No. 8 Villanova deftly dominates Big 5 road game at Saint Joseph’s

Villanova will remain the No. 1 team atop KenPom’s rankings thanks to its 86-72 road victory over Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night.

The No. 8-ranked Wildcats controlled the entire game; this team is now 7-0 and certainly showing signs of being as good as last season’s group, which earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats got 18 apiece from Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart, while senior and reigning Big East Player of the Year Ryan Arcidiacono had 17.

Villanova was lights-out from deep, cashing in 11 3-pointers and impressively putting Saint Joe’s down in its own gym. Saint Joe’s has now dropped four straight to Villanova, its fellow Big 5 foe. Possible future NBA Draft pick DeAndre Bembry had 17 points for the Hawks.

The good sign for Villanova was its ability to keep its pace and not let Saint Joe’s threaten despite the fact VU power forward Daniel Ochefu got into early foul trouble. But this team can win with a four-guard attack, even — a lot of speed, shooting and power even with that small lineup.

The bright spot for Saint Joe’s was getting five guys into double figures, but nonetheless, it wasn’t close.

“All credit goes to Villanova,” SJU coach Phil Martelli said afterward. “They had a culture about them and a way of finding out where the hole or weakness was, and they exploited it.”

Ryan Arcidiacono and the Villanova small-ball attack was fruitful against Saint Joe’s. (USATSI)

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