Sumpter Still "50-50"

By David Scott - January 23, 2007



PROVIDENCE – It appears Curtis Sumpter’s playing status for tonight is still up in the air. Villanova Sports Media Relations Director, the outstanding Mike Sheridan, confirmed to Hang Time that Sumpter is “50-50” with about an hour to tip.

. . . The Providence band has arrived and has assembled itself behind the Hang Time Perch. Now, the set-up around us goes like this: PC Cheerleaders working on moves in front of us and the horns and guitars tuning up behind us.

It’s a veritable potpourri of visual and audio delights. The bass player especially is laying down some nasty riffs.

. . . Villanova assistant coach, Ed Pinckney is chatting up some folks courtside behind the visitor’s bench. Pinckney had a cup of coffee with the nearby Boston Celtics during his 12 year NBA career.

. . . Villanova’s senior guard Mike Nardi has been especially reliable as a ball-handler in recent weeks. In his last 10 outings, beginning on Dec. 9 against Drexel, Nardi has accumulated 45 assists and committed just 17 turnovers.

. . . The Friars and the Wildcats have met 80 times in the all-time series with the Wildcats leading the series, 46-34. PC is 21-14 all-time at home against Villanova. The Friars are 3-3 in the last six meetings between the two teams, having los the past three straight. The Friars’ last win over Villanova was a 100-74 victory on February 11, 2004 at the Pavilion. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Wildcats defeated the Friars, 89-81 on February 5, 2005 at Villanova. Providence is 13-1 at home this season, its only (upset) loss coming early against in-state rival, Brown.

Posted by David Scott at 06:11 PM on January 23, 2007
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