|School Name:||Villanova University|
|Head coach:||Jay Wright|
Villanova University has fielded a basketball team since the 1920-21 season. Nicknamed the "Wildcats", Villanova is a member of the Big East Conference and the Philadelphia Big Five. The Villanova Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 39 times, tied for the 8th highest total in NCAA history. They have won three national titles in 1985, 2016, and 2018, and also reached the Final Four in 1939, 1971, and 2009 (although the 1971 appearance was vacated due to NCAA rules violations). Villanova has appeared in the NIT 17 times, winning in 1994, and won five Big East tournament titles and 10 Big East regular-season titles. Villanova enters the 2020–21 season with an all-time winning percentage of .657, placing the Wildcats in a tie for 9th among all NCAA Division I men's basketball programs.
- 1 Early years (1920-1936)
- 2 Al Severance era (1936-1961)
- 3 Jack Kraft era (1961-1973)
- 4 Rollie Massimino era (1973-1992)
- 5 Steve Lappas era (1992-2001)
- 6 Jay Wright era (2001-present)
- 7 Awards
- 8 NCAA Tournament History
- 9 NIT Tournament History
- 10 Year-to-Year History
- 11 Basketball Hall of Fame
- 12 Retired Numbers and Jerseys
- 13 Villanova Career Records
- 14 Villanovans in the NBA/ABA
- 15 Rivals
- 16 Hoops Mania
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Early years (1920-1936)
Villanova began its varsity basketball program in 1920. Michael Saxe coached for six seasons, from 1920-1926, compiling a 64-30 record (.681). John Cashman coached three seasons, from 1926-1929, compiling a 21-21 record (.447). George Jacobs coached seven seasons, from 1929-1936, and had a 62-56 record (.525).
The team played its first game in 1920 in Alumni Hall on Villanova's campus, beating Catholic University 43-40. In the early years, Villanova's home courts were Alumni Hall and West Catholic High School. The Wildcats moved into the Villanova Field House (now known as the Jake Nevin Field House) in 1932. Villanova also played many home games at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 1929. The Wildcats played home games in both the Villanova Field House and the Palestra until 1986.
Al Severance era (1936-1961)
Alexander Severance coached Villanova for 25 seasons, from 1936 to 1961. It was under the leadership of Coach Severance that Villanova's basketball program rose to prominence. Severance compiled a 413-201 record (.673).
The 1939 team won the first ever NCAA Tournament game, which put them in the first Final Four. Severance led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament again in 1949, 1951, and 1955. Villanova earned NIT bids in 1959 and 1960.
The most storied player in Villanova history, Paul Arizin, played during this era. Severance discovered Arizin, already a Villanova student, playing basketball in the Villanova Fieldhouse. Arizin holds the Villanova record for most points in a game (85), and is credited with inventing the jump shot.
Other notable players from the Severance era include Larry Hennessy, and Bob Schafer .
1939 Final Four
The inaugural 1939 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament featured eight teams from throughout the country. Villanova, representing the Middle Atlantic States, beat Brown, representative of the New England States, 43-40 before a crowd of 3,500 at the Palestra. The following night, the Wildcats lost to Ohio State 53-36 in the Eastern Division Championship
Jack Kraft era (1961-1973)
Jack Kraft coached Villanova for 12 years, from 1961 through 1973. He compiled a 238-95 record (.715). Kraft led Villanova to the NCAA Tournament six times, and five times to the NIT. Only once did Kraft's teams fail to earn a post-season bid, in his final season. The 1971 team, led by Howard Porter, reached the NCAA Championship game, and lost to UCLA at the height of the UCLA dynasty.
Notable players during the Jack Kraft era include: Chris Ford, Tom Ingelsby, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Jim Washington, and Hubie White.
1971 NCAA Finalist
On March 27, 1971, Villanova made its first appearance in an NCAA basketball tournament championship game. The unheralded Wildcats took on the legendary John Wooden and his mighty UCLA Bruins. The 28-1 UCLA squad featured Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, Henry Bibby, and Steve Patterson. Going into the title game, the Bruins had won six of the previous seven NCAA championships, including the previous four.
Jack Kraft's Villanova squad, nicknamed the "Iron Men", was made up of just nine players. Led by Howard Porter, Clarence Smith, Hank Siemiontkowski, Chris Ford, and Tom Ingelsby, Villanova amassed a 27-6 record, including a shocking 90-47 victory over a powerhouse Penn squad.
