Oct. 25, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Hoops Mania 2012 rocked a sellout crowd at the Pavilion on Friday night.
The 2012 edition featured the introduction of the men's and women's basketball squads; a dance routine featuring the men's unit and the Villanova dance team; a 3-point contest; a short scrimmage and the annual dunk contest, won by transfer Dylan Ennis. The evening was capped by a performance by recording artist Rick Ross.
One of the night's highlights came after sophomore Darrun Hilliard drained the first basket of the 2012-13 season. His triple was followed by a toss of streamers from the stands, which was done as a nod to the tradition that was made famous at Philadelphia's Palestra in the 1960s. (The NCAA has since drafted a rule that penalizes the home team with a technical foul if streamers are tossed on to the court).
The intrasquad Blue/White scrimmage - which was played to 7 - was won by the White team when freshman Mislav Brzoja sank a long-range basket from the left side.
Then came the dunk contest, which included Ennis, Maurice Sutton, James Bell, and Daniel Ochefu. Ennis scored a perfect 30 with his dunk, receiving a score of 10 from three alumni judges who included Wildcat great Johnny Jones, NBC10's Keith Jones, and Fox 29's Kacie McDonnell.
Homecoming weekend continues on Saturday with an assortment of options for the Nova Nation members returning to campus. At noon, the men's soccer team hosts Pittsburgh on West Campus in its final regular season home game that carries major implications for its post-season hopes. At 1:00 p.m., the volleyball squad hosts Syracuse at 1:00 p.m. in Jake Nevin Field House.
Approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the football game, the men's basketball team will host its annual Blue/White scrimmage at the Pavilion on Saturday evening. This intrasquad matchup will simulate regular season game conditions as closely as possible. Concessions and other in-game staples will be available in the arena and video will also be streamed via the Nova Nation All-Access Pass at villanova.com.
Admission to the Blue/White Scrimmage is free and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.