Villanova's Jermaine Samuels hears it from the crowd — he earned it

The sophomore wing began the season in Villanova’s starting lineup, but it was his defense and rebounding that really got him there, and when the defending national champs needed to switch things up after earlier losses to Michigan and Furman, it was Samuels who slipped out of the starting lineup, losing some minutes in the process.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer JP Moorman, left, of Temple and Jermaine Samuels of Villanova go after the ball during the 2nd half at Finneran Pavilion on Dec. 5, 2018.

Temple’s scouting report had focused on the players who weren’t shooting 4 of 20 on threes coming into the game, as Samuels had been.

By the end, he had made a trio of threes, led ‘Nova with 15 points and was one of four on his team with 7 rebounds, Villanova surviving, 69-59.

The rest of the way, it felt like his game, with Joe Cremo adding some big late plays, after Temple had forced the action too much when it had the lead.

Freshman Saddiq Bey offers all sorts of elements, as shown by his three assists in Villanova’s first five possessions.

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