Villanova fought from behind for most of the game, twice cutting the lead to three in the final minutes. Villanova lost by six, 68-62. The six-point loss was the narrowest spread of UCLA's seven consecutive victories in NCAA title games.
Despite the loss, Villanova's Howard Porter was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Porter was later stripped of the award and the team's NCAA victories were vacated after it was discovered that Porter had violated NCAA rules because he had signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Condors of the American Basketball Association during the middle of his senior year.
Rollie Massimino era (1973-1992)
During Rollie Massimino's tenure, the Villanova Wildcats abandoned their traditional independent status by joining the newly-formed Eastern Eight Conference in 1975. In 1980, the 'Cats moved into the new Big East Conference. Villanova was a power in the Big East during its early years, along with Georgetown, St. John's, and Syracuse. The 1980s were the golden age of the Big East, highlighted by the 1985 NCAA Tournament, when Villanova, Georgetown, and St. John's reached the Final Four.
Massimino's teams had tremendous success in the NCAA Tournament, usually in an underdog role. Coach Massimino led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament eleven times, winning in 1985. His teams reached the Final Eight five times in an eleven-year span: 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1988. Coach Massimino's teams were well-prepared for the Tournament, always playing a difficult schedule, and playing tenacious defense. Massimino lost the opening game in the Tournament only one time.
Massimino coached for 19 seasons at Villanova, compiling a record of 357-241 (.596). In the NCAA Tournament, Massimino had a 20-10 record (.667).
Notable players from the Massimino era include Alex Bradley, Stewart Granger, Keith Herron, Dwayne McClain, Harold Jensen, Ed Pinckney, John Pinone, Harold Pressley, Rory Sparrow, and Doug West.
In 1976, the Wildcats played their first game in the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Because of the greater seating capacity, the 'Cats generally played a few home games each year at the Spectrum until the opening of the venue now known as Wells Fargo Center. Villanova christened its current home court, now known as Finneran Pavilion, with a 64-62 victory over Maryland on February 1, 1986.
1985 National Champions
In 1985, under the direction of coach Rollie Massimino, the men's basketball team completed one of the most surprising runs in NCAA tournament history by winning the national championship in the first year of the 64-team field. The eighth-seeded Wildcats beat Dayton (at Dayton), then upset top-seeded Michigan, Maryland and second-seeded North Carolina to win the Southeast Regional en route to the Final Four in Lexington, Kentucky. After defeating 2-seed Memphis State in the national semifinals, Villanova met defending champion and ten-point-favorite Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing, in the title game.
Top-seeded Georgetown had beaten conference rival Villanova twice during the regular season, and had reached the title game with tenacious defense, which gave up less than 40% of their opponents' shots from the field in both the regular season and the postseason. But in perhaps the greatest shooting performance in NCAA history, the Wildcats went 22-of-28 from the field to convert a blistering 78.6% of their shots, including a second half where they missed only one basket. The Hoyas hung tough, converting 55% of their 53 attempts, but were unable to overcome the astounding shooting performance as Villanova won 66-64 to claim the NCAA championship. The Wildcat squad remains the only eight-seed and the lowest overall seed in tournament history to win the championship, and their overall team shooting percentage remains an NCAA tournament record for a single game. The game is often cited among the greatest upsets in College basketball history. Ed Pinckney, who shot 5-of-7 and had 16 points in the game, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Steve Lappas era (1992-2001)
The Steve Lappas era was marked by extraordinary strong teams, including teams that won Villanova's only NIT and Big East Tournament Championships. However, Lappas' teams are also remembered for their underachieving performances in NCAA Tournaments.
Lappas compiled a respectable record of 174-110 (.613) during his years at Villanova. The 1994 and 1995 teams, led by Kerry Kittles, Jason Lawson, and Jonathan Haynes, won the NIT and Big East Tournaments, respectively. However, one week after their victory in the Big East Championship, the 1995 Wildcats lost a triple-overtime thriller to underdog Old Dominion, in a game that many Villanova fans consider the most painful game in Villanova history.
Under Coach Lappas, Villanova reached the NCAA Tournament in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1999, compiling a 2-4 record.
