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Month: January 2016

 Back in the New York Groove: ‘Nova able to continue winning ways against St. John’s

Having not played since their loss last Sunday against Providence, it was reasonable to fear that Villanova could be a bit rusty. This problem was compounded when it was announced shortly before game time that star center Daniel Ochefu had suffered a concussion during practice, ruling him out of the game. The absence of the 6-11… Read More ›

Game Preview: St. John’s Red Storm

Villanova returns to action after a week of preparation. The ‘Cats face off against the Red Storm for the first time this season.

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast, and Predictions (Week of 1/25)

Your weekly Big East Conference slate and predictions.

A Fan’s Reaction to the Providence Loss

Editor’s Note: Chris Stanziale also contributed to this post. — Villanova has lost its first Big East game of the season. But you already know this. What you don’t know (yet) is that this was the best thing to happen to this team since the Xavier win. Why? Well, the answer is not simple. First… Read More ›

Weekly Polls: Down to #6

After a heartbreaking loss in overtime to an upstart Providence squad, Villanova has expectedly moved down in this week’s AP Poll. The drop was trifling, honestly: only two spots down to #6. Two factors can be said to have conspired in favor of the Wildcats’ small drop. First, the fact that so many other highly… Read More ›

Friars End ‘Cats 22-Game Big East Winning Streak

Villanova basketball has always been known for its clutch play, especially when it matters. Of all the players on the Wildcats roster, no one has embodied this clutch play in his four years than senior Ryan Arcidiacono. Arcidiacono had yet another clutch play this afternoon at the Wells Fargo, when he sent the game into overtime… Read More ›

Game Preview: #16 Providence Friars

#4 Villanova Wildcats (17-2) vs. #16 Providence Friars (16-3) When: Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 1 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA Coverage: FOX Providence’s Previous Season Record: 22-12, Lost in Round of 64 of NCAA Tournament to Dayton Key Players for Providence: #3 Kris Dunn (6-4, 220) Jr., G; #0 Ben Bentil (6-9, 235) So., F; #5… Read More ›

Sabotaging the Pirates’ Ship: A Fan’s Reaction to the Seton Hall game

For the second time this season, I bravely ventured into the den of another team’s home court, and walked out victorious. It’s not easy work, defending the wall. But someone has to do it. For some reason, Seton Hall has not been an easy opponent for Villanova during my four-year tenure on the Main Line…. Read More ›

‘Nova Edges Seton Hall in the Newark Nail-Biter

Villanova edged out Seton hall thanks to last second grit and a tough defensive effort. A go-ahead lay up by Ryan Arcidiacono (10 points, two rebounds, four assists) with a few seconds left, combined with sloppy ball handling by Seton Hall, inevitably sealed the win. The Wildcats survived a scare at The Rock, winning 72-71. “That was a… Read More ›

Watch For It Wednesday: Snowpocalypse, the Sequel

Weather people are predicting a big snowstorm that will hit Villanova this weekend. There have been rumors of it affecting Saturday’s big men’s basketball game between Providence-Villanova. Regardless of what happens, whether it be campus shuts down again or if the predictions are flat out wrong, here are the things to watch for this week…. Read More ›

About The Author

Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.


January 2016