PHILLIP OCHS / THE EAGLE
As our men’s basketball team takes on the Villanova University Wildcats tonight in the first round of the NCAA tournament, I thought it would be fair to check out the comparisons between the two teams. Yeah, they might have a better seed and are essentially playing on their home court. However, when you look closer at the two squads, the pendulum seems to favor the Eagles. I now bring you an in-depth look at the game inside the game.
AU: 24-7 (13-1 in Patriot League), PL Regular Season and Tournament Champs
Villanova: 26-7 (14-6 in Big East)
Advantage: AU. Anytime you earn your way into the tournament rather than have to sweat out an hour of CBS’ Selection Show, you have to have the upper hand.
2009 Winning Streak:
AU: 13 (second-longest in the nation behind University of Memphis’ 25)
Advantage: AU. Generally you need to win at least one game to have a “winning” streak.
AU: 2 (2008, 2009)
Villanova: 3 (1978, 1980, 1995)
Advantage: Push. Generally having more titles makes you win the category. However, Villanova hasn’t won in the last 14 seasons.
NCAA National Titles:
Villanova: 1 (1985)
Advantage: AU. The longer you wait, the better it will be in the end.
AU: Garrison Carr, 17.8 ppg
Villanova: Dante Cunningham, 16.0 ppg
Advantage: AU. The more points you score, the more games you win.
AU: Kermit Washington
Villanova: Kerry Kittles, Allen Ray
Advantage: AU. All that matters is that you are remembered. Granted, Kermit is known for punching Rudy Tomjanovich, but who is really counting.
AU: Washington, D.C., capital of the United States
Villanova: Philadelphia, former capital of the United States
Advantage: AU. D.C. won this fight a while ago ... in 1800.
Year School Founded:
Advantage: AU. In the United States, youth is always rewarded.
Advantage: AU. In this economy, we are getting more and spending less.
Advantage: AU. The less people walking around, the better chance that you get to be friends with all of them.
So there you have it, a great breakdown on the categories most vital to the success of the men’s basketball team against Villanova. While the rest of the experts around the country are looking at such things as offense, defense and coaching to prove Villanova will win the game, it is clear that based off of the evidence above, the AU Eagles will be ready to shock the world tomorrow night.