2009–10 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team

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2009–10 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
Villanova Wildcats Logo.svg
Puerto Rico Tip-Off Champions
NCAA Tournament, #2 South Region, Second Round
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
Coaches #15
AP #9
2009–10 record 25–8 (13–4 Big East)
Head coach Jay Wright
Assistant coach Chris Walker
Assistant coach Doug West
Assistant coach Jason Donnelly
Home arena The Pavilion
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Syracuse 15 3   .833     30 5   .857
#6 West Virginia 13 5   .722     31 7   .816
#9 Villanova 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
#18 Pittsburgh 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Marquette 11 7   .611     22 12   .647
Louisville 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
#14 Georgetown 10 8   .556     23 11   .676
Notre Dame 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
South Florida 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Seton Hall 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Cincinnati 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Connecticut 7 11   .389     18 16   .529
St. John's 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Rutgers 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Providence 4 14   .222     12 19   .387
DePaul 1 17   .056     8 23   .258
2010 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2010[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009-10 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team represented Villanova University in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Villanova was led by head coach Jay Wright. The Wildcats participated in the Big East Conference and played their home games at The Pavilion with some select home games at the Wachovia Center. They finished the season 25–8, 13–5 in Big East play. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament by Marquette. They received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 2 seed in the South Region, where they were upset by 10 seed Saint Mary's in the second round.

Class of 2009[edit]

[2][3][4]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Isaiah Armwood
PF
Rockville, MD Montrose Christian School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jul 1, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Dominic Cheek
SF
Jersey City, NJ St. Anthony HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Dec 12, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Mouphtaou Yarou
PF
Rockville, MD Montrose Christian School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Aug 25, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Maalik Wayns
PG
Philadelphia, PA Roman Catholic HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jun 29, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall Recruiting Rankings:     Scout2     Rivals3 [5]     ESPN3 

Preseason[edit]

The Villanova Wildcats come back from a 2008-09 season which had a record of 30-8 (13-5) with the season ending in the school's 4th appearance in the Final Four.

Season overview[edit]

November 19–22, 2009 Puerto Rico Tip-Off[edit]

Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
                 
21 Dayton 63
19 Georgia Tech 59
21 Dayton 65
6 Villanova 71
6 Villanova 69
  George Mason 68
6 Villanova 79
  Mississippi 67
  Indiana 71
  Mississippi 89
  Mississippi 86
  Kansas State 74
  Boston University 70
  Kansas State 80

November 19, 2009 vs. George Mason (2-1)[edit]

Isaiah Armwood hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left as the Wildcats survived to advance in Puerto Rico. It was Armwood's first shot attempt of the game and first career made field goal.

Villanova won its 17th straight games against unranked non-conference teams and improved to 4-0 all-time against George Mason.

November 20, 2009 vs. #18 Dayton (2-1)[edit]

Corey Fisher led all scorers with 18 points, and was 10 for 12 from the free-throw line. He has made 24 free throws in his last two games. Villanova has won nine of their last 11 games against ranked teams.

November 22, 2009 vs. Mississippi (4-1)[edit]

Villanova used an 8-0 run in the opening minutes Sunday night and led 27-23 at halftime, holding the Rebels (4-1) to only 29.6 percent shooting from the field. Antonio Pena dominated down low with a career-high 16 rebounds and tied his career high with 17 points. It's his third double-double in five games; he had just one in 72 career games prior to this season. Scottie Reynolds scored 18 of his season-high 21 points after halftime.

Ole Miss earned its first-ever NCAA tournament win by defeating Villanova 72-70 in 1999—the only previous meeting between the schools. The Wildcats improved to 32-7 in November under coach Jay Wright (since 2001) as they won the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

December 6, 2009 vs. Maryland (5-3)[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
NOVA 49 46 95
MARYLAND 38 48 86

at BB&T Classic - Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Game time: 7:30 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 16,389
  • Televised: Fox Sports

The Wildcats set a school record by attempting 39 shots from behind the arc, making 16—one short of the school mark. Corey Stokes led the way, going 5 for 11 from 3-point range as part of an 18-point performance. Villanova took 41 shots compared to only 25 for Maryland, thanks heavily to a 22-15 rebounding advantage that included 12 on the offensive end.

December 9, 2009 vs. Saint Joseph's (3-5)[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
NOVA 41 56 97
ST. JOE'S 38 51 89

at The Palestra, Philadelphia, PA

  • Game time: 9:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,722
  • Televised: ESPN2

The Holy War is a rivalry game in the Philadelphia Big 5 between Saint Joseph's University and Villanova University, which is considered the most intense of all the Big 5 games. Recent games between the two schools have been played in February during ESPN's Rivalry Week, either at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania when Saint Joseph's hosts the game, or at The Pavilion when Villanova is the host.

