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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pinkston’s block delivers Legends Classic title for Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Zak Irvin saw the wide-open bucket and a win for Michigan right in front of him. JayVaughn Pinkston saw differently, and it was Villanova who walked away victorious. A beautiful out-of-bounds play drawn up by Michigan … Continue reading

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Villanova asserts itself in 77-53 win over No. 14 VCU

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: Thanks so much to Terrence Payne for his help with this story) In a battle of unbeaten, unanimous preseason conference favorites of the two premier East Coast basketball-only leagues, Villanova showed Virginia Commonwealth that … 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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Massimino makes return to Villanova 30 years after title

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – One by one, the Villanova men’s basketball players descended the steps at the Pavilion. Just like at every other Villanova home game, the Wildcats came down through the cheering student section, through a tunnel of cheerleaders … Continue reading

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Three Observations: Villanova/Northwood

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Villanova’s 2014-15 version of the Wildcats took the court for the first time in a semi-official capacity with a 93-50 thrashing of Northwood (Fl.) on Tuesday night, the first of two exhibition games that Jay Wright‘s … 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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Big East Media Day Quoteables

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin), Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) & Patrick Paul (@P_Paul20) – The CoBL crew was up at the Big East’s annual media day up at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, to help get to know the 10 teams in the … 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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Hart, Jenkins ready to step up for ‘Nova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: This article is part of CoBL’s 2014-15 College Season Preview, which will run from October 3-November 14, the first day of games. For the complete rundown, click here) After last year’s loss to Connecticut … Continue reading

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Darrun Hilliard brings the veteran mentality to the Wildcats

Chris Bengel (@clbengel) – (Ed. Note: This article is part of CoBL’s 2014-15 College Season Preview, which will run from October 3-November 14, the first day of games. For the complete rundown, click here) Villanova is one of the more … Continue reading

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