#6 Villanova 87, DePaul 62 - Here's the good news for DePaul: They hit their first two shots of the game, three pointers from R.J. Curington and Billy Garrett. Here's the bad news for DePaul: Everything else.
Across the rest of the first half and the first two minutes of the second half, DePaul allowed runs of 8-0, 5-0, 5-0, 11-0, 9-0, and 8-0. A layup from Darrun Hilliard put the cap on that final run, and a manhole cover of a lid on the game as it put the Wildcats up 23. They would lead by as many as 28 late in the second half, but it's hardly worth going into any more details here.
Villanova's really good, and maybe DePaul was going to get blown out even if Cleveland Melvin was still on the team. But DePaul was essentially uncompetitive in this game, and they've been blown out in three of their last five games, and lost by 12 after leading at the half against Georgetown. I don't know if DePaul can stomach the blow of buying out the final three seasons of Oliver Purnell's contract, but Purnell's track record shows that he won't let things get to that point before he takes a new job.
Hilliard led Villanova in scoring with 22 and JayVaughn Pinkston chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Young had 27 points on a remarkably efficient 9-17 effort from the floor. Head over to VU Hoops for any fine detail they might have uncovered about this one.