Dayton at Villanova 11-20-09

November 20, 2009

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After starting the season with a couple of easy victories over lesser opponents at home, Villanova received its first real test in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Guard Scottie Reynolds hopes the early challenge can provide something for the team to build on for the rest of the year. The fifth-ranked Wildcats look to carry some momentum from an impressive comeback victory into Friday’s matchup with No. 18 Dayton, which also rallied to win its tournament opener.

Villanova (3-0), which advanced to last season’s Final Four, opened this year by outscoring Fairleigh Dickinson and Pennsylvania by a combined 61 points in winning its first two games, but it struggled Thursday against George Mason in Puerto Rico.

Dayton was hoping to find some success with its perimeter shooting this season, but that hasn’t been the case through two games. The Flyers were 9 of 28 from 3-point range against the Yellow Jackets after going 9 for 27 in the opener.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, are limiting opponents to 28.0 percent (14 of 50) from behind the arc. This is the first meeting between the teams since Dayton’s 80-78 home win Dec. 22, 2002. The Flyers split their four games against ranked opponents last season but have lost 10 straight to top 5 opponents since defeating then-No. 3 DePaul 72-71 on Feb. 18, 1984.

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