Notable players in the Lappas era include Michael Bradley, Kerry Kittles, Jason Lawson, Tim Thomas, and Alvin Williams.
Villanova began playing a few major home games at the Wachovia Center beginning in 1998. Wachovia Center was known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center before it adopted the Wachovia Center name.
1994 NIT Champions
On March 30, 1994, Villanova became the 15th school to win both NCAA and NIT Championships when the Wildcats defeated Vanderbilt 80-73 to win the NIT title. The Wildcats were led by Jonathan Haynes, who scored 19 points, and Kerry Kittles, who posted 18. Eric Eberz added 16 points and seven rebounds. Haynes and Kittles earned spots on the All-Tournament team for their efforts.
Jay Wright era (2001-present)
Jay Wright was named Villanova's coach in 2001. As a former Rollie Massimino assistant, Wright was well-acquainted with Villanova. Prior to his appointment at Villanova, Wright was head coach at Hofstra.
Villanova has earned a post-season tournament berth in each of Wright's seven seasons as Villanova head coach. The Wildcats played in the NIT in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and in the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. During Wright's tenure, Villanova has compiled a 7-4 record in the NCAA Tournament. Three of Wright's four NCAA Tournament losses at Villanova were to the eventual National Champion.
Under coach Jay Wright, Villanova's men's basketball team reached the 2005 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, losing to #1 seed and eventual champion North Carolina by one point on a disputed call. The gritty Wildcats nearly beat North Carolina despite the loss of star forward Curtis Sumpter to a season-ending knee injury.
Led by senior guards Randy Foye and Allan Ray, the Villanova men's basketball team began the 2005-2006 year ranked #4 in the major polls from USA Today and the Associated Press. Having lost only three regular season games, the Wildcats enjoyed a #1 seed in the 2006 tournament -- their first. The Wildcats' wins over Monmouth, Arizona, and Boston College brought them to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988. Villanova's 75-62 loss in Minneapolis to eventual champion Florida ended the team's run for a second NCAA championship in the Regional Final. The loss to Florida was the second consecutive year that Villanova was eliminated in the NCAA Tournament by the eventual national champion. The Wildcats' 28 wins during the 2006 campaign represent the most victories for any Villanova Men's Basketball team.
Wright's 2006-2007 team was composed mainly of freshmen and sophomores who, at times, struggled to mesh. The Wildcats improved throughout the season, due in large part to the emergence of freshman Scottie Reynolds. Villanova finished the 2006-07 season with a record of 22-11. The Wildcats earned an at-large bid to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to the Kentucky Wildcats. Villanova's 2006-07 Free throw percentage of .781 led the NCAA, and set a Villanova season record.
The 2007-08 campaign was an erratic one for the young Wildcats, a team with no seniors. After a promising 9-1 start, Villanova had a rough start to its Big East season. In mid-season, the Wildcats lost five consecutive games by double digits, as the freshmen struggled to adjust to the college game, and the experienced players encountered difficulties in adjusting to leadership positions. In February and March, as the players became more comfortable within Coach Wright's system, and with improved defense, the team began to win.
A win against Syracuse in the Big East Tournament was good enough for the Wildcats to secure one of the final at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. Villanova proved it was worthy of the bid with an upset over Clemson Tigers men's basketball and a victory over Siena put them in the final 16 teams in the tournament, where they lost to eventual National Champion Kansas.
Coming off of a 22-13 (9-9) record in the 2008 season, Villanova is returning all but one from their entire roster that made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The squad with no seniors, lost 6 of 7 games during a 3-week span in the middle of the season, but came back in form to make the NCAA tournament.
Following the 2008 Season, freshman guard Macolm Grant has transferred to the University of Miami. The team will find one new addition, in 6′11″ freshman center Maurice Sutton from Largo, MD.
