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TBT: The March Ahead

Photograph, Basketball Team (Varsity), 1942-1943.

Basketball Team (Varsity), 1942-1943. Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

On March 15, the NCAA tournament will begin and March Madness will officially be underway. As we Villanovans know very well, our beloved Wildcats have had great success in two of the last three NCAA tournaments: winning the championship in 2018, and making the Sweet 16 last season.

Since 2001, Hall of Famer Jay Wright has and continues to build his program around the motto “We Play for Those Who Came Before Us.” This week’s TBT follows Coach Wright’s motto and takes us back to a photograph of the 1942-1943 Villanova Men’s Basketball Team, which qualified for the Final Four in the inaugural NCAA tournament four years earlier.

While the shorts may be shorter and the shoes less flashy, the 1942-1943 team and this year’s team have both played their part in helping Villanova become a basketball powerhouse.

This picture is courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Archives and can be found on the Library’s website.

Elijah McDow is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate student.


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