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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Jenkins Reaches 1,000 Point Milestone as ‘Cats Rout Quakers, 82-57

  With just two seconds remaining before halftime, senior forward Kris Jenkins stepped up to the foul line in front of the Penn student section at The Palestra. Following a fastbreak dunk by fellow senior Josh Hart, Jenkins was attempting a pair of free throws after the officials called a technical foul on the Quakers’… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Revisiting the National Championship Game, Playoff Football, Big 5 Basketball Begins & More!

We revisit the national championship game. Eugene Rapay makes some basketball confessions. Also, in other news, football won its playoff game, and men’s and women’s basketball are beginning Big 5 play. In honor of Nova Football playing South Dakota State next, we also talk about some South Dakota customs like Hobo Day.

Game Preview: Penn Quakers

Villanova opens Big 5 play against the Quakers on Tuesday night. Here’s what you need to know.

Week In Review: 2015 Out, 2016 In (Week of 12/28)

It was another week of men’s and women’s basketball. So far, 2016 has been kind to both teams. Pre-New Year’s: Men’s basketball improved to 3-0 in Big 5 play in a win against Penn to start off the week. The Wildcats used a 30-3 run that stretched over the first 14 minutes of the game… 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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