- 2018 – Jalen Brunson
- 2018 – Jalen Brunson
- 1947 Joe Lord (Third Team)
- 1950 Paul Arizin
- 1952 Larry Hennessy (Third Team)
- 1953 Larry Hennessy (Third Team)
- 1954 Bob Schafer (Third Team)
- 1962 Hubie White
- 1964 Wali Jones
- 1966 Bill Melchionni
- 1969 Howard Porter
- 1970 Howard Porter
- 1971 Howard Porter
- 1972 Hank Siemiontkowski
- 1983 John Pinone (Third Team)
- 1983 Ed Pinckney (Second Team)
- 1995 Kerry Kittles (Second Team)
- 1996 Kerry Kittles
- 1997 Alvin Williams (AP Honorable Mention)
- 1997 Tim Thomas (AP Honorable Mention)
- 2001 Michael Bradley (Second Team)
- 2006 Randy Foye
- 2006 Allan Ray (Third Team, Naismith Award Finalist)
- 2010 – Scottie Reynolds
- 2016 – Josh Hart (Third Team)
- 2017 – Josh Hart
- 2018 – Jalen Brunson
- 2018 – Mikal Bridges (Third Team)
National Freshman of the Year
- 1997 Tim Thomas
National Coach of the Year
- 2006 – Jay Wright
- 2016 – Jay Wright
Bob Cousy Award
- 2018 – Jalen Brunson
Julius Erving Award
- 2017 – Josh Hart
- 2018 – Mikal Bridges
Big East Player of the Year
- 1995 – Kerry Kittles
- 2006 – Randy Foye
- 2015 – Ryan Arcidiacono (shared with Kris Dunn of Providence)
- 2017 – Josh Hart
- 2018 – Jalen Brunson
Big East Rookie of the Year
- 1997 Tim Thomas
- 2007 Scottie Reynolds
- 2018 – Omari Spellman
Big East Coach of the Year
- 1982 Rollie Massimino
- 2006 Jay Wright
- 2009 – Jay Wright
- 2014 – Jay Wright
- 2015 – Jay Wright
- 2016 – Jay Wright
NCAA Tournament History
Villanova has appeared in 39 NCAA Tournaments, beginning with the first in 1939. The Wildcats have amassed a tournament record of 65–37 (.637), and were the national champions in 1985, 2016, and 2018. They have won as the underdog (based on tournament seeding) 16 times, more than any other team. Villanova is also one of only two programs, the other being Ohio State, that has played in the NCAA Tournament in every decade since the 1930s.
|2019 − 6 Seed|
|Saint Mary's||W||61–57||XL Center||Hartford, Connecticut||First Round|
|Purdue||L||61–87||XL Center||Hartford, Connecticut||Second Round|
|2018 − 1 Seed – NCAA CHAMPIONS|
|Radford||W||87–61||PPG Paints Arena||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||First Round|
|Alabama||W||81–58||PPG Paints Arena||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Second Round|
|West Virginia||W||90–78||TD Garden||Boston, Massachusetts||Regional Semifinals|
|Texas Tech||W||71–59||TD Garden||Boston, Massachusetts||Regional Final|
|Kansas||W||95–79||Alamodome||San Antonio, Texas||National Semifinals|
|Michigan||W||79–62||Alamodome||San Antonio, Texas||National Championship|
|2017 − 1 Seed|
|Mount St. Mary's||W||76–56||KeyBank Center||Buffalo, New York||First Round|
|Wisconsin||L||62–65||KeyBank Center||Buffalo, New York||Second Round|
|2016 – 2 Seed – NCAA CHAMPIONS|
|UNC Asheville||W||86–56||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||First Round|
|Iowa||W||87–68||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||Second Round|
|Miami||W||92–69||KFC Yum! Center||Louisville, Kentucky||Regional Semifinals|
|Kansas||W||64–59||KFC Yum! Center||Louisville, Kentucky||Regional Final|
|Oklahoma||W||95–51||NRG Stadium||Houston, Texas||National Semifinals|
|North Carolina||W||77–74||NRG Stadium||Houston, Texas||National Championship|
|2015 – 1 Seed|
|Lafayette||W||93–52||Consol Energy Center||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Second Round|
|North Carolina State||L||68–71||Consol Energy Center||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Third Round|
|2014 – 2 Seed|
|Milwaukee||W||73–53||First Niagara Center||Buffalo, New York||Second Round|
