Head Coach: Jay Wright
Location: Villanova, PA
Conference: Big East
Mascot: Will D. Cat
Last time out: Beat Fairleigh Dickinson
Other Home Court: Wells Fargo Center (Home of the 76ers)
Style: Extra pass, many 3s
MSVU is a pretty awful team. However, things like making 3s, destroying awful teams, or looking cohesive, didn't happen often last year so it was nice to see even against lower competition. There definitely will be growing pains and painful loses but it's quite obvious this is the deepest squad Miles has had in his 4 years at Nebraska.
Jay Wright has been at Villanova since 2001 and he's routinely racked up 20+ win seasons with a combination of his motion offense, an aggressive defense, and an ability to pull in top notch talent. After winning the Big East and Big East tournament, he has the Wildcats back as the consensus pick to win the conference again behind Co-Big East player of the year Ryan Arcidiacono, 5 star recruit Jalen Brunson, and a lot of returning talent.
Nebraska matches up size-wise well with the Wildcats except for 6'11" 245 Senior Daniel Ochefu who will be a size problem on both ends. The Wildcats fed the big man first game and he responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. The more the Huskers have to sag into the paint, the more Villianova will be able to hurt them from 3. Expect the Huskers to start out in more of a 3-2 pack and adjust as the game progresses. Trying to frustrate Brunson and Arcidiacono willl be a big part of that and what you need guys like Parker and Webster to contribute. Protecting to the ball to limit Nova fast breaks and empty possessions will be the main point of emphasis for this team. There will be open looks if we can hang on to the ball.
Most Nova fans were pissed to draw Nebraska in this matchup. Had Villanova drawn Maryland, Ohio St, Michigan St, etc they probably would have played this game at the Wells Fargo Center instead of at their much smaller home court. There is a possibility this team is overlooking the Huskers. On the other side of the coin, do you think the Huskers just started prepping for this game on Sunday morning? Given the next 3 creampuffs the Huskers have at home it's quite probable the staff has been scouting this team for quite a while. Will the Huskers catch the Wildcats sleeping?
The Huskers probably don't pull off the upset but they also look like they belong in the B1G as well.
Prediction: Villanova 83 - Nebraska 70