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Villanova Basketball: Wildcats' 5 Most Impressive Stats in 2013-14

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 7: Forward JayVaughn Pinkston #22 reacts after making a basket against the St. Joseph's Hawks on December 7, 2013 at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2013

The Villanova Wildcats currently sit at 10-0 and as the No. 8 team in the AP Top 25, neither of which were expected heading into the season.

Jay Wright's team has done some impeccable things on both ends of the ball, and some of the Wildcats statistics can back their performance up.

Here are the five most impressive stats from the 2013-14 edition of the Wildcats 10 games in. 

 

James Bell's Terrific Start

Everything about James Bell's senior season has been a welcome sight to the Wildcats. 

Bell is second on the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game, and he leads Villanova in rebounds per game with seven. 

Dec 7, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA;  Villanova Wildcats guard James Bell (32) passes the ball during the second half at Hagan Arena.Villanova Wildcats defeated Saint Joseph's Hawks 98-68.  Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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If you want more numbers to back up the start of Bell, you could look at his 0.9 blocks per game and field-goal percentage of 43. 

Bell has also scored in double digits in all but one of his games with the lone slip-up coming on Sunday when he attained a total of three points against La Salle. 

 

Daniel Ochefu's Paint Presence

Sophomore center Daniel Ochefu knew he had to be counted on in the paint heading into the 2013-14 season, and so far, he has done an efficient job. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 7: Guard James Bell #32 of the Villanova Wildcats rebounds the ball against the St. Joseph's Hawks on December 7, 2013 at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The standout statistic from Ochefu's body of work comes in the blocks category as he has 19 in 10 games. 

Twice this season, against Towson and Iowa, Ochefu has recorded four blocks. 

 

Contribution of the Freshmen

One unknown heading into this season for Villanova was how their incoming freshmen would react to the collegiate game.

Nov 30, 2013; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) passes during the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Villanova won 88-83. Mandatory Cr
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Two of the three newcomers, Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart, have been pleasant surprises during nonconference play. 

Hart averages 21.7 minutes per game, and he has contributed 8.5 points and five rebounds per game. 

Jenkins has made his time on the court count as well with 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while averaging just over 12 minutes per contest. 

 

Stellar Team Rebounding

Before Tuesday's action in college basketball, the Wildcats ranked 14th in the nation in rebounding with 42.5 boards per game. 

Bell and Ochefu have led the way in that category all season, but Hart, JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard have all contributed to the cause as well. 

If the Wildcats keep up their rebounding numbers during Big East play, they could end up being a major force to be reckoned with. 

 

Wildcats Love to Assist One Another

The Wildcats are also in the top 20 nationally in another offensive category.

Wright's guard-heavy team sits in 17th place in the nation in assists with 17 per game during their nonconference slate.

Once they face stingier defenses in the Big East, this number could drop a bit, but do not expect it to fall drastically as the Wildcats rely heavily on their guard play. 

 

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