Happy Friday Nova Nation! Your Villanova Wildcats won a hard fought first round victory over the St. Mary’s Gaels, 61-57. It was a close game throughout, but whenever Nova needed someone to come up with a basket, Phil Booth delivered. He finished with a game-high 20 points and 6 assists, adding 2 rebounds and 2 steals.
As big of an accomplishment as the victory was, there was an even bigger accomplishment for the senior on Thursday night. Phil Booth has now joined Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins as the players who have played the most games in a Villanova jersey of all-time. And as of tomorrow, Booth will be the first Wildcat to ever appear in 147 games.
The record had been held by Ryan Arcidiacono before Hart and Jenkins took it over. But now in Booth’s hands, it represents the greatest and most successful era in Villanova Basketball history. Phil Booth may not have the accolades of his former teammates, but he may go down as the most beloved player of this era.
And it’s not just Villanova records that Booth has tied, he now is one of five players that hold the NCAA Tournament record for most consecutive wins:
MOST CONSECUTIVE NCAA TOURNAMENT WINS BY A PLAYER— Bob Vetrone Jr. (@BoopStats) March 22, 2019
13: Phil Booth, Villanova, 2016, 18-19
13: Grant Hill, Duke, 1991-92-93
13: Thomas Hill, Duke, 1991-92-93
13: Bobby Hurley, Duke, 1991-92-93
13: Antonio Lang, 1991-92-93
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That’s some pretty great company to be associated with when you’re talking about winning in the NCAA Tournament. Now Booth will have a shot at breaking that record as well if he can lead the Wildcats to a win over the Purdue Boilermakers tomorrow.
Speaking of Purdue, here’s your Game Day poll... a day early:
Who will win tomorrow and advance to the Sweet 16?
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In other “news”, the Big East is down to one, Obama is picking Duke, and Ja Morant is Ja-Mazing. Enjoy!
Villanova defeats St. Mary’s
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The Villanova Wildcats beat Saint Mary's 61 to 57 Thursday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
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The Saint Mary's Gaels held their own, leading at halftime, but defending NCAA Tournament champion Villanova clamped down, holding Jordan Ford eight points below his average.
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The Wildcats handled the slow pace of Saint Mary's behind 20 points and six assists by Phil Booth, but made it a little scary at the end.
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St. Mary’s, always a pesky, deliberate team, bounced the Wildcats from the second round of the 2010 tournament. Villanova was a No. 2 seed that year and the loss stung for a long time.
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Villanova held off Saint Mary's in a hard-fought 61-57 victory.
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Photos from Villanova's faceoff against Saint Mary's.
Villanova vs Purdue
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The Purdue Boilermakers and Villanova Wildcats meet Saturday in the second round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the XL Center.
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It was ugly at the end, but Purdue survived and will advance to the 2nd Round.
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The Boilermakers overcame a freak injury to Nojel Eastern right before the game's start in a 61-48 victory. They face Villanova on Saturday.
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5 takeaways from a wild NCAA Tournament game
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The Golden Eagles were just another victim of The Ja Morant Show.
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55.7 – That’s the percent of Villanova’s points that were scored by fifth-year seniors Phil Booth and Eric Paschall.
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Former United States president Barack Obama revealed his brackets for the 2019 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments on Thursday. And while he didn’t pick all one seeds like he has in the past, his title picks are as unsurprising as can be.
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Astound your family and friends this weekend with your knowledge of random trivia about this year's NCAA tournament field.