So You Want To Be a Villanova Fan

Kyle Scott - March 16, 2017

Photo credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

WELCOME! The wine and cheese is in the corner, the Ralph Lauren half-zip sweaters are everywhere, the douchebag snapping his side piece while his Special Olympics organizer girlfriend looks on is emotionally absent, and the air of entitlement fills the room. You’re welcome to join in on the festivities– just remember, don’t speak unless spoken to and, please, try to get some jeans that fit.

Almost three years ago to the day, I wrote a post titled For Some Reason, People Still Hate Villanova. The Cats were the third-ranked team in the country and on the verge of becoming a two seed – coincidentally in Buffalo – in the NCAA Tournament, and I couldn’t understand why many Philly fans who didn’t go to Villanova, and certainly those who went to St. Joe’s or Temple, hated them so much. As a Nova grad, a badge I wear proudly on my ascot, I find that Philly folks tend to bristle at my school’s success, even if the basketball team embodies everything local fans love in their sports teams.

So, as the foremost blogging fan of the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, allow me to extend a warm, elegantly-fonted invitation aboard the bandwagon, which is actually a five-star hotel meeting room that requires a hefty V Club donation to enter. Do try the brie. As for everything else, here’s a primer:

 

Star player

Josh Hart is the obvious choice. Two-time First Team All-Big East, two-time Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Big East Player of the Year, All-American and National Player of the Year Candidate, Hart needs no introduction. He’s a potential first-round draft pick. He may not have a position in the NBA, but he’s strong, quick, can shoot, rebound and defend, and he’s the unquestioned hart and soul of the team. He also went viral for being a good sport:

But lately, it’s been sophomore Jalen Brunson, whose dad played Temple and then wanted a better life for his son, who has become the offensive star. With his generic NBA 2K fro, Brunson is the prototypical Nova guard– small, somewhat stocky, shifty, can score in a multitude of ways, and shoot the three. What he lacks in size and athleticism – I saw someone refer to this as “thick-ankled Nova guard” and I laughed – he makes up for with impressive awareness and knowledge of the game, which announcers love to say he gets from his dad. A #studentofthegame, he replaces fellow SOTG Ryan Arcidiacono… only Brunson is better, and a sophomore. He has a knack for knowing when his team needs him to get a quick basket.

 

What about Kris Jenkins?

For the championship… bang! Big Smoove, a nickname which I always just assumed he hates (Jenkins lost weight last summer in an effort to turn himself into a legit NBA prospect and presumably shed the big portion of the moniker), gets all the pub for hitting, oh, just the greatest shot in basketball history. He’s the shooter and, along with Hart and forward Darryl Reynolds, one of the three senior leaders on the team. But offensively, he’s not as well-rounded as Hart or Brunson. When Nova comes up in casual conversation, don’t be the uninformed national TV guy and drop some inanity like “Yeah, Kris Jenkins is legit” on your salmon-Polo-ed coworker, because he probably went to Villanova and now knows you haven’t watched a game since last April… and he’s probably your boss (sorry). Jenkins is good, a streaky shooter, and the guy who does all the things Jay Wright loves, but he’s not the best player. Personally, I don’t think he has enough speed and strength, or a deep enough skill set, to play in the NBA, but he’ll make a ton of money in Europe, home to the surname of…

 

Deep cuts, token Italian point guard

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Photo credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

A TWOFER! Congratulations to Donte DiVincenzo, THE BIG RAGU*, for not only being the sleeper star, but also Jay’s trademarked Italian point guard.

DiVincenzo picks up right where Mike Nardi (a current assistant who picked up wads of cash and Euro style** while playing in Italia) and Arcidiacono left off. Rumor has it Jay is recruiting an actual meatball, currently a high school freshman, to replace DiVincenzo, a medical redshirt freshman, when he graduates in three years. His game is said to be delicious.

Donte played in a handful of games last season and then broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot and had to watch the National Championship run from the bench. He swaps places with Phil Booth this year. Booth, who scored 20 points against North Carolina in the title game, has missed the entire season with pain in his surgically repaired knee and will take a redshirt. But DiVincenzo has done a lot over the last few months to alleviate concerns about Booth’s absence. The Michael Jordan of Delaware***, Donte is an insanely athletic white guard**** with impressive hops. He’s someone who will attempt three rim-rattling dunks this month… and convert one of them. He won the Virginia game in January with a last-second tip-in of Hart’s missed layup attempt. To me, he may be the best NBA prospect on the Wildcats. He’s young, and a bit raw, but he’s improved markedly over the course of the season and has next level athleticism. Just like…

*This is a nickname I assumed he would hate, but the way Villanova players chortled about it in an interview with FOX commentators during the Big East Tournament makes me think it has something to do with Donte’s, um, locker room stature. In which case, I LOVE IT. I guess all stereotypes aren’t true.

