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Villanova Basketball, Martin Luther King, and George Raveling

The former Villanova Wildcat has a special connection to MLK

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Happy Martin Luther King Day Nova Nation! I know we’re in the middle of Big East play, and even have a game tomorrow, but today I’m not going to write about basketball. Today we look back at one of the greatest leaders in American history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King was the leading voice for civil rights in the 1950’s and 60’s, and is best known for his “I have a dream” speech given on August 28th, 1963. I highly encourage you all to re-read that speech, as it’s as important today as it was over 50 years ago.

That said, this is still a college basketball site, so we’re going to focus on the man who stood next to King as a last minute security guard hire, George Raveling. The former Villanova Wildcat forward is the owner of the original copy of the “I have a dream” speech. Like me, you may have heard his story many times before, but today’s a good day to hear it again.

In other “news”, Villanova’s 2019 Class has two 2,000 point scorers, Seton Hall was SWEPT by DePaul, and Cole Swider is out with a (gasp) broken hand. Enjoy!

Villanova defeats Xavier

Hot-shooting Villanova beats Xavier for sixth straight win | NBC Sports Philadelphia
Behind a hot shooting night, No. 22 Villanova beat Xavier, 85-75, Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center for its sixth straight win.

Hot-Shooting Villanova Beats Xavier 85-75 For 6th Straight Win | CBS Philly
Things are just falling the right way for Booth and the Wildcats right now.

It may not be pretty or stylish, but Villanova is off to a 5-0 start in the Big East |
Unlike the past three years, Villanova hasn't looked stylish or smooth against Big East competition in the early going. Still, that hasn't stopped the Wildcats from getting off to a 5-0 start in what has been a very competitive league to date.

'Nova Downs Xavier, Remains Perfect in Big East Play |
Last night, The Villanova Men’s Basketball team took a short trip to their home away from home, the Wells Fargo Center, to play against the Xavier Musketeers. The Wildcats entered

Xavier falls to Villanova 85-75: Recap | Banners On The Parkway
Xavier stayed in the game for a while, trailing only 51-50 with 10:55 left in the game. But a Villanova run (and some friendly rolls) allowed the Wildcats to pull away for the 85-75 win.

Xavier University falls 85-75 to defending national champion Villanova |
Villanova, behind one of the nation's most efficient offenses, kept knocking down shot after shot and the Musketeers were unable to keep pace.

Villanova Basketball

Villanova basketball loses Cole Swider indefinitely with a broken bone in his right hand | The Inquirer
The 6-foot-9 freshman forward suffered the injury during Thursday's practice. He had played in 16 of the team's 17 games and averaged 3.9 points.

Penn beats Temple to win at least a share of the Big 5 title | The Inquirer
Penn's reserves outscored Temple, 29-7.

Big East

Butler basketball gets boost from Kamar Baldwin, Jordan Tucker | Indy Star
Kamar Baldwin scored 20 of his 30 points in second half — including 14 of his team’s last 18 — and secured the Bulldogs’ 80-71 win before a sellout of 9,121.

Seton Hall basketball clobbered on the glass, swept by DePaul | USA Today Network
5 takeaways on two hours that could haunt the Pirates on Selection Sunday

Class of 2019

Villanova recruit Eric Dixon is first to reach 2,000 points at Abington | The Inquirer
His 50 points on Thursday also tied an Abington record for most points in a game.

Scouting The Stars Of The John Wall Holiday Invitational | Def Pen
The John Wall Holiday Invitational was loaded with stars from all around the country. Let's take a take a look and evaluate the best of the bunch.


Bracketology 2019: Projected field shows Villanova rising, Indiana dropping | Busting Brackets
With less than two months until Selection Sunday, bracketology is heating up around the nation. Where does the projected field stand at this point in time?

College Basketball Bracketology 2019: Setting up the race for NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds with two months to go |
With Duke hosting Virginia on Saturday (6 p.m. Eastern, ESPN), it’s time to take a look at the long-term prospects for 14 potential regional anchors.