To the Wildcat faithful-
The #6 Wildcats - ranked in the top 10 to start the season - launched the 2010-11 season with a victory over Bucknell, 68-52, at the Pavilion. The Bison of Bucknell - one of my favorite nicknames in all of college basketball - put up a gallant effort against Jay Wright's powerhouse squad, but there was no upset to be had.
Rarely has a season opened in such warm weather in Philadelphia, either. This season opener was earlier than normal, and with unseasonably balmy temperatures around here, it doesn't really feel quite like time for basketball yet, even Villanova basketball with a preseason ranking in the Top 10.
Bucknell is chiefly notable as the alma mater of Jay Wright. Wright played four seasons at Bucknell, graduating in 1982. As Wright once put it, "I grew up a Villanova fan. And I wanted to play for Villanova and Rollie Massimino. But I wasn't good enough! So I played at Bucknell." Little did he know, back then, of course, that he'd be at the helm of his favorite team for a decade...
Next Up For the Wildcats
Villanova will now participate in the 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off, the more elaborate name for what was once simply known as the Pre-season NIT. Their first battle is against the Marist Red Foxes, on Tuesday, November 16 at the Pavilion.
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