Hoops Mania Returned in Fashion Friday Night time

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VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania – Hoops Mania returned after a year of compulsory abstinence from COVID-19 and was welcomed with open arms by the Nova Nation student unit at the Finneran Pavilion on Friday evening. A packed house with more than 4,000 students helped Villanova kick off the 2021-22 basketball season for men and women.

Trainer of the women of Villanova Denise DillonIn her second season as head coach, she took part in her first Hoops Mania. Her team was featured shortly thereafter, and Maddie Siegrist received a basketball for breaking the 1,000-point plateau in just two seasons. Siegrist later attempted to set a world record for the most 3-pointers in one minute but missed just two points and sank 11.

Men’s head coach Jay Wright asked Dillon and her team to join him in the Swag Surf, a trademark of the Villanova student section.

The returning members of the Villanova men’s team received BIG EAST championship rings for both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 regular season titles. Banners to celebrate these titles have been unveiled by the three newest Wildcats: newcomers Angelo Brizzi, Jordan Longino and Nnanna Njoku.

Brandon Slater won the Slam Dunk Contest and the Pitch Blue Wildcats beat the Light Blue Wildcats on 15 in an intrasquad scrimmage.

At the end of the evening, Grammy-nominated musical artist “Offset” came on stage to perform a concert and join a long list of prominent entertainers who have taken the stage at Hoops Mania.

The Villanova men open the regular season 2021-22 on Tuesday, November 9th against Mount St. Mary’s in the Finneran Pavilion at 4:30 p.m. Dillon’s Wildcats will host an exhibition game on Saturday evening (October 30th) at 6:30 p.m.