Villanova is the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Champion!
Dear Villanova Community,
If you had told me two years ago that we would be celebrating another national championship today, I honestly don’t know that I would have believed you. In 2016, it had been 31 years since our last national championship for basketball, and now, just two years later, Villanova is once again the national champion! What a remarkable accomplishment for the players and for Coach Wright and his staff, and what a wonderful time to be a Villanovan!
In the days leading up to the Final Four, I was frequently asked about how this team embodies who we are as a University community. It’s a question that is easy for me to answer, and one that I am fairly certain is not asked of other college and university presidents. This team and these coaches are truly unique. They are such wonderful ambassadors for our University because, both on and off the court, they demonstrate what it means to be a Villanovan.
We often talk about the connection between heart and mind, and with each win they proved how powerful a combination that can be. They also acknowledged their success humbly, giving credit to the quality of their opponent and to their teammates and coaches—always placing the team before the individual. And most importantly, they are true STUDENT-athletes—with a commitment to academics, a 100 percent graduation rate and numerous academic awards. I couldn’t be more proud of how they’ve handled themselves and represented the University throughout this season. It was an incredible run that Villanovans, and countless others, won’t soon forget. They have made all of us in the Nova Nation very proud.
To all the Villanovans who supported this team all season, THANK YOU. Your unfailing support and enthusiasm played a significant role in getting the team to this point in San Antonio. Thousands of you from around the country came out to cheer on the team. Villanova is fortunate to have some of, if not the most loyal fans in the country, and it was wonderful to witness you coming together to cheer on the team.
Congratulations again to the team and, of course, go Cats!
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD
President, Villanova University
Villanova Men's Basketball 2017-18 Season Highlights:
- 2018 NCAA Division I National Champions
- Most Wins (36) in Program History
- First team in NCAA Division I History to Win 32 or More Games in Four Consecutive Seasons
- 2018 BIG EAST Tournament Champions
- 2018 Big 5 Champions
- 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis Champions
- Eight weeks as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25
- Most Made 3-Pointers in a Season by an NCAA Division I Team
- Jalen Brunson Named National Player of the Year
- Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges Named All-Americans
- Jay Wright Became the Villanova Men’s Basketball All-time Wins Leader