Every weekday, you see VU Hoops' link roundup entitled The Sun's Arizin'. It's a play on starting a new day as well as the last name of arguably Villanova's greatest basketball player ever- Paul Arizin.
And yes we know, Arizin(g) and Arizin are not even pronounced similarly.
Arizin, who played three seasons as a Wildcat from 1947 thru 1950 was the University's first 1,000 point scorer and earned National Player of the Year honors in 1950.
He later went on to play 12 years in the NBA for the Philadelphia Warriors where he was a 10-time All-Star and World Champion in 1956. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978 and was one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.
In today's edition of #KnowYourHistory, February 12th marks the anniversary of the day when Arizin went off for 85 points in 1949 against Philadelphia Naval Air Material Center. In that game, which of course remains Nova's single game scoring record, Arizin, then a junior, connected on 35 of 63 field goals (56%) and 15 free throws. Villanova won that game against NAMC by 92, still its greatest margin of victory against any opponent.
Arizin's 85 is also the second highest output for a collegian ever.
So, sit back, enjoy your Friday, and think about how much fun it must have been to watch that game.