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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

One Mile Up and Thousands More West: Villanovan Spirit is Strong in Denver

Saturday, December 31–The final day of the calendar year also brought the defending National Champions their final game of 2016, and arguably one of the most challenging games of the current season. By now you all know that the Wildcats won, 80-70 against Creighton, solidifying an astonishing 38 wins in a calendar year–a NCAA record. However,… Read More ›

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 ›

‘Nova Football’s Season Comes to an End in Heartbreaking Loss to South Dakota State, 10-7

With 1:21 left in the fourth quarter, redshirt freshman kicker Chase Vinatieri kicked a 40-yard field goal to give South Dakota State the 10-7 victory over Villanova. When the football left the foot of the nephew of Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, the ball looked like it was going to hit the right field goal post and… 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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