Villanova ’16 Beats Villanova ’18 in Overtime, 57-55

If you’re one of our Michigan readers you’ll look at this blog with unwelcome hatred because Villanova waxed that Wolverine ass in the 2018 title game. It’s fine. By now you should be accustomed to losing in big tournament games. You know, those losses in 1992, 1993, 2013, 2014 and 2018.

But anyway, were talking about a championship program here so you’re all welcome to hit that X in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

National Champions and Villanova alums Kevin Rafferty and Darryl Reynolds put together a virtual competition between the 2016 and 2018 Villanova rosters to finally settle the score of which Wildcats team was better.

And you know what? It was probably a very difficult time for the likes of Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges and Phil Booth. Picking between which of your two NCAA National Championship team you liked the best has got to be tough.

During the game, Reynolds interviewed head coach Jay Wright to get his take on the matchup. Wright said he would have attacked freshman Omari Spellman with senior Daniel Ochefu if he were coaching the 2016 team. Then he said he would have attacked freshman Jalen Brunson with junior Jalen Brunson if he were coaching the 2018 team. It’s an embarrassment of riches to be honest.

After a knock down, drag out affair, the game went to overtime. In the end, 2016 ended up winning a tightly contested game. Young Jalen hit a few clutch free throws down the stretch to clinch the win. I was cheering for them the whole time.

A couple moments of mention were ‘Jalen taking six straight shots’ as he was playing on both teams and virtual Phil Booth being accused of point shaving.

The real winner of the night was Philabundance hunger relief program receiving over $21,500 in donations for COVID-19 relief efforts.

This is just another example of why Villanova is one of the best programs in the country. I’m fairly certain Coach Wright had nothing to do with this event. It was just two former athletes doing something for the greater good.

That’s awesome. Full video linked below.


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