Every Thursday we’ll take a look back at that day in Villanova Basketball to remember the good times (and possibly not so good times). We’ll look at some numbers, opponents, highlight a game or two, and use this as a place for Nova Nation to relive some of their favorite games. We’ve pulled games from the last 60+ years, all the way back to 1950, so there should be something for everyone. Let’s get to it!
VUHoops #TBT for February 16th
Overall Record: 11-12, 1-6 vs ranked teams. When you’re looking at over 60 years of history, things tend to even out a bit. But as you may suspect, Villanova has fared better in recent seasons. Villanova is 7-5 today since joining the Big East, and they’re 4-1 under Jay Wright. The one loss? Unless you want to ruin your day, don’t worry about that one loss.
Most Frequent Opponent: Six teams twice: Duquesne (1-1), Providence (2-0), Seton Hall (1-1), St. Bonaventure (1-1), Syracuse (0-2), Temple (1-1). Strange enough a mid-February date actually includes more non-Big East matchups in this category. One of the two meetings with Seton Hall was back in 1953 when the #1 ranked Pirates were still an independent team. Nova lost that game on the road by 15.
Most Intriguing Opponent: 2002 vs Georgetown (W in OT, 83-72). This was Jay Wright’s first ever game against Georgetown as the head coach of the Wildcats. Derrick Snowden went the length of the court for a layup to tie the game at 67-67 and head to overtime. While it’s the only OT game played by Nova on Feb. 16th, it was already Wright’s 4th OT that season. He and his new team had lost the first three, but the team came out hot and dominated the extra time for their first overtime victory under the new head coach.
Highlighted Game: 2013 @ UConn (W, 70-61). This was UConn’s final season as a part of the Big East before the “Catholic 7” would leave them behind to become part of the American Athletic Conference. That’s worked out great for them. Fittingly, Villanova was able to hand them a loss at home on their way out, a win that kept Villanova alive for an NCAA tournament bid. For more details, check out this VUHoops throw back.
Post Edit - Thanks to Mander22 for reminding me of this play... which was the only highlight I was able to find! I think this pretty much summarizes how we all felt/feel about UConn.
Villanova Basketball Games Since 1950
|2008||Away||St. John's (NY)||W||60||42|
|1999||Away||#15 Miami (FL)||L||82||103|
|1953||Away||#1 Seton Hall||L||68||83|