Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Yesterday it was announced that Villanova will be flying across the country this October to play in a charity exhibition with USC. Everything about this is great, and lots of fans have already expressed how excited they are for this game.
So if this type of game is so successful, why doesn’t Villanova play in more of them? This is just the second charity exhibition game the Wildcats are playing in, the first being at home against Drexel two seasons ago. The answer is pretty simple: the NCAA is very bad at running basketball.
Remember all the uproar when North and South Carolina wanted to play each other to raise money for hurricane relief after their states were hit pretty badly? The NCAA wouldn’t let them play the game. That’s because they took a good idea and ruined it by, once again, trying to limit what teams can do for no reason.
NCAA instituted a rule in which college programs cannot add a third “charity” scrimmage, instead it needs to count as one of the two scimmages/exhibitions allowed. Makes no sense … and thus, there aren’t many “charity” scrimmages this year. That’s a shame … and for what reason?— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 8, 2018
So when Villanova announced the USC scrimmage yesterday, my immediate thought was what will they do with the other exhibition game? Wright can either have a private scrimmage which is better for working on specific parts of his team’s game, or a public exhibition which gets his players used to playing at the Wells Fargo and gives fans a chance to see another game.
What the NCAA thinks would happen with a third exhibition slot being allowed if it’s a charity game, I have no idea. This was a no brainer decision that once again the NCAA got horribly wrong. So instead of being able to always play in a charity exhibition, teams need to strategize what would help their team. That leaves fewer teams available for these charity exhibitions, and so fewer chances to raise money for good causes while seeing some extra basketball.
In other news, Nova has a Top 10 recruiting class of the decade, Team USA is rolling in Lima, and a great piece on former Wildcat Malik Allen. Enjoy!
Villanova to Meet USC in Charity Exhibition Game | Villanova University Athletics
The Villanova Men's Basketball Team will meet USC in an exhibition game to benefit California wildfire victims on October 18.
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Pan American Games basketball: How is Big East-led Team USA doing? | APP
Seton Hall's Myles Powell and Myles Cale are on the 12-man roster in Lima, Peru. Updates on viewing and stats will be posted here.
College basketball’s 11 greatest recruiting classes of the decade | SBNation.com
These recruiting hauls had the greatest impact on their programs from 2010-2019. One of Villanova's classes placed 8th.
FIBA World Cup Primer: What to expect about a very different Team USA | Clutch Points
Team USA will look much different than the star-studded lineup USA Basketball expected to trot out ahead of this FIBA 2019 World Cup.
Warriors' 'Strength in Numbers' gives way to 'Faith in Youngsters' | abc7news.com
Golden State didn't just lose Kevin Durant this summer, it also lost veteran depth. Now, after years of deprioritizing the draft and player development, the Warriors are playing catch-up with a trio of rookies.
Donovan Mitchell names Coby White and Eric Paschall as his sleepers | Rookie Wire
The third-year Jazz guard named his two sleepers in this year's draft class, with his best friend growing up among those players.
Toronto Raptors: Predicting Kyle Lowry's next contract and future team | Raptors Rapture
Kyle Lowry's has been a staple for the Toronto Raptors over the past few seasons. What's his next step, and will it be with the Raps?
Q&A: Phoenix Suns Forward Mikal Bridges Discusses Being Named To USA Basketball Select Team, His Summer Training In Phoenix | Forbes
Mikal Bridges last month was named to the USA Basketball Select Team, an honor bestowed to just 13 young NBA players.
Nova Notebook: Allen's NBA Journey Takes Him Back to Miami | Villanova University Athletics
Malik Allen began his coaching career in 2014 and recently joined the staff of the Miami Heat.
Former Villanova Wildcat Daniel Ochefu signs to play in Japan | The Inquirer
Ochefu, a key player on Villanova's 2016 NCAA title team, played one season with the Washington Wizards followed by two in the G-League.
Creighton University Athletics - Kloth Wins 2018-19 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award | Go Creighton
Villanova's Jack Judge won for Men's Outdoor Track & Field.
College Crosse 2019 Men’s Lacrosse Year In Review: #34 Villanova Wildcats | College Crosse
Despite beating Denver in the regular season, the Wildcats were unable to beat the Pioneers in the Big East semifinals.
The top 25 remaining players in the 2019 TBT | ESPN
The 2019 TBT is down to eight teams, but it remains rich in former college stars and NBA contributors. Here are the top remaining standouts.