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One Week Later: Thoughts on the National Champions

Villanova is the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion. A week has passed since Kris Jenkins made the shot heard around the world. Even with a week and a day to think about the game, it is near impossible to put into words what this means to me and Villanova. First of all, as a… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Episode 9

State of the Nova Nation is back! The show is completely revamped with a new set and a new focus on more feature-style segments as opposed to recaps of games. This first episode back has a behind the scenes look at what goes into the student-athletes’ preparation in the weight room. Coaches from the strength… Read More ›

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast and Predictions (Week of 2/29)

As we head into the final week of the regular season, the Big East Tournament picture will be a lot more clearer. While the top and bottom spots of the conference are very much set, it’s the middle of the pack that will become more defined. Here are the standings going into this week: #3… Read More ›

A Fan’s Reaction to the Xavier Loss

I really wanted to not care about this game. I had convinced myself that this game did not matter: win or lose we would still be winning the Big East tournament, end up a #1 seed, and go deep in March. Win or lose, the Haters (a very real alliance of ESPN, online commenters, and… Read More ›

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast, and Predictions (Week of 2/22)

The Big East is about to have its biggest game this week since the conference remodeling of 2013. There will be the first ever top five matchup between two teams from the “new” Big East. Aside from that, the conference seeding picture is looking like it’s up in the air for the teams in the middle. Here… Read More ›

Weekly Polls: Still the One

For the third consecutive week, Villanova is ranked #1 in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls. Pollsters have confirmed their confidence in the Wildcats by ranking them #1, this time by more votes than last week. Villanova’s third week in a row as #1 is the second-longest streak atop the polls this tumultuous season, with… Read More ›

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast, and Predictions (Week of 2/15)

Your weekly Big East update, games to watch for, schedule, and predictions.

Weekly Polls: Villanova is Still on Top at #1

After two double-digit victories this past week, the release of the AP and Coaches’ Polls today has confirmed that Villanova shall remain #1. After a week of much tumult up and down the rankings—only seven ranked teams finished the week undefeated—Villanova will hold the top spot for another week. The Wildcats therefore join six other… Read More ›

Big East Basketball Schedule, Forecast, and Predictions (Week of 2/8)

Villanova will go through its first week ever as the #1 team in both polls, as for everyone else?

Weekly Polls: Villanova Reaches #1 for the First Time in Program History

Today is a momentous day in the storied history of Villanova basketball. The greatest Villanova teams have come and gone without achieving what has happened today. Today, Villanova is the best college basketball team in the country. The AP Poll has ranked the Villanova Wildcats #1 for the first time. Villanova has come so close… 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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