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Month: February 2016

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast and Predictions (Week of 2/29)

As we head into the final week of the regular season, the Big East Tournament picture will be a lot more clearer. While the top and bottom spots of the conference are very much set, it’s the middle of the pack that will become more defined. Here are the standings going into this week: #3… Read More ›

Weekly Polls: Down to #3

After a loss to Xavier, the Wildcats have fallen a few pegs down to No. 3 in the AP Poll. In the Coaches’ Poll, they are ranked No. 2. Kansas has reclaimed the top spot in both polls, with Michigan State right behind in the AP Poll. As for Xavier, the only other ranked team… Read More ›

A Fan’s Reaction to the Xavier Loss

I really wanted to not care about this game. I had convinced myself that this game did not matter: win or lose we would still be winning the Big East tournament, end up a #1 seed, and go deep in March. Win or lose, the Haters (a very real alliance of ESPN, online commenters, and… Read More ›

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast, and Predictions (Week of 2/22)

The Big East is about to have its biggest game this week since the conference remodeling of 2013. There will be the first ever top five matchup between two teams from the “new” Big East. Aside from that, the conference seeding picture is looking like it’s up in the air for the teams in the middle. Here… Read More ›

Weekly Polls: Still the One

For the third consecutive week, Villanova is ranked #1 in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls. Pollsters have confirmed their confidence in the Wildcats by ranking them #1, this time by more votes than last week. Villanova’s third week in a row as #1 is the second-longest streak atop the polls this tumultuous season, with… Read More ›

Wildcats beat Bulldogs 77-67 on Senior Day

The Pavilion had never seen a No. 1 ranked team set foot on its court before Saturday afternoon. Not only was it the first game at the Pavilion where Villanova was ranked No. 1, but it was also the last time that Villanova’s seniors donned their home jerseys for the last time in front a… Read More ›

Game Preview: Butler Bulldogs II

Villanova hosts Butler in a rematch for Senior Day. Here’s what you need to know about the Bulldogs.

Villanova Three-Peats as Big 5 Champs in Win Over Temple

It was a family matter for Jalen Brunson, whose father enjoyed an excellent career at Temple. At one point in time, the Owls were in the mix, potentially following his father’s instincts to North Broad Street. However, he turned away from Temple and eventually set his heart not too far away at Villanova. So when he and… Read More ›

Game Preview: Temple Owls

The Big 5 crown is at stake, with a red-hot Temple team going against the top ranked Wildcats.

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast, and Predictions (Week of 2/15)

Your weekly Big East update, games to watch for, schedule, and predictions.

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.


February 2016