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 on April Fools' Day. “John didn’t just say what was popular with people.       Division regular season champion Following an inter-team scrimmage, notable music artists perform. 1 player (Ewing),” said Pinckney — but long after his Villanova playing days, Pinckney said Thompson was a huge influence once Pinckney embarked on his coaching career. The Hoyas beat the University of Houston in 1984 and then got upset by Villanova in 1985, Ewing’s last year at the school. The Wildcats have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 17 times.

Michael Saxe coached for six seasons, from 1920 to 1926, compiling a 64–30 record (.681). Villanova proved it was worthy of the bid when an upset over Clemson and a victory over Siena put them in the final 16 teams in the tournament, where they lost to eventual National Champion Kansas. Villanova's first game in the new arena was a December 1996 loss to the Duke Blue Devils. V for Villanova is the Wildcats' fight song. (Madison Square) Garden was jumping.”. Villanova along with Saint Joseph's University, La Salle University, Temple University, and University of Pennsylvania banded together to create the Philadelphia Big 5 in 1954–55. And an unbelievable game against Villanova in ‘85. “He was an intimidating guy, the biggest coach by far.

The Wildcats defense shined as they won by 5 points to advance to their 5th Final Four and the first since 2009. Michael Saxe coached for six seasons, from 1920 to 1926, compiling a 64–30 record (.681). Jalen Brunson received the Wooden Award as well as Associated Press and Naismith National Player of the Year Awards for his season leading the Wildcats. This game is featured in the book The Perfect Game by Frank Fitzpatrick.[4]. 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. “After my career at Villanova, I would occasionally run into Coach Thompson,” said Pinckney, who played 12 seasons in the NBA and who now scouts for the Houston Rockets. For those honored, a replica jersey is hung in the rafters of the Pavilion.
“Coach Thompson said, ‘Chuck, is this guy kidding me or what?’ I said, ‘Our faces and names are etched in his brain.

amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Villanova Wildcats"; The 2007–08 campaign was an erratic one for the young Wildcats, a team with no seniors. “Thompson proved you could come from the scholastic ranks and win right away in college. “Thompson’s legacy, it was opening doors for other successful Black coaches,” said Vitale. Uniform numbers of retired jerseys remain in circulation, while retired numbers are no longer used.