Waiting for the Bruins to arrive …

March, 21, 2009
PHILADELPHIA -- Scottie Reynolds missed a 3-pointer. Antonio Pena got the rebound and fed Corey Fisher for another 3.

Fisher missed but Dwayne Anderson got the board and found Reynolds deep in the baseline corner.


On the other end, Josh Shipp forces a bad shot just before the shot clock expires and no one gets a rebound.

If anything sums up the second-round game between Villanova and UCLA, it's that exchange. The Wildcats are getting everything they want and the Bruins can't get anything, and by no surprise, Villanova leads 44-31.

It's the second-most points UCLA has surrendered in the opening stanza this season.

The Bruins simply have no one to contain the Cats' dribble penetration, especially when it comes in the form of Fisher. The sophomore's speed is killing the Bruins. Nova has drained 5-of-12 from the arc, thanks to kicks from Fisher and Reynolds.

Villanova also owns the boards 18-9, getting far too many second-chance shots.

Most surprising? The Wildcats are doing all this without Dante Cunningham, their best inside presence. The senior has been on the bench since picking up his second foul at 12:36.

The Bruins are going to have to find a way to stop Villanova off the bounce and work the boards if they want to keep this interesting in the second half.

Dana O'Neil | email

ESPN Senior Writer



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