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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! With yet another come from behind victory, your Villanova Wildcats have remained undefeated in Big East play. The Cats have established a one game lead over now #2 Seton Hall, while five other teams are now a game and a half back.

Yesterday’s win was the first time an unranked Villanova beat a ranked team since 2014. If the Wildcats can keep their now four game winning streak alive this weekend at Creighton, there’s a good chance they’ll be back in the AP Poll Top 25 next week.

In other “news”, Nova still owns the Big East, football fans playing catch-up, and the women’s team has some of the best players in Philly. Enjoy!

Villanova beats #24 St. John’s

Booth rallies champion Wildcats past No. 24 St. John's | USA Today
Phil Booth hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the game and scored 23 points to help the national champion Villanova Wildcats rally to beat No. 24

No. 24 St. John's stumbles down the stretch in loss to Villanova | New York Post
After leading most of the way, the St. John's Red Storm failed to finish off the defending national champs and fell to the Villanova Wildcats 76-71 at Finneran Pavilion.

Villanova rallies behind Phil Booth, defeats No. 24 St. John’s, 76-71 | The Inquirer
The Wildcats trailed by 13 in the first half and by eight midway through the second, but Booth scored 10 of his 23 points in the final seven minutes.

Red Storm fall at Villanova, 76-71 | Rumble In The Garden
St. John’s held a big lead. But the Wildcats took the lead back — and then some.

Mid-Season Reviews

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Villanova Basketball

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It should be a close race for top player honors.

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