|UConn||L||65–77||First Niagara Center||Buffalo, New York||Third Round|
|2013 – 9 Seed|
|North Carolina||L||71–78||Sprint Center||Kansas City, Missouri||Second Round|
|2011 – 9 Seed|
|George Mason||L||57–61||Quicken Loans Arena||Cleveland, Ohio||Second Round|
|2010 – 2 Seed|
|Robert Morris||W||73–70 OT||Dunkin' Donuts Center||Providence, Rhode Island||First Round|
|Saint. Mary's||L||68–75||Dunkin' Donuts Center||Providence, Rhode Island||Second Round|
|2009 – 3 Seed – FINAL FOUR|
|American||W||80–67||Wachovia Center||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||First Round|
|UCLA||W||89–69||Wachovia Center||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Second Round|
|Duke||W||77–54||TD Banknorth Garden||Boston, Massachusetts||Regional Semifinals|
|Pittsburgh||W||78–76||TD Banknorth Garden||Boston, Massachusetts||Regional Final|
|North Carolina||L||69–83||Ford Field||Detroit, Michigan||National Semifinals|
|Kansas||L||57-72||Ford Field||Detroit, MI||Regional Semifinals|
|Siena||W||84-72||St. Pete Times Forum||Tampa, FL||Second Round|
|Clemson Tigers||W||75-69||St. Pete Times Forum||Tampa, FL||First Round|
|Kentucky||L||58-67||United Center||Chicago, IL||First Round|
|Monmouth||W||58-45||Wachovia Center||Philadelphia, PA||First Round|
|Arizona||W||82-78||Wachovia Center||Philadelphia, PA||Second Round|
|Boston College||W||60-59 (OT)||Metrodome||Minneapolis, MN||Regional Semifinals|
|Florida||L||62-75||Metrodome||Minneapolis, MN||Regional Finals|
|New Mexico||W||55-47||Gaylord Entertainment Center||Nashville, TN||First Round|
|Florida||W||76-65||Gaylord Entertainment Center||Nashville, TN||Second Round|
|North Carolina||L||67-66||Carrier Dome||Syracuse, NY||Regional Semifinals|
|Ole Miss||L||70-72||Bradley Center||Milwaukee, WI||First Round|
|Long Island||W||101-91||Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum||Winston-Salem, NC||First Round|
|California||L||68-75||Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum||Winston-Salem, NC||Second Round|
|Portland||W||92-56||Bradley Center||Milwaukee, WI||First Round|
|Louisville||L||64-68||Bradley Center||Milwaukee, WI||Second Round|
|Old Dominion||L||81-89 (3OT)||Pepsi Arena||Albany, NY||First Round|
|Princeton||W||50-48||Carrier Dome||Syracuse, NY||First Round|
|North Carolina||L||69-84||Carrier Dome||Syracuse, NY||Second Round|
|LSU||L||63-70||Thompson-Boling Arena||Knoxville, TN||First Round|
|Arkansas||W||82-74||Riverfront Coliseum||Cincinnati, OH||First Round|
|Illinois||W||66-63||Riverfront Coliseum||Cincinnati, OH||Second Round|
|Kentucky||W||80-74||BJCC||Birmingham, AL||Regional Semifinals|
|Oklahoma||L||59-78||BJCC||Birmingham, AL||Regional Finals|
|Virginia Tech||W||71-62||LSU Assembly Center||Baton Rouge, LA||First Round|
|Georgia Tech||L||61-66||LSU Assembly Center||Baton Rouge, LA||Second Round|
|Dayton||W||51-49||University of Dayton Arena||Dayton, OH||First Round|
|Michigan||W||59-55||University of Dayton Arena||Dayton, OH||Second Round|
|Maryland||W||46-43||BJCC||Birmingham, AL||Regional Semifinals|
|North Carolina||W||56-44||BJCC||Birmingham, AL||Regional Finals|
|Memphis State||W||52-45||Rupp Arena||Lexington, KY||National Semifinals|
|Georgetown||W||66-64||Rupp Arena||Lexington, KY||National Championship|
|Marshall||W||84-72||The MECCA||Milwaukee, WI||First Round|
|Illinois||L||56-64||The MECCA||Milwaukee, WI||Second Round|
|Lamar||W||60-56||The Summit||Houston, TX||Second Round|
|Iowa||W||55-54||Kemper Arena||Kansas City, MO||Regional Semifinals|
|Houston||L||71-89||Kemper Arena||Kansas City, MO||Regional Finals|
|Northeastern||W||76-72 (3OT)||Nassau Coliseum||Uniondale, NY||Second Round|
