A Look Back At WVU vs. Villanova In the 2005 Big East Tournament Semifinals
On Friday night in the Boston, West Virginia and Villanova will meet for the 43rd time with Nova holding a slim 22-20 edge in the all-time series. It will also rematch two former Big East rivals, though they haven’t faced off since WVU left for the Big 12 after the 2011-12 season. This week’s meeting in the Sweet 16 round may arguably be the most significant in the series history, which dates back to 1956.
Mountaineer head coach Bob Huggins holds a 3-3 record against Jay Wright’s Wildcats, but the most memorable clash between the two teams came prior to Huggins arriving at West Virginia in 2007.
In the 2005 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, John Beilien was the Mountaineers’ head coach when his team made an improbable run as the No. 8 seed, defeating Providence (82-59) and then No. 1 Boston College (78-72) in the first two rounds. That set up a showdown between West Virginia and Villanova in the semifinals. It resulted in one of the most dramatic final moments in Mountaineer history. If you don’t remember what happened, I won’t spoil the ending for you. You’ll have to watch for yourself.