Top 5 Villanova Basketball Games in the Past 5 Years

Zack Lessner@@ZLess1995Correspondent IISeptember 3, 2012

Top 5 Villanova Basketball Games in the Past 5 Years

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    The 2011-2012 Villanova Basketball season was a disaster.

    The 2011-2012 team was a disappointing contrast to previous successful seasons under Jay Wright.

    While Wright has brought the Wildcats back into college basketball relevancy since he took over as Head Coach in 2001, last season reflected none of the successes he had fused into the team in recent seasons.

    So, while we marvel at the embarrassment of the past season, it was only made possible because of the standards set by the team in previous seasons.

    Let's look back at Nova's top 5 games in the past 5 years which have created high standards for their program.

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5. February 7 2012: Villanova 74 Providence 72

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    This game against Providence was the one bright point in what is now known as Jay Wright's worst season with Villanova.

    Trailing by 14 at halftime and by as many as 18 in the second half, Nova came roaring back behind the play of red-shirt freshman JayVaughn Pinkston.

    The Wildcats avoided their fourth straight loss and looked to rejuvenate their season after giving fans at The Pavilion something to get excited about.

    Needless to say, Nova lost four straight following this dramatic comeback and never was able to get back on track.

4. January 28 2009: Villanova 67 Pittsburgh 57

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    The last college basketball game at the Spectrum in 2009 was one that Villanova fans will always remember.

    With Number 3 Pitt rolling in for the Big East match-up, the chances were slim that a Philadelphia team would close the Spectrum with a W.

    However, this would not be the case.

    Villanova proudly defended Philly's most heralded sports stadium by coming back from an early 10 point deficit to pull off the conference upset.

    As huge as this game was to Nova Nation, a game against Pitt later in the season would overshadow this one.

3. January 22 2011: Villanova 83 Syracuse 72

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    Coming off a tough loss against Connecticut, Villanova needed a big win in order to stay atop the rankings.

    That win came in a big way, in front of 33,736 hostile fans at the Carrier Dome.

    Maalik Wayns led the way with 21 points as the Wildcats stormed into Syracuse knocking off the number 3 team in the country.

2. March 26 2009: Villanova 77 Duke 54

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    Every great tournament game has a buildup, and in the Wildcats magical final four run, the story had to be set for their Elite 8 match-up with Pitt.

    To put themselves in position for a final four attempt, Villanova had to get past the perennial contender and Number 2 ranked Duke Blue Devils.

    Not only did Villanova advance, they dismantled the team that many picked to represent the East Region in the 2009 tournament.

    Scottie Reynolds led the balanced attack with 16 points as the Wildcats marched on to their second Elite 8 in four years.

1. March 28 2009: Villanova 78 Pittsburgh 76

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    Much of the program's standards have hinged on this one unforgettable game more than three years ago.

    The entire game went back and forth between the two teams, putting the final minutes in position to go down in history.

    History was made as the Wildcats made their fourth final four behind Dwayne Anderson's 17 points.

    Enjoy the highlights as you re-live Scottie Reynolds and his amazing final sequence.

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