Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Team: Villanova Wildcats

Head Coach: Jay Wright

Team Mascot: Will D. Cat

Year Opened: 1986

Capacity: 6500

City / State: Villanova / Pennsylvania

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Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Philadelphia Big 5

Rival Team: Temple Owls, Saint Joseph's Hawks, Penn Quakers, La Salle Explorers

Philadelphia’s Big 5 consists of the Villanova, Temple, St. Joseph’s, Penn, and La Salle and is one of the best multi-team rivalries in college sports. The Big 5 dates back to 1955 and originally was created to showcase Philadelphia’s basketball talent and raise money for the Palestra. The proximity of the schools means there is a lot of bragging rights on the line whenever these teams meet, so don’t miss the matchups between these schools.

Holy War

Rival Team: Saint Joseph's Hawks

The Holy War between Villanova and St. Joseph’s is the fiercest of all of the Philadelphia Big 5 rivalries. The rivalry between ‘Nova and St. Joe’s predates the Big 5 having started during the 1920-21 season, and you’ll never want to miss it when these two meet. Villanova leads the all-time series 48-25, but the matchups will almost always be close when the Wildcats and Hawks battle it out.

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Villanova Wildcats vs Georgetown Hoyas

Rival Team: Georgetown Hoyas

The Wildcats and Hoyas have a fierce rivalry that was fostered in the original Big East and continues today. The biggest matchup in the history of the Villanova-Georgetown rivalry occurred in 1985 NCAA Championship game when the Wildcats upset the high-powered Hoyas 66-64. Don’t miss it when the Hoyas come to town as you’ll be in for a treat whenever Villanova and Georgetown square off.

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Villanova Wildcats vs Providence Friars

Rival Team: Providence Friars

Villanova and Providence are the two smallest schools in the Big East and have developed an intense rivalry over the years. Villanova leads the all-time series 59-38, and you’ll be in for a treat when attending a Villanova-Providence game.

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Villanova Wildcats vs Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens

Rival Team: Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens

Villanova and Delaware’s rivalry may be fiercest on the gridiron, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of bad blood when the Wildcats and Blue Hens meet on the hardwood. The rivalry between Villanova and Delaware may not get as much press as the Wildcats other rivalries, but you’ll still be in for a treat when attending a matchup between these two teams.

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Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Team: Villanova Wildcats

Head Coach: Jay Wright

Team Mascot: Will D. Cat

Year Opened: 1986

Capacity: 6500

City / State: Villanova / Pennsylvania

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