|Memphis State||W||70-66 (OT)||Reynolds Coliseum||Raleigh, NC||Regional Semifinals|
|North Carolina||L||60-70||Reynolds Coliseum||Raleigh, NC||Regional Finals|
|Houston||W||90-72||Charlotte Coliseum||Charlotte, NC||First Round|
|Virginia||L||50-54||Charlotte Coliseum||Charlotte, NC||Second Round|
|Marquette||W||77-59||Providence Civic Center||Providence, RI||First Round|
|Syracuse||L||83-97||Providence Civic Center||Providence, RI||Second Round|
|La Salle||W||103-97||Palestra||Philadelphia, PA||First Round|
|Indiana||W||61-60||Providence Civic Center||Providence, RI||Regional Semifinals|
|Duke Blue Devils||L||72-90||Providence Civic Center||Providence, RI||Regional Finals|
|East Carolina||W||85-70||Jadwin Gymnasium||Princeton, NJ||First Round|
|Pennsylvania||L||67-78||WVU Coliseum||Morgantown, WV||Regional Semifinals|
|South Carolina||L||78-90||WVU Coliseum||Morgantown, WV||Consolation|
|St. Joseph's (PA)||W||93-75||Palestra||Philadelphia, PA||First Round|
|Fordham||W||85-75||Reynolds Coliseum||Raleigh, NC||Regional Semifinals|
|Pennsylvania||W||90-47||Reynolds Coliseum||Raleigh, NC||Regional Finals|
|Western Kentucky||W||92-89||Astrodome||Houston, TX||National Semifinals|
|UCLA||L||62-68||Astrodome||Houston, TX||National Championship|
|Temple||W||77-69||Palestra||Philadelphia, PA||First Round|
|Niagara||W||98-73||Carolina Coliseum||Columbia, SC||Regional Semifinals|
|St. Bonaventure||L||74-94||Carolina Coliseum||Columbia, SC||Regional Finals|
|Davidson||L||61-75||Reynolds Coliseum||Raleigh, NC||First Round|
|West Virginia||W||90-75||Palestra||Philadelphia, PA||First Round|
|NYU||W||79-70||Cole Field House||College Park, MD||Regional Semifinals|
|Wake Forest||L||69-79||Cole Field House||College Park, MD||Regional Finals|
|Duke||W||74-73||Madison Square Garden||New York, NY||First Round|
|Canisius||L||71-73||Palestra||Philadelphia, PA||Regional Semifinals|
|North Carolina State||L||62-67||Regional Semifinals|
|Kentucky||L||72-85||Madison Square Garden||New York, NY||Regional Finals|
|Yale||W||78-67||Madison Square Garden||New York, NY||Consolation|
|Brown||W||42-30||Palestra||Philadelphia, PA||Regional Finals|
|Ohio State||L||36-53||Palestra||Philadelphia, PA||National Semifinals|
NIT Tournament History
Villanova has appeared in 17 NIT's.
2004, final 8.
2003, lost first round.
2002, final 8.
2001, lost first round.
2000, lost second round.
1992, lost first round.
1989, final 8.
1987, lost first round.
1977, third place.
1968, final 8.
1967, lost first round.
1966, third place.
1963, fourth place.
1960, final 8.
1959, lost first round.
|Season||Head Coach||Overall Record||Conf. Record||Postseason|
|1938-39||Alexander Severance||20-5||-||NCAA Final Four|
|1948-49||Alexander Severance||23-4||-||NCAA Final 8|
|1950-51||Alexander Severance||25-7||-||NCAA Final 16|
|1955-56||Alexander Severance||14-12||-||NCAA Final 16|
|1958-59||Alexander Severance||18-7||-||NIT First round|
|1959-60||Alexander Severance||20-6||-||NIT Final 8|
|TOTAL OVERALL RECORD:|
Basketball Hall of Fame
Paul Arizin '50, inducted 1978.
Retired Numbers and Jerseys
Villanova honors outstanding former players, coaches, and others by retiring their numbers or jerseys. For those honored, a replica jersey is hung in the rafters of Finneran Pavilion. Uniform numbers of retired jerseys remain in circulation, while retired numbers are no longer used. Paul Arizin's #11 is the only retired number. Currently, 18 have been honored with a retired number or jersey, including 13 players, four coaches, and longtime trainer Jake Nevin.
The honorees include:
Al Severance, Coach.
