2015–16 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team

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2015–16 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
Villanova Wildcats logo.svg
NCAA Tournament National Champions
Big East regular season champions
NIT Season Tip-Off champions
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 6
2015–16 record 35–5 (16–2 Big East)
Head coach Jay Wright (15th season)
Assistant coach Baker Dunleavy
Assistant coach Ashley Howard
Assistant coach Kyle Neptune
Home arena The Pavilion
Wells Fargo Center
Seasons
2015–16 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Villanova 16 2   .889     35 5   .875
#9 Xavier 14 4   .778     28 5   .848
#20 Seton Hall 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
Providence 10 8   .556     24 11   .686
Butler 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Creighton 9 9   .500     20 15   .571
Marquette 8 10   .444     20 13   .606
Georgetown 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
DePaul 3 15   .167     9 22   .290
St. John's 1 17   .056     8 24   .250
2016 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015–16 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team represented Villanova University in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by the school's 8th head coach Jay Wright in his 15th year, the Wildcats were members of the Big East Conference and played most of their home games at The Pavilion, with some select home games at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wildcats finished the season with a record of 35–5, 16–2 to win the Big East regular season. They lost in the championship of the Big East Tournament to Seton Hall. The Wildcats earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed. In the Tournament, they defeated UNC Asheville, Iowa, Miami, and overall #1 seed Kansas to earn a trip to the Final Four, the fifth in school history (although the 1971 Final Four season was vacated by the NCAA). In the Final Four, the Wildcats routed No. 2 seed Oklahoma by the largest margin in Final Four history to face No. 1 seeded North Carolina for the national championship. Led by Final Four MOP, Ryan Arcidiacono, the Wildcats won the National Championship on a three-point shot by Kris Jenkins, assisted by Arcidiacano, as time expired. The Wildcats won the school's second national title, having previously won the 1985 NCAA Tournament.

Their 35 wins were the most in school history, breaking a record of 33 wins set the previous season. In beating No. 3 seed Miami (AP No. 10), No. 1 seed Kansas (AP No. 1), No. 2 seed Oklahoma (AP No. 7) and No. 1 seed UNC (AP No. 3), Villanova became the first school in 31 years — since the 1985 Villanova Wildcats — to not only beat four top-three seeds on the way to a national title but to also beat four straight opponents ranked in the AP top 10, in addition to beating AP ranked Iowa in the Round of 32, by an average victory margin of 19 points per game. Villanova's run included two of the ten most offensively efficient games in the analytics era (2002–present), beating Miami and Oklahoma by scoring 1.56 and 1.51 points per possession in the Sweet Sixteen and Final Four, respectively.[1] It has been called perhaps the most dominant tournament championship run of all time, and the most dominant of the analytics era by a wide margin.[2]

Previous season[edit]

The Wildcats finished the 2014–15 season 33–3, 16–2 in Big East play to win the Big East regular season championship. They defeated Marquette, Providence, and Xavier to become champions of the Big East Tournament. They received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No.1 seed where they defeated Lafayette in the Second Round before losing in the Third Round to NC State.

With their 31st win of the season, a 63–61 win over Providence in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament, the Wildcats set a single season record for wins, which would eventually finish at 33.

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Darrun Hilliard 4 G 6'6" 215 Senior Bethlehem, PA Graduated/2015 NBA Draft
Dylan Ennis 52 G 6'2" 192 Junior Brampton, Ontario Graduated/Transferred to Oregon
JayVaughn Pinkston 22 F 6'7" 235 RS Senior Brooklyn, NY Graduated

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Eric Paschall 4 F 6'6" 205 Sophomore Dobbs Ferry, NY Transferred from Fordham. Under NCAA transfer rules, Paschall had to sit out the 2015–16 season. Will have three years of remaining eligibility.