**Nardi’s time at Nova overlapped with mine, and I can tell you that he dressed like a cross between Eminem and a North Jersey meth addict. To see him in tight-fitting suits is both jarring and pleasing, mostly because everyone thought I looked like him:

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Only one of us has a our name tattooed inside a basketball on our right deltoid.

***A better nickname.

****It’s required by pontificating law to point out when a white player exceeds replacement level athleticism.

 

The X-factor

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Photo credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

SUSPENSION BRIDGES! Noted for his long arms, which find their way into every passing lane within a 12-foot radius, Bridges, as a freshman, was the breakout star of the tournament last year and secured the Final Four-clinching ball in a fashion eerily reminiscent of Dwayne McClain’s National Championship dive in 1985– YOU CAN’T TELL WHERE MCCLAIN AND BRIDGES MERGE:

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Can’t see the line, can you, Russ?

Bridges has improved almost daily since then and is now the team’s fourth leading scorer. He’s long, athletic, and can shoot the three. He’s beginning to develop an ability to create off the bounce, too. He’s obviously very good defensively and on the boards. If Bridges adds some muscle, he’ll be a legit NBA prospect by this time next year. Until then, look for his long, gangly arms and corner three shooting ability to stand out. Opponents will need to pay a… wait for it… toll to get by him.

 

Moments to watch for

Jay Wright crying: Wright, who celebrates nothing, has a habit of getting Misty May during otherwise mundane moments. Like three years ago, when asked about his seniors…

… and last year, when asked about his seniors:

He fucking loves his seniors. Hart, Jenkins and Reynolds obviously hold special significance to him, so look for another teary outburst, perhaps following a hard-fought second round win over Wisconsin.

Jay Wright fist pump: It’s well-documented that Wright is a don when it comes to on-court celebrations, but, like most coaches, he’s different behind closed doors. His affable, friendly demeanor gives way to a crazy strict (but well-liked!) coach who lets his true emotions fly when the team overcomes a hurdle, like last year after Villanova advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009:

If you look closely, you can see Villanova President Fr. Donohue in the background counting the donations.

Tomes have been written about that fist pump. Well, one. In fact, I wrote it.

 

Buzzwords

Attitude. Gonna be hearing a lot of it. For one, it’s the name of Jay’s new book (available now on Amazon!). But it’s also the trigger word for his players to snap into their Navy and White trance and play the game the Wright way (I have so many puns). Attitude is diving for loose balls, helping teammates up, moving on to the next play, TAKING CHARGES– it’s not all lip service with Nova. Jay believes it and his players buy in. This group, in particular, is mentally rock solid and virtually unflappable. Villanova may go down, but it won’t be for a lack of effort or because they came unglued. But it might be because…

 

Weaknesses

There are two:

  1. Size. As is usually the case for Villanova teams that rely heavily on the three-pointer, they are lacking depth in the middle. Jay’s best teams typically have big men and swing players who can shoulder the burden, at least for a little while, when the shots aren’t falling. Guys like Dante Cunningham, Dwayne Anderson and Shane Clark in 2009, and Daniel Ochefu last year. Ochefu proved to be an NBA talent– he could get easy baskets and gobble up rebounds. This year, it’s Darryl Reynolds, an athletic big man who is plenty serviceable, in the middle. It gets awfully thin behind him. When he missed a few games due to injury at the end of the season, the energetic and effective Eric Paschall, and Dylan Painter, large freshman, had to shoulder some of the load. They did fine, but that won’t cut it should Reynolds miss any significant time due to injury or foul trouble.
  2. Guard depth. This sounds odd, but bear with me. Villanova has replaced Ryan Arcidiacono, Jalen Brunson and Phil Booth with Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and ???. Brunson is, talent wise, an upgrade over Arcidiacono. DiVincenzo fills the Booth role well. But what they’re missing is the third option. Brunson and Booth played a combined 47 minutes in the National Championship game. Booth had 20 points. They needed them. The “lack” of depth isn’t a huge concern, obviously, because guard play is a strength for Nova, but Arcidiacono graduating and Booth going down this season left them one able-bodied guard short of what they had last year. Still, it might not matter because…

