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Villanova 46, Georgetown 31 at the half

1/17/2010

PHILADELPHIA -- Too. That's the best way to describe the first half here between Villanova and Georgetown.

As in Villanova is too fast, too scrappy and too deep at the guard position for Georgetown to handle. The Wildcats have built their 46-31 lead on the backs of their backcourt, with Scottie Reynolds (14), Corey Fisher (8), Maalik Wayns (7) and Reggie Redding (4) accounting for almost all of Villanova's offense.

But it's not the way the guards are scoring that is dictating this game; it's the way they are disrupting the Hoyas. Georgetown has 10 first-half turnovers, but that number isn't at all indicative of how pesky the Wildcats' guards are. If they aren't flat-out deflecting a pass, they are throwing Georgetown's rhythm into complete disarray. And anyone who knows anything about the Hoyas knows they are all about tempo and this tempo is certainly not going the way they'd like. The 46 points scored by the Wildcats is the most Georgetown has given up this season and closer to what the Hoyas would prefer to give up in a game.

More, the Nova guards have rendered Georgetown's backcourt all but useless. Austin Freeman and Chris Wright have seven points on 3 of 13 shooting.

Georgetown fans will point out that the Hoyas were down 40-25 to Connecticut and came back to win.

Only problem: Nova isn't UConn. Don't see that happening this time around.