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Flashback to BIG EAST Tournament 1968-69

By Abby Stinson


Get ready to rally behind our Wildcats this week as the men’s basketball team gears up for the BIG EAST Tournament! As a flashback in the spirit of the season, above is the front cover of the media guide for the 1968-1969 basketball season. These guides, utilized by various media outlets, provided valuable insights into the team and the upcoming season. This historical team was ranked 10th in the final AP poll of the season, boasting an impressive 21-5 record. (They lost in the First Round of the NCAA tournament versus Davidson.)

In this year’s tournament, Villanova, seeded 6th, plays against 11th seed DePaul on Wednesday, March 13 at 9 p.m. Sporting a 17-14 record, our Wildcats promise to make this March Madness season an interesting one.

Tune in to support our team during the most thrilling time of the year for college basketball! 


Abby Stinson ’26 VSB, is a Marketing and Business Analytics major and a student worker at Falvey Library.






TBT: Nova Knicks

Image of the Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship team. April 4. Houston, Texas. Courtesy of University Archives.

Villanova Wildcats, 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Champions. April 4. Houston, Texas. Courtesy of University Archives.

This week we’re throwing it back to the 2016 National Championship team! With news of Donte DiVincenzo joining Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson on the New York Knicks, Nova Nation is excited to see the former teammates on the court this fall.

Image courtesy of the New York Knicks Twitter.

Image courtesy of the New York Knicks Twitter.

Check out the digital exhibit “Wildcats Past & Present: Moments from the History of Sports at Villanova,” for additional championship memorabilia and unique items representative of the varied sports played at Villanova College, and later Villanova University.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.





Photo Friday: The “Wright” Attitude

Coach Wright talks with former Villanova basketball player Randy Foye.

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Archives.

Thank you, Coach Wright.

Thank you for the wonderful memories these past 21 years. Thank you for your dedication to Villanova basketball and the Villanova community.

Over the past few days, many have commented on Coach Wright’s legacy; just ask Jessica Bianchi ’20, who quantified Wright’s greatness in her honors thesis for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. ‘Nova Nation is thankful for Coach Wright’s leadership and attitude—both on and off the basketball court. His values and principles have had a lasting impact on all Villanovans, inspiring us to be leaders in our own lives.

As the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova President, says, “Jay taught us all the true meaning of attitude.” That mindset will stay with us all, whether we’re playing for a team, learning in the classroom, or upholding Villanova’s Augustinian tradition.

Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.




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Photo Friday: And Then There Were Four

On Wednesday, March 30, the Villanova community sent the Wildcats off to the Final Four in New Orleans. Good luck to the Villanova Men’s Basketball team as they take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, April 2, at 6:09 p.m. Go, ‘Cats—Nova Nation is behind you!

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Photos courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.




TBT: Final Four

By Anna Jankowski

This Saturday at 6:10pm, the Wildcats will face the Jayhawks in the first Final Four game of the NCAA tournament. Campus is abuzz with excitement and Villanova team spirit! Check out this pin from the 1985 NCAA tournament when the Wildcats made an appearance in the Final Four. That year, the team went on to win the Championship. We are wishing our Men’s Basketball Team the best of luck this weekend as they attempt to bring home another trophy!

Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a Junior Communication Major from just outside Baltimore who ​​works as a Communication & Marketing Assistant in Falvey.


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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Take a Break With Our Men’s and Women’s Basketball Word Searches!

To celebrate the resilience and teamwork of our Villanova Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, Falvey invites our students and hoops fans to take a break and try their hands at finding the stars of the two teams.

The Men’s team has reached the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the national championship tournament and will tip off against the Baylor Bears Saturday, March 27, at 5:15 p.m.

The Women’s team advanced twice in the Women’s NIT and faces the University of Delaware’s Fightin’ Blue Hens at 7 p.m. tonight!

Note: In the word searches, you are only looking for a player’s last name. To download the puzzles as PDFs, click the links below.

Additionally, if you get stuck, we’ve included the solutions below as well!

Fun fact… the two teams have a sister and brother on their rosters! Can you spot them too?

 Word Search Women's Basketball











Download the puzzles as PDFs:

Men’s Basketball Word Search

Women’s Basketball Word Search


See the solutions to the word searches:

Men’s Basketball Word Search Solution

Women’s Basketball Word Search Solution


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor is a Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

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