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Villanova Secures Top Overall Seed for 2017 NCAA Tournament, Big East Well-Represented

Selection Sunday might as well be another holiday on Villanova’s campus. There were alumni from the 60’s, 80’s, even one who graduated in 1959 that got a personal shoutout from Villanova’s head coach Jay Wright. Villanovans, past and present, had lined up for over an hour and a half in order to get a coveted seat… Read More ›

The Complete 2017 Big East Tournament Preview and Primer

Villanova captured the regular season title for the fourth consecutive year. After falling just short of the Big East Tournament championship, it will try to make it back to the finals for the third season in a row. Wednesday marks the beginning of the Big East Tournament in New York. Over half of the Big East teams are currently slated to go dancing later in March, but a couple of those could use a few more wins to add to their resume and solidify a spot. Here’s an in-depth look at the Big East Tournament.

2017 Big East Conference Final Standings & Tournament Bracket

Saturday marked the end of the regular season. Now, the conference turns its eyes to the upcoming Big East Tournament. Villanova enters as the top-seed once again, after securing its fourth-straight Big East Regular Season title. Butler comes in right behind the ‘Cats at No. 2, and Providence rounds out the top three after finishing… 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: Is Phil Booth Redshirting?, Angel Delgado Talks ‘Nova, Women’s Basketball is on Fire, Weekend Rundown, and More!

Phil Booth missed his 17th straight game, is the junior guard redshirting for the season? If he does take a medical redshirt, how will that impact the team moving forward? Seton Hall forward Angel Delgado has some words for the Wildcats. Also, women’s basketball is on fire, extending their winning streak to five games after picking up a pair of wins this past weekend. We recap those games, Villanova-Providence at the Wells Fargo Center, and some other weekend action in track and swimming.

State of the Nova Nation: Hinkle Hijinks, Cold-Streak Breaker, Swimming, and More!

Villanova took its first loss of the season, falling to #18 Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Phil Booth was missed more than ever, Jalen Brunson went off, Jay Wright got T’d up, and Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins were victims of Hinkle Magic. Women’s Basketball broke a four-game losing streak with a lopsided win over Georgetown. Can they build off of this? Lastly, men’s swimming beat the United States Merchant Marine Academy in a head-to-head meet. Marines, I tell you!

No. 18 Butler ends No. 1 Villanova’s 20-game Winning Streak

  As magical as Villanova’s 2016 was, it seemed like none of it spilled over into the start of 2017. The Wildcats who posted the greatest calendar year record ever, suffered their first loss of the season in the first game of the new year. The only magic in the air was the kind radiating… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: 2016–the Year of the Cat, Big East Play Continues, Story Time, and More!

The first State of the Nova Nation episode of 2017 is now available! Get the podcast on iTunes for free, or you can listen/download here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/vubenchmob/episodes/2017-01-03T05_07_22-08_00 Episode Description: With an epic win over Creighton, the Wildcats close out 2016 with the greatest win-loss record–in a calendar year–of all time. We recap that New Year’s Eve win… Read More ›

Weekly Polls: ‘Cats on Top, Again

  The Wildcats have held the title as the top team in the nation for three weeks straight now, and received 56 out of the possible 65 first place votes. They show no sign of giving up that position without a fight. With an 11-0 record, ‘Nova has managed to best every opponent it has seen since winning… 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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