- An efficient Mikal Bridges is a dangerous thing. Bridges scored a game-high 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting, with four blocks, six rebounds, four assists, and five steals. He is every tool in the box, and perhaps his best development has been shooting the basketball. He went 4-7 from 3-point range, including a tough catch-and-shoot on an inbounds play where he faded to his right and toward his own bench in the right corner.
- Nicholls State did a good job early of testing Villanova’s non-primary ballhandlers with full-court pressure. Jay Wright, to his credit, let Mikal Bridges experience some full-court looks without Jalen Brunson as a buoy. His on-ball movements and ball control is the ONE part of his game that has not fully developed.
- Omari Spellman continues to impress from beyond the arc. He shows both a willingness to shoot and a technically sound stroke from deep.
- Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is lost defensively. In limited 1st half action, he completely whiffed on his assignment twice, and subsequently leaving a defender wide open underneath the basket. Without a strong offensive game to offset (and at Villanova, offense offsetting defense is a foreign concept anyway), Cosby-Roundtree will need to improve to see any significant action in close/important games.
- Villanova has the ability to play above the rim move this year than any year I can remember. The combination of Mikal Bridges (4 blocks tonight), Omari Spellman (4 blocks tonight), as well as Dante DiVincenzo, Eric Paschall, and even Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree in spots, provides an above the rim presence that Villanova simply has not had, even in the Big East title years and the National Championship year.
- Jalen Brunson is a preseason All-American for a reason. He scored 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting, with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Perhaps more impressively, he did it in a very unassuming way, allowing Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo to shine. Make no mistake, Jalen Brunson is the leader of this team, and by far the best ballhandler the team has, committing just two turnovers amidst constant backcourt pressure.
By Bob Long on November 14, 2017
Posted in College Basketball, Featured | Tagged Big East, Collin Gillespie, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Donte DiVincenzo, Eric Paschall, Jalen Brunson, Jay Wright, Jermaine Samuels, Mikal Bridges, Nicholls State, Omari Spellman, Phil Booth, Villanova, Wells Fargo Center | Leave a response
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