Villanova Basketball’s Big East dominance is remarkable

Nobody has stepped up as a serious challenger to the throne. Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! Your Villanova Wildcats look headed for yet another Big East title, and now the big question is whether they can go through the confernece with just two losses for the fourth straight year. KenPom is still projecting one more loss for Villanova, but their lowest remaining win probability is...
Via VU Hoops
February 13, 2017

Ranking the teams most likely to earn a No. 1 seed in March

For the first time ever, the NCAA Tournament selection committee allowed a peek at the top seeds in this year’s tournament. Of course, they are all subject to change, but the committee thought that allowing an early look provided a level of transparency (and CBS didn’t mind a bunch of eyeballs tuning in mid-afternoon on a February Saturday).Nothing on the top line should have...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Villanova Basketball’s Pavilion Renovation approved by Board of Trustees

$60m project will start in June. The $60m renovation for The Pavilion, home of the Villanova Wildcats, has been approved by the University Board of Trustees according to an email sent by Athletic Director Mark Jackson. Work will begin on the project in the Summer of 2017 with a plan to be finished for the start of the 2018-19 season. The Athletic Department noted that they...
Via VU Hoops
February 14, 2017

Seven players who can carry their teams to the Final Four

The NCAA Tournament earns its “March Madness” nickname every single year. With wild finishes and crazy upsets, the tourney never disappoints. Navigating through that “madness” to the Final Four or even a championship is no easy feat. Teams are not accustomed to playing twice in one weekend, especially not with an escalating spotlight and such difficult opponents awaiting...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Josh Hart Is More Than Just A POY Candidate For Villanova Basketball

Hart's importance to his team goes far beyond the stat sheet. It's Friday, Friday! Gotta get down on Friday! Don't worry, Chris will be back on Monday.  Until then, let's talk about a completely new topic: Josh Hart.  Oh, you've heard of him?  Yeah, he's pretty good.  Today's headline piece went behind the scenes with Hart this past weekend during Villanova's road trip to Ohio...
Via VU Hoops
February 17, 2017

Ten most dangerous scorers heading into NCAA Tournament

When it comes to the NCAA Tournament, the dirty secret is that it’s not always the best team that wins it all. Simply put, it’s the hottest team.Momentum is everything in March Madness. That’s why a Cinderella low seed can go on to make an Elite Eight or Final Four run, and it happens almost every year. All it takes is a win or two to get things rolling, and from there, anything...
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February 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Where should Villanova play its home basketball games next season?

It sounds like Jay Wright wants them all downton. Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! Villanova is looking for a home next year, and it sounds like Jay Wright would prefer to have every single home game played at the Wells Fargo Center. The reasons are obvious — familiarity, capacity, etc. - but should they be looking to play in other venues? The Palestra, the PPL Center and the Sun...
Via VU Hoops
February 20, 2017

Yep, the Villanova Wildcats are still really good

As always, conference play in the Big East has been a little crazy. Xavier and Creighton looked like two of the top three teams in the conference, and both have lost their starting point guards to ACL tears. Now Xavier has lost their last three. Butler has surged and has the second best conference record. Marquette still is on the NCAA Tournament bubble and has beat all of the teams...
February 20, 2017  |  Discuss

College Basketball Rankings: Villanova Holds At #2 In The AP Poll

The Wildcats hold firm at #2 as they head into a tough home stand against two ranked teams. For the third consecutive week Villanova finds itself holding strong at the #2 ranking behind Gonzaga in the AP poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 4 all season, and still hold five of the sixty five first place votes. Kansas, who picked up a first place vote after defeating Baylor...
Via VU Hoops
February 20, 2017

Why Butler Basketball has Villanova’s number

Butler Basketball is now 2-0 against the Villanova Wildcats with a 74-66 road win on Feb. 22. The Bulldogs broke the Wildcats 48-game home winning streak. The win gives the Bulldogs a three-game winning streak while snapping Villanova’s seven-game winning streak. With the win, Butler improves to 22-6 on the season while the Wildcats drop to 26-3 on the year. Butler has always...
February 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Paschall, Jenkins lead No. 2 Villanova past No. 23 Creighton

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help No. 2 Villanova clinch its fourth straight Big East regular-season title with a 79-63 victory over No. 23 Creighton on Saturday. Kris Jenkins scored 15 points and Mikal Bridges had 11 for the defending national champion Wildcats, who were without big man Darryl Reynolds (rib) for the...
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February 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Top 7 National Player of the Year candidates

Even though college basketball doesn’t have an award as prestigious as the Heisman, finding and recognizing the most noteworthy performances across the nation is just as important as it is for football. With more than 350 teams, it can be difficult to separate the good from the truly great.We have identified seven players who have been good enough to not just attract interest and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Villanova Basketball #TBT for March 2nd

It’s a day of big scores with both Nova’s most points and largest Big East defeat. Every Thursday we’ll take a look back at that day in Villanova Basketball to remember the good times (and possibly not so good times). We’ll look at some numbers, opponents, highlight a game or two, and use this as a place for Nova Nation to relive some of their favorite games. We’ve...
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March 02, 2017

Why aren't Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges getting more NBA love?

