Oct. 19, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - It's nearly time for the Nova Nation to get its first glimpse of the 2010-11 Villanova Wildcats. VU, which won 25 games and reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive season in 2010-11, returns an accomplished cast led by seniors Corey Fisher, Antonio Pena and Corey Stokes. The `Cats are ranked No. 5 in the country by ESPN/ABC analyst Dick Vitale and No. 6 in the Blue Ribbon Yearbook pre-season poll.
Villanova will help kick off its annual Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Oct. 22, with "Hoops Mania presented by Advanced Staging Productions" at the Pavilion. This marks the sixth consecutive year the `Cats primary home court will host the event and packed crowds have been the norm. The 2010-11 men's and women's basketball teams will be on hand and there will be the usual assortment of surprises that have helped make this one of the most popular events of its kind in the country.
"Hoops Mania has become one of the most anticipated events on our calendar, and serves as a great way to celebrate the start of the college basketball season and our Homecoming activities," said Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "We look forward to Villanovans from far and wide being part of this and the many other exciting events this weekend."
Tickets for "Hoops Mania presented by Advance Staging Productions" will be distributed through a student lottery to which only full-time undergraduate Villanova students are eligible.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for "Hoops Mania presented by Advance Staging Productions" with the event scheduled to begin just before 7:00 p.m.
On Sat., Oct. 23 the Wildcats will be on the Pavilion court again, this time to partake in the annual Blue/White scrimmage. This will be a traditional scrimmage that gets underway at 11:30 a.m., ahead of two other athletic events that day on campus. At 1:00 p.m., the Villanova Men's Soccer Team will host Cincinnati in a critical late season BIG EAST clash at the West Campus Soccer Complex. Finally, the VU football team hosts James Madison in a key Colonial Athletic Association duel in Villanova Stadium at 3:30 p.m.