Head for the Hill

By David Scott - January 23, 2007

PROVIDENCE – We’re about 30 minutes from tip and the teams have completed stretching on the floor - still no official word on whether Curtis Sumpter will play for Villanova, it’s appearing like we’ll have to wait until tip to confirm one way or another.

If Sumpter does play, we’ll have some intriguing post match-ups between him and Herbert Hill of Providence. The guard match-ups are also potentially potent with Nova’s Mike Nardi being matched against either Sharaud Curry or the indefinable Geoffrey McDermott.

Hill is especially worth watching and has been getting raves from around the league in recent weeks. Hill a seniro from Kinston, N.C., helped lead the Friars to a 1-1 record last week. He recorded two double doubles and averaged 18.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in the two league games. Hill recorded 17 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks in a 69-68 loss at Seton Hall on January 17. On January 20, he scored 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and registered five blocks in a 78-63 win over Rutgers on January 20. For Hill, it was his third consecutive double-double and sixth of the season. He also has registered seven games this season with 20 or more points.

. .. Providence was a very slight (one point) favorite in the morning papers, but we always like to go with the team that has more at stake, and league-wise, that is probably Villanova. The ’Cats, with a loss, would fall to 2-4 in league with a road game at revenge-minded Notre Dame on Saturday. PC goes to UConn on Saturday and with a loss would be 3-3 in league play.

. . . This is our first visit to The Dunk since they dedicated the floor to Dave Gavitt, the Father of the Big East. The distinction is subtly and tastefully displayed along the baselines instead of the on-court designation that have become customary when courts get named in honor of someone.

. . . The Wildcats lead the BIG EAST in free throw shooting. Its top seven scorers connect on better than 73 percent from the line, including Anderson (.909), Nardi (.889), Reynolds (.816), Sumpter (.798), Cunningham (.756), Will Sheridan (.735) and Shane Clark (.730). As a unit, Villanova is 317-of-407 (.779) from the charity stripe.

. . . Time Welsh is 8-6 lifetime vs. Villanova.

. . . PC is 12-0 when scoring 70 or more points (8-0 over 80) this season.

. . .For those of you in the Rhode Island viewing area, tonight’s game is on COX Sports with NESN Red Sox voice, Don Orsillo on play-by-play and Ron Perry on color.

Posted by David Scott at 06:57 PM on January 23, 2007

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