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2014–15 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team

The 2014–15 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team represented Villanova University in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by head coach Jay Wright in his 14th season, the Wildcats participated as members of the Big East Conference and played their home games at The Pavilion , with some select home games at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They finished the season 33–3, 16–2 in Big East play to win the Big East regular season championship. They defeated Marquette, Providence, and Xavier to win the Big East Tournament. As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the East Region. They defeated Lafayette in the Second Round before being upset in the Third Round by NC State. The Wildcats set a single-season school record for wins with 33.

2014–15 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
Villanova Wildcats logo.svg
Big East Tournament champions
Big East regular season champions
Legends Classic champions
NCAA Tournament, Round of 32
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 2
2014–15 record33–3 (16–2 Big East)
Head coachJay Wright (14th season)
Assistant coachBaker Dunleavy
Assistant coachAshley Howard
Assistant coachKyle Neptune
Home arenaThe Pavilion
Wells Fargo Center (6 Games)
Seasons
2014–15 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#9 Villanova 16 2   .889     33 3   .917
Georgetown 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
#23 Butler 12 6   .667     23 11   .676
Providence 11 7   .611     22 12   .647
St. John's 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
#22 Xavier 9 9   .500     23 14   .622
DePaul 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Seton Hall 6 12   .333     16 15   .516
Marquette 4 14   .222     13 19   .406
Creighton 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
2015 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 6, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The 2013–14 Villanova Wildcats finished the season with an overall record of 29–5, with a record of 16–2 in the Big East regular season to capture their Big East regular season title. In the 2014 Big East Tournament, the Wildcats were upset by Seton Hall, 64–63 in the quarterfinals. They were invited to the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament which they defeated Milwaukee in the second round before getting eliminated by eventual NCAA Tournament Champion Connecticut in the third round.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Tony Chennault 5 G 6'2" 195 Senior Philadelphia, PA Graduated
Nick McMahon 12 G 6'0" 165 Senior Colts Neck, NJ Graduated
James Bell 32 G 6'6" 220 Senior Orlando, FL Graduated

Incoming recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Mikal Bridges
SF
Malvern, PA Great Valley High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 25, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
Phil Booth
PG
Baltimore, MD Mount St. Joseph High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jul 30, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 81
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014-04-26.