Nova is 9-0 for the first time since 2005-06 (started 8-0 last season). The 38 points were the most given up by the Wildcats in an opening half this season. Villanova converted 30 of 31 second-half free throw attempts, including 29 in a row, to win for the 43rd time in 57 meetings against the Hawks (3-5). The Wildcats have 21 of its last 22 Big 5 games dating back to the 2004-05 season.

Scottie Reynolds led the team with 22 points. He's averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6 assists over his last three games. Former Duke transfer Taylor King scored a season-high 20 points off the bench.[6]

January 6, 2010 vs. DePaul(7-8)[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
NOVA 49 50 99
DEPAUL 24 48 72

at The Pavilion, Villanova, PA

  • Game time: 8:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 6,500
  • Televised: ESPN

Scottie Reynolds logged 21 points and Maalik Wayns added 18, as No. 6 Villanova jumped all over Big East foe DePaul in a 99-72 rout at The Pavilion. Corey Fisher donated 16 points and Reggie Redding scored 12. Redding and Fisher added seven and six assists, respectively, in the blowout.

Villanova did welcome back center Mouphtaou Yarou for the first time since Nov. 16 after he was out due to medical reasons. Yarou started the first two games but was sidelined before a November tournament in Puerto Rico. Yarou scored four points. Nine players had already scored for Villanova only 5 minutes into the second half.

The Wildcats ended up hitting 61.3 percent from the field in the first half en route to a comfortable 49-24 cushion, and the Blue Demons never seriously threatened in the final 20 minutes.

January 9, 2010 vs. Marquette (10-6)[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
NOVA 31 47 78
MARQ 19 57 76

at The Pavilion, Villanova, PA

  • Game time: 2:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 6,500
  • Televised: ESPN

Villanova led by as many as 22 points, but nearly lost as Marquette cut the lead to two points with 27 seconds left. Corey Stokes led five Wildcat players in double figures with 16 points.

Scottie Reynolds scored 15 points and dished out four assists for the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East), who have won five straight since losing to Temple on December 13. Antonio Pena and Corey Fisher both finished with 11 points for Villanova, 10 points and five rebounds from Reggie Redding.

With the win, the Wildcats' win streak reached 35 straight games at the Pavilion—the longest streak in the building's history. Marquette lost its fourth consecutive game against Villanova and its eighth straight road game against a ranked opponent.

January 11, 2010 vs. Louisville (12-5)[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
NOVA 36 56 92
L'VILLE 43 41 84

at Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY

  • Game time: 7:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 20,006
  • Televised: ESPN

Both teams entered the first Big Monday of the season with undefeated conference play and it was a game marked by 44 turnovers, 67 fouls and 94 free throws. Villanova trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half but rallied to improve to 7-1 on the road this season. Louisville had a "White Out" in effect at Freedom Hall, which means Louisville coach Rick Pitino did his best to dress like a young Col. Sanders. Nova had lost the previous three matchups.

There were 29 turnovers, 31 fouls and 34 free throws in the opening 20 minutes, which took more than an hour to complete. Scottie Reynolds scored 16 of his season-high 36 points over the final 6:05. It was his fifth career 30-point game and all have come on the road. King and Corey Fisher finished with 12 points each, while Wayns added 11.

After the game, Reynolds was reported saying, "It was basically two separate games. Same thing with Marquette. If I knew [why], it would never happen to us. Against a team like that, you have to make basketball plays. You have to play with your instincts. It's like they had seven guys out there. In practice, we had six."

January 17, 2010 vs. #11 Georgetown (13-3)[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
NOVA 46 36 82
GTOWN 31 46 77

at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • Game time: 12:00 PM EDT
  • Game attendance: 20,016
  • Televised: SNY

Villanova held off Georgetown's comeback attempt and improved to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big East. They are currently tied for 1st in the Big East with the Pitt Panthers. It's the Wildcats' best conference start since 2002-03, when they also started 5-0.

The game bogged down for a long part of the second half as the teams combined to miss 20 straight shots from the field over a 6:12 span. Scottie Reynolds scored 27 points, topping 20 points for the eighth time in his last 10 games. Redding and Wayns both had 11 points for Villanova. The Wildcats hadn't beaten Georgetown since a 56-52 triumph on January 8, 2007. The teams will also meet February 6 in Washington, DC.

