The Villanova Wildcats knocked off the Pennsylvania Quakers by a score of 62-47 Saturday night at the Palestra in Big 5 action. This game taught us a few things about the Wildcats.
Daniel Ochefu might be Big East Player of the Year
There are a lot of candidates so far this season, and Ochefu threw his hat into the ring in Saturday's victory. He led the Wildcats in points and rebounds with 21 (career high) and 10, respectively, and he was his usual dominating self defensively. So far, this season he's averaging 9.8 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. Assuming those numbers continue to rise and he is able to average a double-double on the year, there's no reason he can't win Big East Player of the Year
All things considered, Penn played a good game
Coming into tonight, Penn allowed an even 69 points per game, which is 247th in the NCAA. Tonight they held Villanova to 62. Of course, they only scored 47, but as late as seven minutes left in the game, Penn was within seven points of the Wildcats. They also shot 43% from the field. What really did Penn in was the fact that they lost the turnover battle by a margin of 17-6. There's no such thing as a moral victory, but to be within 10 points of the #5 team in the country for most of the game has to relieve at least some of the sting for Jerome Allen's squad
What's next for Villanova?
Oh, you know. Just the game we've all had circled since the Big East schedule was released. The Wildcats will travel to Washington DC Monday night to face the Georgetown Hoyas in one of the fiercest rivalries this conference, and country, for that matter, has to offer. This one is going to be a heavyweight fight. After Georgetown took care of business against Butler on Saturday afternoon, they may find themselves back in the top 25 for this matchup.