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Thank You and Farewell

As the website approaches its fourth birthday, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported VUBenchMob.com. It has been on my mind over the last few months, but I would like to announce that VUBenchMob.com will not be coming back for a fifth season of Villanova hoops and will shut down. I’d like to express my thanks and gratitude to those that helped this site grow over the years.

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State of the Nova Nation: Basketball is Back, Men’s Soccer is Going Dancing, Postseason Play Watch, & More!

Another Tuesday, another podcast!

State of the Nova Nation: Pavilion Renovations, #12500forTalley, Jay Wright’s New Book, & More!

Another episode of SNN is live! You may get it on iTunes, or stream/download the episode from here: http://vubenchmob.podomatic.com/entry/2016-10-20T01_09_40-07_00 Show Description: Thanks to a $22.6 million donation from an alumnus, the Pavilion is getting a much-needed overhaul. What are some changes rumored to come? Also discussing #12500forTalley, Homecoming, men’s and women’s soccer, golf, swimming, cross… 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 ›

A Fan’s Live Reaction to the Xavier Game

Editor’s Note: Patrick Ciapciak contributed to this piece, his commentary is in Italics. This is a live reaction that happened as the game was unfolding in real time.  — 11:49 – Computers open. Butts glued. Let’s do this.   12:00 – Still don’t understand why this game was scheduled over break. Imagine this game the first… Read More ›

Wildcats Close Out Regular Season with 105-68 Victory over Red Storm

With Chris Obekpa and Jamal Branch out, it looked like Villanova could just cruise to victory. Instead, St. John’s Red Storm went straight for Wildcats. St. John’s was off to a red-hot start. Phil Greene IV made two quick jumpers to give the Red Storm the lead. Dylan Ennis got the Wildcats on the board when he was fouled during a three-point shot…. Read More ›

Returning the Favor: Villanova Beats Creighton, 71-50

Maybe it’s actually about how you start and not how you finish. It was true in both meetings last year, when Creighton swept Villanova after getting off to fiery starts. This season, the same would be true, as Villanova flipped the script on their opponents. “This time, we came out and just kept getting stops,”… Read More ›

Wildcats Exorcise Blue Demons in Dominant Win

Villanova squared off against the unlikely conference leader, the DePaul Blue Demons. Entering today, DePaul was the lone undefeated team in conference play. With a 3-0 record versus Big East opponents, DePaul sat atop the conference in first place. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell was looking forward to this game, it would be a great gauge for… Read More ›

Watch For It Wednesday: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘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… Read More ›

Same Ol’ Rivalry, Same Ol’ Result

It was another installment of “The Holy War,” otherwise known as the rivalry between Villanova and St. Joseph’s University. Both teams are a part of the Big 5 and have one of the more premier rivalries in the organization of Philadelphia-area schools. In recent history, Villanova has dominated the rivalry. Maybe it’s karma, bad luck,… 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.

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