Category Archives: Villanova

Arcidiacono, ‘Nova survive Creighton, 76-72

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With his team’s chances at a top seed in the NCAA Tournament on the line, Ryan Arcidiacono stepped up. The Villanova junior point guard came through with a clutch 3-point play in the final minute at … Continue reading

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Hilliard, Pinkston fittingly shine for ‘Nova on Senior Night

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The story of how JayVaughn Pinkston’s career at Villanova began was well-documented. Even coach Jay Wright alluded to that fact after Tuesday’s 89-61 rout of No. 25 Providence. The 6-foot-7 forward from Brownsville, N.Y., recruited in the … Continue reading

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2016 big man Omari Spellman commits to Villanova

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Villanova picked up its first commitment of the 2016 class Friday afternoon when Omari Spellman pledged his verbal. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Spellman said via twitter that he was honoring his mother’s birthday by making his announcement today. … Continue reading

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Villanova thrashes Seton Hall, 80-54

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The scoring in Monday night’s game opened exactly how Saturday night’s ended for Villanova. And, lately, that’s meant good things for the Wildcats. Darrun Hilliard got it started with a 3-pointer from the top of the … Continue reading

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Hilliard’s career night lifts Villanova over Butler

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – There was no reason Darrun Hilliard should have been left wide open. Yet with the seconds ticking down in a tie game at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, there was the Villanova senior, left alone on the right … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Wednesday, February 11

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning 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 turns tables on Georgetown in 69-53 win

Dan Newhart (@danny_newhart) – When No. 7 Villanova and No. 24 Georgetown met in their only previous meeting this season on January 19 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., the Wildcats were less-than-impressive from the floor. Villanova’s team shooting … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Saturday, February 7

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning 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 Marquette at Wells Fargo, 70-52

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder) – The Marquette Golden Eagles had been competitive against Top 25 teams this year, never losing by more than 11 points in four games with ranked opponents. Well, not anymore. In front of a spotty Wells Fargo crowd, … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Wednesday, February 4

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning 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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‘Nova handles DePaul, 68-55

Jack Goodwillie (@jackgoodwillie) — Though only eight players saw the floor, Villanova managed to stave off an early surge from DePaul to top the Blue Demons 68-55 Saturday afternoon in Rosemont, Ill. After destroying DePaul in their previous meeting at the Pavilion, … Continue reading

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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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