Happy Valentines Day, Nova Nation! The Villanova Wildcats got back on track, rebounding with a win over the Providence Friars on Wednesday night. The final score wasn't indicative of the dogfight that it was for a majority of the game. It was another heroic showing for Wildcat seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth, who we also take a quick detour to evaluate their NBA prospects at this point deep in the season. We also prepare for a rematch with the volatile and unpredictable St. John's Red Storm, who have the talent to beat some great teams, but can also falter in a headscratching manner.
The battle between the top two teams in the Big East did not disappoint. Although the Villanova Wildcats fell short, the pollsters moved them up one spot in the AP Poll. However, 'Nova was left off the NCAA's annual Top 16/No. 1-4 seeds progress report list. We discuss the exciting Villanova Wildcats-Marquette Golden Eagles game--from the comeback to the final possession, the good, the bad, the aftermath, and we now look ahead to Wednesday's Providence game. It was a tough loss, but don't sweat it--the 'Cats are still in first place for the Big East's regular season crown.
With the overtime win over the Creighton Bluejays, the Villanova Wildcats have improved to 10-0 in Big East play--the best start in program history in conference play. It was also the first time a Big East team had achieved the mark since realignment, and the first time that a Big East team had done it since 1999. It was another tough shooting performance for the 'Cats, but they were able to gut it out, force overtime, and take over. Does the recent lackluster shooting create cause for concern going into the biggest Big East game of the season? We preview Marquette, who the Wildcats were able to get an extra insurance win to protect their lead over the second place Golden Eagles.
Before the season began, Jay Wright selected the sophomore class to be the most important group in determining this team's success for the year. He was certainly correct. Collin Gillespie scored a career-high 30 points vs. the Georgetown Hoyas and is shooting approximately 50 percent from long range over the last six games. Jermaine Samuels grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree helped place the clamps on a scoreless Jessie Govan. The sophomores proved crucial in the Villanova Wildcats' win over their rivals, and it's a testament to how far they've come, but also how exciting it'll be as they continue to grow for the next couple of years. The victory over Georgetown was the icing on the cake for what was also a return for Jalen Brunson. Now, the Wildcats will turn their attention to the Creighton Bluejays and attempt to extend their winning ways to a 10-0 showing in Big East play.
The Villanova Wildcats enjoyed their most dominant win in Big East play so far, sinking the Seton Hall Pirates’ ship with a barrage of 17 made three-pointers and a 28-point margin of victory. The Wildcats never left any doubt, and the helpless Pirates lost the first leg of the regular season series at the Wells Fargo Center. Now sitting at 7-0 in Big East play, the Wildcats have a pretty good chance of becoming the first team since the 1998-99 UConn Huskies to start conference play with a 10-0 record. First, the Wildcats will have to win their next two games, and we preview the Georgetown Hoyas and prepare for a Windy City rematch with the DePaul Blue Demons.
Attitude--control what you can control. After software glitches in post-production shredded Tuesday's episode, we're back with an all-new pod. We break down and recap the Villanova Wildcats' recent (and successful) trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Butler Bulldogs wouldn't catch them at home this time around. Now, Villanova is 6-0 in Big East play and you've got to be glad you never hit the panic button, right? The Wildcats will hope to stay undefeated, as they prepare to host the Seton Hall Pirates on Sunday. Seton Hall has a game-changing player in Myles Powell, but what about the rest of his crew? Also, we've got a loaded mailbag to catch up on, as we discuss topics ranging from Joe Cremo to Jahvon Quinerly, Jermaine Samuels' growth, the team's upward trend as a whole, and so much more.
The Villanova Wildcats are preparing for their first Big East battle at the Wells Fargo Center this season. They're taking on the Xavier Musketeers on Friday night, and this isn't the same team over the last few years. Travis Steele as at the helm, taking over for Chris Mack, and Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura aren't stepping foot on that court. So who's left? We also discuss the Lady 'Cats Big 5 crown. With a win over the Penn Quakers, they have swept the Big 5 and secured an outright title. Lastly, congrats to Kate Connolly for winning a pair of tickets to Villanova-Xavier!
Somehow, we made it this far. It's episode 100! (It technically is, since our 2017 wrap up and post-Wisconsin NCAA Tournament episode didn't transfer over when we switched servers. So although it'll say 99 episodes, this is actually 100!) The Villanova Wildcats are still riding high and undefeated in Big East play after venturing into Omaha and downing the Creighton Bluejays. Another solid outing from Eric Paschall and Phil Booth, with nice supporting roles from Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels. 'Nova is welcoming a new restaurant and bar, could this be a pregame spot for Pavilion games? What's up with Joe Cremo? Where'd Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree's minutes go? This and so much more, and one last call for our Villanova-Xavier ticket giveaway on Twitter!
The Villanova Wildcats are still in first place and undefeated in Big East play after holding off the St. John's Red Storm at the Finneran Pavilion on Tuesday. It was a hard-fought battle between the up-and-coming challenger St. John's and the defending Big East and NCAA Tournament champions. The Wildcats grinded one out, coming from behind for the win. Seniors were key, as Eric Paschall set the tone in the first half and Phil Booth took over in the second. Now, the 'Cats will prep for a trip to Omaha to take on another one of the top defenses in the Big East, the Creighton Bluejays. We preview Sunday's showdown and answer your questions.
We're back for the first episode of 2019! After a holiday hiatus, the State of the Nova Nation is back. While the podcast was on break, the Villanova Wildcats have been back on their winning ways. The Wildcats have won three-straight, beating the UConn Huskies, DePaul Blue Demons, and the Providence Friars. We're looking at the good, the bad, and things to address moving forward with this squad. The defending National and Big East Champions are currently atop the conference, but Prime Time Ponds and the St. John's Red Storm are looking to threaten the 'Cats. It's the top scoring defense in the Big East vs. the conference's top-scoring trendy St. John's offense. We also have a few special announcements: we're giving away two tickets to the Jan. 18 Villanova-Xavier game at the Wells Fargo Center, and we're looking to see if there's any interest for a free pick'em contest!