Villanova freshman Ryan Arcidiacono comes up big in OT win over Purdue

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After having to sit out his senior season of high school with a back injury, one might expect Ryan Arcidiacono to take some time to get into the groove of the college game. Instead, the freshman PG has stepped up to the challenge, averaging 18 ppg and 5.3 apg while leading Villanova to a 3-0 start. Last night Arcidiacono overcame 7 turnovers to lead the Wildcats to a 89-81 victory over Purdue in the 2k Sports Classic.

Villanova will face an Alabama team with an identical record for the tournament title tonight. Arciadiacono is looking like a driving force behind coach Jay Wright's team and someone likely to garner at least some of the scoring load left with the departure of Maalik Wayns. He was a definite candidate for the McDonald's All-American game before missing his final HS season, his early play is evidence as to why.

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