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State of the Nova Nation: Josh Hart Wins Big East Player of the Year, A Trip Down the Hypothetical Highway, and a St. John’s Preview

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March 9, 2017

´╗┐Josh Hart got another accomplishment to add to his long resume, securing the Big East Player of the Year Award on Wednesday. He becomes the first Wildcat to be an outright winner of the award since Randy Foye did so in 2006. Chris finds a way to simulate college basketball games (complete with stats!) featuring historic teams. Also, the Wildcats begin Big East Tournament play today against St. John’s.

State of the Nova Nation: Tanoh’s NFL Combine, WBB Big East Tourney, MBB Regular Season Wrap Up, Big East Accolades, and Tournament Talk (feat. Kim Adams)

College basketball reporter/analyst Kim Adams joins the show to preview and chat about the upcoming Big East Tournament. We’re glad to have her aboard. You may have seen her on her recent Big East Trophy Tour across all 10 campuses, or maybe on the Big East Digital Network. But before she hops on the mic, we talk about Tanoh Kpassagnon’s NFL Combine, Women’s basketball vs. St. John’s at their Big East Tournament, and a bunch of Big East Awards to top off the men’s basketball regular season finale.

State of the Nova Nation: Omari Omari Revolution, Regular Season Finale, Women’s Basketball Big East Tourney Preview, and More!

Talking #FreeOmari, NCAA hypocrisy, a preview of the Villanova men’s basketball regular season finale, and Adam Chalifoux of Radio DePaul joins us from Chicago to chat with us about the upcoming Women’s Basketball Big East Tourney. And so much more.

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 ›

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.

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.

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!

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?

State of the Nova Nation: Football Signing Day, Behind the Scenes Snippets from Villanova’s 2009 and 2016 NCAA Tourney Runs, and Much More!

Mark Ferrante put together his first recruiting class since officially taking over as the head coach of the football program. ESPN reporter Dana O’Neil releases a new book that should be a part of the Villanova Curriculum. In her new book, she goes deep into Villanova’s 2016 title run, as well as looking back at the past and the 2009 Final Four run. We discuss a few excerpts from the book. Then we flash forward to the Providence game, look ahead to St. John’s, as well as all the other action taking place this weekend in Villanova sports.

State of the Nova Nation: Buzzer-Beating Heroics, Tanoh Kpassagnon’s Senior Bowl, An Eye-popping Tale, and More!

Donte DiVincenzo topped off a second half Villanova comeback with the game-winning tip in, giving the Wildcats a victory over Virginia. Tanoh Kpassagnon impresses some more at the Senior Bowl. A tale of eye-popping proportions. Updates in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track, and swimming.

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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