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Month: February 2017

State of the Nova Nation: Double Four-Peat, Senior Night, Pavilion Renovations, and More!

A new episode of the State of the Nova Nation podcast is live! You can get it on iTunes, or here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/vubenchmob/episodes/2017-02-28T05_15_13-08_00 Episode Description: While the men’s basketball team won its fourth straight Big East regular season title over the weekend, the women’s swim team took care of business in the water, four-peating as Big… Read More ›

Salute to Seniors: Wildcats Top No. 23 Creighton in Final Game at Pavilion Before Renovations

A surge emotions filled the Pavilion on Saturday afternoon, a basketball game was about to occur, but it wasn’t just any other game. The cozy on-campus arena had seen many clashes over the years but for the players, they were about to put on their jerseys for the last time there for a while. Not just because… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Pirates n’ Dogs, Senior Night Preview, Long Shots, and More!

After spending Tuesday on the disabled list, we have some catching up to do. We recap the beatdown at Seton Hall, and the disappointing letdown against Butler. The Bulldogs snap a 48-game winning streak at the Pavilion. Villanova will get to redeem itself at home on Senior Night, which will be the final home game of the year. From what you need to know about Creighton, to why it’s important to not miss that game–it’s all covered here. We also run through each of the sports in action this weekend and their situations going in.

Butler Ends Villanova’s 48-Game Win Streak at the Pavilion

Leading up to Wednesday, Villanova denied revenge was on its mind. Butler had broken the school’s longest winning streak at Hinkle Fieldhouse back on Jan. 4, the Wildcats insisted that the game was being treated like any other. However, perhaps the extra motivation of payback would have been effective, as for the first time in over… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Success in the Midwest, Women’s Basketball Has Heated Up, Lax is Back, and More!

Jay Wright picked up his 500th and 501st wins as a head coach over the weekend. Eugene returns from his business trip in Chicago. We keep a close eye on Darryl Reynolds’ rib, Jalen Brunson’s numbers, Kris Jenkins shooting, and Dylan Painter. The women’s basketball has won 9 of their last 12 games since starting Big East play 0-2. How big is this turnaround? Lax returns, and a preview of things to come this weekend.

Brunson Leads Wildcats to 75-62 Victory in Return to Chicagoland

It’s been awhile since DePaul’s home crowd erupted with cheers for an opponent like it did when Villanova’s Jalen Brunson was announced before the crowd on Monday night. The sophomore from Villanova had his start as a ball player just down the road in Adlai E. Stevenson High School, and is undoubtedly regarded as somewhat of a… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Snow Day, Phil Booth Update, Weekend Rundown, and More!

A little later than usual, as we enjoyed the Snow Day. Villanova held off a late Georgetown rally at the Pavilion. Kris Jenkins was back in the starting five, how did he do? Also, what’s going on with Phil Booth? Jay Wright speaks on the junior guard. We also preview and hit all of the action in Villanova sports this weekend, mainly showcasing the men’s and women’s basketball road trips, lax is back, tennis, and more!

Wright Speaks on Booth’s Knee: “It Doesn’t Look Good”

It’s the question that’s been lingering in the back of every Villanova fan’s mind, and the subject of many heated debates between students and alumni alike–is Phil Booth coming back to play this season? Booth has last appeared in a 76-65 win over Western Michigan on Nov. 17. The junior guard only played in three games… Read More ›

Villanova Holds Off Late Georgetown Rally, Wins 75-64

An old rivalry sparked up again on Tuesday night, and Villanova hosted Georgetown in the Pavilion for the first time in 11 years. Spotted in the crowd that night was a sign made by some clever ‘Nova student: 1985: 66-64 2016: 77-DNP That jab about the National Championship victory in ’85 over Georgetown echoed the Wildcats’ uniforms… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Kris Jenkins Benched, Georgetown Returns to the Pavilion, and Does UConn want to Rejoin the Big East?

In a surprising move by Jay Wright, Kris Jenkins was benched to start Eric Paschall against the Johnnies. Jenkins responded with a solid showing coming off the pine. Georgetown and Villanova will clash at the Pavilion for the first time since 2006. “The Big Game” experiences, Howie Long’s son gets a ring, Dana O’Neil is signing copies of “Long Shots,” and does UConn want to come back to the Big East? How could that possibly look for the conference?

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.

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