Incoming recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jalen Brunson
PG
Lincolnshire, IL Adlai E. Stevenson High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 10, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 90
Tim Delaney
PF
Mullica Hill, NJ Pitman High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jun 9, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Donte DiVincenzo
SG
Wilmington, DE Salesianum School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jan 3, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
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:

2017 recruiting class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2015–16 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) Sr New York, New York
G 1 Jalen Brunson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 199 lb (90 kg) Fr Lincolnshire, Illinois
F 2 Kris Jenkins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Upper Marlboro, Maryland
G 3 Josh Hart 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Washington, D.C.
F 4 Eric Paschall 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Dobbs Ferry, New York
G 5 Phil Booth 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Baltimore, Maryland
G 10 Donte DiVincenzo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Wilmington, Delaware
G 15 Ryan Arcidiacono 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Langhorne, Pennsylvania
F 20 Patrick Farrell (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Rockville Centre, New York
F 23 Daniel Ochefu 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Lagos, Nigeria
G/F 25 Mikal Bridges 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 191 lb (87 kg) RS Fr Malvern, Pennsylvania
F 34 Tim Delaney 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Mullica Hill, New Jersey
F 45 Darryl Reynolds 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
F 52 Kevin Rafferty 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 results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 8, 2015*
12:00 pm
No. 11 Pace W 80–45 
Wells Fargo Center 
Philadelphia, PA
Regular season
Nov 13, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS2
No. 11 Fairleigh Dickinson W 91–54[3]  1–0
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Nov 17, 2015*
8:30 pm, FS1
No. 11 Nebraska
Gavitt Tipoff Games
W 87–63  2–0
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Nov 20, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS2
No. 11 East Tennessee State
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 86–51  3–0
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Nov 22, 2015*
4:30 pm, FS1
No. 11 Akron
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 75–56  4–0
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Nov 26, 2015*
4:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 8 vs. Stanford
NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals
W 59–45  5–0
Barclays Center 
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 27, 2015*
3:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 8 vs. Georgia Tech
NIT Season Tip-Off championship
W 69–52  6–0
Barclays Center 
Brooklyn, NY
Dec 1, 2015*
7:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 8 at Saint Joseph's
Philadelphia Big 5/Holy War
W 86–72  7–0
Hagan Arena (4,200)
Philadelphia, PA
Dec 7, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 9 vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
Pearl Harbor Classic
L 55–78  7–1
Bloch Arena (4,024)
Honolulu, HI
Dec 13, 2015*
5:00 pm, FS1
No. 9 La Salle
Philadelphia Big 5
W 76–47  8–1
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Dec 19, 2015*
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 at No. 8 Virginia L 75–86  8–2
John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
Charlottesville, VA
Dec 22, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 17 Delaware W 78–48  9–2
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Dec 28, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 16 Penn
Philadelphia Big 5
W 77–57  10–2
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Dec 31, 2015
12:00 pm, FS1
No. 16 No. 6 Xavier W 95–64  11–2
(1–0)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Jan 2, 2016
10 pm, FS1
No. 16 at Creighton
Big East New Year's Marathon
W 85–71  12–2
(2–0)
CenturyLink Center (17,375)
Omaha, NE
Jan 6, 2016