Jack Kraft, Coach.
Rollie Massimino, Coach (1973-92). Jersey retired in 2005.
#1 Jake Nevin, longtime trainer. Jersey retired in 1984.
#11 Paul Arizin (1947-50). Number retired in 1994.
#14 Larry Hennessy
#14 Hubie White (1959-62). Jersey retired in 2001.
#24 Wali Jones (1961-64). Jersey retired in 1995.
#24 Tom Ingelsby (1970-73). Jersey retired in 2006.
#25 Bill Melchionni (1963-66). Jersey retired in 1995.
#30 Kerry Kittles (1992-96). Jersey retired in 1998.
#33 Keith Herron
#42 Chris Ford (1969-72). Jersey retired in 2006.
#45 John Pinone (1979-83). Jersey retired in 1995.
#54 Howard Porter (1968-71). Jersey retired in 1997.
#54 Ed Pinckney (1981-85).
Villanova Career Records
Games Played: Phil Booth - 148 games
Games Started: Ryan Arcidiacono - 143 games
Rebounds: Howard Porter - 1,325 rebounds
Assists: Kenny Wilson - 627 assists
Steals: Kerry Kittles - 277 steals
Blocks: Jason Lawson - 375 blocks
Points Scored: Kerry Kittles - 2,243 points
Villanovans in the NBA/ABA
Villanova's All-Time NBA/ABA Roster
Malik Allen '00, Ryan Arcidiacono '17, Paul Arizin '50, Alex Bradley '81, Michael Bradley '01, Thomas Brennan '52, Mikal Bridges '18, Jalen Brunson '18, John Celestand '99, Dante Cunningham '09, Donte DiVincenzo '18, Chris Ford '72, Randy Foye '06, Stewart Granger '83, Josh Hart '17, Larry Hennessy '53, Keith Herron '78, Thomas Hoover '61, Tom Ingelsby '72, Wali Jones '64, Kerry Kittles '96, Red Klotz '44, Jason Lawson '97, Kyle Lowry '06, Dwayne McClain '85, Bill Melchionni '66, James Mooney '53, Richie Moore '64, Fran O'Hanlon '70, John Olive '77, Eric Paschall '19, Ed Pinckney '85, John Pinone '83, Howard Porter '71, Harold Pressley '86, Sherwin Raiken '50, Allan Ray '06, Bob Schafer '55, Rory Sparrow '80, Arthur Spector '41, Omari Spellman '18, Tim Thomas '97, Jim Washington '65, Doug West '89, Hubie White '62, Alvin Williams '97.
Villanova Players Currently in the NBA
- Ryan Arcidiacono — 2017–present
- Mikal Bridges — 2018–present
- Jalen Brunson — 2018–present
- Donte DiVincenzo — 2018–present
- Josh Hart — 2017–present
- Kyle Lowry — 2006–present
- Eric Paschall — 2019–present
- Omari Spellman — 2018–present
Villanova Records in the NBA
Games played: Kyle Lowry – 914 games
Minutes played: Kyle Lowry – 28,879 minutes
Rebounds: Jim Washington – 6,637 rebounds
Assists: Kyle Lowry – 5,657 assists
Steals: Kyle Lowry – 1,238 steals
Blocks: Ed Pinckney - 435 blocks
Three-pointers: Kyle Lowry - 1,696 threes
Points scored: Paul Arizin - 16,266 points
- 1958- Round 8, Pick 5: Tom Brennan (Philadelphia Warriors)
- 1959- Round 7, Pick 3: Joe Ryan (Philadelphia Warriors)
- 1960- Round 8, Pick 7: George Raveling (Philadelphia Warriors)
- 1962- Round 2, Pick 7: Hubie White (Philadelphia Warriors)
- 1963- Round 1, Pick 6: Tom Hoover (Syracuse Nationals)
- 1964- Round 3, Pick 2: Wali Jones (Detroit Pistons)
- 1965- Round 1, Pick 5: Jim Washington (St. Louis Hawks)
- 1965- Round 5, Pick 5: Richie Moore (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 1966- Round 2, Pick 9: Bill Melchionni (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 1967- Round 12, Pick 6: Frank Gadjunas (Cincinnati Royals)
- 1968- Round 16, Pick 8: Joe Crews (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 1969- Round 6, Pick 13: John Jones (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 1970- Round 8, Pick 12: Fran O'Hanlon (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 1971- Round 2, Pick 15: Howard Porter (Chicago Bulls)
- 1971- Round 9, Pick 7: Clarence Smith (San Francisco Warriors)
- 1972- Round 2, Pick 4: Chris Ford (Detroit Pistons)
