Posts for Villanova Category

How ‘Bout Them Quakers?

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

I know what you’re thinking –

“Kyle won’t write about the Villanova loss since he’s a biased Villanova guy.”

That’s partially true. He’s doing business stuff for the site, so he himself is not going to write about it. He asked me to whip something up in his stead.

Penn looked good last night. Really good. Credit where it’s due; they’re a well-coached squad that knows how to space the floor and play disruptive defense and do the small things well. It’s not to say that Jay Wright is chopped liver compared to Steve Donahue, because Jay obviously just won two national championships, but I think we all knew that Villanova was gonna fall off a little bit after losing a bunch of guys to the NBA. Going down to Furman early in the season showed us that they were probably ripe for a Big 5 picking.

The Quakers didn’t win every category across the board last night. They actually took three fewer shots than Nova but were better from the three point line, hitting 7 of 16 tries for a 43.8% number. Villanova put up some deep bricks to the tune of a 9-26 night (34.6%), and that was probably the key difference, the three point shooting, along with Penn grabbing 13 offensive rebounds to offset a -3 turnover margin. Nova’s bench went 0-5 from three and contributed just 11 of their 75 points, while the Quakers got 25 combined points from Michael Wang and Jake Silpe on 7-14 shooting. Nova only mustered six assists as Penn forced them to play off the bounce, and when it came down to the final minutes, they team hit their free throws to finish the job.

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Jahvon Quinerly Expresses Frustration With Villanova on Instagram

BWanksCB - December 12, 2018

Things seems to be going well on the Main Line.

Following the Wildcats’ surprising 78-75 loss to Penn, it appears freshman guard and former five-star recruit Jahvon Quinerly logged on to Instagram and shared some postgame thoughts:

Ouch.

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Sports Betting Updates

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Will Penn Disrupt Villanova’s Big 5 Dominance?

Tim Reilly - December 11, 2018

“You come at the king,” quipped The Wire‘s Omar Little, “you best not miss.” Over the course of twenty-five basketball games stretched across seven seasons, Villanova has firmly established itself atop the Big 5 throne. In that time, there have been plenty of swings at the champs, and a whole lot of whiffs.

While its city brethren have struggled to escape the shadows of their former glories, the Wildcats have been busy writing new chapters in their own history books. Jay Wright’s program has claimed two national titles in three years. Wright, who was once a Rollie Massimino lieutenant, has eclipsed the accomplishments of his former boss and cemented his place as the best coach in Villanova’s history. Finneran Pavilion, fresh off a $65 million renovation, finally matches the sartorial splendor of the head coach. And the recruiting classes haven’t been too bad, either.

If there were a season that at least one of the Big 5 teams could catch up to Villanova, it stood to reason that 2018-19 might be the one. Despite a lofty #9 ranking in the preseason AP poll, Villanova was very much a team in transition for this campaign.

Wright was tasked with replacing 4 key players from the 2017-18 championship team: Jalen Brunson, last year’s Wooden Award winner, which is given to college basketball’s best player; Mikal Bridges; Omari Spellman; and Donte Divincenzo, the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. All but Brunson were selected in the first round of the June 2018 NBA Draft.

Early in the year, the Wildcats looked vulnerable. Villanova followed up a blowout loss to Michigan with a dispiriting overtime setback to the Furman Paladins. Villanova dropped both contests on its refurbished home court.

Wright’s squad hasn’t lost since.

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Crossing Broadcast: RADIO WARS with Harry Mayes

JoyOnBroad - October 3, 2018

Kyle and Russ welcome Harry Mayes to the show to discuss his parting of ways with 97.5 the Fanatic, the pros and cons of working in terrestrial radio, reminiscing about past partnerships, the popularity of Bruno & Mayes, and what the future holds in store.

Harry can be found on Twitter (@harrymayesTU) and is part of the ownership group for the @DownloadScene app.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies Podcast, Snow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:

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Villanova Lands Highly Valued Five-Star Recruit

Kevin Kinkead - September 4, 2018

ESPN’s 12th ranked prospect for the 2019 recruiting year is headed to Villanova.

Bryan Antoine committed to the Wildcats today despite interest from Duke, Florida, Kentucky, and Kansas, becoming the highest ranked recruit to choose Nova since 2007. That’s what a pair of national titles will do for you.

From the ESPN story:

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Ranney School (New Jersey) is among the best scorers in the class, averaging 16.6 points and shooting 41.0 percent from 3-point range on the Under Armour Association circuit for Team Rio National.

Coach Jay Wright has now reeled in at least one five-star prospect in four of the past five classes. He also now has three ESPN 100 prospects in the fold for 2019, with Antoine joining four-star guard Justin Moore (No. 48) and four-star big man Eric Dixon (No. 68) in the class.

The Wildcats are also squarely in the mix for elite big man Isaiah Stewart (No. 4), among others.

Ah good, just what Nova needs, another 41% three point shooter.

It was thought that Antoine was headed to Duke, but he will instead be taking his talents to the Main Line instead, which is a huge snag for Jay Wright. The kid has a ton of skill and I recommended checking out this mixtape after the jump:

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Villanova and Penn State Schedule a Football Series

Kevin Kinkead - August 31, 2018

Not anytime soon, but in a few years.

Villanova agreed to a two-game series with Penn State for 2021 and 2025, with both contests taking place in Happy Valley.

From the press release:

“We are excited about the opportunity to get Penn State on the schedule. Playing two games in one of the best atmospheres in college football will be a great experience for our team,” said (head football coach Mark) Ferrante. “I think the Nova Nation will be excited to make the trip to Happy Valley. This game makes a lot sense for us on a number of levels.”

The Wildcats and Nittany Lions have met eight previous times on the gridiron with the last match-up coming with a 20-14 Villanova victory in 1951. Penn State currently leads the series by a 3-4-1 count.”

As for this season, Nova opens up tomorrow against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. Penn State hosts Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium.

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Villanova Basketball Does Frankie Beverly

Kevin Kinkead - July 19, 2018

Kyle isn’t here right now, or else he’d probably want this post.

Here’s the Villanova basketball team doing their best Frankie Beverly at last night’s ESPY Awards:

Not bad, not bad. Just a little off-key, but that’s okay.

Here’s the original so you can compare the two versions and decide who did it better:

Crossing Broadcast: No One Likes Us

JoyOnBroad - July 18, 2018

Kyle and Russ recap Manny Machado and Kawhi Leonard going elsewhere, if fans should feel disappointed, sports radio host rumors, what Kyle’s been working on for the past few months, and the NBCSN Philly story posted on Wednesday.

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