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2013-14 CoBL Division I Awards

What. A. Season. Of the 10 teams that make up CoBL’s primary Division I coverage (Delaware, Drexel, La Salle, Lafayette, Lehigh, Penn, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova), two won their league tournament titles. A third set the school … Continue reading

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In dark time, future still plenty bright for Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Momentum is a fickle thing. It comes and goes without much of a hint of its intentions, sometimes sticking around for a while and sometimes fleeing before it was ever really there. As a team, Villanova’s … Continue reading

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Napier ends Villanova’s Sweet 16 hopes

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Shabazz Napier stewed on the bench in the first half, playing eight minutes after getting into early foul trouble. Nothing, not even fouls, would stop him in the second half. The senior guard and American Athletic … Continue reading

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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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Former Big East lives again when Villanova faces UConn

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – BUFFALO, N.Y.–Conference realignment will un-align, if only for two hours or so. At the First Niagara Center on Saturday evening, the clock will be rewound just long enough to remember what was for many years the … 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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Villanova rolls by Butler on Senior Night

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Jay Wright had the luxury of clearing his bench with four minutes to play, allowing ample time for seniors James Bell, Tony Chennault and Nick McMahon to be applauded separately on their special night. By that point, the damage had … 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 clinches Big 5 with win over Temple

Anthony Bellino (@Bellino_Anthony) – Villanova didn’t trail to Temple at all in Saturday’s Big 5 contest, yet they couldn’t seem to separate themselves in the first half. The second half was a different story, the Wildcats showed everyone at the … Continue reading

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Villanova Preview: Temple (Feb. 1)

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Villanova Wildcats (18-2, 7-1) vs. Temple Owls (6-13, 1-7) When: Saturday, February 1st, 4 PM Where: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia PA RPI: Villanova 3, Temple 172 KenPom: Villanova 14, Temple 148 In a sentence… The Wildcats look to … Continue reading

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Temple Preview: Villanova (Feb. 1)

Anthony Bellino (@Bellino_Anthony) – Temple (6-13, 1-7) vs. Villanova (18-2, 7-1) When: Saturday, February 1, 4 PM Where: The Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA. KenPom: Temple 148, Villanova 14 RPI: Temple 208, Villanova 5 In a sentence… This game has huge … 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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Villanova Preview: Creighton (Jan. 19)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – No. 4 Villanova (16-1, 5-0 Big East) vs. Creighton (15-3, 5-1) When: Monday, January 20, 7 PM Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa./FS1 KenPom: Villanova 2, Creighton 13 RPI: Villanova 4, Creighton 14 In a sentence… Villanova … 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 Preview: Seton Hall (Jan. 8)

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – No. 8 Villanova (13-1, 2-0) @ Seton Hall (10-5, 1-1) When: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 PM Where: Prudential Center – Newark, N.J. RPI: Villanova 6, Seton Hall 126 KenPom: Villanova 8, Seton Hall 119 In a sentence: … Continue reading

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Villanova Preview: Providence (Jan. 5)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Villanova (12-1, 1-0) vs. Providence (10-4, 0-1) When: Sunday, January 5, 7 PM Where: The Pavilion, Villanova, Pa./FS1 RPI: Villanova 5, Providence 96 KenPom: Villanova 8, Providence 78 In a sentence… Villanova’s hoping to get a … 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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Syracuse runs by Villanova, 78-62

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) – SYRACUSE, N.Y.–Villanova had the best start they could have asked for against the second ranked Syracuse. Then it all went downhill. A dominant Orange run in the first half paved the way against their former Big East … 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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Tyler, Dylan Ennis drop brotherly love for one day

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Dylan and Tyler Ennis didn’t let their immediate future ruin Christmas break. Even though Dylan’s Villanova Wildcats are heading up to play Tyler’s Syracuse Orange on Saturday, the brothers were able to be just that when … Continue reading

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Villanova breezes past Rider

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – The 2013-14 Villanova Wildcats are building something special. Another balanced effort on both ends of the floor and yet another impressive performance by freshman guard Josh Hart helped Jay Wright’s team remain perfect, as they rolled … Continue reading

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