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Wildcats look to improve from beyond the arc

Villanova is 4-0 but has plenty of things to work on, most notably shooting. The Wildcats shot 5 for 25 from three-point range in Friday’s 84-80 win over visiting Delaware. In four games Villanova is now 24 for 94 from beyond the arc (25.5 percent).

Wildcats look to improve from beyond the arc

Villanova head coach. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Villanova head coach. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Villanova is 4-0 but has plenty of things to work on, most notably shooting. The Wildcats shot 5 for 25 from three-point range in Friday’s 84-80 win over visiting Delaware. In four games Villanova is now 24 for 94 from beyond the arc (25.5 percent).

On a team that is so guard-heavy, Villanova must do better than that. Against Delaware Ryan Arcidiacono and James Bell, two chief threats, combined to shoot 3 for 14 from beyond the arc.

“It’s good to win a game like this when you don’t shoot the ball well,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

Wright then praised Delaware coach Monte Ross for the way he defended the Wildcats.

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“I thought Monte did a good job of mixing up the defenses,” Wright said. “We got wide open three’s and that is what he was banking on.”

If Delaware is going to give the Wildcats open three’s, other teams will follow suit.

In their four games, the best the Wildcats have shot from three-point range was 6 for 16 (37 percent) in a 90-59 win over Mount St. Mary’s

The Wildcats have gotten away with not shooting well simply because they had more talent than their first four opponents.

Wright knows that Villanova won’t be able to continually get away with having subpar shooting nights and in the early part of the season, this is the one area that needs the most improvement for the Wildcats.

-Marc Narducci

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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays. Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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