Feb. 3, 2014
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20-Win Seasons in Villanova History
With tonight's victory Villanova has reached 20 wins for the ninth time in 13 seasons under head coach Jay Wright, and the 38th time overall in the program's history. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the Wildcats have won at least 20 games.
The nine 20-win seasons under Jay Wright are tied for the most in school history for one head coach. Rollie Massimino also had nine 20-win seasons during his Villanova coaching career.
This season matched the second-fastest that the Wildcats have reached 20 wins in a season (22 games). Villanova began the 2009-10 season with a 20-1 record and previously started 20-2 in 1937-38 and 2005-06. (see attached sheet of 20-win seasons)
With 11 three-pointers in tonight's game the Wildcats reached double figures in triples for the 12th time this season. Last year Villanova had only four games with at least 10 made three-pointers.
Senior guard James Bell tied a career high with six three-pointers, matching his total from the game against Syracuse this season on December 28. Bell finished the game with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 6-of-10 three-point shooting. This is the seventh time this season that Bell has reached the 20-point mark.
Junior forward JayVaughn Pinkston made a season-high three 3-pointers and finished the night 3-of-3 from behind the three-point arc. Entering the game he had been just 5-of-24 (.208) from behind the arc this season and had not made more than one three-pointer in a game. The last time Pinkston had as many as three 3-pointers in a game was when he had a career-high four against Notre Dame on February 18, 2012.
After three straight road games Villanova was playing the first of two home games this week tonight. Next up the Wildcats host Seton Hall on Friday at 7 p.m. Earlier this season Villanova defeated the Pirates, 83-67.