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Villanova Bounces Back Against Maryland | Texas Tech Preview

Written by on November 22, 2023

After a disappointing loss to Penn, Villanova bounces back to defeat Maryland, 57-40, at the Finn on Friday night. The Wildcats started the game with terrific shooting in the first half. Villanova made 61.9% of their field goals in the first twenty minutes. They also knocked down six of their eleven three-point attempts (54.5%). At halftime, Villanova led Maryland, 39-15. After starting 1-2 on the season, Maryland desperately needed this win, but the Wildcats used their home crowd and energy to control the game with a dominant first half.

Tyler Burton scored 10 points with four rebounds in the first half of play. TJ Bamba was +24 on the court in the first twenty minutes while scoring 9 points. Justin Moore finished the first half with six points after making two of three three-point attempts. The Wildcats outrebounded the Terrapins, 19-14, in the first half. Villanova dominated the paint with a 14-4 advantage.

Both teams struggled to score in the second half. The Wildcats were outscored by the Terrapins, 25-18. Villanova was just 5-19 from the field and 1-7 from three in the second half. Even though the first half carried the Wildcats to victory, Maryland did not give up in the second half. Jahmir Young scored six points in the second half. The Terrapins made 8 of 23 shots from the field and 3-12 from behind the arc.

Villanova vs. Maryland Final Game Stats

At the end of the game, Villanova shot 45% from the field and 38.9% from three. The Wildcats’ offense, especially in the first half, looked more creative than against Penn and shots were falling. However, the second half continued to show Villanova’s offensive inconsistency. The first half was definitely the best half of basketball Villanova has played this season, and it is fair to believe that as time goes on and chemistry builds, this team will take off and play a complete 40 minutes.

Tyler Burton led all scorers with 15 points. TJ Bamba scored 11 points with three rebounds and was a team-leading +29 on the court. Eric Dixon was just 2-5 from the field for seven points, but he played good defense and finished with eight rebounds.

Maryland’s leading scorer was Julian Reese. Reese only made two of his eight shots from the field, but he was 6-8 from the charity stripe to finish with 10 points. Jahmir Young made just three of his ten shots from the field for nine points. Maryland finished with 50 shot attempts from the field compared to Villanova’s 40 attempts.

Texas Tech Preview | Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament

On Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm, 3-1 Villanova begins play in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The Wildcats’ first opponent in the Bahamas is Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are undefeated in their first three games. Villanova has only played Texas Tech once. The Wildcats faced the Red Raiders in the 2018 NCAA Elite Eight where Villanova defeated Texas Tech, 71-59.

Texas Tech defeated Texas A&M Community, San Jose State, and Texas A&M CC to begin their season. The Red Raiders have struggled offensively. They are shooting 41.6% from the field, but they are just 13-63 (20.6%) from three. Texas Tech’s leading scorer is Pop Isaacs. Isaacs averaged 11.7 points per game with about four rebounds per game. Darrion Williams also averages about 11 points per game this season while leading Texas Tech in rebounds with nine per game.

Villanova will face either North Carolina or Northern Iowa on Thanksgiving. With the loss against Penn, Villanova fell out of the Top 25; however, with a good performance and run in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, the Wildcats could get back into the Top 25 quickly.