The students' perspective on Villanova Sports.

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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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Wright Speaks on Booth’s Knee: “It Doesn’t Look Good”

It’s the question that’s been lingering in the back of every Villanova fan’s mind, and the subject of many heated debates between students and alumni alike–is Phil Booth coming back to play this season? Booth has last appeared in a 76-65 win over Western Michigan on Nov. 17. The junior guard only played in three games… 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 ›

State of the Nova Nation: Kris Jenkins Gets (and reacts to) a 1,000, Big 5 Play Takeaways, Weekend Watch, & More!

Kris Jenkins scored his 1,000th point on Tuesday night against Penn, which was one of a few noteworthy things from that night, aside from a couple of notable streaks and achievements for men’s basketball. Is it safe to pencil them in for another Big 5 title? On Wednesday night, women’s basketball opened up Big 5 play. Also, we take a look at all the football, track & field, and swimming action taking place this weekend.

Game Preview: Western Michigan Broncos

The Wildcats open up the first round of the Charleston Classic against the Western Michigan Broncos on Thursday.

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 Recap, Patrick Tiernan hits G.O.A.T. Status, Joanie Milhous gets 200th Win, & More!

Happy November! We kicked off the month with another episode of our podcast. Subscribe on iTunes for free or listen/download here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/vubenchmob/episodes/2016-11-01T06_22_17-07_00 We recap the events of Hoops Mania, from the dancing to a performance by Wiz Khalifa, and everything in between. While that was happening, Patrick Tiernan was in New York making himself the… Read More ›

NCAA Title Defense Begins With Hoops Mania Celebration

Villanova University got a big start to its ‘Halloweekend’ with the annual Hoops Mania celebration. It’s a celebration for the basketball team and marks the official start of basketball season. Tickets were in high-demand. Students who were fortunate enough to win tickets through the lottery system lined up bright and early, in hopes for getting lower level… 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 ›

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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