Villanova Wildcats men's basketball

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Villanova University's men's college basketball team competes in the Big East Conference of NCAA Division I. Their first season was the 1920–21 season.wikipedia
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NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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The Wildcats have won the National Championship three times: 1985, 2016, and 2018. The Villanova Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 39 times, the eighth highest total in NCAA history.
The University of Kansas (KU) & Villanova University are tied for seventh with three national titles.

1985 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game

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Their 1985 NCAA championship as an 8 seed still stands as the lowest seed ever to win the title.
The Georgetown Hoyas, the tournament's top seed from the East region, faced the Villanova Wildcats, the eighth seed from the Southeast region.

2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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Villanova entered the 2016–2017 season with an all-time winning percentage of (.648), placing the Wildcats tied for 13th among all NCAA Division I basketball programs.

NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament bids by school

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The Villanova Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 39 times, the eighth highest total in NCAA history.

1984–85 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1 seeds in the NCAA tournament (Michigan and Georgetown in 1985, Pittsburgh in 2009, Kansas and North Carolina in 2016, and Kansas in 2018), which is sixth most all-time.
They won the 1985 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament and advanced to the final of the 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which they lost to Big East rival Villanova in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history.

Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

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They won the Big East Tournament in 1995, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Only three players have achieved repeat MVP honors: Georgetown's Patrick Ewing (1984–1985), Louisville's Peyton Siva (2012–2013), and Villanova’s Josh Hart (2015,2017).

Kris Jenkins (basketball)

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Their 2016 NCAA Championship, is referred to as "The Perfect Ending" and is the only NCAA Men's Championship game to be won on a buzzer beater, as Kris Jenkins drained a shot as time expired.
He played college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats and is best known for hitting the buzzer-beating three pointer to win the 2016 NCAA Championship game.

George Raveling

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Other notable players from the Severance era include Joe Lord, Larry Hennessy, Bob Schafer and George Raveling.
He played at Villanova University, and was the head coach at Washington State University (1972–1983), the University of Iowa (1983–1986), and the University of Southern California (1986–1994).

NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four appearances by school

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They made the Final Four in 1939, 1971, 1985, 2009, 2016, and 2018; their six Final Four appearances are 13th most all-time.

Larry Hennessy

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Other notable players from the Severance era include Joe Lord, Larry Hennessy, Bob Schafer and George Raveling.
Hennessy, a 6' 4" forward out of Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle, New York, played college basketball for Villanova University. An excellent passer and rebounder, Hennessy finished his collegiate career with 1737 points. He was named to the 1951–52 sophomore All-America first team.

Jack Kraft

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Jack Kraft coached Villanova for 12 years, from 1961 through 1973.
John Jack Kraft (February 10, 1921 – August 28, 2014) was an American basketball coach who coached Villanova for 12 years, from 1961 through 1973.

Bill Melchionni

Notable players during the Jack Kraft era include: Chris Ford, Tom Ingelsby, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Jim Washington, and Hubie White.
Melchionni was a collegiate star in the mid-1960s at Villanova University and was the Most Valuable Player in the 1966 NIT, as Villanova finished in third place in the tournament.

Tom Ingelsby

Notable players during the Jack Kraft era include: Chris Ford, Tom Ingelsby, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Jim Washington, and Hubie White.
Ingelsby, a 6' 3" guard, played college basketball at Villanova University from 1970 to 1973. Ingelsby was named the MVP of the Quaker City Tournament in Philadelphia in 1972, and was also named to the NABC and Big Five All Star squad that season. Ingelsby finished his collegiate career with 1616 points and 279 assists. He was selected as the 27th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks.

Hubie White

Notable players during the Jack Kraft era include: Chris Ford, Tom Ingelsby, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Jim Washington, and Hubie White.
The 6' 3" guard played for West Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia. He played college basketball for Villanova University from 1959 to 1962. White earned All-America honors in 1962. He was a three-time All Big Five player, AP and UPI All-East, and two-time All State. Villanova retired White's #14 jersey on January 27, 2001.

