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Villanova defeats Army to open season

The Wildcats got a historic freshman performance in the victory

NCAA Basketball: Army at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

That’s it. That’s the entire recap.

Sorry, I’m being told I have to write more to make this worth everyone’s time.

The Villanova Wildcats opened their season with an impressive 97-54 victory over the Army Black Knights Tuesday evening at Finneran Pavilion, in a game where ‘Nova did pretty much everything right.

But, the biggest story? That’s right. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. The Preseason Big East Freshman of the Year certainly didn’t disappoint in his first collegiate game, leading the Wildcats in both points (24) and rebounds (13) and becoming the FIRST true freshman under Jay Wright to record a double-double. Think of the ground that covers!

Aside from JRE’s big game, Saddiq Bey got his sophomore campaign off to a great start with 22 points on 9-14 shooting. This ‘Nova squad has zero scholarship seniors, so it’ll be up to the youth to guide them. Continuing with that theme, Cole Swider knocked down four threes en route to an 18 point showing.

In all, it was a walk in the park for Villanova, and a nice tuneup before they head to Columbus to face Ohio State in the Gavitt Games next Wednesday.