 

Strengths

They’ve improved so much everywhere else. Brunson may not have NBA athleticism, but he’s beginning to look like a guy who could flirt with the Association. He’s really good. He’s Corey Fisher, Scottie Reynolds and Arcidiacono wrapped into one. Hell, he even sort of looks like an amalgamation of all ball-handling Nova guards before him. If his father didn’t go to Temple, I’d swear he was gestated in the tunnel that connects the Pavilion and whatever they’re calling the field house these days. If Jay Wright said “Build me a guard,” some omniscient AI would spit out Brunson, who has the ball-handling skills of Fisher, the scoring touch of Reynolds, and the intangibles of Arcidiacono.

Meanwhile, Hart has gone from good to great.

Bridges has progressed from a large-winged bench player with an innocent face into a large-winged starter who can rebound, defend and score… with an innocent face. He possesses a unique skill set the team didn’t have last season. HE CONNECTS TWO LARGES BODIES OF LAND OVER A BODY OF WATER.

Kris Jenkins is… well, Kris Jenkins. I’m not trying to sound down on him in this post, but his stats remain largely the same as last year. He’s a very good college basketball player with incredible range. He’s now more experienced and has handled his newfound fame well. If anything, I take for granted how good he is and #allthesmallthings he does.

DiVincenzo, filling the Booth role from last year, is more athletic. He’s a freak. He’s the Michael Jordan of Delaware. He’s good for a few head-scratching plays, but they’ve decreased in frequency over the course of the season as he’s become acclimated to the pace of play.

For a team known for its shooting ability, Villanova can score in a variety of ways and is extremely balanced in its 7-8-man rotation. Their ball movement makes it seem as though they’re putting on a clinic, and whoever winds up with the rock is typically someone who can shoot it or drive with it. They do an incredible job of freeing up an open man along the baseline, and yet they can make it rain from beyond NBA range. Bang.

Defensively, they’re the basketball equivalent of a taking sandpaper to your testicles. They will irritate the shit out of you and then take your ball. They possess the rare ability take away your soul with defensive steals and fast break points. They’ll throw a little 1-2-2 press at you, literally as a mind-fuck.

They. Make. Their. Free Throws. Even on off nights, Villanova has perfected the grind it out, wear ’em down tactic. Mark my words, if they go far in the tournament, they’ll win at least one game by grinding someone’s vas deferens down to a nub through a combination of sandpaper D and free-throw shooting. The other team will forfeit out of chafeage or just sheer boredom. Attitude.

And despite losing Arcidiacono and Ochefu, Villanova somehow seems better than they were last season. In Hart and Brunson, they have two premium talents. I’m not sure they had one player last year who was as good as both of them are now. The whole team is so remarkably mentally tough. They’re experienced. What’s more, they have taken every opponent’s best shot for the entire season, often in hostile environments, and they came out of it 31-3, losing only Butler, who had their number, and on the road against Marquette… this in a conference that got seven – SEVEN – teams into the tournament. Like I said earlier, they inspire confidence.

 

The outcome

Nova is certainly good enough to win it all– in fact they might be favored to do so. But the NCAA Tournament has so many random elements to it that even the heaviest favorite still has a relatively low chance of winning. Therefore, my best guess is that they ultimately fall short, not because their shots don’t fall, but when one of their forwards gets into foul trouble and the band-aid of double teams and Dylan Painter isn’t enough to get them through it. Simply put, Villanova might not have quite enough front court depth to overcome one weird night. I would, of course, love to be wrong. Enjoy the cheese. Buy a shirt:

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73 Comments

  • Mikey gargangelo March 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    First

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    • Mt. St. Mary's ! March 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      MSMU 72
      Nova 66

      BOOM!!!!!

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      • Mount the Mountie March 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

        I dated a girl from Mt. St. Mary’s once. Best rack ever. EVER.

        They called her “Five-minute Martie” because her tits came in the room five minutes before the rest of her did.

        That has nothing to do with the upcoming game, but it’s a still a happy story, dont’cha think?

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        • Boobies March 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

          You just described my sister-in-law.

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          • Mount the Mountie March 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

            Yeah, it probably is. You live locally. I saw you peeking at them, too.