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 11 Seton Hall W 72–63  13–2
(3–0)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Jan 10, 2016
7:30 pm, FS1
No. 11 at No. 18 Butler W 60–55  14–2
(4–0)
Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,144)
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 13, 2016
8:30 pm, FS1
No. 6 Marquette W 83–68  15–2
(5–0)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Jan 16, 2016
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 6 at Georgetown W 55–50  16–2
(6–0)
Verizon Center (15,535)
Washington, D.C.
Jan 20, 2016
9:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 4 at Seton Hall W 72–71  17–2
(7–0)
Prudential Center (8,788)
Newark, NJ
Jan 23, 2016
12:00 pm, FOX
No. 4 No. 16 Providence L 76–82 OT 17–3
(7–1)
Wells Fargo Center (7,191)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 31, 2016
12:00 pm, FOX
No. 6 at St. John's W 68–53  18–3
(8–1)
Madison Square Garden (12,713)
New York, NY
Feb 3, 2016
8:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 3 Creighton W 83–58  19–3
(9–1)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Feb 6, 2016
2:30 pm, FS1
No. 3 at No. 11 Providence W 72–60  20–3
(10–1)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,883)
Providence, RI
Feb 9, 2016
8:30 pm, FS1
No. 1 at DePaul W 86–59  21–3
(11–1)
Allstate Arena (6,393)
Rosemont, IL
Feb 13, 2016
8:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 1 St. John's W 73–63  22–3
(12–1)
Wells Fargo Center (18,052)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 17, 2016*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 at Temple
Philadelphia Big 5
W 83–67  23–3
Liacouras Center (10,472)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 20, 2016
2:30 pm, FOX
No. 1 Butler W 77–67  24–3
(13–1)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Feb 24, 2016
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 1 at No. 5 Xavier L 83–90  24–4
(13–2)
Cintas Center (10,727)
Cincinnati, OH
Feb 27, 2016
2:00 pm, FOX
No. 1 at Marquette W 89–79  25–4
(14–2)
BMO Harris Bradley Center (19,043)
Milwaukee, WI
Mar 1, 2016
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 3 DePaul W 83–62  26–4
(15–2)
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Mar 5, 2016
12:07 pm, FOX
No. 3 Georgetown W 84–71  27–4
(16–2)
Wells Fargo Center (20,173)
Philadelphia, PA
Big East Tournament
Mar 10, 2016
12:00 noon, FS1
(1) No. 3 vs. (8) Georgetown
Quarterfinals
W 81–67  28–4
Madison Square Garden (14,863)
New York, NY
Mar 11, 2016
6:30 pm, FS1
(1) No. 3 vs. (4) Providence
Semifinals
W 76–68  29–4
Madison Square Garden (17,130)
New York, NY
Mar 12, 2016
5:30 pm, FOX
(1) No. 3 vs. (3) Seton Hall
Championship game
L 67–69  29–5
Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
Mar 18, 2016*
12:40 pm, truTV
(2 S) No. 6 vs. (15 S) UNC Asheville
First round
W 86–56  30–5
Barclays Center (17,333)
Brooklyn, NY
Mar 20, 2016*
12:10 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 6 vs. (7 S) No. 25 Iowa
Second round
W 87–68  31–5
Barclays Center (17,401)
Brooklyn, NY
Mar 24, 2016*
7:10 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 6 vs. (3 S) No. 10 Miami (FL)
Sweet Sixteen
W 92–69  32–5
KFC Yum! Center (19,399)
Louisville, KY
Mar 26, 2016*
8:49 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 6 vs. (1 S) No. 1 Kansas
Elite Eight
W 64–59  33–5
KFC Yum! Center (19,422)
Louisville, KY
Apr 2, 2016*
6:09 pm, TBS
(2 S) No. 6 vs. (2 W) No. 7 Oklahoma
Final Four
W 95–51  34–5
NRG Stadium (75,505)
Houston, TX
Apr 4, 2016*
9:19 pm, TBS
(2 S) No. 6 vs. (1 E) No. 3 North Carolina
National Championship
W 77–74  35–5
NRG Stadium (74,340)
Houston, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South Region.
All times are in Eastern Time. W=West Region E=East Region.

Local Radio[edit]

Station Play–by–play Color analyst Studio host
WTEL–AM 610 and Villanova IMG Sports Network Ryan Fannon Whitey Rigsby Joe Weil

Rankings[edit]

On February 8, the Wildcats became the first Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team to reach number one in the AP Poll.[4][5]

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 11 11 8 8 9 12 17 16 11 6 4 6 3 1 (32) 1 (44) 1 (45) 3 3 6 Not released 
Coaches 9 9 7 6 13 17 16 13 7 4 6 4 1 (11) 1 (25) 1 (25) 2 2 6 1 (30)

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

References[edit]

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