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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: 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.

Wildcats Survive First Half Scare From Mount St. Mary’s

BUFFALO–After a shaky start, top-seeded Villanova dominated the second half in route to a 76-56 victory over 16th-seeded Mount St. Mary’s in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Redshirt freshman Donte DiVincenzo led the Wildcats with 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to record his first career double-double. Sophomore guard Jalen Brunson praised… Read More ›

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 ›

Kings of the Big East: Wildcats Down Bluejays For Second Title in Three Years

Champions. If there’s one word that can sum up Villanova basketball in the past twelve months, that’s it. Right now more than any other time in the history of the program, when you hear the word ‘champion’ in a discussion of college basketball, your mind immediately goes to the deep, royal blue, to Omari Spellman… Read More ›

Villanova Advances to Big East Tournament Championship Game After Semifinal Thriller with Seton Hall

After the first few days of this tournament, it might be time to put those comparisons to the “old” Big East to rest. On Wednesday night, St. John’s beat Georgetown in an epic showdown, usurping the Hoyas by just one point. The following day, ‘Nova broke records and made history, then later, Xavier upset Butler to face… Read More ›

Villanova Sets Big East Tournament Record in 108-67 Rout of St. John’s

Villanova began postseason play right where it left off. Kris Jenkins–the 4.7 second man–made a pair of 3-pointers to start the day off with a bang. From then on, the game was a show of Villanova’s tenacity, outclassing eighth-seeded St. John’s, 108-67, in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on Thursday afternoon. “They’ve… 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.

2017 All-Big East Teams Announced: Four Wildcats Receive Honors

On Sunday, the Big East announced its All-Conference selections. Four Wildcats recognized for their play this season–Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, and Kris Jenkins. Hart and Brunson were unanimously voted in to the All-Big East First Team. Hart led the Wildcats this season with 18.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. The senior wing shot over… 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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