I promise I’m not trolling the graduates, students and inevitable supporters of such fine institutions as Temple, St. Joe’s, La Salle and Penn, because believe me, if I were going to do that, I would’ve posted about how Villanova became the number one team in the country in the midst of our mourning of Carson Wentz’s injury on Monday. But I didn’t, because truth be told, that news did little to ease the sting of an all-too-familiar feeling of being a Philly fan.
72 hours has passed now and Villanova just beat the ever living piss out of Temple, so let’s talk about their continuned dominance of all things basketball in and around the Philly area.
Tell me what these numbers represent:
No, those are not some interstellar code to unmars the genome of a speciel being (I made up two words in that sentence)– they are the scores of Villanova’s four games against Big 5 opponents this season. If you want to do math, that’s 348-250. Villanova has now won – chuckles – 22 straight Big 5 games. You can throw in a win against national runner-up Gonzaga in the middle of the provincial beatdown this year, and it all means that Villanova is 11-0 and, once again, the number one team in the country.
ESPN’s announcers, who don’t often get to see Nova due to their standing as FOX’s premier college basketball team which sees every single one of its games televised on national TV, were effusive in their praise. Specifically, the following quotes in between verbally fellating Jalen Brunson as he dominated his fallback school: Villanova has “ownership of [college] basketball in this city” and that there is “no better coach in the country [than Jay Wright].”
All things we knew by now, but it’s always good to be reminded of true greatness.