Three million one hundred forty nine thousand two hundred eighty... and counting. That’s 52,488 hours, or 2,187 days, or 312 weeks, or 71 months, or just a hair under six years. But after all that time, the longest winning streak in Big 5 history is about to come to an end.
For Ashley Howard.
Ok so technically Howard didn’t join the team until the year after the streak started, but that would have ruined my whole dramatic build up! Besides, Coach Howard isn’t with the Wildcats or the record anymore. Now he’s going to get a first hand experience of what it’s like to be one of those “other” Philly schools.
Before the season started I predicted this would be the big upset of the season for the Wildcats. But now that the Explorers are 0-7 and Villanova’s already had its biggest upset, I think it’s safe to say I may not get this call right. Still, this is a game in the Palestra. It’s a breeding ground for upsets, and not because of its history or some magical essence the building has. It’s a tiny echo chamber that will be filled with screaming fans, an opponent with nothing left to lose, and a coach that knows more about Villanova than any other Big 5 opponent ever has. Despite the betting line, there are plenty of reasons to watch.
Venue: The Palestra (Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 3:00 PM EST
TV: ESPN 2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Villanova Club Game Watches
Los Angeles: The Garage on Motor, 3387 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Orange County: Fashion Island Hotel – Pool Bar, 690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA
Colorado: Home of Michael Killian, 3640 Suncrest Ct, Colorado Springs, CO
Sarasota: Gecko’s Grill & Pub, 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, FL
Tampa: Duffy’s, 1580 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL
Chicago: Derby, 1224 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL
Northern NJ (Hoboken): Mills Tavern, 25 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ
New York City: Brazen Fox, 106 3rd Ave, New York, NY
Main Line: Garrett Hill Ale House, 157 Garrett Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA
Organized by the Villanova University Engineering Alumni Society
Philadelphia: Field House, 150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA
Low Country: The Dry Dock, 840 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC
Greater Hampton Roads: AJ Gators, 9575 Shore Dr., Norfolk, VA
Drink That Guarantees The Win: Mimosa
Who says mimosas are only for the morning or brunch!? Look everyone, I always put down the drink I know I’ll be having on game day and my mimosa is already chilling in the fridge. Besides, let’s look at the track record: Lane’s Drink (2-2), Brendan’s Drink (3-0). Pass the OJ, and let’s do this. Cheers Nova Nation!