VU Hoops: for Villanova Wildcats fans

VU Hoops: for Villanova Wildcats fans

The official home for audio programming from VU Hoops, SB Nation's community for fans of the Villanova University basketball program.

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January 13, 2022 54 min
Emma and Pat discuss Villanova's exhilarating 64-60 win against Xavier at the Cintas Center on Wednesday night. The duo break down Dixon's incredible all-around performance, Moore's clutch factor, 'Nova's elite defensive intensity and question where Xavier stands in the Big East after this loss. Then, they preview Villanova's match-up against Butler on Sunday, preview more Big East action this weekend and fi...
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Emma and Pat break down the tale of two halves from Villanova's 79-64 win over DePaul on Saturday. They dissect Javon Freeman-Liberty's big day, Collin Gillespie's offensive leadership and 'Nova's defensive improvement in the second half. Then, Emma and Pat preview the Cats' extremely important match-up against Xavier on Wednesday night. In a game that will be circled on the schedule, Jermaine Samuels and Br...
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Emma and Pat are back to recap Villanova's stifling 75-41 win over Creighton at the Finneran Pavilion. The duo dissect 'Nova's excellent defensive performance, Samuels' and Moore's offensive outpouring and Longino and Antoine's added roles from the bench. Then, they preview the biggest keys for Villanova's match-up against DePaul on Saturday before answering a full mailbag of listener questions. Be sure ...
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In the first episode of 2022, Emma flies solo to break down Villanova's 73-67 win over Seton Hall. She discusses Justin Moore's killer mentality, Collin Gillespie's strong shooting night and the lack of big men for the Hall. Then, Emma previews the revenge game on Wednesday night against Creighton. She gives three keys for 'Nova to reverse the tides from the first match-up: move the ball better on offense, limit Rya...
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Emma and Pat break down the biggest takeaways from Villanova's shocking loss to Creighton on Friday night. The duo discuss Collin Gillespie's and Jermaine Samuels' offensive struggles, 'Nova's inability to penetrate the paint and the team's rebounding disadvantage against Creighton. Then, they preview Villanova's upcoming home match-up against 18 Xavier. The duo talk about the importance of home court ad...
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Emma and Pat do an extensive preview of the first game on the Big East slate, the Creighton Bluejays. The 'Cats travel to Omaha, Nebraska on Friday night to visit the new-look Greg McDermott team. The duo breakdown the offensive prowess of transfer Ryan Hawkins, the size and interior presence that Ryan Kalkbrenner brings to the paint and the team chemistry that the young squad continues to search for. Then, Emma and Pat incorpo...
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Emma and Pat break down Villanova's ugly road loss to the newly-crowned no. 1 team in the country, Baylor. The duo focus on Nova's abysmal offensive play, Baylor's stifling defense and James Akinjo's impressive performance. Lastly, they discuss the one positive from the game: Villanova's defense limited Baylor to just 57 points, adding another impressive line to the team's improving defensive play. Then, Emm...
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Emma and Pat do an in-depth breakdown of Villanova's 67-53 win over its old Big East rival, Syracuse. The duo start in the first half, where they discuss Villanova's poor shooting, turnover troubles and Dhamir Cosby Roundtree's early entry into the game before transitioning to the second half to talk about how half-time adjustments were made. Emma and Pat speak about 'Nova's ability to penetrate the Syracuse zon...
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Emma and Pat break down the positives from Villanova's blowout win over St. Joe's , including Collin Gillespie's second consecutive stellar performance and Justin Moore's much improved defense. Then, the duo introduce a new segment called "What Have We Learned?" to go over all of the action from the week of Big 5 games. Topics include Dhamir Cosby Roundtree's performance, Gillespie's case for All-Ame...
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Emma and Pat break down Villanova's 71-56 win over Penn as the 'Cats improve to 2-0 in Big East play. The duo talk about Gillespie's offensive explosion and how he continues to pad his award-winning season. Despite other offensive struggles, Brand Slater adds another efficient shooting performance and Nova's defense improves for the second straight game. Then, Emma and Pat preview the next Big 5 match-up against Tay...
