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Villanova stunned by N.C. State in Round of 32

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t supposed to end this way for Villanova. A one-seed, the second overall seed in the entire NCAA Tournament with hopes of reaching the Final Four for the first time in six years, believed … Continue reading

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Villanova primed for deep NCAA Tournament run

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The Rev. Rob Hagan, Villanova’s team chaplain, got a turn to climb up the ladder at Madison Square Garden and snip off a piece of the net after the Wildcats won their first Big East championship … Continue reading

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Hart’s strong play in the Garden continuing at perfect time

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – NEW YORK–Josh Hart said after Thursday’s rout against Marquette in the Big East quarterfinals that he wished he could play every game at Madison Square Garden. He’s not a local kid like JayVaughn Pinkston was when … Continue reading

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‘Nova survives Providence, advances to Big East final

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – NEW YORK–The only thing that matters in the month of March is surviving and advancing. It’s a bit cliché but it’s never been more true for this Villanova team after Saturday. The Wildcats had seen a lead … Continue reading

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Hart, 3-point barrage carry ‘Nova to Big East semis

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – NEW YORK– For just a few minutes–nine and a half to be exact–it looked like Villanova’s Big East Tournament woes would continue against ninth-seeded Marquette. The top-seeded Wildcats had built a 10-point lead six minutes into the … Continue reading

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Villanova looking to overcome Big East Tournament woes

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – If you’re not quite sure who’s expected to go into Madison Square Garden this week and walk away with the Big East Tournament, some of the conference’s coaches might be able to provide some insight. “Hat’s … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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Villanova stays undefeated, handles La Salle 84-70

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Last year, ‘Nova won its four Big 5 games by an average of 22.5 points per game, an absolute domination of a city series that’s usually ultra-competitive no matter how the rest of the season is … Continue reading

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Villanova rolls over Delaware 78-47

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Though the Wildcats have an array of perimeter players in their arsenal, they turned to senior forward Daniel Ochefu early and often against Delaware en route to a 78-47, wire-to-wire victory over Monte’ Ross and the … Continue reading

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Villanova outlasts Hass, Bucknell 72-65

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Shooting 5-22 from beyond the arc isn’t usually a recipe for success in college basketball. However, Villanova once again overcame poor shooting, this time with big time defense, to slide past Bucknell at home, 72-65. It … Continue reading

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Dominant first half allows ‘Nova to cruise to victory

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – After a slow start to Friday’s season-opening win over Lehigh, Villanova made sure it didn’t make a trend of that Monday night. The No. 12 Wildcats exploded out to an early lead, forcing turnovers, running the … Continue reading

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Four Observations: Lehigh/Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Here are some observations from Villanova’s 77-66 win over Lehigh at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. on Friday night: ‘Nova reliance on long ball continues Last season was a live-and-die approach with the 3-point shot … Continue reading

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Villanova pulls away from Lehigh in second half

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – ALLENTOWN, Pa.– After a slow start, Villanova asserted itself as the superior team in the second half, pulling out a 77-66 season-opening win over Lehigh in the first game held at the new PPL Center in … Continue reading

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Northwood no match for ‘Nova in exhibition matchup

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder) – For the first time in 22 years, former Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino returned to the sideline at the Pavilion. Massimino made his claim to fame with ‘Nova in 1985, when he led the Wildcats to … Continue reading

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Villanova chosen to win the Big East at Media Day

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – It was basically a formality heading into the Big East’s 2014 Media Day that Villanova would be selected as the conference’s top team heading into the 2014-15 season. And for good reason. The reigning champions who … Continue reading

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