      • Tina from Mall Chevrolet March 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

        howd that work out?

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    • LaVar Arrington March 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Ava Graham spent time in Mike Nardi dorm room. Truth.

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    • Jay Wrong March 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Fuck Villanova

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  • Slowpoke Rodriguez March 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    too long, didnt read it, just looked at the pictures.
    i still dont give a shit about villanova and their 3000 fans.
    waiting for the christian mccafferty stalker to post again…

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  • Short answer: March 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    No

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  • Tony Tomsula March 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    still nothing on Jay being on the #1 Sports Podcast in the country?

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  • would love to watch okafor beat the shit out of jake pavorsky March 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Did Klausner ghostwrite this novel?

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  • Sean Brace March 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Special Olympics organizer girlfriend” Why do you have to make fun of retards, kyle

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  • Jodie Macnow Morganti March 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    UVA wins & my bracket is still perfect

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  • Once again March 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    It’s not the team we hate, but the fans. Nova fans have no commonalities with the average Philly fan. They are suburban punks (except for the recruited athletes) that couldn’t find the city on a map. Take you for instance Kyle, you write about Philly teams, but are too scared to actually step foot in the city. And you wonder why no one accepts Nova as part of Philly. It’s because your not one of us!

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    • Once again March 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      *You’re

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    • Again March 16, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      So they aren’t white trash. Thanks for clearing that up.

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      • Lawncrest Larry March 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm

        You calling me white trash to my face there bubs?

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        • smigel's drug store March 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm

          what’s up, Larry?

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    • charles March 18, 2017 at 5:33 am

      doesn’t matter cause Wisconsin is gonna hand you your ass, Kyle Broflovski

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      • fucking prescient, eh March 18, 2017 at 5:24 pm

        fucking prescient, eh

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  • Reality March 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Didn’t you move like 100 miles from the Villanova area?

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    • Trish Sports March 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      His parties are more likely to host a bunch of hicks.

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  • Jake Pavorsky is a Little Twerp March 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I think I speak for everyone when we say we hate Nova because of you and more and more you are someone I would hate in real life.

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  • Kyles new house party March 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    WELCOME! The budweiser and shine is in the corner, the overalls and shit kickers are everywhere, the toothless hick is slapping his side piece while his Special Olympics girlfriend looks on is emotionally absent, and the air of human excrement fills the room. You’re welcome to join in on the festivities– just remember, don’t speak unless spoken to and, please, try to get some jeans that are covered in cow shit. Welcome to my new neighborhood, 100 miles from Villanova.

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  • Ish- the Mike miss caller March 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Is Mike nardi still a wigger? Looks like he cleaned up his act

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    • Sean Brace March 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Sell out

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  • The Residents of Philadelphia March 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    No.

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  • Is Dave Zangaro packing? March 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Looks like the type with a beer can thick shorty in his pants.

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  • KYLE BLOWHARD SCOTT March 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Kyle fucking Scott, this article might have given you crown of stupidest media personality around. (Notice how I didn’t say Philly). Nova is not a Philadelphia school. Fuck you alright, don’t say that “they have a banner in the Wells Fargo center” so does fucking Billy Joel. Also, it is a college team. I don’t consider my school, temple, a Philadelphia team. There are 4 PHILADELPHIA TEAMS. And the soccer team in Kensington I guess. But you aren’t even gonna read this comment you blow-hard. You’re just gonna see that I said “Villanova isn’t a Philadelphia school or team” and you’re gonna get triggered and write a 20 paragraph long article about what what having anal with Jay Wright would be like.

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    • I know geography March 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      the soccer team plays in Chester jabroni

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  • Simple Explanation (and a pop quiz) March 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    People don’t hate the school itself; they hate the preppy, snotty entitled punks the environment produces.
    True story. I moved into my new house about a month ago. There are 10 homes on my street. One had a Villanova banner on the door. Only one of my new neighbors is a douche bag.
    Guess which one?

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    • Shut it down March 17, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Nobody gives a fuck about your true story or your shitty block go fuck yourself along with every other commentor who thinks we care about your personal life.

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      • Hextall's Glasses March 17, 2017 at 10:28 am

        Long time commenter/hardo SHUT IT DOWN here getting all upset over someone’s internet comment is very CB.

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  • DSDM March 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Nova Nation!

    I let all my employees, all 62 of them hear about it all the time. If they went to Nova, they would own the business. That’s how we roll.