RosterEdit

2014–15 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Henry Lowe (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr New York, New York
F 2 Kris Jenkins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Upper Marlboro, Maryland
G 3 Josh Hart 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Washington, D.C.
G 4 Darrun Hilliard 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
G 5 Phil Booth 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Baltimore, Maryland
F 14 Darryl Reynolds 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G 15 Ryan Arcidiacono 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Langhorne, Pennsylvania
F 20 Patrick Farrell (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Rockville Centre, New York
F 22 JayVaughn Pinkston 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Sr Brooklyn, New York
F 23 Daniel Ochefu 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Lagos, Nigeria
G/F 25 Mikal Bridges (RS) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Fr Malvern, Pennsylvania
G 31 Dylan Ennis 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) RS Jr Brampton, Ontario
F 52 Kevin Rafferty (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Malvern, Pennsylvania
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/04/2014*
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 12 Northwood W 93–50 
The Pavilion (6,500[1])
Villanova, PA
11/09/2014*
12:00 PM
No. 12 Nyack W 82–45 
Wells Fargo Center (4,529[2])
Philadelphia, PA
Non-Conference Regular Season
11/14/2014*
8:00 PM, FS2
No. 12 vs. Lehigh W 77–66  1–0
PPL Center (8,751[3])
Allentown, PA
11/17/2014*
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 12 Maryland Eastern Shore
Legends Classic
W 81–44  2–0
The Pavilion (6,500[4])
Villanova, PA
11/20/2014*
8:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 12 Bucknell
Legends Classic
W 72–65  3–0
The Pavilion (6,500[5])
Villanova, PA
11/24/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 12 vs. No. 14 VCU
Legends Classic semifinals
W 77–53  4–0
Barclays Center (8,465[6])
Brooklyn, NY
11/25/2014*
10:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 12 vs. No. 19 Michigan
Legends Classic Championship
W 60–55  5–0
Barclays Center (8,093[7])
Brooklyn, NY
11/30/2014*
4:30 PM, FS1
No. 12 Delaware W 78–47  6–0
Wells Fargo Center (11,289[8])
Philadelphia, PA
12/03/2014*
8:30 PM, CBSSN
No. 10 at La Salle W 84–70  7–0
Tom Gola Arena (3,400[9])
Philadelphia, PA
12/06/2014*
1:00 PM, FS1
No. 10 Saint Joseph's W 74–46  8-0
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
12/09/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 vs. Illinois
Jimmy V Classic
W 73–59  9–0
Madison Square Garden (11,617)
New York, NY
12/14/2014*
2:00 PM, FS1
No. 7 Temple W 82–65  10–0
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
12/20/2014*
1:00 PM, FOX
No. 7 Syracuse W 82–77 OT 11–0
Wells Fargo Center (18,369)
Philadelphia, PA
12/23/2014*
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 7 NJIT W 92–67  12–0
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Big East Conference Play
12/31/2014
2:30 PM, FS1
No. 6 Butler W 67–55  13–0 (1–0)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
01/03/2015
12:00 PM, FS1
No. 6 at Seton Hall L 61–66 OT 13–1 (1–1)
Prudential Center (10,701)
Newark, NJ
01/06/2015
9:00 PM, FS1
No. 8 at No. 24 St. John's W 90–72  14–1 (2–1)
Madison Square Garden (8,565)
New York, NY
01/10/2015
4:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 8 DePaul W 81–64  15–1 (3–1)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
01/14/2015
9:00 PM, FS1
No. 5 Xavier W 88–75  16–1 (4–1)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
01/17/2015*
7:00 PM
No. 5 at Penn W 62–47  17–1
Palestra (8,722)
Philadelphia, PA
01/19/2015
9:00 PM, FS1
No. 4 at Georgetown L 58–78  17–2 (4–2)
Verizon Center (13,872)
Washington, D.C.
01/25/2015
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 4 Creighton W 71–50  18–2 (5–2)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
01/31/2015
2:00 PM, FS1
No. 7 at DePaul W 68–55  19–2 (6–2)
Allstate Arena (7,532)
Rosemont, IL
02/04/2015
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 7 Marquette W 70–52  20–2 (7–2)
Wells Fargo Center (13,313)
Philadelphia, PA
02/07/2015
2:00 PM, FOX
No. 7 No. 24 Georgetown W 69–53  21–2 (8–2)
Wells Fargo Center (20,587)
Philadelphia, PA
02/11/2015
8:00 PM, FS1
No. 6 at Providence W 74–68  22–2 (9–2)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,410)
Providence, RI
02/14/2015
6:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 6 at No. 18 Butler W 68–65  23–2 (10–2)
Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,231)
Indianapolis, IN
02/16/2015
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 6 Seton Hall W 80–54  24–2 (11–2)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
02/21/2015
2:00 PM, FOX
No. 6 at Marquette W 87–76  25–2 (12–2)
BMO Harris Bradley Center (17,961)
Milwaukee, WI
02/24/2015
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 6 No. 25 Providence W 89–61  26–2 (13–2)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
02/28/2015
2:00 PM, FOX
No. 6 at Xavier W 78–66  27–2 (14–2)
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
03/03/2015
9:15 PM, FS1
No. 4 at Creighton W 76–72  28–2 (15–2)
CenturyLink Center (16,337)
Omaha, NE
03/07/2015
12:00 noon, FOX/FS1
No. 4 St. John's W 105–68  29–2 (16–2)
Wells Fargo Center (19,161)
Philadelphia, PA
Big East Tournament
03/12/2015
12:00 noon, FS1
No. 4 vs. Marquette
Quarterfinals
W 84–49  30–2
Madison Square Garden (15,197)
New York, NY
03/13/2015
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 4 vs. Providence
Semifinals
W 63–61  31–2
Madison Square Garden (15,194)
New York, NY
03/14/2015
8:00 PM, FS1
No. 4 vs. Xavier
Championship game
W 69–52  32–2
Madison Square Garden (13,471)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
3/19/2015*
6:50 PM, TBS
No. 2 (1 E) vs. (16 E) Lafayette
Second round
W 93–52  33–2
Consol Energy Center (16,170)
Pittsburgh, PA
3/21/2015*
7:10 PM, TBS
No. 2 (1 E) vs. (8 E) NC State
Third round
L 68–71  33–3
Consol Energy Center (18,762)
Pittsburgh, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region E=East.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 12 12 12 10 7 7 7 6 8 5 4 7 7 6 6 6 4 4 2 Not released 
Coaches 12 12 11 9 7 7 7 5 8 5 4 7 7 6 6 6 4 3 2 9

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MBB vs. Northwood box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  2. ^ "MBB vs. Nyak box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ "MBB vs. Lehigh box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  4. ^ "MBB vs. Maryland Eastern Shore box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ "MBB vs. Bucknell box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  6. ^ "MBB vs. VCU box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  7. ^ "MBB vs. Michigan box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  8. ^ "MBB vs. Delaware box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  9. ^ "MBB vs. La Salle box score". villanova.com. Villanova University. Retrieved 5 December 2014.