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Nova’s Postseason Hopes Shattered in Loss to USF

New York, NY – The Villanova Wildcats (13-19) lost all chances at an NCAA Tournament berth on Wednesday night against the sixth-seeded South Florida Bulls. USF had ‘Nova’s number this year, winning all three games against the Wildcats.

Villanova simply could not get their offense going because of the extremely well-coached South Florida defense. In their previous 9 games, the Bulls held each team under 60 points. The Wildcats only scored 17 points in the first half, and the final score ended up being 56-47 in South Florida’s favor.

After the Bulls took a commanding 12-point lead with 14:34 left in the game, Villanova chipped away slowly at South Florida’s advantage, but was never able to come within 6 points.

Victor Rudd Jr., who scored 13, shoots a jumper in the second half (Getty).

‘Nova forward Mouphtaou Yarou led the game in scoring with 20 points. He was the only Villanova player to score in double digits. Junior point guard Maalik Wayns had an off night, only scoring 9 points while shooting 3-14 (22%) in the loss. ‘Nova shot 34% from the field as a team and 18% from the 3-point line.

On the other side of the ball, USF freshman point guard Anthony Collins led the team with 17 points, and Victor Rudd Jr. helped out with 13. ‘Nova could not keep up with South Florida’s stellar ball movement and pestering defense, and their 47 point effort was not merely enough. ‘Nova’s season is now over, seeing their 0-6 record against the AP Top 25, so it’s on to next year as they look to regroup and move on.

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