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BREAKING NEWS: Mouph cleared to resume all basketball activities

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

This news was just passed along to me from the basketball team:

VILLANOVA,  Pa. – Villanova freshman forward Mouphtaou Yarou (Natitingou, Benin/Montrose Christian School) has been cleared by physicians to resume all basketball activities, it was announced today. Yarou participated this afternoon in Villanova’s practice at the Davis Center.

“We’re excited for Mouph,” said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “The doctors tell us he has responded well to treatment. We’ll see where he’s at once he is back practicing with us and then make a determination on when he’s ready to return to game action.”

Yarou started Villanova’s first two games in 2009-10 before being sidelined prior to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff on Nov. 19. Since that point he has been idled while under the care of team physician Dr. Frank Furman.

Villanova opens the BIG EAST portion of its schedule on Jan. 2 at Marquette (3:30 p.m./ESPN2).

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Quick Recap: Villanova 97 Delaware 63

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

In what was no surprise to anyone, Villanova took care of easily to win its final non-conference game of the season.  Led by 22 points and 6 assists from Scottie Reynolds, the Wildcats will now enter Big East play with an 11-1 record.

Alongside Reynolds, the recently activated Reggie Redding played well for his second straight game, notching 16 points and 6 rebounds.  Corey Fisher was the only other starter to finish in double-figures in scoring, tallying 14 points.

Off the bench, Taylor King once again impressed, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds.  The rebounding total was a career high and also gave King his first career double-double.

Out for the Wildcats in this contest was center Maurice Sutton, who had an upper respiratory infection.  The loss of Sutton’s height did not seem to be a major factor as the Wildcats outrebounded the Blue Hens 39 to 19.

The Wildcats will now have over a week to prepare for a trip to Marquette on Jan. 2.

-David Cassilo

Quick Recap: Villanova 96 Fordham 58

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I am stranded in Roanoke, Va. on my way back from the FCS title game, so this is late and because most people know everything, I will keep it short.  Here is the “just the facts” version of today’s game:

  • Reggie Redding recorded 15 points and nine rebounds in his first game of the season. Redding also started today for the Wildcats.  He also led the team in minutes with 27.
  • Scottie Reynolds, Antonio Pena and Corey Fisher all led the team in scoring with 17 points.
  • The Wildcats outscored the Rams 50-21 in the second half.
  • Villanova shot 52.9 percent from the field.

Next up for Villanova will be their final non-conference of the season when they take on Delaware on Wednesday.

-David Cassilo

Redding back on Saturday

December 17, 2009 2 comments

After a suspension that cost him the first 10 games of this season, senior guard Reggie Redding will return to the court this Saturday against Fordham.  Redding was projected to be a starter for the team before his suspension, so it will be interesting to see what role Jay Wright has for him when his seasons begins.  The loss of Mouphtaou Yarou has forced Maurice Sutton into the lineup, and while Wright has praised his defense, Sutton seems to be the most obvious candidate to be replaced, if and when Redding becomes a starter again.  There also are some rumblings that junior guard Corey Stokes could be headed to the bench in favor of Redding.

Redding will probably be eased back into the lineup, but we will at the very least get a sampling of what his role will be on Saturday.

Now, off to the FCS title game.  It has been a great year for Villanova sports.

-David Cassilo

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Quick recap: Temple 75 Villanova 65

December 13, 2009 Leave a comment

One game after avoiding upset against St. Joseph’s, Villanova fell to another Big Five rival, suffering its first loss of the season.  The Owls played arguably their best game of the season shooting 51 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc.

Much of that success came from sophomore guard Juan Fernandez, who scored a career-high 33 points, including shooting 7-for-11 from 3-point range.  Senior guard Ryan Brooks finished with 20 points, as well.

The Wildcats were handled by the Owls in the second half, as they were outscored 44-28.  Senior guard Scottie Reynolds had another strong performance in the defeat, scoring 23 points.

Perhaps the biggest problem for Villanova was their inability go get to the free throw line.  The Wildcats only received 12 attempts and made 9 of them.

Coincidentally enough, of their last five losses this is the third one that has come on the 13th of the month.

Villanova will now be off until Saturday when they travel to the Izod Center to play Fordham.  It will be the first game that senior guard Reggie Redding is eligible for.

-David Cassilo

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Quick recap: Villanova 95 Maryland 86

The Villanova offense came to Washington, D.C. ready to give Maryland its best shot, and after an impressive night from beyond the arc, the Wildcats prevailed 95-86.

The story of the game for the team was its 3-point shooting.  Villanova took an amazing 39 attempts from downtown, connecting on 16 of them. Corey Stokes was particularly effective, leading the team with five 3-pointers on 11 attempts.

While Stokes finished with 18, it was Scottie Reynolds who once again led the way for the Wildcats.  Playing perhaps his best game all season, Reynolds 25 points and 8 assists.  His backcourt mate Corey Fisher chipped in a season-high 20 points of his own.

The offense helped bail out a defense that did not look sharp all night.  Villanova allowed Maryland to shoot 52.8 percent from the field and surrendered 48 points in the second half.

Nevertheless, Villanova improved to 8-0 and will likely maintain its No. 3 ranking in tomorrow’s poll.  Next up for the team is a date with St. Joseph’s on Wednesday at The Palestra.

-David Cassilo

Mouph out indefinitely with Hepatitis B

VILLANOVA,  Pa. – Villanova freshman forward Mouphtaou Yarou (Natitingou, Benin/Montrose Christian School) has tested positive for the Hepatitis B virus. Yarou is being treated under the supervision of team physician Dr. Frank Furman. There is presently no timetable for his return to game action.

 “We are disappointed for Mouph,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “We know that he is receiving great care from Dr. Furman and some of the best specialists in this field. Mouph’s health is our foremost concern.”

 Yarou started Villanova’s first two games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in wins over Fairleigh Dickinson and Penn. He did not appear in any of Villanova’s three games at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off after he returned to Philadelphia for testing.

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