(Editor’s Note: An intern in our Rome bureau who attends Villanova University, which won the NCAA men’s basketball championship last night, writes about following the tournament in the Eternal City.)
By Gaby Maniscalco*
While some Villanova students watched from Rome, Villanova Wildcats forward Kris Jenkins celebrates with the student section April 4 after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston. (CNS photo/Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
ROME — Feelings of hope and anticipation fill the air each year as students at Villanova University, a Catholic university in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, gather on campus to cheer on the Wildcats at the start of basketball season.
Avid sports fan or not, any Villanova University student can tell you the tale of the 1985 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game, which was the last time the Wildcats took home the NCAA tournament trophy.
The students embrace Villanova basketball as a part of campus culture that is instilled in them the moment they step on campus, and while the Cats have…
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