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Top 10 Villanova moments of the past year: Part 1

One year ago today, The Villanovan Sports Blog started with a recap of a 71-50 win over Cincinnati.  Now, 164 posts, 33 wins and one Final Four later, and we have decided to spend the week commemorating what has been a magical 12 months for Villanova basketball.

What follows is the first of five installments in our week-long series of counting down the top 10 Villanova basketball moments of the past year.

10. Villanova wins the Puerto Rico Tip-Off- Nov. 22, 2009

It is easy to forget that the Villanova season almost began with disaster.  After starting 2-0 the Wildcats traveled down to Puerto Rico for a three-game tournament.  Even before they stepped on the court, the team was given devastating news as starting freshman center Mouphtaou Yarou was sent home with a viral infection.  That viral infection turned out to be Hepatitis B, and Yarou missed eleven games.

A now thin Wildcats team barely survived its first game against George Mason, needing a furious second half comeback and a game-winning three-point shot from the unlikeliest of heros, freshman forward Isaiah Armwood, who played just four minutes.  Those three points were his first of the season.

Villanova then handled Dayton and Ole Miss to win the tournament.  Junior forward Antonio Pena had an impressive 17 points and 16 rebounds in the final game and earned himself the tournament’s MVP.

9. Scottie Reynolds returns for his senior season- June 9, 2009

With the option to enter the NBA draft and still be able to return the school, Reynolds took a calculated risk and put his name in the draft pool without signing an agent.  After participating in workouts for several teams, Reynolds decided his best option would be to return to Villanova for his senior season.

Thus far, it seems like he made the right move as Villanova is 19-1, and Reynolds is averaging a career-best 18.7 points per game.  His strong play has his name in both Big East and National Player of the Year conversations, and the Wildcats are off to their best start ever and highest ranking in school history.

-David Cassilo

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