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Villanova to host Penn at Jake Nevin Field House

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Villanova to host Penn at Jake Nevin Field House

Villanova men's basketball is returning to the Jake Nevin Field House for the first time in 31 years.

Villanova on Friday announced that their Nov. 29 matchup against Big 5 foe Penn will be played at the Jake Nevin Field House, where they haven't played in since Jan. 4, 1986.

“The tradition of Villanova basketball is one of our program’s greatest strengths,” head coach Jay Wright said. “Many of the players and coaches who built the foundation upon which we stand today called the Field House home. By returning to the Jake for one night, we hope to give today’s Nova Nation a great appreciation for our history."

The Jake Nevin Field House, originally called the Villanova Field House, opened in 1931 and served as the Wildcats' home court until the Pavilion opened in early 1986. The facility was renamed in 1985 after legendary Villanova athletic trainer Jake Nevin.

Some of the school's most prominent teams called the Jake Nevin Field House home, including the 1985 NCAA Championship team coached by the late Rollie Massimino.

As Villanova's current on-campus home court, the Finneran Pavilion, undergoes renovations, the Wells Fargo Center will act as the Wildcats' primary home court for the 2017-18 season.

“We were eager to bring a regular season home game to campus for our students and this presented us an opportunity to do so," Villanova Director of Athletics Mark Jackson said. "The Big 5 and Jake Nevin Field House are a significant part of our basketball heritage and we can’t wait to celebrate that legacy by turning back the clock for one night.”   

The Wildcats are also slated to host Lafayette at Allentown's PPL Center on Nov. 17.

Villanova's full 2017-18 regular season schedule is expected to be released within the next 10 days.

James Madison shows why it's No. 1 in FCS with win over No. 11 Villanova

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James Madison shows why it's No. 1 in FCS with win over No. 11 Villanova

BOX SCORE

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Bryan Schor threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, and defending FCS champion James Madison beat Villanova 30-8 on Saturday to set a conference record with 18 straight victories.

The Dukes broke Richmond's Colonial Athletic Association mark, set from 2008-09. James Madison hasn't lost to another FCS member since the second round of the 2015 playoffs against Colgate.

James Madison built a 13-0 lead at halftime after holding Villanova to just 58 yards with three sacks and an interception. The Wildcats pulled to 16-8 early in the fourth but Schor connected with David Eldridge for a 29-yard score. Brandon Hereford capped it with his first career pick and touchdown with 1:57 left.

Terrence Alls made seven catches for 83 yards for James Madison (6-0, 3-0), which hosted ESPN's College Gameday for the second time.

The popular pre-game program aired for the eighth time from a FCS location. It helped draw the second-largest crowd in school history with 25,993.

Jimmy Moreland made an interception on Villanova's third play of the game and James Madison got to the Wildcats' 5 before settling for a 3-0 lead. Clayton Cheatham extended it 13-0 by catching an open pass over the middle and breaking tackles near the end zone for a 23-yard score.

Schor went over 5,000 career passing yards in the first half.

Freshman Kyle McCloskey started the second half at quarterback for Villanova (4-3, 2-2). He threw for 15 yards and added 43 yards on the ground. The Wildcats, who entered allowing just 13.2 points per game, were held to 174 total yards.

College Gameday
The ESPN crew was also live from James Madison in 2015 in front of more than 12,000 fans. The game against Richmond drew a Bridgeforth Stadium-record crowd of 26,069.

Up Next
Villanova has a bye week before hosting Elon on Oct. 28.

James Madison plays at William & Mary next Saturday.

Jay Wright to receive John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' honor

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Jay Wright to receive John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' honor

Jay Wright will recieve the John R. Wooden Award's "Legends of Coaching" honor in 2018. The award goes to coaches who personify legendary coach John Wooden's standards of coaching success and personal integrity.

Wright will be honored on April 6 at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles.

Wright has 23 years of coaching under his belt with his last 16 coming at Villanova. In his last 13 seasons on the Main Line, the Wildcats have reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including a national championship in 2016 with a thrilling 77-74 victory over North Carolina.

Wright and his squad begin the 2017-18 season Nov. 10 against Columbia at the Wells Fargo Center.