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Tag: Eugene Rapay

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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Josh Hart Drafted 30th Overall by the Los Angeles Lakers

Even after he played his final collegiate basketball game, Josh Hart never stopped working. In fact, he might have even pushed harder, keeping himself more than busy this offseason. The 6-foot-5 wing worked out for 15 NBA teams, and now, his hard work has helped make his future a bit more clearer. Hart’s NBA dream became… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Season (and Series?) Finale

In the final episode of the Tuesday/Thursday regular format, we react to the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament and the Wildcats’ loss to Wisconsin in the Round of 32. We look at what went wrong, but also find the silver lining for the future.

State of the Nova Nation: Let the Madness Begin!

The NCAA Tournament is finally here. We preview Villanova’s opening round matchup against Mount St. Mary’s, and both hypothetical opponents (Wisconsin/Virginia Tech) for the weekend’s Round of 32 game. Also, the women’s team is taking on Princeton to begin the WNIT.

NCAA Tournament Preview: #16 Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers

Villanova officially begins its national title defense on Thursday night, facing off against NEC champion and First Four winner Mount St. Mary’s. Here’s what you need to know about the Mountaineers.

State of the Nova Nation: Big East Tournament/Selection Sunday Roundup, All-American Hart, WNIT, and More!

Now that everyone’s survived the bombogenesis, it would a good time to get cozy and enjoy your snow day with the newest episode of State of the Nova Nation. Our podcast enters this week ranked on Pod-O-Matic’s Top 75 Sports Podcasts rankings in 19 of the last 21 weeks! Get the latest episode on iTunes,… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Josh Hart Wins Big East Player of the Year, A Trip Down the Hypothetical Highway, and a St. John’s Preview

Josh Hart got another accomplishment to add to his long resume, securing the Big East Player of the Year Award on Wednesday. He becomes the first Wildcat to be an outright winner of the award since Randy Foye did so in 2006. Chris finds a way to simulate college basketball games (complete with stats!) featuring historic teams. Also, the Wildcats begin Big East Tournament play today against St. John’s.

Hart Named 2017 Big East Player of the Year

It’s official. On Wednesday, the Big East announced the last batch of awards for the year, and Josh Hart won the Big East Player of the Year Award. The senior forward from Silver Spring, Md., who is also in contention for National Player of the Year, averaged a conference-best 18.7 points per game. Hart has scored at… 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.

State of the Nova Nation: Tanoh’s NFL Combine, WBB Big East Tourney, MBB Regular Season Wrap Up, Big East Accolades, and Tournament Talk (feat. Kim Adams)

College basketball reporter/analyst Kim Adams joins the show to preview and chat about the upcoming Big East Tournament. We’re glad to have her aboard. You may have seen her on her recent Big East Trophy Tour across all 10 campuses, or maybe on the Big East Digital Network. But before she hops on the mic, we talk about Tanoh Kpassagnon’s NFL Combine, Women’s basketball vs. St. John’s at their Big East Tournament, and a bunch of Big East Awards to top off the men’s basketball regular season finale.

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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