2005–06 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team

The 2005–06 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team represented Villanova University in the 2005–06 college basketball season. This team is typically credited with re-establishing Villanova as a national powerhouse after nearly two decades of underwhelming performances.

2005–06 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
Big East Season Co-Champion
ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 3
2005–06 record28-5 (14-2 Big East)
Head coachJay Wright (5th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaThe Pavilion
Seasons
2005–06 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Connecticut 14 2   .875     30 4   .882
#3 Villanova 14 2   .875     28 5   .848
#22 West Virginia 11 5   .688     22 11   .667
Marquette 10 6   .625     20 11   .645
#23 Georgetown 10 6   .625     23 10   .697
#16 Pittsburgh 10 6   .625     25 8   .758
Seton Hall 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Cincinnati 8 8   .500     21 13   .618
#21 Syracuse 7 9   .438     23 12   .657
Rutgers 7 9   .438     19 14   .576
Louisville 6 10   .375     21 13   .618
Notre Dame 6 10   .375     16 14   .533
DePaul* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
Providence* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
St. John's* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
South Florida* 1 15   .063     7 22   .241
2006 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2006[1]; Rankings from AP Poll
*Did not qualify for 2006 Big East Tournament.

Villanova, led by head coach Jay Wright, spent most of the season competing with Duke and Big East rival Connecticut for possession of the top spot in the college basketball rankings. Utilizing a starting lineup that consisted of four guards (seniors Randy Foye and Allan Ray, junior Mike Nardi, and sophomore Kyle Lowry) and a center (junior Will Sheridan), Villanova played a fast-paced style of basketball that became a common topic of intrigue among analysts. Villanova entered the NCAA tournament as a number one seed and made an Elite Eight appearance before losing to eventual champion Florida.

Three players from the 2005-06 Villanova Wildcat team currently play in the NBA: Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry, and Dante Cunningham.

Class of 2005Edit

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US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Dwayne Anderson
SF
Oakdale, Connecticut St. Thomas More School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 12, 2003 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Bilal Benn
SG
Chatham, Virginia Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 25, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Dante Cunningham
PF
Washington, D.C. St. Johns College HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 5, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A
Frank Tchulsi
PF
Newark, New Jersey St. Benedict Prep 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Nov 18, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Overall Recruiting Rankings:     ScoutNR     RivalsNR [5]     ESPN

RosterEdit

Villanova Basketball
2005–06 Roster
G 23   Dwayne Anderson FR Washington, D.C. (St. Johns College HS)
F 44   Marcus Austin SR Irvington, New Jersey (St. Patrick's HS)
G 3   Bilal Benn FR Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Cardinal Dougherty HS)
F 21   Chris Charles SR Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Crispus Attucks HS)
F 20   Shane Clark FR Chatham, Virginia (Hargrave Military Academy)
G 4   Ross Condon JR Springfield, Virginia (Potomac School)
F 33   Dante Cunningham FR Washington, D.C. (St. Johns College HS)
G 22   Baker Dunleavy JR Portland, Oregon (Lawrenceville Prep)
G 2   Randy Foye SR Newark, New Jersey (East Side HS)
F 20   Jason Fraser SR Amityville, New York (Amityville Memorial HS)
G 1   Kyle Lowry SO Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Cardinal Dougherty HS)
G 12   Mike Nardi JR Elizabeth, New Jersey (St. Patrick's)
G 14   Allan Ray SR Bronx, New York (St. Raymond's HS)
F 50   Will Sheridan JR Hockessin, Delaware (Sanford School)
F 34   Curtis Sumpter SR Brooklyn, New York (Bishop Loughlin)
F 42   Frank Tchuisi FR Douala, Cameroon (St. Benedict's)

Coaching staffEdit

Jay Wright – Head Coach

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent rank Location Time Result Overall Conf.
Regular Season
November 18, 2005 Stony Brook 4 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 78-35 1–0 0–0
November 27, 2005 Lehigh 4 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 84-47 2–0 0–0
November 30, 2005 Rider 4 Trenton, New Jersey W 86-57 3-0 0–0
December 3, 2005 #5 Oklahoma 4 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 85-74 4-0 0–0
December 6, 2005 @ Bucknell 4 Lewisburg, Pennsylvania W 79-60 5-0 0–0
December 10, 2005 @ Longwood 4 Atlantic City, New Jersey W 90-77 6-0 0–0
December 13, 2005 Penn (Philadelphia Big 5) 3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 62-55 7-0 0–0
December 22, 2005 La Salle (Philadelphia Big 5) 3 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 98-57 8-0 0–0
December 31, 2005 @ Temple (Philadelphia Big 5) 3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 75-53 9-0 0–0
January 5, 2006 @ #8 Louisville 3 Louisville, Kentucky W 76-67 10-0 1–0
January 8, 2006 West Virginia 3 Villanova, Pennsylvania L 87-91 10-1 1-1
January 11, 2006 @ Rutgers 3 Piscataway, New Jersey W 84-78 OT 11–1 2-1
January 14, 2006 @ #9 Texas 3 Austin, Texas L 55-58 11-2 2–1
January 17, 2006 Seton Hall 7 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 73-64 12-2 3-1
January 21, 2006 #20 Syracuse 7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 80-65 13-2 4-1
January 24, 2006 @ South Florida 6 Tampa, Florida W 49-46 14-2 5-1
January 28, 2006 @ #20 Notre Dame 6 South Bend, Indiana W 72-70 15-2 6-1
January 30, 2006 Louisville 4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 79-73 16-2 7-1
February 4, 2006 Marquette 4 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 72-67 17-2 8-1
February 7, 2006 Saint Joseph (Philadelphia Big 5) 4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 71-58 18-2 8-1
February 11, 2006 @ DePaul 4 Chicago, Illinois W 61-51 19-2 9-1
February 13, 2006 #1 Connecticut 4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 69-64 20-2 10-1
February 19, 2006 #17 Georgetown 4 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 75-65 21-2 11-1
February 23, 2006 @ Cincinnati 2 Cincinnati, Ohio W 74-72 22-2 12-1
February 26, 2006 Connecticut 2 Storrs, Connecticut L 75-89 22-3 12-2
March 1, 2006 St. John's 4 Villanova, Pennsylvania W 65-52 23-3 13-2
March 5, 2006 Syracuse 4 Syracuse, New York W 92-82 24-3 14-2
Big East Tournament
March 9, 2006 Rutgers 4 New York, New York W 87-55 25-3 14-2
March 10, 2006 #16 Pittsburgh 4 New York, New York L 54-68 25-4 14-2
NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2006 (16) Monmouth 4 (1) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 58-45 26-4 14-2
March 19, 2006 (8) Arizona 4 (1) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania W 82-78 27-4 14-2
March 24, 2006 #7 (4) Boston College 4 (1) Minneapolis, Minnesota W 60-59 OT 28-4 14-2
March 26, 2006 #10 (3) Florida 4 (1) Minneapolis, Minnesota L 62-75 28-5 14-2
Big East regular season games in bold.Philadelphia Big Five games in italics. • * represent seedings in NCAA Tournament.

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2005-06 Big East Conference Season Summary: Standings" sports-reference.com. Retrieved 11-14-2013.
  2. ^ Villanova Class of 2005 – Rivals
  3. ^ Villanova Class of 2005 – Scout
  4. ^ Villanova Class of 2005 – ESPN
  5. ^ "2005 Team Recruiting Rankings – Rivals". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-07-23.