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State of the Nova Nation
Talking all things Villanova Sports.
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January 18, 2018 05:02 AM PST

The Villanova Wildcats shot 60%+ on the floor in Patrick Ewing's reintroduction to the Villanova-Georgetown rivalry, just as it did the last time he participated in it--as a player back in 1985. The Hoyas might have ducked and dropped out of the PK80, but the Wildcats' dominant performance down in D.C. might have them wishing they could duck the 'Cats, too. The Villanova women's basketball team got its heartbroken in the closing seconds of its final Big 5 game of the season. The Wildcats were denied a Big 5 sweep and their first outright title since 2013. Things won't get easier for them, as they prepare for the two top teams in the conference. Collin Gillespie returned to the court, after missing time with a hand injury, and we discuss the age-old question: ketchup or mustard on a hot dog?

January 16, 2018 05:01 AM PST

Donte DiVincenzo lights up Madison Square Garden and lifts the Villanova Wildcats to victory with another career performance against the St. John's Red Storm. He was unfazed by the Johnnies' defense and was locked in against them. Now, the men's basketball team prepares for another classic Big East squad in rival Georgetown Hoyas. It'll be the first time Patrick Ewing goes up against the 'Cats--as a Hoya--since 1985. The women's basketball team continued its loaded road trip, playing the second and third game in a tough seven-day stretch. It was able to beat Seton Hall, but fell to St. John's. Now, the Wildcats are back home and are gearing up for the unofficial Big 5 championship game between them and Penn on Wednesday night. Kyle Lowry makes a big time gift for the Little Willy. We also answer your questions about Collin Gillespie, Jordan Tucker, and beavers.

January 11, 2018 06:25 AM PST

In a top-10 matchup against the Xavier Musketeers, the Villanova Wildcats successfully defended home court once again from the Musketeers and triumphed on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the women's basketball team held off a late Georgetown rally in D.C. Now, they gear up for a slate of weekend games.

January 09, 2018 05:12 AM PST

Just in time for the epic showdown between the Villanova Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers, the Wildcats have reclaimed the top-spot in all of college basketball, the No. 1 ranking. This will be their 15th week there, the most time spent as No. 1 for any school over the last three years. The 'Cats returned to their winning ways by taking down the Marquette Golden Eagles and will now gear up for a top-10 battle with Xavier. Women's basketball also returned to its winning ways, beating Xavier to return to .500 in conference play. Now, they head on the road to take on rival Georgetown. It's the Lady 'Cats first time out of the polls since the second week of the season. Can they climb back into the club?

January 04, 2018 05:04 AM PST

After a break for the holidays and a bout of technical difficulties, the State of the Nova Nation is back! Some crazy things happened in our absence, like the Villanova Wildcats giving up 101 points to the Butler Bulldogs in a shooting performance that could be explained by Hinkle Magic. Butler shot 68.2 percent from long range in the upset win over 'Nova, surpassing the traumatic Creighton Bluejays' losses from Ethan Wragge, Doug McDermott, and Co. in 2014. Now, men's basketball gears up for the sharpshooting Marquette Golden Eagles, which has the two top scorers in the conference--Andrew Rowsey and Markus Howard. Women's basketball also suffered its first loss of the season and is now 1-2 to start Big East play. The Wildcats enjoyed a comeback win over Providence, but a lopsided loss to...Butler...They look to bounce back against Xavier on Friday night. We also look at a couple of alumni that had some notable performances this past week and answer your Twitter questions!

December 21, 2017 05:23 AM PST

A dozen new 'Cats will be hitting the gridiron next season after taking advantage of the new early signing period. The Villanova women's basketball team came back after a 9-day break with a massive blowout of Big 5 rival La Salle. As for the men's team, Jay Wright is taking his Villanova Wildcats to Long Island on Friday night to face off against his former team, the Hofstra Pride. It'll be the last non-conference game of 2017 and before Big East play begins.

December 19, 2017 04:47 AM PST

And then there was one! The Florida State Seminoles men’s and women’s basketball team both saw their undefeated records come to an end over the weekend, leaving the Villanova Wildcats as the only ones with unbeaten men’s and women’s basketball teams in the country. After a busy finals week, Harry Perretta’s squad is back in action Wednesday afternoon vs. La Salle. There’s a loaded mailbox in this episode, filled with fan questions for discussion—from Villanova basketball to three-day weekends, and what a starting five of VU Hoops staff members would look like.

December 14, 2017 05:04 AM PST

The Villanova Wildcats won their fifth-straight outright Big 5 title and their 26th overall. The Wildcats had a wire-to-wire finish at the Liacouras Center, which Jalen Brunson offered a great petition for a name change to 'the Brunson Center'--after another career performance at the Temple Owls' arena. He wasn't the only one cooking on offense, as Omari Spellman had his best game of the season. Eric Paschall added the exclamation point with an alley-oop posterizer and all is well for Villanova heading into a nine-day break. The Mississippi State Bulldogs lost, which means Villanova and the Florida State Seminoles are the only programs with undefeated men's and women's basketball teams. Eugene has story time of the one time he blocked EP and later ate his words. We also answer your Twitter questions!

December 12, 2017 05:11 AM PST

The Villanova Wildcats have returned to the top spot in college basketball! Meanwhile, the women's basketball team also moved up in the polls as well. Both teams are undefeated, and the men's team held off a feisty La Salle Explorers team to improve to 10-0. As for the ladies, they downed Temple in their final game before taking a 10-day break. Brendan Reilly joins the show to discuss his ideas on how to make the Big 5 more exciting and why we shouldn't stray away from the round robin format. He also debunks arguments for a tournament and why limiting or leaving the Big 5 would only hold Villanova back. Lastly, we preview Wednesday night's men's basketball game against Temple.

December 07, 2017 04:52 AM PST

Catherine Ryan joins the show to discuss the Villanova Wildcats' big win vs. the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Madison Square Garden. Mikal Bridges rises to the occasion (literally and figuratively) with a career performance. Women's basketball remains undefeated after Adrianna Hahn and Bridget Herlihy almost singlehandedly bury Fairfield on the road. Both teams are rolling entering the weekend and will play a Big 5 opponent, we preview those games.

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