This month we're having an NCAA style tournament to determine Nova Nation's favorite Villanova Basketball player of all time. Be sure to check back each day as voting continues!
Day 3 was a real back and forth battle, and in the end Brian Lynch finished with just 8 more votes than Ron Wilson. Both players drew a collective 65% of the vote, so I say we throw caution to the wind and send them both to next week's Play-In Round! Since Wilson finished with fewer votes, he'll match up against former Villanova captain and member of the coaching staff, Brooks Sales. Meanwhile, Lynch will face the 7-foot pride of Poland, Rafal Bigus. Why? Because it's summer... let's live a little!
But now we come to the main event, the Massimino Region. Honestly, how do you even start seeding a region when 20 out of your 30 options are already in the Varsity Club, Villanova's Hall of Fame. There were a lot of disagreements and back and forth over where everyone should end up, but I think we've got a really solid field. Good luck to everyone, you've got some VERY difficult decisions ahead.
And if you thought the bracket was loaded, the Play-In Pool doesn't get any easier. With 14 candidates to choose from, 5 of which are Hall of Famers themselves, it's not going to be an easy choice. But whoever comes out on top will be up against the 16th Seeded 1985 NCAA Champion and member of the "Expansion Crew", Gary McLain.
Massimino Region Play-In Pool
Aaron Howard: A member of the '82 Elite Eight team, Howard is 22nd in blocks and 38th in rebounds all-time.
Anthony Pelle: A member of the '91 NCAA Tournament team, Pelle is 14th in blocks all-time.
Chris Walker: A member of the '90 and '91 NCAA Tournament teams, Walker is 9th in steals and 16th in assists all-time.
Gary Massey: A member of the '88 Elite Eight team, Massey is 4th in steals all-time.
Greg Woodard: A member of the '90 and '91 NCAA Tournament teams, Woodard is 36th in scoring all-time.
James Bryson: A member of the '90 and '91 NCAA Tournament teams, Bryson is 20th in blocks all-time.
Joe Rogers: A member of the Villanova Hall of Fame, Rogers is 9th in assists all-time.
John Olive: A member of the Villanova Hall of Fame and Rollie's first recruit, Olive is a 1,000+ point scorer and 25th in rebounds all-time.
Marc Dowdell: A member of the '90 and '91 NCAA Tournament teams,Dowdell is 30th in steals, 33rd in rebounds, and 38th in assists all-time.
Mark Plansky: A member of the 1985 National Championship team and the Villanova Hall of Fame, Plansky is 24th in assists, 30th in rebounds, and 47th in points all-time.
Reggie Robinson: A member of the Villanova Hall of Fame as well as the '77 NIT Final Four and '78 NCAA Elite Eight teams, Robinson is 37th in scoring and 39th in rebounding all-time.
Rodney Taylor: A member of the '88 Elite Eight team, Taylor is 34th in rebounds all-time.
Steve Lincoln: A member of the '77 NIT Final Four and '78 NCAA Elite Eight teams, Lincoln is 38th in assists all-time.
Tom Sienkiewicz: A member of the '78 Elite Eight team and the Villanova Hall of Fame, Sienkiewicz is 29th in assists and 41st in scoring all-time.
Be sure to cast your vote below! Check back in Monday for the results as well as voting for all of the Play-In Round Match-ups.