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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: Big 5 Four-Peat, ESPN Coverage of Villanova, Rollie Massimino Gets Win #800, & More!

Josh Hart, Darryl Reynolds, and Kris Jenkins make history as the only Villanova players to go 16-0 vs. Big 5 opponents over their four years on the Main Line, after the Wildcats took down Temple on Tuesday night. Reactions to that, and to ESPN wondering why Villanova doesn’t get enough credit. Also, Rollie Massimino picks up his 800th win as a collegiate head coach. Lastly, will the “4-and-grad” model of college basketball ever take over the “one-and-dones”?

‘Nova Makes Big Five History with 78-57 Win Over Temple

Senior guard Josh Hart has been riding a wave of fantastic performances throughout the first two weeks of December. On Tuesday night, that wave rushed into the Pavilion as Hart turned in another monster night to lead the Wildcats over Temple, 78-57. The reigning U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association National Player of the Week followed up his… Read More ›

Game Preview: Temple Owls

  #1 Villanova Wildcats (10-0) vs Temple Owls (7-3) When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 7p.m. Where: The Pavilion Coverage: Fox Sports 1 KenPom Prediction: 77-60, Villanova (95%) Temple’s Previous Season Record: 21-12, Won the American Conference Regular Season title, Lost in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament to Iowa Key Players for Temple: #0 Obi Enechionyia (6-10,… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Basketball Breakdown, Myth Busters, Weekend Watch, & More!

Analyzing the good and the bad of Villanova’s close call with La Salle, before looking forward and previewing the men’s basketball team’s big upcoming game against undefeated Notre Dame. Looking even further into the future, can the ‘Cats push their 42-game win streak at the Pavilion to 50? AD Mark Jackson reveals the financial state of ‘Nova Athletics and dispels some myths on college athletics being very profitable. We also revisit the conversation of whether or not college athletes should be paid. Updates on women’s basketball and track & field.

Villanova Fights Off La Salle at The Palestra, 89-79

For the second consecutive Tuesday, Villanova took on a Big Five foe at The Palestra. This time, though, it did so as the nation’s No. 1 team. But that didn’t matter for La Salle, which gave the top-ranked Wildcats all they could handle. It took a terrific performance by sophomore guard Jalen Brunson for Villanova to overcome the… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: A Hawk Dies, Basketball is No. 1, Talley’s Legacy, & More!

The hawk dies once again, men’s basketball is back at No. 1 in the AP and Coaches’ Polls, Josh Hart does something extraordinary, and a look at Phil Booth’s knee. The Wildcats’ football season came to an end against South Dakota State. What’s Andy Talley’s legacy? There are also updates on women’s basketball, swimming, track & field, and Daniel Ochefu.

Game Preview: La Salle Explorers

Villanova takes its No. 1 ranking to the Palestra, for a neutral court game against a Big 5 rival.

Villanova Crusades to Victory Behind Hart Triple-Double in ‘Holy War’

The Pavilion was abuzz at the start of today’s game vs. St. Joseph’s, with the two Big Five schools playing their annual Holy War matchup. While Villanova is the No. 2 ranked team in the country, St. Joe’s is rebuilding in the wake of losing their top three scorers from last season. That loss was… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Kris Jenkins Gets (and reacts to) a 1,000, Big 5 Play Takeaways, Weekend Watch, & More!

Kris Jenkins scored his 1,000th point on Tuesday night against Penn, which was one of a few noteworthy things from that night, aside from a couple of notable streaks and achievements for men’s basketball. Is it safe to pencil them in for another Big 5 title? On Wednesday night, women’s basketball opened up Big 5 play. Also, we take a look at all the football, track & field, and swimming action taking place this weekend.

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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