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Emma and Pat give their biggest takeaways from Villanova's beatdown of La Salle on Sunday night, from Eric Dixon's continued improvement to 'Nova's stifling first half defense to Caleb Daniels' resurgence off the bench. Then, the duo extensively discuss Dhamir Cosby Roundtree's return to the court. How did we get here and what does this mean for the future of Villanova's bench? We answer all of those que...
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Emma and Pat begin with the action from Saturday at Mohegan Sun. The duo break down Villanova's dominance against Tennessee from a shooting, rebounding and energy standpoint. Then, they transition to 'Nova's second loss of the season against Purdue. Emma and Pat laud Caleb Daniels' performance off the bench and Brandon Slater's defense before debating the pressing question: was fatigue the reason Villanova lost ...
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Emma and Pat dissect Villanova's 100-81 win over Howard from all angles. The duo break down the excellent offensive play from both teams, most notably Collin Gillespie and the entire Howard roster from three-point range, before turning to the negatives. Villanova's defense struggled for the majority of the game, and Emma and Pat talk about the defensive adjustments the team needs to make before its next matchup against the ...
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Emma and Pat break down everything from Villanova's 86-77 OT loss to No. 2 UCLA. The duo discuss the positives from the loss, like Eric Dixon's play on both sides of the ball, Jermaine Samuels' physicality and Slater's first half defense against preseason All-American Johnny Juzang. Then, they talk about the lack of minutes for the freshmen, 'Nova's struggling transition defense and how the bench might look ...
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Emma and Pat discuss Villanova's first game and first win of the season over Mt. St. Mary's, 91-51. The duo break down the notable career-high performances from Justin Moore and Brandon Slater before turning to other positives from the game like the bench depth and the forced turnovers. Then, they talk about how the team can improve its defense and rebounding before its next opponent, 2 UCLA. Be sure to subscribe to the sho...
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The season is finally here! Before tip-off against Mount Saint Mary's on Tuesday afternoon, Emma and Pat record a full team breakdown of the '21-22 Villanova roster. From the incoming freshmen class to the returning fifth years, we preview each aspect of each player's game. Then, the duo discusses quotes from Jay Wright's press conference on Monday afternoon breaking down the starting rotation and the match-up again...
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Emma Houghton and Pat Zeng welcome on their first guest of the season, John Fanta from Fox College Hoops and the Big East Digital Network. Emma, Pat and John discuss candidates for the most surprising team of the conference, the most impactful newcomer, and the most important returning player before focusing on John's predictions for Villanova. Then, Emma and Pat analyze each Big East conference member, breaking down the roster...
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Emma Houghton and Pat Zeng break down each non-conference opponent that Villanova will face during the 2021-2022 season. From tip-off on Nov. 9 against Mt. Saint Mary's to a Sweet 16 rematch against the Baylor Bears, Emma and Pat discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each opponent and keys for Villanova in each matchup. Then, the duo discusses the floor and the ceiling of 'Nova's non-conference performance and predict...
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Eugene and Chris are joined by Emma Houghton and Pat Zeng to kick off the brand new season of State of the Nova Nation and make a big announcement. One door closes, but another one opens. We take a look back at Eugene and Chris' six seasons on the show, say some good byes and introduce Emma and Pat, two Villanova grads with radio backgrounds, before running through one last mailbag with the original duo. Emma and Pat then bring...
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The Villanova Wildcats' season came to an end in the Sweet 16. They gave the top-seeded Baylor Bears a hard fight for most of the game, until a game-changing run by the Bears ended up sealing the 'Cats fate. It's a bittersweet end. On one hand, Villanova got to reach the Sweet 16 -- reaching further than most thought it would -- on the other, the Wildcats were toe-to-toe with the No. 1 seed for a majority of the game. R...
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