To the Wildcat faithful-
The leaves are still falling, and Philadelphia has been enjoying some unseasonably warm November temperatures - but it is basketball time for the Villanova Wildcats, who tip off their 90th season of intercollegiate play tonight.
We believe that this is the first time ever that Villanova has started a season on Friday the 13th. Jay Wright clearly does not have triskaidekophobia - although perhaps it should be considered, in light of the disaster in Morgantown, West Virginia, last season on February 13 - the Wildcats suffered a 93-72 defeat, in what was arguably the worst game of the season. Perhaps it could be chalked up to the fact that the Wildcats were also ranked #13 at the time...
Of course, we're hoping that the season opener against Fairleigh Dickinson can end in triumph, despite whatever superstitious forces are marshalled against the Wildcats. Last season did, after all, end in a Final Four - the fourth time ever for Villanova.
The fine sites VUHoops.com and Villanova By the Numbers have thoroughly mapped out tonight's game - take a look at both...
One thing that sticks out about the Knights for their level of play is their size in the frontcourt. They have six players who are listed between 6’7 and 7’2 (the 7’2 player, center Lawrence Brown, seems to rarely play, and the next tallest player on the squad is the 6’9 Galvin), compared to Villanova’s four, making this an interesting first matchup for Jay Wright’s team and a frontcourt many are questioning right now.
VBTN's preview wittily has, as its subheading - "Opening Knights?"
The Wildcats and Knights will open their 2009-10 season(s) on Friday evening at Villanova's Pavilion. If this season holds great promise for the Wildcats, it seems decidedly less so for the Knights.
Also, take a look at the I Bleed Blue and White preview...
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