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  • wrongnessmaximus March 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Good GOD! That was over-long and uninteresting.

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    • Jim Adair March 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Perhaps another Sixers post by me would help you appreciate this. I hear TJ just tweeted a happy face emoji. I could stretch that into a story.

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  • Your Friend Greg March 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Fuck you and fuck Nova!

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    • DSDM March 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Great post! Now, fetch me a cup of coffee.

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  • Crying Flute clam March 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!

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  • WRONG! March 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Just because you’re a Nova doesn’t mean the rest of the city/region is. About 10% of the sports fans care about what Nova does. And that’s a year after they won the whole thing…. You would figure that would create new fans. Nope. None. No one cares. For example, see that lame ass championship parade… I mean pep rally from last year. I’m not trying to be a dark cloud above your head…. you’re a fan. Great. Enjoy. Have fun. But the rest of us, don’t care.

    We all know that Wisconsin is gonna stomp their ass in the second round anyway. Straight bloodbath. Get the body bags ready.

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    • JB March 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Damn. I nailed it. Murder city.

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  • John conner March 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I dont see why youre hamming up this idea that philly people hate nova. I havent seen/heard one media interview or piece with local people where anyone bashed nova — and that includes the temple grads on the radio and csn. Even Phil Martelli, who you said is a classless jerk, has never once said anything but extremely positive things about nova in interviews. Literally the only people ive seen that hate nova are the comment trolls on here and a handful of super towny south philly people who have never traveled outside the tri state area. If anything, youre just reinforcing the “nova fans are stuck up mainline jabronis” by constantly airing out your McNabb-ian “woe is me” complex in every single nova article you post. Just write about the stinkin team for cryin out loud.

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  • Nova Nation Baby March 16, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Lol at the hate.

    Go back to worshipping 2nd rate frumpy clowns like “Fran” Dunphy and Phil Martelli

    Jay Wright is a charasmatic, first class, elite head coach. This city should worship him but all the mouthbreathers are miserable and hate anyone who isn’t a “blue collar scumbag”

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    • Therealdeco March 16, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Check your dictionary. Charismatic? I don’t think so. He is a dullard and masks that with the nice suit, etc. He is classy though and it is hard to dislike him.

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  • Serious Question March 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Anyone ever tell you that you look like Marv from home alone?

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  • Rollie Massimino March 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I love the toothless morons from Port Richmond and Mayfair complaining that Villanova is not a Philly school.
    Why would anybody with means live in the shithole that is Philadelphia unless they were monumentally stupid?
    BTW, your sister blew me for $15 under the El last week.

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    • Lawncrest Larry March 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      For what reason would somebody with means catch one under the el? Plus you got ripped off.

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      • charles March 18, 2017 at 6:12 am

        exactly. 13th and girard bj’s are only $2.50.

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  • Benny Blanco March 16, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Lol…dude bragging about being rich while the school is a bunch of suckers overpaying for a mediocre education because they couldn’t get into a better school and want to feel rich

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  • Let's hit it. March 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    No no one wants to be a nova fan now go back to your dick sucking hole.

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  • Temple Never Forgets March 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    i never like nova really, but my hatred of this school went to a different level when they screwed temple. temple has the largest alumni base in the area and villanova stabbed them in the back. heres the short of it:

    the big east was being torn apart by conference realignment. they were trying to save football and needed new football schools. temple, at this point in the mac and a stable program, was a target, especially coupled with their good basketball program. villanova said no. why? protecting its stupid recruiting territory. since all the catholic schools had each other’s backs, temple never had the votes for inclusion. eventually, it got to the point where temple HAD to get in to save big east football and get them to 8 teams. but that year only temple football went in. they made hoops wait. the next year? football and basketball split.

    it was the most gross thing thats ever happened in the big 5 and that includes nova and fatass rollie massimino breaking it up. temple HELPED la salle get in a10 in the 90s….but here was nova, ruining what couldve been a fun basketball situation because of fear. at the same time as this, texas/baylor/tech allowed tcu to enter the big 12. this is big 12 football in texas — as big as it gets in college sports — allowing another team to enter to a recruiting territory. villanova? nope they said. sorry temple. villanova can rot. the knife is still in our backs.

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  • Mikey Missed says unless you root for Cats your a shithead March 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Hey Mike, go fuck yourself. I’ll root for any team I want.

