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’Nova’s point guards will look to lead a successful men’s team. (Kristina Sumfleth/The Villanovan)

by Kevin Pulsifer

The Villanova men’s basketball team’s annual Blue/White Scrimmage was held on Saturday evening.

Being the math major that I am, I enjoy taking down stats, even in a game as rapid as basketball. You learn to write some shorthand, adapt on the fly and hope you can make out your scribbled mess later on.

I probably missed a rebound somewhere, or miscredited a turnover. But on the whole, there’s a lot that you can tell from stats that you may not remember otherwise.

The game, which had two 15-minute running-clock halves, didn’t allow for a ton of play. Especially given Villanova’s ability to deflect passes out of bounds and draw fouls, the 30 minutes of play probably amounted  to little more than one half of play.

So if you want conversions, doubling each players’ stats will probably be an overestimation on how they would have played on any given night.

Meanwhile, a slow-developing slugfest with Butler’s hey-day team would result in stats very similar to what was posted this afternoon.

Keep in mind, of course, that there were days when sophomore guard Ryan Arcidiacono would go 2-10 from deep, or as a team we’d shoot 26% overall. There were also days where the team shot 50% from three.

So one game does not a season make, and it’ll take a few games before we can truly see how the players have developed.

Team Blue was made up of Arch, Bell, McMahon, Lowe, Jenkins and Ochefu. Team White featured Pinkston, Hilliard, Reynolds, Hart, Chennault and Farrell.

Lowe was 0/1 from deep and Farrell didn’t get any counting stats, but neither turned it over. Here are the rest of the stats from today’s scrimmage:

TEAM BLUE

Ryan Arcidiacono– 2/3 FG (1/2 3pt), 3/3 FT, 8 PTS, 3 A, 1 TO, 1 STL, 3 dives on the floor

James Bell– 3/6 FG (0/2 3pt), 6/6 FT, 12 PTS, 1 REB, 1 TO, 2 STL

Nick McMahon– 2/2 FG (2/2 3pt), 6 PTS, 1 REB

Kris Jenkins– 2/4 FG (2/3 3pt), 3/3 FT, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 1 A, 1 TO, 1 STL

Daniel Ochefu– 2/6 FG, 1/2 FT, 5 PTS, 5 REB, 1 A, 1 TO, 1 monster block

TEAM WHITE

JayVaughn Pinkston- 3/6 FG (1/2 3pt), 2/3 FT, 9 PTS, 4 REB, 4 TO

Darrun Hilliard– 1/4 FG (0/3 3pt), 2/2 FT, 4 PTS, 2 A, 2 TO, 2 STL

Darryl Reynolds– 1/3 FG, 2 PTS, 2 TO, 1 monster block

Josh Hart– 1/2 FG (1/2 3pt), 0/1 FT, 3 PTS, 3 REB, 1 A, 1 TO, 1 buzzer-beating three

Tony Chennault– 0/4 FG (0/1 3pt), 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 A, 1 TO

Some instant reactions:

Arch played like it was the Big East Tournament. It was great to see him filling up a stat-sheet in all the good ways.

Bell had a quietly great game. No surprises from the senior leader. He made the right passes and made all his free throws.

Where did Nick McMahon come from?! The former walk-on earned a scholarship this year (per Jay Wright at Hoops Mania), had a bucket in their Hoops Mania scrimmage and went 2/2 from deep Saturday. It’ll be interesting to see if he ever gets playing time.

Everyone’s been saying Jenkins has a sweet stroke, and he proved it in the scrimmage.

Casual observers may have noticed Ochefu’s play in the scrimmage as disappointing. He only made two shots, both cherry-picking slam dunks.

Offensively, he didn’t gel as well as I think he can. But his five rebounds speak to the fact that his many minutes could easily lead to a double-double most nights.

Two, if not three, of JVP’s turnovers were offensive fouls in the paint. We saw this last year, and by January he was timing his drives better and pulling back when necessary. Don’t worry about his hands.

We saw games like this from Chennault last year, where he might not make a shot all game, and sometimes not even record many assists. But he played a solid game, and led an offense with two freshmen and two walk-ons with poise.

He’ll do a great job in the backup point guard role like we saw him in last year, but if you want a scoring guard off the bench, you may have to wait a month for Ennis to come back.

So that’s about it so far. Be sure to get over to the Wells Fargo Center to watch the official scrimmage against West Chester University.

Go ’Cats!

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