle the Louisville press.  They repeatedly turned the ball over in the beginning of the second half and finished the game with 23 turnovers.

The Villanova struggles also came as a result of subpar nights from their two leading scorers, Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds.  Cunningham was in foul trouble all game, and although he scored 12 points in the first half, he was only able to score two in the second.  Reynolds had one of the worst nights of his career as he finished with just two points on 1-6 shooting and had six turnovers.

Meanwhile, Earl Clark and Jerry Smith had strong nights for the Cardinals.  Clark finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Smith had 16 points in the contest.

Villanova will now have to wait to hear from the NCAA Tournament selection committee to find out when they will play next.  Even though they lost tonight, the Wildcats are most likely in line for a third seed.

-David Cassilo

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