Happy Monday Nova Nation! The work week is always a little more manageable on the heels of a Villanova victory, but this one was extra sweet. Fifth year senior Eric Paschall now has 1,000 points as a Wildcat, an impressive feat for any player. The fact that he’s done it in under three seasons is even more impressive.
With his current points per game average on the season at 16.9 (a career high), Paschall is on pace to finish his Villanova career among the school’s Top 50 scorers of All-Time. His collegiate point total is on pace to at least hit 1,650 points for his career. Had all of those been scored in a Wildcat jersey, it would rank him in the Top 20 all-time.
Paschall is the first player to score 1,000 points after transferring to Villanova from another program. He’s the 25th player to score 1,000 points in the Jay Wright Era, following his teammate Phil Booth who also hit that milestone earlier this season. Overall, he’s the 67th Wildcat to reach this scoring achievement.
2018-19 will mark the 11th consecutive season that Wright has had a player leave the program with 1,000 career points at Villanova. It’s also the 5th consecutive season that he’ll have two 1,000 point scorers leave the program with Booth and Paschall both playing their final seasons.
But the season is far from over, and Paschall will have to be a big reason why Villanova is still playing deep into March. In addition to hitting the 1,000 point milestone, he’s on pace for over 500 rebounds and 50 blocks as a Wildcat (he’s already passed both of those totals for his collegiate career.) But I’m sure he cares much more about picking up his 85th win as a Wildcat this week at DePaul.
Congratulations again to Eric Paschall, arguably the most successful transfer in the history of Villanova Basketball.
In other “news”, Villanova’s mens and womens basketball teams beat Seton Hall, Penn officially swept the Big 5, and you can bet on Tom Brady vs the Big East this Sunday. Enjoy!
Villanova defeats Seton Hall
Seton Hall basketball crushed at Villanova as skid reaches 26 years and counting | USA Today Network
5 takeaways as the Pirates dropped their fourth straight game.
Seton Hall gets annihilated vs. Villanova in its biggest test | New York Post
Kevin Willard’s hesitancy spoke volumes. His uncertainty should create further concern.
Villanova hits season-high 17 three-pointers, runs over Seton Hall, 80-52 | The Inquirer
The Wildcats hit 12 of their first 17 shots in the second half, including nine threes, and led by as many as 35 points in the game. Phil Booth hit seven 3's and scored 25 points.
Pirates fail to convert in frustrating loss to Villanova | The Setonian
Villanova Women's basketball started the weekend off with a win over Seton Hall, and then men finished in similar fashion.
Buying teams in the latest round of Bracketology | ESPN+
Using Joe Lunardi's Bracketology and ESPN's BPI, we take a look at which teams are likely to improve their seeding as the season progresses.
Best Bets: Eight flawed teams that are dangerous enough to win title | NBC Sports
These are eight teams that won't be favorites entering the tournament but that can win six games if things break their way.
Booth and Paschall are Villanova’s mainstays, but their teammates are doing their part | The Inquirer
Booth and Paschall averaged more than 35 points combined but their younger teammates are learning how to play with them on the court and allowing the offense to run more smoothly. The Wildcats take on Seton Hall Sunday at Wells Fargo Center.
Villanova Basketball Adjacent
Jay Wright impressed by former team Hofstra | Larry Brown Sports
Villanova coach Jay Wright said on Sunday that he is impressed by Hofstra, the team that he used to coach, and is watching every game of theirs.
Penn sweeps the Big 5. Is that supposed to happen? | Philly.com
No matter what your argument is, Penn isn't supposed to sweep the Big 5, and the Quakers deserve credit for the accomplishment.
Villanova Basketball: Kyle Lowry shines in a new Raptor role | Section 215
Though his stats may be down, ex-Villanova basketball star Kyle Lowry is playing some of the best basketball of his career with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.
G League Basketball: Santa Cruz Warriors blow late lead, stumble out of Stockton with loss | Santa Cruz Sentinel
Daniel Ochefu did some damage with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
The NBA's Starting Point Guards, Definitively Ranked | The Sportster
Gone are the days of a dominant big man. Today's game is more focused on the small ball, pace-and-space game.
Class of 2019
Kansans Brown, Robinson-Earl named McDonald’s All-Americans | The Wichita Eagle
Derby senior center Kennedy Brown and former Bishop Miege forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl were named McDonald’s high school All-Americans. They are the first in state history.
Saturday’s Southeastern Pa. roundup: Eric Dixon records double-double as Abington boys' basketball tops Sankofa | The Inquirer
The top games and performances from Saturday's action in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Ranney School boys’ basketball players selected for McDonald’s All-American Game | centraljersey.com
Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis are already committed to play boys’ basketball at elite Division 1 collegiate programs–Antoine at Villanova and Lewis at Florida. Now, they have also received one
The 31 best prop bets to play on Super Bowl Sunday | Business Insider
You can bet on Tom Brady vs the Big East.
NCAA Basketball Mailbag: Big East favorite, Big 12 title race & more | Busting Brackets
What are the biggest NCAA Basketball and NBA Draft questions you have this week? We answer them all in this week’s Mailbag.
Big East and Big 12 are haing parity issues | TMG Maven
Sometime parity can be a great thing, if you want competitive games each night.
Bracketology: The March Madness field predicted, less than 50 days from Selection Sunday | NCAA.com
We're almost 50 days from Selection Sunday and with it, the start of March Madness. To get prepared, we have our latest prediction for the March Madness field, thanks to NCAA.com basketball expert Andy Katz.
College Basketball Bracketology 2019: A first look at the NCAA Tournament bubble picture with seven weeks to go | SBNation.com
Since it is late January, the bubble is heavily populated. And at the top of the bracket, there’s a new overall No. 1 seed.