- 1972- Round 4, Pick 3: Hank Siemiontkowski (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- 1973- Round 2, Pick 9: Tom Ingelsby (Atlanta Hawks)
- 1973- Round 11, Pick 9: Ed Hastings (Boston Celtics)
- 1977- Round 8, Pick 20: John Olive (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 1978- Round 2, Pick 2: Keith Herron (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 1980- Round 4, Pick 6: Rory Sparrow (New Jersey Nets)
- 1981- Round 4, Pick 17: Alex Bradley (New York Knicks)
- 1981- Round 7, Pick 7: Tom Sienkiewicz (Seattle SuperSonics)
- 1982- Round 5, Pick 6: Aaron Howard (New York Knicks)
- 1983- Round 1, Pick 24: Stewart Granger (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- 1983- Round 3, Pick 11: John Pinone (Atlanta Hawks)
- 1983- Round 8, Pick 19: Mike Mulquin (Phoenix Suns)
- 1984- Round 8, Pick 21: Frank Dobbs (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 1985- Round 1, Pick 10: Ed Pinckney (Phoenix Suns)
- 1985- Round 2, Pick 3: Dwayne McClain (Indiana Pacers)
- 1985- Round 7, Pick 15: Gary McLain (New Jersey Nets)
- 1986- Round 1, Pick 17: Harold Pressley (Sacramento Kings)
- 1986- Round 6, Pick 14: Chuck Everson (Utah Jazz)
- 1987- Round 6, Pick 7: Harold Jensen (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- 1989- Round 2, Pick 11: Doug West (Minnesota Timberwolves)
- 1996- Round 1, Pick 8: Kerry Kittles (New Jersey Nets)
- 1997- Round 1, Pick 7: Tim Thomas (New Jersey Nets)
- 1997- Round 2, Pick 13: Jason Lawson (Denver Nuggets)
- 1997- Round 2, Pick 19: Alvin Williams (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 1999- Round 2, Pick 1: John Celestand (Los Angeles Lakers)
- 2001- Round 1, Pick 17: Michael Bradley (Toronto Raptors)
- 2006- Round 1, Pick 7: Randy Foye (Boston Celtics)
- 2006 – Round 1, Pick 24: Kyle Lowry (Memphis Grizzlies)
- 2009 – Round 2, Pick 33: Dante Cunningham (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 2015 – Round 2, Pick 38: Darrun Hilliard (Detroit Pistons)
- 2017 – Round 1, Pick 30: Josh Hart (Utah Jazz)
- 2018 – Round 1, Pick 10: Mikal Bridges (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 2018 – Round 1, Pick 17: Donte DiVincenzo (Milwaukee Bucks)
- 2018 – Round 1, Pick 30: Omari Spellman (Atlanta Hawks)
- 2018 – Round 2, Pick 33: Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks)
- 2019 – Round 2, Pick 41: Eric Paschall (Golden State Warriors)
Most Villanovans count Georgetown as their most intense rivalry, having played a historic NCAA Championship game and many competitive Big East Tournament and regular season games against the Hoyas. Other rivals from the Big East include Providence, St. John's, and UConn. Before the 2013 split of the Big East Conference, Pitt and Syracuse were also major conference rivals.
Of the Big Five, many consider Villanova's biggest rival to be Saint Joseph's, in what has become known as the Holy War. The Wildcats hold a 41-25 lead in the series between the two schools, and have won the past three of four meetings. Currently, Jay Wright holds a 4-3 record against the Hawks and their coach, Phil Martelli. Within the Big Five, Villanova also has rivalries with Temple and Penn.
Hoops Mania has been an annual tradition to celebrate the start of basketball season. It was originally held in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse for students and has since grown larger after the success of the 2005-06 season. For the past two years it has been open to the public and students.
The 2006-07 Hoops Mania was most noted for having special guest appearances by G-Unit members 50 Cent and Tony Yayo. The Pavilion was brought to their feet and the crowd erupted as the two rap artists entered.