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Villanova Wildcats
School Name: Villanova University
Location: Villanova, PA
Arena: Finneran Pavillion
Capacity: 6,500
Conference: Big East
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.

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.

Notable players during the Jay Wright era include Curtis Sumpter, Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Kyle Lowry, Scottie Reynolds, and Jalen Brunson.

2004-2005 Season[]

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.

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Villanova Cheerleaders Before Hoops Mania

2005-2006 Season[]

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.

2006-2007 Season[]

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.

2007-2008 Season[]

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.

2008-2009 Season[]

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.


Naismith Award

Wooden Award


  • 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

Julius Erving Award

Big East Player of the Year

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.

Opponent Result Score Site City Round
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
2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 12 Seed - Final 16
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
2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 9 Seed
Kentucky L 58-67 United Center Chicago, IL First Round
2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 1 Seed - Final 8
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
2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 5 Seed - Final 16
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
1999 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 8 Seed
Ole Miss L 70-72 Bradley Center Milwaukee, WI First Round
1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 4 Seed
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
1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 3 Seed
Portland W 92-56 Bradley Center Milwaukee, WI First Round
Louisville L 64-68 Bradley Center Milwaukee, WI Second Round
1995 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 3 Seed
Old Dominion L 81-89 (3OT) Pepsi Arena Albany, NY First Round
1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 9 Seed
Princeton W 50-48 Carrier Dome Syracuse, NY First Round
North Carolina L 69-84 Carrier Dome Syracuse, NY Second Round
1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 12 Seed
LSU L 63-70 Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, TN First Round
1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 6 Seed - Final 8
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
1986 - 10 Seed
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
1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 8 Seed - National Champion
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
1984 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 7 Seed
Marshall W 84-72 The MECCA Milwaukee, WI First Round
Illinois L 56-64 The MECCA Milwaukee, WI Second Round
1983 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 3 Seed - Final 8
Bye First 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
1982 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 3 Seed - Final 8
Bye First Round
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
1981 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 9 Seed
Houston W 90-72 Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, NC First Round
Virginia L 50-54 Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, NC Second Round
1980 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - 8 Seed
Marquette W 77-59 Providence Civic Center Providence, RI First Round
Syracuse L 83-97 Providence Civic Center Providence, RI Second Round
1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 8
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
1972 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 16
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
1971 - National Runners-Up (Later vacated.)
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
1970 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 8
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
1969 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Davidson L 61-75 Reynolds Coliseum Raleigh, NC First Round
1964 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 16
Providence W 77-66 First Round
Duke L 73-87 Regional Semifinals
Princeton W 74-62 Consolation
1962 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 8
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
1955 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 16
Duke W 74-73 Madison Square Garden New York, NY First Round
Canisius L 71-73 Palestra Philadelphia, PA Regional Semifinals
Princeton W 64-57 Palestra Philadelphia, PA Consolation
1951 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 16
North Carolina State L 62-67 Regional Semifinals
1949 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 8
Kentucky L 72-85 Madison Square Garden New York, NY Regional Finals
Yale W 78-67 Madison Square Garden New York, NY Consolation
1939 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Final 4
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.

1994, Champion.

1992, lost first round.

1989, final 8.

1987, lost first round.

1977, third place.

1968, final 8.

1967, lost first round.

1966, third place.

1965, runner-up.

1963, fourth place.

1960, final 8.

1959, lost first round.

Year-to-Year History[]

Season Head Coach Overall Record Conf. Record Postseason
1920-21 Michael Saxe 8-7 - -
1921-22 Michael Saxe 11-4 - -
1922-23 Michael Saxe 10-6 - -
1923-24 Michael Saxe 14-7 - -
1924-25 Michael Saxe 10-1 - -
1925-26 Michael Saxe 10-6 - -
1926-27 John Cashman 11-7 - -
1927-28 John Cashman 4-11 - -
1928-29 John Cashman 6-8 - -
1929-30 George Jacobs 11-6 - -
1930-31 George Jacobs 7-13 - -
1931-32 George Jacobs 7-11 - -
1932-33 George Jacobs 9-4 - -
1933-34 George Jacobs 9-3 - -
1934-35 George Jacobs 13-7 - -
1935-36 George Jacobs 6-12 - -
1936-37 Alexander Severance 15-8 - -
1937-38 Alexander Severance 25-5 - -
1938-39 Alexander Severance 20-5 - NCAA Final Four
1939-40 Alexander Severance 17-2 - -
1940-41 Alexander Severance 13-3 - -
1941-42 Alexander Severance 13-9 - -
1942-43 Alexander Severance 19-2 - -
1943-44 Alexander Severance 9-11 - -
1944-45 Alexander Severance 6-11 - -
1945-46 Alexander Severance 10-13 - -
1946-47 Alexander Severance 17-7 - -
1947-48 Alexander Severance 15-9 - -
1948-49 Alexander Severance 23-4 - NCAA Final 8
1949-50 Alexander Severance 25-4 - -
1950-51 Alexander Severance 25-7 - NCAA Final 16
1951-52 Alexander Severance 19-8 - -
1952-53 Alexander Severance 19-8 - -
1953-54 Alexander Severance 20-11 - -
1954-55 Alexander Severance 18-10 - -
1955-56 Alexander Severance 14-12 - NCAA Final 16
1956-57 Alexander Severance 10-15 - -
1957-58 Alexander Severance 12-11 - -
1958-59 Alexander Severance 18-7 - NIT First round
1959-60 Alexander Severance 20-6 - NIT Final 8
1960-61 Alexander Severance 11-13 - -

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[]

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

Villanovans Drafted[]

  • 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)


Big East[]

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.

Big Five[]

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[]

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.

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Tony Yayo At Villanova Hoops Mania 06'

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.


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