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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #7 Villanova

FanWide’s #7 NCAA Basketball team is the Villanova Wildcats. Villanova has won two of the last four National Championships. Coach Jay Wright has elevated Nova Basketball to a new level. Their consistent regular season success has made them increasingly interesting to watch for current fans, and their postseason glory has brought in a wave of new ones. Villanova’s tournament play has become must-see TV. Legendary moments like Kris Jenkins’ National Championship winning buzzer beater in 2016 and Donte DiVincenzo’s 2018 National Championship 31 point eruption have contributed to a new generation of Villanova fans. Their exciting play and consistent success has made them one of the most prominent programs in the nation and landed them a spot in FanWide’s Top 10.

Villanova fans celebrate the 2018 National Championship victory. | Photo courtesy of time.com

FanWide’s Top 10

10. Wisconsin

9. Arizona

8. Michigan

7. Villanova

Villanova Ranked:

Teams were evaluated in 8 different categories (visit this blog post to see the

methodology):

Category Count NCAAB Rank
Fan Clubs (FanWide) 43 8
National Championships (All time) 3 6
NCAA Tournament Wins (Last 10 years) 19 7
Regular Season Wins (Last 10 years) 270 6
NBA Lottery Picks (Last 10 years) 1 20
Attendance (2018) 11,828 26
Coach Tenure (Years) 18 5
Aggregate Social Media Followers (Thousands) 409.5 12

Fan Clubs: 43 (8th)

Villanova has an impressive 43 fan clubs listed in FanWide’s network, the world’s largest fan club database. Villanova has an established fanbase that clearly extends far beyond Pennsylvania. If you want to start a Villanova fan club in your city, contact FanWide!

National Championships: 3 (6th-tie)

Villanova has won 2 of their 3 National Championships in the past 5 years. Historic 2016 and 2018 runs led by Josh Hart (2016), Kris Jenkins (2016), Donte DiVincenzo (2018), and Mikal Bridges (2018) resulted in a spike in Villanova’s national prominence. As a true 4 year program, Villanova builds winning teams while allowing fans to fall in love with their players. This culture has recently paid off.

Recent NCAA Tournament Wins: 19 (7th)

In the past 10 years, Villanova has won 19 NCAA tournament games. With 9 out of 10 possible tournament births secured in this span, Villanova’s consistency has been rewarded. Their National Championship runs helped in this metric; Villanova knew how to win when it counted. Wildcats fans have almost always had something to root for in the tournament in recent years.

Recent Regular Season Wins: 270 (6th)

Villanova has been one of the elite regular season teams in the past 10 years. Averaging 27 wins per season, Villanova has done enough to win 5 of the last 6 regular season conference championships in the competitive Big East. Consistent regular season success always leaves Nova poised to make noise in the NCAA tournament. The national coverage that comes with high tournament seeds has bolstered Villanova’s reputation.

Recent NBA Lottery Picks: 1 (20th-tie)

Villanova has produced only 1 NBA lottery pick in the past 10 years: guard-forward Mikal Bridges in 2018. Mikal Bridges was selected #10 by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 draft, before being promptly traded to the Phoenix Suns. While Villanova players haven’t been selected highly in recent years, they are still making an impact on NBA teams. Nova alumni Josh Hart (Lakers), Omari Spellman (Hawks), and Kyle Lowry (Raptors) are all prominent current NBA players drafted outside the top 14.

Attendance in 2018: 11,828 (26th)

Generally, Villanova splits its home games between the Finneran Pavilion (their traditional home court, capacity 6,500) and the Wells Fargo Center (the home of the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, capacity 20,000). This past season, while the Finneran Pavilion was under construction, they played the entirety of their home games at the Wells Fargo Center. As a result, this attendance data is slightly inflated. As a relatively small school with less than 7,000 undergrads, Villanova basketball games are an intimate experience. With no plans to increase their home court capacity after their renovation, Villanova intends to keep it this way.

Coach Tenure: 18 years (5th)

Jay Wright was hired at Villanova in 2001 after spending 7 years as the head coach of Hofstra University. During his tenure, Jay Wright has led the Wildcats to 5 Big East conference championships and 13 NCAA tournaments. Wright has failed to bring Villanova to a major postseason tournament (NIT or NCAA) just once in his time with the program.

Aggregate Social Media Followers: 409,000 (12th)

Villanova has a significant social media following with 106k Facebook likes, 198k Twitter followers, and 105k Instagram followers. Their social media following has allowed them to attract fans from across the globe.

Driven by 5 top 10 finishes, Villanova is FanWide’s #7 college basketball team!

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