Happy Friday Nova Nation! The Wildcats will be back in action tomorrow as they take on another team from Ohio at the Wells Fargo Center. So to clear the air between Wednesday’s loss and Saturday’s game, I figured we’d do a quick whip around Villanova Twitter and some of the really cool things that got glazed over this week. And as all good things should, we’ll begin and end with Ryan Arcidiacono.
Reunion of the Final Four MOPs
Donte DiVincenzo got his first NBA start this week against none other than former teammate and fellow National Champion Ryan Arcidiacono. DiVincenzo put up a modest stat line in his first start, but that now makes SEVEN players from the 2016 Championship team with “no NBA players on it” who have STARTED in the NBA.
Cole’s younger sister Kylie Swider signs her LOI
so excited to officially be a wildcat!!! https://t.co/qR2OIR6MIR— kylie (@kylieswider) November 15, 2019
How has Cole Swider become such a good player? Probably because his younger sister kept beating him in the driveway. Great to have another Swider on campus, and welcome to the Nova Nation Kylie!
Jay Wright or George Clooney?
“GQ Jay” was asked to look at a few pictures and identify if the suit was being worn by himself or George Clooney. See how well you can do, because not even the coach could get them all right!
The best slow motion video of all time
let’s run that back one more time pic.twitter.com/gC3N18O7UL— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 14, 2019
Stop reading. Stop scrolling. Just watch...
Mourning the loss of William Finneran
Heavy hearts throughout NovaNation @NovaAthletics on the passing of one @VillanovaU most generous and passionate people Bill Finneran...he was a great friend to many and I will personally miss his counsel and companionship...rest in peace Finn. pic.twitter.com/8wytu6S8F9— Mark Jackson (@MJNovaAD) November 13, 2019
Willam Finneran was an avid supporter of Villanova Basketball. People may have wanted different things from the Pavilion’s renovation, but when we talk about “The Finn”, we should remember that it represents how much this man cared about his university and its basketball team. Not all of us would have been so generous if given the chance, but he was.
Ryan Arcidiacono is the greatest teammate of all time
Coby White 3 , Ryan Arcidiacono & Coby knew pic.twitter.com/Bj2qhp99Bg— Gustavo Vega (@iamvega1982) November 13, 2019
That’s right, before the ball is anywhere close to the basket, Arch shows his faith in his rookie teammate and just turns his back and raises his arms. WOW!
In other “news”, The Big East loses the Gavitt Tip-Off Games 3-5, Villanova Football plays in a rare Friday night game tonight, and it’s a big weekend all around for Villanova Athletics. Enjoy!
Villanova Men’s Basketball
William B. Finneran, 79, philanthropist who gave $22.6M to Villanova pavilion upgrade | Philadelphia Inquirer
Mr. Finneran, a longtime supporter of Villanova athletics, recognized the need for a world-class athletic pavilion on the university campus. His gift of $22.6 million was the largest ever given for 'Nova athletics.
UNC Basketball: Tar Heels to play in 2021 Hall of Fame Tipoff? | Keeping It Heel
The UNC Basketball program will head to Connecticut in 2021 to participate in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament according to a report.
Alabama’s Jahvon Quinerly Still Fighting for Eligibility and to Clear His Name | Stadium
It’s been a challenging two-year stretch for the Quinerly family.
Villanova vs Ohio University
No. 10 Nova goes up against Ohio | The Washington Post
No. 10 Villanova hosts Ohio in an early season matchup
Seton Hall basketball: Powell dominates but Michigan State rallies | APP
5 takeaways from an electric night at the Rock.
Golden State Warriors: Eric Paschall must have measured expectations | Blue Man Hoop
Eric Paschall kicked his NBA career off to a hot start. Here is why the Golden State Warriors' rookie should have more measured expectations.
Villanova Women’s Basketball
VILLANOVA FALLS AT AMERICAN IN NON CONFERENCE CONTEST | Villanova University Athletics
WASHINGTON, DC. – The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Washington, D.C., on Thursday evening where they lost to the American University Eagles by a score of 76-54.
Villanova’s Drew Wiley and Forrest Rhyne forming one of the best linebacker duos in CAA | Philadelphia Inquirer
Wiley and Rhyne's work in the film room has been a big key to their success this season.
Late-season meet with Long Island a rarity for 'Nova | Sports | delcotimes.com
Villanova coach Mark Ferrante admits it’s a little odd to have a non-conference game this late in the season. Call it a quirk in the schedule.
FCS Playoffs 'Til I Die: Two Weeks Til Selection Sunday, Zero Autobids Offered | The College Sports Journal
Two weeks to go, and how many autobids have been clinched? How about... none?
‘PA Don’t Play:’ How a Group of Local High School Runners Found Their Way to a World Class Collegiate Program Right in Their Own Backyard | Villanova University Athletics
Growing up just minutes from the Villanova campus, the Wildcats trio of local products each had their own individual connections to the school.
Villanova Faces Big Weekend Matches at DePaul and Marquette | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova, Pa. – The Villanova Wildcats will take their seven-match win streak on the road for a pair of bouts with DePaul and No. 9 Marquette this weekend. The
Swim and Dive Head to Penn for Third Meet | Villanova University Athletics
VILLANOVA, P.A. - Once again, Villanova's swimming and diving teams will be heading into a competition the week after having some time off. The previous instance
Memphis declares James Wiseman ineligible; Wiseman drops lawsuit vs. NCAA | CollegeBasketballTalk
Wiseman is now unable to play for Memphis.
Memphis' James Wiseman withdraws lawsuit against the NCAA, will sit in hopes of having eligibility restored - CBSSports.com
Wiseman and the NCAA are working toward a resolution of his eligibility issues.