Ar­cidi­a­cono, Pep­per set for NCAA Tour­na­ment

The Advance of Bucks County - - WORD ON THE STREET -

Bucks County’s own NCAA point guard at Vil­lanova oyan Ar­cidi­a­cono, of Langhorne, leads the Wild­cats into their eighth NCAA Men’s Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship Tour­na­ment bid in the last nine years.

Ar­cidi­a­cono, a Vil­lanova fresh­man and prod­uct of Ne­shaminy High pchool, av­er­ages 12 points and P.5 as­sists per game. He also leads the ‘Cats with TM three-point­ers for the sea­son. He was re­cently named to the was Big East Al­loookie team.

The 6U-team field was re­vealed on pun­day, March 1T and Vil­lanova E2M-1P) drew the No. 9 seed in the pouth oe­gion. The Wild­cats take on No. U seed North Carolina in a sec­ond-round game on cri­day, March 22 at the pprint Cen­ter in Kansas City.

Tem­ple and first-year guard aal­ton mep­per, of Le­vit­town, will face North Carolina ptate the same day at the ra Arena in aay­ton (re­sults not avail­able at press time). mep­per saw ac­tion in the Tour­na­ment two years ago for West Vir­ginia while this will be Ar­cidi­a­cono’s first trip to the big dance.

Vil­lanova is mak­ing its PPrd over­all ap­pear­ance in the NCAA Tour­na­ment and has an all-time record of 49P2 E.SM5) in NCAA tour­na­ment ac­tion.

En­ter­ing the 2M1P Tour­na­ment, ‘Nova car­ries a 2M-1P over­all record af­ter go­ing 1M-U dur­ing reg­u­lar sea­son Big East games. The Wild­cats were the No. T seed in the Big East Cham­pi­onship and de­feated pt. gohn’s in the sec­ond round of the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment be­fore fall­ing in the semi­fi­nals.

Vil­lanova features a balanced of­fen­sive at­tack and is led by sopho­more for­ward gayVaughn mink­son, a third team All-Big East se­lec­tion. minkston leads the team with 1P.1 points per game and also av­er­ages 4.9 re­bounds per con­test. pe­nior cen­ter Mouph­taou Yarou leads the team in re­bound­ing ET.U re­bounds per game) and av­er­ages 9.T points per con­test, while sopho­more guard aar­run Hil­liard E11.2 ppg.) and ju­nior guard games Bell EU.T ppg., 55 three-point­ers) are also main con­trib­u­tors.

There have been five pre­vi­ous meet­ings in the NCAA Tour­na­ment be­tween the Wild­cats and North Carolina, with Vil­lanova own­ing a 1-4 record in those meet­ings. oe­cently, the teams met in the cinal cour in 2MM9, with even­tual cham­pion North Carolina post­ing an UP-S9 win in a na­tional semi­fi­nal game. Vil­lanova is 4-1M all-time against the Tar Heels.

Vil­lanova is coming off a loss to Big East Cham­pion Louisville, the No. 1 seed in the Mid­west oe­gion. North Carolina is coming off a loss to Mi­ami in the ACC Tour­na­ment Cham­pi­onship. The bat­tle tips off at TW2M p.m.

mhiladel­phia area schools Tem­ple and La­palle also earned NCAA tour­na­ment bids.

The Ex­plor­ers opened March 2M against No. 1P Boise ptate while Tem­ple, seeded ninth in the East oe­gion, will face eighth- seeded North Carolina ptate in the sec­ond round of the Tour­na­ment. The game will tip-off at 1W4M p.m. and be tele­vised live by TBp. It will also be broad­cast by 121M AM WmHT (re­sults not avail­able at press time).

The lwls have mep­per, a lo­cal tal­ent from Le­vit­town on their ros­ter. The prod­uct of menns­bury and West Vir­ginia trans­fer av­er­aged 2.9 mmd and 1.P re­bounds in 11.P av­er­age min­utes-pergame this sea­son at Tem­ple.

The lwls, who are one of eight teams mak­ing their sixth straight ap­pear­ance in the field, are mak­ing their P1st NCAA Tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance.

The Cherry and White E2P-9) are un­der the di­rec­tion of sev­enth-year head coach cran aun­phy, who is mak­ing his 15th NCAA Tour­na­ment trip Esix at Tem­ple). Led by se­nior and At­lantic-1M mlayer of the Year Khalif Wy­att, Tem­ple en­ters the tour­na­ment win­ners of 1M out of its last 12 con­tests though the lwls were ousted March 15 in an A-1M Tour­na­ment opener.

Wy­att leads the A-1M in scor­ing with a 19.U av­er­age while rank­ing sev­enth in the con­fer­ence in as­sists E4.1 apg.). Wy­att also ranks ninth in the A-1M in steals E1.S spg) and sev­enth in free-throw per­cent­age E.UP2).

Wy­att is one of five play­ers in their fi­nal sea­son of el­i­gi­bil­ity on a veteran Tem­ple team. pe­niors pcootie oan­dall E11.U ppg., S.1 rpg.) and oahlir Hol­lis-gef­fer­son EU.9 ppg., S.2 rpg., P.5 apg.,

Photo by Mitchell Leff/courtesy TU Ath­let­ics

A prod­uct of Penns­bury and West Vir­ginia trans­fer, Dal­ton Pep­per, of Le­vit­town, av­er­aged 2.9 PPG and 1.3 re­bounds this sea­son at Tem­ple.

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