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State of the Nova Nation: Homecoming Weekend, Daniel Ochefu, Ryan Arcidiacono, ‘V for Villanova,’ and More!

Another Tuesday, another episode of’s podcast, State of the Nova Nation!

Pinkston, Yarou to Play for Celtics Summer Team

Two former Wildcats–and teammates–will be reuniting this summer in the NBA Summer League. JayVaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou will both be suiting up for the C’s. Pinkston announced that he would be joining the Celtics this summer back in April, but the inclusion of Yarou is an added surprise for Villanova fans. Since graduating in… Read More ›

Ochefu, Arcidiacono to Continue Journeys in NBA

The NBA Draft was underway in Brooklyn on Thursday night and despite being national champions, 60 names were called–none of them belonging to a Villanova Wildcat. It was the first time since 2010 that a team, fresh off of a national championship title run, did not have a single draftee. The previous team being Mike… Read More ›

Villanova Routs Oklahoma in Final Four Behind Historic Night

Villanova resembled its legendary 1985 counterpart as they went on to avenge a loss earlier in December to Oklahoma, annihilating their expert favored opponent 95-51. Coach Jay Wright’s scorched earth policy continues to be an offensive sensation, as they have reached at least 80 points in four of their five games in what has seemingly been a cake… Read More ›

Not Done Yet: Wildcats Down Jayhawks 64-59 to Move Onto Final Four

Ryan Arcidiacono received the biggest birthday present of his life on Saturday night – a trip to the Final Four. On his 22nd birthday, Villanova beat top overall seed Kansas 64-59, securing an exclusive spot to play in Houston next weekend. “This is just a total team effort and it was everything that I dreamed… Read More ›

NCAA Tournament Preview: #1 Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas may have entered the NCAA Tournament as the top overall team, but Villanova has looked like the best team so far with its one-sided wins. Can the Wildcats keep up the momentum?

Among the Elite: Villanova Advances to Elite 8, Dismisses Miami 92-69

The narrative going into the Sweet 16 matchup was that when comparing Villanova and Miami, it was like looking in to a mirror. On Thursday night, both teams looked similar in nature, until Villanova made it clear that it was its night. The Wildcats downed the Hurricanes 92-69, beating them in lopsided fashion. Leading at… Read More ›

Ryan Arcidiacono: Jay Wright’s “Son”

The Barclays Center was in a state of euphoria when the final buzzer sounded. The year 2009 felt like a distant memory for Villanova, which was the last time the Wildcats reached the Sweet 16. The wait seemed even longer due to the recent string of early exits from upset losses. Ryan Arcidiacono and his… Read More ›

How Sweet It Is: Villanova Moves Onto Sweet 16 with Win over Iowa

Last year, the Wildcats left the CONSOL Energy Center with a bitter taste in their mouths after a loss to N.C. State in the Round of 32. Despite the start of a new season, questions and criticism surrounding the loss continued to haunt Jay Wright and his team regarding their recent string of early exits in the… Read More ›

Villanova and Iowa Set for Second Round Clash

Forget about what happened last time Villanova and Iowa met. Both teams look different from two years ago, when they clashed in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game on Nov. 30, 2013. Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok were just players that came off of the bench. They played a combined 23 minutes and scored only nine points,… 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.


May 2020