Men's Basketball

We Are The Champions

The Wildcats will visit the White House on May 31 for a special ceremony. Local area alumni can join the DC Alumni Chapter for a live stream viewing party and happy hour

To celebrate the team's success, we have compiled several photos, videos, news stories and statistics highlighting the season and the championship run, which you will find below. 

Even more photo galleries, videos and stories can be found on the University's National Champions commemorative website


April 15, 2016 - The team rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Click the image above to view the video

Wright, Arcidiacono and Ochefu are interviewed by CNBC's Jim Cramer at NYSE after ringing the bell

 

 

May 11, 2016 - The Team was featured on Jeopardy


Other links of interest

Purchase DVDs/Blu-rays of the full game

Purchase National Championship apparel

 

Arcidiacono's Awards Ceremony speech

Ochefu's Awards Ceremony speech

 

Arcidiacono and Ochefu surprise 4-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer

 

"Father Rob Hagan is Wildcats' 'rock'"

"Basketball team's strength is its humility"

 

President Obama calls Wright to congratulate him and the team

 

Philadelphia victory parade recap, photos and videos

Sights and sounds of the Philadelphia parade

 

Late-night comics' recap of the Championship game 

 

"One Shining Moment"

Videos of the post-game victory celebration

Reactions to the game-winning shot

Even more reactions to the game-winning shot

Every angle and every call of the final shot

The game-winning buzzer-beater

 

Social media recap from the National Championship game

Championship game highlights

 

Jay Wright Named 2016 Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year

 

Facts and statistics about the 2015-16 season

General
  • As of the end of this season, the team has accumulated a total of 1,672 all-time wins
  • For the first time in school history, the team held the #1 rank in the AP Top 25 Poll for 3 consecutive weeks
  • The team has been ranked in the AP Poll for 52 consecutive weeks (since December 2013)
  • The last 173 Pavilion games have been sold out
  • The team won 35 games - a new team record
  • The team is only the second team in 20 years to win 86% of its games over the course of 3 seasons
  • The team has won a total of 97 games during the past 3 seasons - the most in the nation
  • The team is one of only 11 teams in the 2016 tournament that have a graduation rate of 100%
  • The graduating class of 2016 has a total of 117 wins, making it the winningest class in school history

 

VS. Oklahoma
  • It was the largest margin of victory in Final Four history
  • Villanova scored more points in the second half (53) than Oklahoma scored during the entire game (51)
  • Villanova missed fewer shots (14) than Oklahoma had turnovers (17)
  • The 'Cats had a shooting percentage of 71.4% - the second best in NCAA Tournament history. The best shooting percentage in NCAA Tournament history is 78.6% - boasted by the 'Cats during their 1985 victory over Georgetown. The 1985 and 2016 teams are the only two teams to ever shoot better than 68% in any Final Four game
  • Villanova took a total of only 49 shots 
  • Six Wildcats had individual scores in the double digits

 

NCAA Tournament General
  • In the Rounds of 64 and 32, Villanova was the most talked-about team of the tournament, according to Ad Week
  • On the day after the National Championship, Villanova was on the front page of 200 newspapers around the country
  • In four of its six NCAA Tournament games, the team scored more than 85 points
  • During the NCAA Tournament, more than 10,000 Villanovans attended over 217 alumni game watches across the United States and in international locations such as London and the Federated States of Micronesia. Throughout the entire season, there were almost 500 game watches in over 50 unique locations
  • Since winning the National Championship, the Men's Basketball team's Twitter account now has over 84,000 followers
  • The team has been invited to the NCAA Tournament for 11 of the past 12 seasons - the most of any team in the Big East