For the second time in program history, Villanova has earned tournament titles in consecutive seasons after claiming the Progressive Legends Classic crown in Brooklyn.
When his team needed him most, Brooklyn native JayVaughn Pinkston came through with two huge plays in the final 13 seconds to help lift Villanova to a 60-55 win over No. 20 Michigan.
The Villanova Wildcats held firm in the face of VCU's "Havoc" defense and that helped lift them to a 77-53 win in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic Monday.
Villanova ventures north to Brooklyn to square off against No. 15 VCU at 7 p.m. Monday. ESPN2 and CBS Sports Radio 610/Sirius 91 will broadcast the game live.
The No. 12 Wildcats jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but were tested by Bucknell in the second half. Defensive stops in the final two minutes helped VU earn its third win in 2014-15.
With four starters returning from last year's team that won the BIG EAST regular season and finished 29-5 overall, Villanova has been selected to win the 2014-15 conference crown in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Wildcats received all nine possible first-place votes and 81 points. Coaches did not place their own teams in their ballots.
The Villanova community will welcome home its iconic 1985 NCAA Championship team on Tuesday, Nov. 4,at the Pavilion as the 2014-15 Wildcat host Northwood University in a game to be televised nationally by Fox Sports 1.
Mikal Bridges is making the transition from high school standout to college freshman for the Villanova Wildcats.
Daniel Ochefu moved smoothly into the Villanova Wildcats' starting lineup in 2013-14, earning co-Most Improved Player recognition from the BIG EAST. Now, he adds more responsibility as a team leader in his third season at VU.
The 2014-15 Villanova Men's Basketball schedule was announced on Sept. 9 in conjunction with the release of the BIG EAST schedule. The Wildcats, who won 29 games in 2013-14, will make a minimum of 30 regular season appearances on national television.
Jack Kraft, who built a .715 winning percentage in 12 seasons as the Wildcats head men's basketball coach, died in New Jersey on Thursday.
"Inside Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright" produced by Wipe Out Productions picked up a Mid-Atlantic Emmy award nomination for its work in 2013-14.
The bracket for the 2014 Legends Classic has been revealed. Villanova will open play at the Pavilion against Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 17 before hosting Bucknell on Nov. 20. The Wildcats then meet VCU in Brooklyn on Nov. 24 and either Michigan or Oregon on Nov. 25.