Happy Friday Nova Nation! Reaching back in the ol’ bag of tricks for the return of the social media roundup today. Combine that with a poll question for this weekend’s matchup with Baylor, and it’s not a bad start to your Friday! Let’s get into it:
Dickie V Will Call the Nova vs Baylor Game
The iconic media man just finished a round of chemo that caused him to miss the Jimmy V Classic, but so happy to see that he’s back on his feet and ready to call the game on Sunday.
Oh baby my were answered as Dr Rick Brown just cleared me to do the # 2 @BaylorMBB vs # 6 @NovaMBB Sunday 3Pm EST ABC It will be my 1st trip ever for a home Bears game .Can’t wait to join @BoogSciambi & @KrisBudden for a top 10 battle pic.twitter.com/3ATsWfT5N9— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 8, 2021
Villanova’s Dancing Hat Guy at MSG
So many times this year we’ll hear about how great it is to have fans back in the audience. But nothing beats having John Ermillio, better known as the “Dancing Hat Guy” back in attendance.
Home Alone Isn’t A Christmas Movie
Forever our favorite, Josh Hart stirred up some controversy this week by saying that Home Alone isn’t a Christmas Movie. He later clarified that he meant to say Die Hard, but once he tweeted it he thought it was too funny not to keep stirring the pot and getting people riled up!
Josh Hart Reflects On 2016 Championship
Shoutout to StephDon for posting this one in the comments yesterday. Always great to hear directly from the players about their experiences at Nova. Also awesome that Jalen’s the one who posted this!
No One Out Works Jalen Brunson
Speaking of Mr. Brunson, how the hell did this man ever slip out of the first round of the NBA Draft?!?! You cannot deny this man!
For your viewing enjoyment: Here’s Jalen Brunson (6’ 1”) winning that jump ball over Jaren Jackson Jr. (6’ 11”) pic.twitter.com/e7fGvq39eU— Mavs Film Room (@MavsFilmRoom) December 9, 2021
Villanova Owns The 2-3 Zone
In case you didn’t get to see enough of it on Tuesday night, sit back, grab a beverage, and enjoy some utter domination by Villanova over the years.
Villanova dissecting the 2-3 zone— Barstool Bench Mob (@stoolbenchmob) December 8, 2021
And before the links, we’ve got a big game this Sunday against Baylor so it’s time for another Game Day Poll. Last time these two met was in the NCAA tournament where Baylor ended up beating a Gillespie-less Nova squad 62-51. This weekend, kenpom.com has Baylor as four point favorites at home to take down Nova. Baylor has a Top 10 defense, and it’s going to take more than leading scorers Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore to put up points for the Wildcats. So today’s question, outside of those two who will lead Villanova in scoring?
Excluding Gillespie and Moore, which of these players will be the high scorer for Villanova against Baylor?
This poll is closed
Brandon Slater (12.9 ppg)
Jermaine Samuels (12 ppg)
Caleb Daniels (9.6 ppg)
Eric Dixon (7.4 ppg)
Rest of Bench Combined (4.3 ppg)
In other news, Big performance by Maddy Siegrist yesterday, Big football game at Villanova tomorrow, Big showdown in Waco on Sunday. Enjoy!
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