The Villanova Wildcats have a long winning tradition in college basketball. One of the game’s most decorated programs, the Wildcats have been to the NCAA Tournament 35 times in school history. The Wildcats were in the first NCAA Tournament in 1939 and also the most recent in 2015. They have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen 16 times, the Elite Eight 12 times, the Final Four four times and in 1985, the Wildcats won the National Championship.
The 1985 NCAA Tournament Championship was one of college basketball’s greatest upsets when they beat the powerful Georgetown Hoyas in the championship game. The Wildcats made it to the championship as a #8 seed and beat the #1 ranked Hoyas, after losing to them three times previously.
The Wildcats have also been to the NIT 17 times in their illustrious history. They have advanced to Madison Square Garden four times, winning the tournament in 1994.
The Wildcats have sent many players to the NBA including Paul Arazin, Chris Ford, Randy Foye, Bill Melchionni, Dwayne McClain, Ed Pinckney, Rory Sparrow, Kyle Lowry and more. Are the next NBA players to play for the Wildcats on this year’s roster?
Villanova was an integral part of the Big East during ts run as the best conference in college basketball. With coach Rollie Massimino, the Wildcats had many great games with the likes of Syracuse, Georgetown, St. John’s, Providence, Seton Hall, and the other Big East powers.
The Pavilion opened in 1986 and seats 6500 fans. The Pavilion opened during the height of the Big East heyday so this place has seen some of the best teams in the history of the game. When you walk into the gym, you will feel the history.
There are no bad seats at the Pavilion. You will enjoy your favorite concession items such as hoagies, cannolis, egg plant parmesan, pretzels, popcorn, hot dogs and more while you watch the game. The students keep the atmosphere at a high level throughout the game. The fans love their Wildcats and they are not afraid to let the opposition know it. This is a tough venue for the road team to come away with a win.
Villanova is still part of the Big East and it is still a great basketball conference. Teams such as Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Xavier. Every one of these teams has made it to the Sweet Sixteen and nearly all of them have been to the Final Four. There is a great chance you will see one of them in the Sweet Sixteen again this season, and maybe further.
You do not want to miss out on the great college basketball action at the Pavilion this season. Bring the whole family out as often as you can.
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