clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Sun’s Arizin: The Final Game at the Finn

At least three Wildcats will have their final game in the Pavilion tonight.

Villanova Mug Arizin Links

Happy Game Day Nova Nation! Tonight will be the final goodbye for a trio that has been immensely important to Villanova Basketball: Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels, and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. While they may not be the only scholarship players to leave after this season, they’re the only ones who don’t have the option to come back.

First, just an acknowledgement of what this class represents. This is the final group with ties to the 2018 National Championship. And while they did play a part in winning that title, they’re more known for being the backbone of Villanova basketball following that run of two championships in three seasons. They’ve battled through injuries and doubt, and kept the program at an elite level throughout.

And now they say goodbye to the place they’ve called home. And if history has anything to say about it, it should be a fond farewell.

The last time Villanova had scholarship players in their final year of eligibility playing in their last game at the Pavilion and lost was 2011. Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, and Antonio Pena fell short of beating #4 Pitt as they lost 54-57. But since then, it’s been a very different story.

Over the last decade, there have been six teams featuring a player in their final Pavilion game. In a nod to just how strong the Big East has been, four of those six have come against ranked opponents. But in every single one of those games, the result was the same: A Wildcat Win.

2013: Villanova defeats #17 Marquette 60-56

While it was the final Pavilion game for seniors Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton, it was Darrun Hilliard who shined with 22 points, 3 steals, and 2 assists as unranked Villanova pulled the upset over the Golden Eagles. HIGHLIGHTS

2014: #8 Villanova defeats Butler 67-48

In the final Pavilion game for James Bell and Tony Chennault, it was the senior’s turn to impress. Bell led the way with 11 points, 7 boards, and 3 assits as the Wildcats cruised to victory.

2015: #4 Villanova defeats #25 Providence 89-61

In our first matchup of ranked teams, it was again a huge day for the senior class of Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinnkston. Hilliard had a game high 24 points along with 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Pinkston also came up big with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Villanova held Providence Star Kris Dunn to just 4 points as they cruised to victory to clinch a Big East Title.

2016: #3 Villanova defeats DePaul 83-62

In the final Pavilion game for legends Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, Villanova had no problem dismantling DePaul. It was a quiet night for the seniors, who combined for only seven points. But that was less because they weren’t playing well as much as Kris Jenkins could not miss. Jenkins hit 8 threes and had 31 points, foreshadowing his epic three point performance that would come about a month later.

2017: #2 Villanova defeats #23 Creighton 79-63

Not only was this the final Pavilion game for seniors Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins, and Darryl Reynolds, it was THE final Pavilion game before it would become The Finn. Hart and Jenkins combined for 31 points, while Reynolds was unfortunately out with an injury. The win would clinch their 4th consecutive Big East Regular Season Outright Championship.

2019: Villanova defeats #10 Marquette 67-61

Phil Booth, Eric Paschall, and Joe Cremo weren’t going to let a Top 10 team come into their home court and push them around. But this senior finale will always be known as the Jermaine Samuels breakout game, when the Sophomore put up 29 points and 9 rebounds to secure the Top 10 victory.

And that brings us up to 2022. The final night in the Pavilion for another group of Villanova greats. Just like in that last highlight, Gus and Raf will be in the house to call the game. The students may be on break, but there will be plenty of them on hand to take on a Top 10 team. It should be a wild one on the Main Line.

For today’s game day poll, we want to know where Nova’s offense is coming from. Will it be the group playing in their final game on campus, or from the rest of the team looking to step up in a big moment to sweep the Big East Champs.


Which group will produce Villanova’s leading scorer?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    The Super Seniors: Gillespie, Samuels, Cosby-Roundtree
    (170 votes)
  • 32%
    The Rest of the Wildcats
    (81 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now

In other news...

Villanova vs Providence

No. 9 Providence Visits Villanova Tuesday Night | Villanova University
Villaonva hosts No. 9 Providence Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Villanova vs. Providence prediction, odds |
SportsLine's computer model revealed its college basketball picks and predictions for Providence vs. Villanova

Villanova Men’s Basketball

Q and A on Villanova, the Big East, and fairness | The Inquirer
Should Providence have already clinched the regular-season title? What about NCAA games for the Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center?

Gillespie is a Bob Cousy Award Finalist | Villanova University
Gillespie is a finalist for award honoring nation's top point guard

Seton Hall’s Willard, Villanova’s Wright among Big East coaches to honor Tom Konchalski with ‘TK Playmaker Board’ |
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and Villanova coach Jay Wright are among the Big East coaches who will honor legendary New York basketball scout Tom Konchalski this week.

'I honestly never expected this' - Super seniors reflect on getting an extra year (or two) of college basketball | ESPN
As the transfer portal churned and the pandemic raged, these 11 players spent five seasons at one school ... and became stars.

Future Wildcats

Spalding guard Cam Whitmore repeats as Baltimore Catholic League boys basketball Player of the Year | Baltimore Sun
Spalding senior guard Cam Whitmore, a Villanova commit who is averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, 1.5 steals and one block per game this season, is the fifth player in the Baltimore Catholic League's 51-year history to be named Player of the Year multiple times.

NBA Wildcats

Interim Trail Blazers GM Cronin says of Josh Hart "he’s a keeper" | NBC Sports
Since being traded to the Trail Blazers, Josh Hart has averaged 19 points a game and has impressed the GM as the kind of player he wants more of.

Cam Johnson fulfills bet with lemonade stand for hundreds of Suns fans | Arizona Sports
Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson met hundreds of Suns fans as he hosted his lemonade stand from a bet with Mikal Bridges.

Villanova Athletics

Wildcats Travel to Brown for Midweek Matchup | Villanova University
Villanova, Pa.- The Villanova Wildcats will travel to Providence to take on the Brown Bears on Tuesday. First faceoff is scheduled for 4:00 P.M. and can be seen

Megan Kern and Paige Rauch Sweep BIG EAST Weekly Awards | Villanova University
NEW YORK—Senior shortstop Megan Kern (Royersford, Pa.) and graduate pitcher/utility Paige Rauch (Windsor, N.Y.) swept the BIG EAST weekly awards which were announced

Villanova University

Villanova University Listed Among the Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Students | Villanova University
Villanova University has been listed as a top producer of 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Students—as recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).