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Villanova Basketball’s Baker Dunleavy is coming home... for the weekend

Ok, he’s “Quinnipiac’s Baker Dunleavy” now. But once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! Baker Dunleavy, now in his second season as the head coach of the Quinnipiac Bobcats, is returning to his roots to take on his former coach and mentor. Dunleavy played for Wright at Villanova for four seasons alongside greats like Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry. He would go on to join Wright’s coaching staff and rise all the way up to Associate Head Coach, where he’d help the Wildcat’s win their second National Championship in school history.

Wright doesn’t love the idea of competing against his former assistants, he’d rather just get a meal and talk basketball with them. But when Dunleavy approached Wright about bringing his team back to Villanova for a game, Wright couldn’t say no. And so, on Saturday in the Wells Fargo Center, we’re going to get the Master vs. the Student. Odds are the student has a little more learning to do.

In other “news”, Wright needs to get PAID, Roach talks recruiting plans, and a handful of really good Villanova-adjacent links. Enjoy!

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