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  • Cole March 17, 2017 at 4:13 am

    As a double alumnus of a different big east school who can’t seem to get back in the tournament I’m really pulling for you guys. Plus I picked you all to win it all again so it’d be nice to win some $ from that. Kyle though seriously don’t you have anything better then this? I miss the old cb days when you had pitch counts and sprays from cliff Lee spring training starts. That was reporting. That was worm that a guy deserved to be paid a lot of money for to entertain us. Now all we get is this crap every couple of days. Didn’t you just pay Leslie gudel or some other hole from csn to be a contributor here? Has she done anything. Bring back the old cb! Gonna be checking a lot more these next few weeks and I need my entertainment from you. Maybe then I’ll consider not skipping one of your stupid surveys or buying an awful shirt.

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  • Syle Kott March 17, 2017 at 4:17 am

    I don’t understand why people hate Nova! *writes pretentious fluff piece about Nova*

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  • Miguel March 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Phîłłÿ ïñfłüêñćęr

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  • Jack March 17, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I am just confused on why you think you are qualified to write an article like this. You’ve never played the game before, you have never coached, so what makes your opinion worth sharing? Why as a reader, should I even trust what you have to say? You think because you have invested time watching the game, that you actually know and understand it fully? For posts like this, I’ll go to a former player, coach, analyst who has some ties to the game.

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  • I had this discussion yesterday - March 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I went to Nova, and I don’t want you to root for them. If I went anywhere else I’d hate them as much as you. But I didn’t. Call it the Eagles Complex.

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  • Go Wildcats!!! March 18, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Long time reader, first time poster. I happily live in Center City and love Villanova!!! The negative commenters here are just jealous. Most people I know in Philadelphia love the Wildcats and are very excited to see this local sports team doing so well! Great article too!

    GO NOVA!!

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  • F Kyle March 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    NOVERRRRRRRRR

    YOU LOSERS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    SUCK IT

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    • Too bad wildcats! March 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      That’s really mean. Like, why would you even logon to post something like that?
      Kyle is doing a great job with this website and you should be thankful.
      I’m still a Nova fan, even with this upset loss, but I didn’t go to Nova.

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  • Pierre MacGuire March 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Ahahahaahaha! Fuck you Kyle, you pretentious douche nozzle! Serves you right you arrogant fuck. Nova sucks mega ballz just like you.

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  • Nova fan for you March 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Feel the hate! Damn! I think you are going a little over the top. People should take a step back, and realize that Villanova fans are feeling some pain right now. Remember when the Eagles lost the Super Bowl?

    Guys, seriously, how about a little compassion right now?

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    • Can't stand nova fans March 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Go lick on a smelly crackhead’s ass you douchebag.

      SO GLAD THAT NOVA WAS BOUNCED EARLY AND TO HEAR ALL YOU NOVA FANBOYS CRYING A RIVER MAKES THEM LOSING ALL THE MORE BETTER.

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  • I feel bad for you Kyle March 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Too bad buddy. Villanova had a great run. Better luck next year.

    Kyle, you do good work. Please forgive the haters, but also understand that

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  • Hate on, Hater March 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Nah, fuck Kyle. He’s earned every minute of this. Shoving Nova nonsense down our throats at the expense of many other actual Philly teams, the pinnacle of which was the very 17,000 word masturbation piece written above.

    So, now that LOLanova is a has-been, when do “Bang” shirts go on clearance?

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    • Kyle scott March 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Still got a few 1000 Pick up the Shield shirts to offload 1st.

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    • Can't stand nova fans March 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree.

      F#CK NOVA!

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  • Fuck Nova March 18, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Hahaha

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  • Tree 🌲 Pruning Sniper March 19, 2017 at 5:38 am

    As someone who grew up in Central PA and a PSU grad, I don’t get the Villanova being an elite school. Growing up where I’m from it was a small school coached by an Italian midget that lucked into a national championship with no football team.

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    • jay wright's mistress March 19, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Never got it either. I went to catholic HS in NJ at that time and remember when I was a senior after the championship everyone applied to Vanillanova and they just rode the momentum from there I guess.

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  • Get 'me next time Nova March 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Villanova is a good school, with (mostly) very good students and staff, which turns out (mostly) great young adults into the world. Villanova provides a great education at a price comparable to other schools of its caliber.

    People that hate on Nova so much really have to take a look within themselves and ask why. I can see if you attended the school and then dropped out due to bad grades or misbehavior, but otherwise you really have no right hating.

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