2009-10 Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent rank Location Televised Time/W-L Result Overall Conf. Attendance
Regular Season
Nov. 5 Kutztown (exhibition) 5 Wachovia Spectrum None W 110–84
N/A
Nov. 13 Fairleigh Dickinson 5 Villanova, PA None W 84–61 1–0
6,500
Nov. 16 Penn 5 Villanova, PA None W 103–65 2–0
6,500
Nov. 19 George Mason 5 San Juan, Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico Tip-Off First Round)
ESPNU W 69–68 3–0
5,762
Nov. 20 #18 Dayton 5 San Juan, Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico Tip-Off Semi-Final)
ESPNU W 71–65 4–0
8,357
Nov. 22 Ole Miss 5 San Juan, Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico Tip-Off Title)
ESPN2 W 79–67 5–0
8,357
Nov. 28 La Salle 4 Villanova, PA ESPN2 W 81–63 6–0
6,500
Dec. 2 @ Drexel 3 Villanova, PA None W 77–58 7–0
6,500
Dec. 6 Maryland 3 Washington D.C. (Verizon Center) Fox Sports W 95–86 8–0
16,389
Dec. 9 @ St. Joseph's 3 Philadelphia, PA (The Palestra) ESPN2 W 97–89 9–0
8,722
Dec. 13 @ Temple 3 Philadelphia, PA (Liacouras Center) CBS CSN L 65–75 9–1
8,449
Dec. 19 @ Fordham 8 East Rutherford, N.J. (Izod Center) None W 96–58 10–1
5,137
Dec. 23 Delaware 8 Villanova, PA None W 97–63 11–1
6,500
Jan. 2 @ Marquette 8 Milwaukee, WI ESPN2 W 74–72 12–1 1–0
18,093
Jan. 6 DePaul 6 Villanova, PA WPHL W 99–72 13–1 2–0
6,500
Jan. 9 Marquette 6 Villanova, PA WPHL W 78–76 14–1 3–0
6,500
Jan. 11 @ Louisville 4 Louisville, KY ESPN W 92–84 15–1 4–0
20,076
Jan. 17 #11 Georgetown 4 Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center) WPHL W 82–77 16–1 5–0
20,416
Jan. 20 @ Rutgers 4 Piscataway, N.J. WPHL W 94–68 17–1 6–0
8,085
Jan. 23 @ St. John's 4 New York, NY ESPN W 81–71 18–1 7–0
14,432
Jan. 27 Notre Dame 3 Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center) ESPN W 90–72 19–1 8–0
17,619
Feb. 2 Seton Hall 2 Villanova, PA ESPNU W 81–71 20–1 9–0
6,500
Feb. 6 @ #7 Georgetown 2 Washington D.C. ESPN L 90–103 20–2 9–1
10,387
Feb. 8 @ #5 West Virginia 4 Morgantown, WV ESPN W 82–75 21–2 10–1
15,593
Feb. 13 Providence 4 Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center) ESPNU W 92–81 22–2 11–1
18,622
Feb. 15 Connecticut 3 Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center) ESPN L 75–84 22–3 11–2
18,123
Feb. 21 @ #19 Pittsburgh 3 Pittsburgh, PA CBS L 65–70 22–4 11–3
12,920
Feb. 24 USF 7 Villanova, PA WPHL W 74–49 23–4 12–3
6,500
Feb. 27 @ #4 Syracuse 7 Syracuse, NY ESPN L 77–95 23–5 12–4
34,616
Mar. 2 @ Cincinnati 9 Cincinnati, OH ESPN2 W 77–73 24–5 13–4
11,076
Mar. 6 #10 West Virginia 9 Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center) CBS L 66–68 24–6 13–5
20,225
2010 Big East Tournament
Mar. 11 Marquette 10 New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) ESPN L 76–80 24–7
19,375
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Mar. 18 Robert Morris 9 Providence, RI CBS W 73-70 (OT) 25–7
N/A
Mar. 20 Saint Mary's 9 Providence, RI CBS L 68-75 25–8
11,271
Big East regular-season games in bold.Philadelphia Big Five games in italics. • * represent seedings in NCAA Tournament.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 WK 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 5 5 4 3 3 8 8 8 6 4 4 3 2 4 3 7 9 10 9
Coaches 6 6 4 3 3 9 8 8 6 4 4 3 2 5 3 8 9 10 9 15

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 Pena, AntonioAntonio Pena 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Brooklyn, New York
G 1 Reynolds, ScottieScottie Reynolds 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Herndon, Virginia
G 4 Colenda, JasonJason Colenda 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Fairfax, Virginia
G 5 Wayns, MaalikMaalik Wayns 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G 10 Fisher, CoreyCorey Fisher 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Bronx, New York
F 13 Yarou, MouphtaouMouphtaou Yarou 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Natitingou, Benin
G 15 Redding, ReggieReggie Redding 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
C 21 Sutton, MauriceMaurice Sutton Current redshirt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Upper Marlboro, Maryland
F 23 Wooten, RussellRussell Wooten 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Chula Vista, California
G 24 Stokes, CoreyCorey Stokes 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Bayonne, New Jersey
F 31 King, TaylorTaylor King 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Huntington Beach, California
F 34 Armwood, IsaiahIsaiah Armwood 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Baltimore, Maryland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2009-11-13

References[edit]