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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 It has been on my mind over the last few months, but I would like to announce that 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.

Top 10 Moments of Villanova Athletics in 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, we’ll take this time to look back and celebrate the top moments of the year in Villanova Athletics. While Wildcat alumni Kyle Lowry and Matt Szczur each received championship fanfare, they are not included within this list. Lowry, who was a point guard for Team USA basketball, won a gold medal at… 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.

Weekly Wildcat Walkthrough: The Title Defense Begins

Banners are up. Championship rings are shining. Another Hoops Mania has rocked The Pavilion. Now, it is time for Villanova Basketball. The Wildcats will officially play their first game as “defending National Champions” tonight against Lafeyette. Head coach Jay Wright is in a unique position. He must replace the heart and soul of last year’s… Read More ›

National Champion Wildcats Return to the Court in Exhibition Win Over IUP

Before the exhibition game even started in the Wells Fargo center, emotions were running high, and the crowd was already roaring. The 2016 Villanova national championship banner hung in the rafters, displayed alongside an updated 1985 one. Head coach Jay Wright was touched by the act, and thankful that the Wells Fargo center reached out… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Hoops Mania Predictions, Matt Sczcur’s Cub Magic, Villanova Media Day, and More!

It’s Thursday! A new episode of State of the Nova Nation is live! Subscribe on iTunes for free, or listen/download here: The buzz for Hoops Mania has swept through Villanova University–predictions and a wish list for the student-only celebration, Matt Sczcur’s magical equipment, Villanova Media Day, men’s and women’s soccer, cross country, volleyball, women’s rowing,… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Homecoming Weekend, Daniel Ochefu, Ryan Arcidiacono, ‘V for Villanova,’ and More!

Another Tuesday, another episode of’s podcast, State of the Nova Nation!

Explanations, Reactions, More Details, and a Press Conference Surrounding Omari Spellman’s Eligibility

On Friday morning, Villanova was rocked by a NCAA decision regarding Omari Spellman’s eligibility. After months of reviewing Spellman’s eligibility, the NCAA deemed the freshman center ineligible for the 2016-17 season. A press conference that included Spellman, Athletic Director Mark Jackson, and head coach Jay Wright was held on Friday afternoon to shed some light… Read More ›

Pinkston, Yarou to Play for Celtics Summer Team

Two former Wildcats–and teammates–will be reuniting this summer in the NBA Summer League. JayVaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou will both be suiting up for the C’s. Pinkston announced that he would be joining the Celtics this summer back in April, but the inclusion of Yarou is an added surprise for Villanova fans. Since graduating in… Read More ›

Ochefu, Arcidiacono to Continue Journeys in NBA

The NBA Draft was underway in Brooklyn on Thursday night and despite being national champions, 60 names were called–none of them belonging to a Villanova Wildcat. It was the first time since 2010 that a team, fresh off of a national championship title run, did not have a single draftee. The previous team being Mike… 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.


March 2020