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For Villanova’s Jenkins, hard work paying off

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – BUFFALO, N.Y.– Since stepping onto the Villanova University campus last year, freshman Kris Jenkins has had to fight. He’s had to lose weight and shake a comfortable lifestyle to prepare himself for the rigors of a … Continue reading

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Villanova survives opening-round scare from Milwaukee

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – After watching three No. 2 seeds go down to No. 15 seeds in the last two years, Villanova was determined not to join the growing trend of early-round upsets. The Wildcats got a scare from Wisconsin-Milwaukee … Continue reading

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Villanova hoping regular-season success spills over into March Madness

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – BUFFALO, N.Y.– This season was the most successful regular season in Villanova men’s basketball history–and for now, it’s still mostly meaningless. Twenty-eight times over the last four months and change, Jay Wright’s squad walked off the court … Continue reading

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Gibbs’ jumper shocks Villanova as Seton Hall upends Wildcats, 64-63

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – NEW YORK–All season long, Villanova has relied on its 3-point shooting, taking more treys than any other team in the Big East and making more than all but Creighton. At the worst possible time, in the … Continue reading

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Wildcats trounce Hoyas in regular season finale

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – After Thursday night’s win over Xavier, it would have been easy for the Villanova Wildcats to look ahead. Maybe no one would be surprised if, in their season finale with the regular season Big East championship and … Continue reading

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Hilliard sets career high as ‘Nova sets wins mark

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The way Darrun Hilliard was shooting the ball, it seemed like he could have kept Villanova in the game against Marquette by himself. When his teammates joined in on the scoring, then it was no contest. … Continue reading

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Arcidiacono’s shot lifts Wildcats over St. John’s

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono held onto the ball outside of the three-point line, waiting and watching the shot clock tick down. With less than four minutes left in a tied ballgame against the St. John’s Red … Continue reading

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Bell fuels Villanova win in over Xavier

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – After a slow start in the first half that only saw him take four shots and score six points, James Bell would not be denied. The senior would go on to score 21 second-half points and … Continue reading

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Villanova Preview: Marquette (Jan. 25)

Lee Kunkel (@Kunkel5) – No. 4 Villanova (16-2, 5-1 Big East) at Marquette (11-8, 3-3 Big East) When: Saturday, January 25th, 2 PM Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis./FS1 KenPom: Villanova 14, Marquette 55 In a sentence… The Wildcats look to bounce back from their first … Continue reading

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Creighton bombs away to 96-68 thrashing of Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The rim of a basketball hoop has an 18-inch diameter. The way Creighton was shooting the ball against Villanova on Monday night, it must have looked somewhere around 18 feet. “That was one of the more … Continue reading

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Pinkston reaches 1,000 in Villanova win

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – NEWARK, N.J. — The hot shooting that Villanova displayed in its win against Providence carried right on into Wednesday night. Behind a torrid 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) performance from behind the arc, the Wildcats downed Seton Hall … Continue reading

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Villanova holds on to down Butler in OT, 76-73

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Villanova needed every break it could get and then some, holding on in overtime to beat Butler in the Wildcats’ Big East season opener, 76-73. It seemed like neither team wanted to win it in either … Continue reading

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Villanova Preview: Syracuse (Dec. 28)

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) – Villanova (11-0) @ Syracuse (11-0) When: Saturday, December 28, 2:00 p.m. Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y./CBS In a sentence…Villanova looks for their second win over a second ranked team this season when they travel north to take … Continue reading

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Villanova stays undefeated in Big 5, topples La Salle

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – In the span of 11 days, Villanova went from having not played in a Big 5 game to being just one win away from capturing its first city title in three years. Darrun Hilliard led the … Continue reading

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Big first-half run pushes Villanova past Penn

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Villanova fought through a poor second half, relying on a big first half run to put enough distance between itself and Penn en route to a 77-54 victory at The Pavilion on Wednesday night. Junior guard Darrun … Continue reading

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Lafayette Preview: Villanova Wildcats (Nov. 8)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Note: This preview looks at this CoBL matchup from the Lafayette point of view. For Garrett Miley’s preview from the Villanova side, click here). Lafayette (0-0) @ Villanova (0-0) When: Friday, November 8, 8 PM EST … Continue reading

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Villanova, La Salle adapting to new defensive rules

Lee Kunkel (@Kunkel5) & Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Coming into this season, there has been a major emphasis on the new foul rules. The two major changes include hand checking, and the block/charge call. Defensive players will no longer be … Continue reading

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Villanova rolls to exhibition win over West Chester

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Sure, it might have only been an exhibition game. The Villanova logo wasn’t even on the court at the Wells Fargo Center for a matchup between the Wildcats and West Chester Rams, due to a Sixers-Bulls … Continue reading

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2013-14 Season Primer: Villanova Wildcats

Garrett Miley @GWMiley – (This feature is part of CoBL’s 2013-14 College Preview; for a complete schedule and links to already-released pieces, click here) 2013-14 Villanova Season Primer Coach: Jay Wright, 13th Season (257-144, .641) Last Year: 20-14 (10-8 Big … Continue reading

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Big 5 announces award winners

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – The Big 5 released its annual men’s basketball awards on Monday, with Temple, La Salle and Villanova garnering the most prolific awards. Temple’s Khalif Wyatt was named the Big 5 Player of the Year after leading his … Continue reading

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2012-13 Postseason Capsules: Villanova Wildcats

Andy Edwards (@DLNAndyEdwards) – Villanova Record: 20-14 (10-8 Big East); lost to No. 8 North Carolina in NCAA second round The skinny: The young Wildcats experienced the kind of up-and-down season that most inexperienced teams produce. Ultimately, Villanova’s 2012-13 campaign … Continue reading

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Wright, ‘Nova happy to be back in NCAA picture

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – After seven consecutive NCAA tournament bids, Villanova sputtered to a 12-18 regular-season record last year and was never mentioned near the words “March Madness” or “bubble.” But with three wins over top-5 opponents this year and … Continue reading

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Villanova gets statement win, topples No. 5 Georgetown

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – With under five minutes to play and the Villanova Wildcats holding onto an eight-point lead against the 5th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas, the fans rose to their feet and cheered, knowing their team had the chance to pull off … Continue reading

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Wildcats embark on make-or-break road trip

Andy Edwards (@DLNAndyEdwards) – For much of the 2012-13 season, Villanova has experienced something of an identity crisis. Within their first five games, the Wildcats (15-9, 6-5 Big East) lost by 22 to Alabama and by 18 to Ivy League … Continue reading

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Arcidiacono, Villanova rout DePaul

Andy Edwards (@DLNAndyEdwards) – After a pair of disappointing losses last week, Villanova needed a pick-me-up in the worst way. Nothing like a game against DePaul to recapture your mojo. Ryan Arcidiacono led six Wildcats in double figures with a … Continue reading

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