Category Archives: Villanova

Albert: Bring Big 5 games back to the Palestra

By: Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) — Less than 100 Saint Joseph’s fans littered the stands at Tom Gola Arena, sporting their maroon and white, ready to cheer on their Hawks. It was the last Big 5 game of the year, Villanova … Continue reading

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One year making a big difference for Villanova

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – It’s sort of funny, maybe a little weird, kind of interesting, or whatever other adjective or cliche-du-jour you feel like using, the difference a single year makes in college basketball. Whatever that difference is, be it … Continue reading

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City 6 (and more) NBA Stock Watch

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – The recent success of Langston Galloway with the New York Knicks got us thinking about which current area college player could be the next one up to make an impact in the … Continue reading

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Villanova turns tide on Creighton in 71-50 win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu had serious issues covering Creighton’s bevy of 3-point shooters last year. That was true of the entire Wildcats roster, who gave up 21 treys last season when the Bluejays visited the Wells Fargo … Continue reading

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Big East Beatdown: Hoyas upset No. 4 Villanova, 78-58

Mitchell Northam (@primetimeMitch) – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Perhaps men’s basketball in the Big East Conference isn’t as entertaining or as full of rivalries as it used to be, but on Monday night, all eyes were on Verizon Center in Washington … Continue reading

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‘Nova overcomes Penn, 62-47, to sweep Big 5 play

Jack Goodwillie (@jackgoodwillie) — It did not come without a strong push from its Big 5 rivals, but Villanova upped its City Series winning streak to 11 by ousting the Penn Quakers 62-47 at the Palestra on Saturday night. A late … Continue reading

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‘Nova sophomore crashes the boards with “Hart”

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Villanova’s unselfish play was on display in a number of ways on Wednesday night. The most obvious was perhaps the Wildcats’ 24 assists on 28 buckets against Xavier, an incredible display of sharing the ball. Ryan … Continue reading

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First half threes pace ‘Nova in win over Xavier, 88-75

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder) – VILLANOVA, Pa.– The No. 5 Villanova Wildcats had little trouble handling a rugged Xavier team, seemingly out-toughing and out-shooting the Musketeers as they coasted to a 88-75 Big East victory on Wednesday night at The Pavilion. Despite the … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Wednesday, January 14

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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What we’ve learned: Big East Conference

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – We’re now two weeks into the year 2015 which means conference play is starting to heat up and we’ll soon find out whose non-conference record’s were legit, and who had their 2014’s … Continue reading

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Villanova squashes DePaul 81-64, claims Big East lead

Jack Goodwillie (@jackgoodwillie) – The DePaul Blue Demons have been something of a paradox in the Big East. They entered Saturday afternoon’s game at Villanova having gone just 6-7 in non-league play, and looked like a fish dead in the water yet … Continue reading

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Villanova runs past St. John’s, 90-72

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When St. John’s turned up its defensive pressure, Villanova head coach Jay Wright had to decide how his team would respond. The Wildcats’ experienced backcourt could be patient against the Red Storm press, or go full-throttle, … Continue reading

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Villanova’s undefeated season ends at hands of SHU

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The free throw shooting didn’t help. Nor did Villanova’s inability to hit shots from the perimeter. And the 15 turnovers on the road weren’t doing much good, either. What it added up to was the first … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Saturday, January 3

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Wildcats face first true road test for wins record

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – To achieve its best start in program history, the Villanova men’s basketball team has to do something it hasn’t yet done this year. Win a true road game. According to the Wildcats’ schedule, they have played … Continue reading

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Villanova handles Butler 67-55 in Big East opener

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) — Villanova entered Wednesday’s clash against Butler with an unblemished record, surviving its dozen-game non-conference schedule without a loss. On New Years’ Eve, it was expected that the Wildcats would have themselves yet another test in the … Continue reading

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Howard brothers’ journey brings them together on court

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Ashley Howard was conflicted. As the Villanova assistant sat there on the bench during Tuesday night’s game against NJIT, watching as his Wildcats found themselves in a tougher-than expected battle against the Highlanders, he was proud. … Continue reading

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Second-half surge lifts Nova over NJIT

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Villanova’s balance has received handfuls of praise throughout their early season success. However, their depth in the backcourt might be what takes them deep into the month of March in 2015. Even without senior guard Darrun … Continue reading

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Villanova stuns Syracuse in overtime

By: Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) — We’ve seen this story before. An improbable comeback by Villanova in the second half, topped by a last second bucket to force overtime against Syracuse at the Wells Fargo Center. Saturday’s 82-77 Villanova win in overtime … Continue reading

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Enechionyia quickly earning minutes with solid play

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – Freshman Obi Enechionyia is starting to blossom into quite the impact player for Temple. That was evident again on Sunday afternoon as Temple was downed by Villanova, with the Springfield, Va. native making a big impact in … Continue reading

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Hilliard, Hart lead Villanova past Temple, 85-62

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Through its first nine games of the season, Villanova’s earned a reputation as a team without a star. The Wildcats’ top seven players all averaged within a few points of each other, and the team hadn’t … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Sunday, December 14

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s mostly-daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Ennis leads Wildcats past Illinois in Jimmy V Classic

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – (Ed. Note: Thanks to Joshua Newman for his help with this story) The Villanova Wildcats defeated an upstart Illinois team with a 73-59 victory at the Jimmy V Classic thanks to a terrific night from Dylan Ennis. … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Tuesday, December 9

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s mostly-daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Villanova blasts St. Joe’s, 74-46

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – With less than five minutes remaining, the Saint Joseph’s student section, which neared the rafters inside Villanova’s Pavilion, began its standard “The Hawk Will Never Die” chant. Right on cue, the Villanova student section fired back, … Continue reading

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