‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our house,
Not a single ball was dribbling, not even in Laos.
The banners were hung in the rafters with care,
With hopes that in a few months another will be there.
The players were nestled snug in their beds,
While visions of victory filled each of their heads.
Fast break and dunk it right through,
Or crossover, pull up, and a jumper for two
Back in Syracuse there was such a clatter,
Still outraged and shocked, feeling all the more sadder.
In Villanova, the students went home in a flash,
But kept watching their team win – celebrating with a bash.
The players are at home, just for a short break.
Celebrating Christmas with those they love, even if their bodies ache.
In two days time, they’ll be back on their grinds,
Coach Wright directing them, right on their behinds.
“There’s Darrun, Dylan, and dear Darryl!
Where in the world, is Mr. Pat Farrell?
JVP, you gotta play like you’re MVP!
Daniel, stay tough and don’t get a T!”
Coach Wright stays cool, so collected
Big East is back, it’s resurrected
Envisioning what broadcasters will say with glee
Here’s what Gus and Bill have to add about thee
“Jenkins and Josh off the bench, playing with Hart,
As Ryan Arcidiacono is off to a quick start.
Booth and Bridges are just freshmen, they have time to grow
Meanwhile, Kevin and Henry are getting real Lowe”
It’s been quite the journey so far,
12-0, undefeated – without a single star.
The Wildcats stand tall as a perfect team,
Unselfishly sharing the ball, a coach’s dream.
Come back and tune in on December 31st
As they take on Butler, who’s no longer the worst
‘Till then Nova Nation, I say with all my might
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!
As I try my hand at poetry, hopefully everyone got what they wanted for Christmas. In the mean time, it is a rather quiet week in Villanova Athletics. Here is what’s coming up:
Another New Year’s Eve With Butler:
Once again, Villanova and Butler are meeting up for another New Year’s Eve match up to kick off the Big East schedule. Their start time will be a little earlier than it was last year, with tip-off slated for 2:30 p.m. on December 31st. Butler has grown from last season. They have certainly improved, shown by their upset win over then ranked #5 North Carolina and beating a tough Georgetown squad. They currently have a 9-3 record, but will have one more game before facing the Wildcats. They will play Belmont at home on the 28th, before heading over to Pennsylvania. The Bulldogs spent some time ranked in the top 25, before being dealt a pair of losses to Tennessee and Indiana. Regardless, they are looking pretty solid this year. Kellen Dunham returns to lead the team as their top scorer. Meanwhile, Kelan Martin is a freshman that has made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs. Last year’s matchup went into overtime, it will be interesting to see what Butler will bring to Villanova.
Wildcats vs. Wolves:
The women’s basketball team will be taking over the Pavilion a night before the men’s team plays Butler. They will have a tall order in front of them, as the N.C. State Wolfpack is coming to town to play Villanova. The Wolfpack is currently 9-3 and is entering the game with a four game winning streak. They have easily dispatched of their opponents so far, usually winning by double digits. N.C. State is pretty hot right now, but the Wildcats seem to be picking up some momentum. While the Wildcats’ record is 4-7, a lot of their losses could have gone the other way. Six of their seven losses were close games that came down to the wire and were decided by a handful of points. Lately, they have won two of their last three games. Villanova picked up a pair of decisive Big 5 victories over La Salle and Temple. They will surely be tested by the Wolfpack.