Which might be why Jay Wright has this program rolling. TGIF, 'Nova Nation! One more off-day until Villanova Basketball is back! I know this link made the rounds yesterday but it's worth reposting for those who missed it. The Ringer has a new feature out on Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges' value. Their skillset translates to the NBA game, but why aren't they high on draft boards? Probably...
Via VU Hoops
March 03, 2017

Darryl Reynolds to return to action on Saturday

Senior has missed the last five games Good news from campus has been delivered to Villanova fans from Jon Rothstein. The Wildcats’ 6’9” starting big man, Darryl Reynolds, has missed the last five games with a rib injury but will be available for Saturday’s regular season finale against Georgetown. In the five games without Reynolds, Villanova went 4-1, losing in the penultimate...
Via VU Hoops
March 03, 2017

Villanova finishes off regular season in 81-55 win over Georgetown

Wildcats finish second best regular season in program history at 28-3. Villanova wrapped up their 2017 regular season on Saturday with an 81-55 victory over rival Georgetown at the Verizon Center. The Wildcats (28-3, 15-3) grabbed a hold of the lead for good midway through the first half on a layup by Donte DiVincenzo. The lead grew through the balance of the first half as ‘Nova...
Via VU Hoops
March 04, 2017

Villanova Basketball’s Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson named All-Big East First Team

Four Wildcats in total were named as the conference announced its first wave of season awards. Villanova’s Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, Kris Jenkins, and Donte DiVincenzo were all honored on Sunday as the Big East announced their All-Conference teams on Sunday. The four Wildcats selected were the most players from any one team this season. Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson were each unanimous...
Via VU Hoops
March 05, 2017

College Basketball Rankings, Week 18: Villanova holds at #2

The nation’s top four remains the same. The nation’s top four teams remain unchanged in the newest AP poll released on Monday. Jay Wright’s Villanova squad had a quiet week as the Wildcats dismantled Georgetown by 26 in the regular season finale to keep ‘Nova at #2. Kansas remains at the top, garnering 59 of the 65 first place votes as UCLA and Gonzaga hold at the third...
Via VU Hoops
March 06, 2017

10 biggest storylines for the conference tournaments

Conference tournaments are in full swing. Mid-majors have graced us with upsets, buzzer-beaters, and great games for the past week, but now it’s time for the big boys.Power conference tournaments begin with opening rounds on Tuesday and offer no shortage of excitement. Bubble teams, championship contenders, and also-rans all have dreams of making waves on the big stage this week...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 06, 2017  |  Discuss

5 coaches you can bank on during March Madness

There are a lot of factors to look at when filling out your bracket once March Madness rolls around. Who’s coming in on a hot streak? Who has the sort of player that can take over and win a game on their own? How many experienced upperclassmen does each team have to turn to when the pressure is on?Due to the very nature of college basketball, roster turnover is high, and it’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Selection Sunday: Will Villanova be the #1 overall seed?

Most pundits have the ‘Cats as #1. Here are some links to celebrate Villanova's BIG EAST Championship and hold you over until the March Madness Brackets are announced. **Get BIG EAST Championship Gear Now!** Ford: Seniors lead Villanova to the one that got away last time | Philadelphia InquirerIn college basketball, the senior classes roll past quickly, with one season's heroes...
Via VU Hoops
March 12, 2017

Selection Sunday Bracketology: Villanova a virtual lock for #1 overall seed

A Big East Tournament championship has all but assured Villanova the draw they’re looking for. Happy Selection Sunday, ‘Nova Nation! At 5:30pm ET - or you know, sometime in the following 90 minutes - we’ll get the NCAA Tournament bracket and know what the Villanova Wildcats’ path to a second straight National Championship entails. There won’t be much drama with the ...
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March 12, 2017

Villanova Basketball team reacts to NCAA Tournament bracket reveal

All business, as usual. It’s been a few years since the Villanova Wildcats basketball team has had to sweat it out on Selection Sunday. For the past four years, it’s been an event that’s about whether the ‘Cats will get a #1 or #2 seed, and what pod/region they’ll be sent to. This year somehow brought even less drama, with almost every Bracketology prediction having Villanova...
Via VU Hoops
March 12, 2017

College Basketball Rankings, Week 19: Villanova ascends to #1

Wildcats grab the top spot in the final regular season poll. For the first time program history, the Villanova Wildcats (31-3) are the #1 team at the conclusion of the Regular Season and Conference Championships. ‘Nova, who won the BIG EAST Tournament Championship over the weekend, ascended to the top spot in the newest AP Poll released on Monday as the ‘Cats collected 59 of...
Via VU Hoops
March 13, 2017

History Favors Villanova Basketball To Make A Final Four Run

Despite what you hear about the success rate of defending Champions, Villanova projects to make a deep run based on previous performances. Every day, like many of you, I’ll poke around the internet and see what new stories are out there about Villanova basketball (Side note, wouldn’t it be great if VUHoops pulled all of those together for us? Get on it Chris Lane.) This time...
Via VU Hoops
March 15, 2017
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