Ed Pinckney

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Notable players from the Massimino era include Alex Bradley, Stewart Granger, Keith Herron, Dwayne McClain, Harold Jensen, Ed Pinckney, John Pinone, Harold Pressley, Rory Sparrow, and Doug West.
He attended Villanova University and was a part of the Villanova Wildcats's 1981 heralded recruiting class that included Gary McLain, who was his roommate, and Dwayne McClain.

Patrick Ewing

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Coincidentally, Severance died on April 1, 1985, which was the same day that Villanova upset Georgetown University and Patrick Ewing to take the NCAA basketball championship.
The Hoyas easily defeated the Redmen 77–59, setting up a matchup with another Big East rival in unranked Villanova for the title.

1970–71 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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The unheralded Wildcats took on the legendary John Wooden and his mighty UCLA Bruins.
UCLA defeated Villanova, 68-62.

Tim Thomas (basketball)

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Notable players in the Lappas era include Michael Bradley, Kerry Kittles, Jason Lawson, Tim Thomas, John Celestand and Alvin Williams and Eric Eberz.
A versatile 6'10" forward with a soft shooting touch, Thomas was tabbed as a future NBA star when he was still in high school, and was selected to the McDonald's All-American team after averaging 25.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Paterson Catholic High School. Following his freshman year at Villanova University, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1997 NBA draft and was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the Sixers' draft pick (Keith Van Horn).

John Pinone

Notable players from the Massimino era include Alex Bradley, Stewart Granger, Keith Herron, Dwayne McClain, Harold Jensen, Ed Pinckney, John Pinone, Harold Pressley, Rory Sparrow, and Doug West.
Pinone played collegiate basketball for the Villanova Wildcats from 1979 to 1983.

Dwayne McClain

Notable players from the Massimino era include Alex Bradley, Stewart Granger, Keith Herron, Dwayne McClain, Harold Jensen, Ed Pinckney, John Pinone, Harold Pressley, Rory Sparrow, and Doug West.
He played in the NBA for one season and was drafted from Villanova University.

Scottie Reynolds

One of the highlights of his tenure was an amazing run to the 2009 Final Four when Villanova beat #1 seeded Pittsburgh to win the Elite 8 on a coast-to-coast buzzer beating layup by team captain Scottie Reynolds. Notable players during the Jay Wright era include Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry, Dante Cunningham, Allan Ray, Mike Nardi, Will Sheridan, Curtis Sumpter, Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, JayVaughn Pinkston, Darrun Hilliard, 2016 champions including Final Four most outstanding player Ryan Arcidiacono, Daniel Ochefu, Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart.
Prior to his professional career he played college basketball for Villanova.

Bob Schafer

Other notable players from the Severance era include Joe Lord, Larry Hennessy, Bob Schafer and George Raveling.
The 6' 3" guard out of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia played college basketball for Villanova University from 1952 to 1955. Schafer was the first Villanova player to score 2000 points. Schafer earned All-America honors in 1954.

List of teams with the most victories in NCAA Division I men's college basketball

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Through 2018, Villanova has 1,779 wins, which is [[List of teams with the most victories in NCAA Division I men's college basketball|23rd among Division I men's basketball teams]].

Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball

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In 1980, the 'Cats moved into the new Big East Conference, along with Georgetown, St. John's, and Syracuse.
In the title game the Hoyas found themselves matched up with another conference rival in Villanova, whom they had beaten twice that season.

Kyle Lowry

Notable players during the Jay Wright era include Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry, Dante Cunningham, Allan Ray, Mike Nardi, Will Sheridan, Curtis Sumpter, Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, JayVaughn Pinkston, Darrun Hilliard, 2016 champions including Final Four most outstanding player Ryan Arcidiacono, Daniel Ochefu, Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart.
Lowry played two seasons of college basketball with the Villanova Wildcats before he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2006 NBA draft with the 24th overall pick.