Catching Up with the 'Cats: Nostalgia Edition

In addition to taking a look at how their professional careers are progressing, let's take a trip down memory lane and see how the Villanova alumni did in the Big East Tournament during their collegiate days. Dr. Brown, fire up the DeLorean!

Randy Foye

As the weather has begun to warm up, Randy Foye's shooting performances have cooled off. For the first time since before the new year, Foye scored back-to-back single digit points in contests against the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Bobcats. In a losing effort to the Pelicans, he registered only 7 points on 1-9 shooting from distance in 45 minutes. Certainly not his most efficient evening of the season.

Expect Randy's numbers to bounce back in the upcoming week.

Looking back at his college career, Foye's most memorable moment might have come in 2004 against the Seton Hall Pirates. Check it out here:

Villanova Wildcats vs Seton Hall Pirates 2004 (via 513official4)

Isn't it a little weird to hear the announcer claim that 'Nova pulls the "upset" on Seton Hall? I, for one, definitively prefer the new hierarchy of the Big East.

Kyle Lowry

Looks like playing with a little chip on his shoulder turned out to be a good thing for Kyle Lowry. After getting spurned by the all-star selection process, the Villanova alumnus continues to set the league on fire. On Sunday, in a win against former teammate Dante Cunningham and the Minnesota Timberwolves, Lowry registered another triple-double. The star guard put up 20 points and added 12 boards and 11 assists to boot. It was the second time he reached the landmark this season.

Check out the highlights below:

2014.03.09 - Kyle Lowry Triple-Double & DeMar DeRozan Full Combined Highlights at Timberwolves (via GD's Latest Highlights)

Kyle's strong play has helped propel the Toronto Raptors forward in the playoff hunt. They are almost a lock for the postseason at this point, firmly entrenched to finish at least in the top five out East. Currently, the Raptors sit ahead of the Chicago Bulls by one game.

Looking back to his Villanova days, Lowry was relatively quiet in his two Big East Tournament appearances. His best performance came in the opening round of the 2006 tournament, where he scored 14 points and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. For a blast from the past, check out the box score here.

Had he stayed on the Mainline for the duration of his four years of eligibility, Lowry would have no doubt recorded some explosive statistics.

Dante Cunningham

Dante Cunningham reclaimed his role as a spark off the bench with the return of starting center Nikola Pekovic. While his numbers have predicatively regressed, Cunningham still managed to post efficient performances in the past week. His past five game average of 6 points and 3 rebounds in right in line with his season averages.

Like Kyle Lowry, Dante's best work never came during the Big East Tournament. In a losing effort to the fifth ranked Louisville Cardinals, Cunningham pitched in with 14 points. According to the post game report, Dante "scored at will" when given the opportunity.

But the best news occurred off the court that week, when Cunningham was named the Big East's Most Improved player. And who said Jay Wright can't teach big men!?

Maalik Wayns

Maalik Wayns has been tearing it up in the D-League. With the Rio Grande Vipers, Wayns posted a season high 24 points last Friday and also had 17 points and 9 assists in another contest.

Unlike the other Villanova alumni we've looked at, Maalik always did some damage in the Big East Tournament. His best game might have come in a losing effort to the South Florida Bulls at the tail end of 2010-2011's collapse. Wayns contributed 24 points with a 10 for 11 performance from the line.

I hate to do this to everyone, but I think it's important to remember how fortunate we are to have had a season like this year's:

Ballin' is a Habit - USF's Anthony Crater beats Villanova (via Troy Machir)

Sorry sorry sorry!! That was just cruel. Let's move on...

Maurice Sutton

Mo' Sutton's erratic play continues during his time in the D-League. He once again scored back-to-back double digit points in his most two recent games for the Tulsa 66ers. It seems like, when given the chance, Sutton is able to more than hold his own. It would be nice to see what he could do given consistent playing time.

Speaking of South Florida, fast forward to 1:16:

2012 Villanova Basketball Blooper Reel (via Steve Lappas)

At least he tried to block it!

Thanks for reading everyone, and enjoy some great basketball this week!!

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