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March 25, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova experienced a wide swing in its level of play all season, from the embarrassing 18-point home loss to Columbia in November to the March win over Georgetown - its third over a top-five team, which enabled the Wildcats to virtually punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament. Even though two of their weakest areas were exposed in Friday night's 78-71 NCAA South Regional loss to North Carolina that ended their season in Kansas City, Mo., the Wildcats look ahead with optimism after posting a seven-win improvement over the previous year and returning to the tournament.
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March 19, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Villanova stood at 13-9 after the first weekend of February, it was looking at a second consecutive year away from the NCAA tournament and probably many raised eyebrows from critics wondering whether the program was losing its mojo four years removed from a Final Four appearance. But coach Jay Wright thought he had a team that was improving, one that always recovered after bad stretches. The Wildcats won seven games the rest of the way, including quality victories over Marquette and Georgetown, and learned Sunday that they would be returning to the NCAA tournament.
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March 11, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Pavilion just after this season's Villanova opener, a ho-hummer over Division II District of Columbia, a longtime Big Five stat-crew member mentioned: "This team is going to win 11 games. " The guy knew what he had been looking at and seemed prescient in the weeks just ahead as 'Nova hit bottom - forging a new bottom below the one established the year before - when the Wildcats lost at home by 18 points to Columbia, which later struggled to stay out of the cellar in the Ivy League.
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April 2, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
The words on the walls of Villanova's campus practice facility are nothing remarkable. Attitude. Defend. Rebound. Run. Execute.   College basketball players at elite programs across the country are bombarded by the same subliminal mantras in their own gyms. Maybe the message sinks in. Maybe it doesn't. Play with Pride. Play Smart. Play Together. Play Hard.   What has made Villanova different - at least to the extent that the entire program, and especially the players, actually live the words - is the guy who put them on the walls in the first place.
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April 1, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Considered the best-dressed coach in college basketball for seven years now, Villanova's Jay Wright is clearly a man of style. That said, Wright's tailor, Gabriele D'Annunzio - the man largely responsible for Wright's courtside look - has a key piece of advice for the coach when he chooses the suit for his team's Saturday-night Final Four game against Oklahoma. Go with the dark-blue double-breasted. That would be one of the four suits D'Annunzio made for Wright at the beginning of the season at his Newtown Square bespoke men's shop, D&B Tailors.
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June 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
JAY WRIGHT arrived home from an event so late Tuesday night - 2 a.m. to be specific - that as he groggily dressed Wednesday morning for the Wanamaker Award luncheon, he slipped into a blue suit with dark-gray pinstripes, thinking the stripes were white. "That's why I'm not wearing a tie," he said sheepishly before the banquet began at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City on Wednesday. "The one I picked didn't match. " Wright, categorically debonair, said between sleep deprivation and the beaucoup lunches at the slew of events he's attended since Villanova's national championship win April 4, he's worried he's put on a few pounds.
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March 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova coach Jay Wright, who led his team to its third consecutive regular-season Big East championship, was named conference co-coach of the year, the fifth time he has received the honor. Wright, who also won the award in 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2015, guided the Cats to a 27-4 overall mark and a 16-2 record in the league. The selection is made by the league's coaches. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard also was honored. Villanova has posted a 48-6 record since the Big East was reconfigured in time for the 2013-14 season and a 51-7 mark counting its games in the postseason tournament.
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October 18, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Until Villanova plays a basketball game, many questions pointed at the Wildcats will be pointed backward, toward what went wrong. The good news: There are plenty of ways to answer that question for Jay Wright and his players. "I knew we could be committed to our core values and we could still slip," Wright said Wednesday at Big East media day. "I didn't think we'd lose our core values. " When you bounce toward the bottom, to a 13-19 record and 5-13 in the Big East, above only Providence and DePaul, the questions keep coming.
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March 24, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - He played his last game as he did so many of the others, with unending hustle and an undying spirit. This was it for 6-foot-10, 250-pound Villanova senior Mouphtaou Yarou, who ended his career with another strong effort, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds during the Wildcats' 78-71 loss to North Carolina in a second-round NCAA South Regional game at the Sprint Center. During his time at Villanova, Yarou was as respected as much for his genial personality and leadership as he was for his game.
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February 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the topic of reaching 400 career victories as a head coach, Jay Wright said he really didn't think too much about it. "Some of it makes me feel old," the 52-year-old Villanova head coach said Friday night after reaching the milestone when the sixth-ranked Wildcats downed Seton Hall, 70-53, in a Big East game at the Pavilion. "Some of it, I just think about the next game. It's humbling when people talk about it. I'm lucky to coach at Villanova," he said. "If you look at everybody that coached before me, they won a lot of games.
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June 26, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
One of the story lines that emerged from the NBA draft was "How about those plucky Villanova Wildcats, winning a national title without any drafted players!" No, no, a million times, no. Yes, Jay Wright deserves every bit of credit he's gotten. Wright pushed all the right X and O buttons, continually outcoaching some very impressive coaches. Villanova also won it all because it had the most depth of talent. Some of that talent you saw surely will end up in the NBA. Seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu weren't drafted - and weren't expected to be - but they picked up free-agent deals in an instant.
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June 26, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The two senior starters who led Villanova to the national championship didn't have to wait very long after the NBA draft to find work in the league. Guard Ryan Arcidiacono confirmed Friday he has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs. According to a few reports and a tweet from Wildcats coach Jay Wright, center Daniel Ochefu will be joining the Washington Wizards. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Arcidiacono, who was named most outstanding player of the Final Four, will sign a two-year deal that is partially guaranteed with the Spurs.
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June 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
JAY WRIGHT arrived home from an event so late Tuesday night - 2 a.m. to be specific - that as he groggily dressed Wednesday morning for the Wanamaker Award luncheon, he slipped into a blue suit with dark-gray pinstripes, thinking the stripes were white. "That's why I'm not wearing a tie," he said sheepishly before the banquet began at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City on Wednesday. "The one I picked didn't match. " Wright, categorically debonair, said between sleep deprivation and the beaucoup lunches at the slew of events he's attended since Villanova's national championship win April 4, he's worried he's put on a few pounds.
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June 24, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Being a La Salle graduate, Mayor Kenney said it took some time for him to learn the "V for Villanova" song during the Wildcats' run to the national championship. But during a ceremony Wednesday honoring Villanova with the John Wanamaker Athletic Award, Kenney not only flashed the "V" sign during his remarks, he also sang the portion of the Cats fight song that starts, "V for Villanova, V for victory. " Jay Wright saw that kind of support offered by basketball fans throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs regardless of allegiance, starting with the parade on Market Street four days after the Wildcats defeated North Carolina in the title game on Kris Jenkins' three-point basket.
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June 2, 2016 | Mike Kern, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As perks go, Tuesday afternoon at the White House was the ultimate trump card. Villanova's basketball team had certainly got to do a bunch of neat stuff, both individually and as a group, since Kris Jenkins nailed the three-pointer in Houston that will only be replayed for as long as they're holding an NCAA Tournament. That's what happens when you win six games in March and go home with the trophy. Now, nearly two months since that magical night, the Wildcats got to do what is probably their last official act together.
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June 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Jay Wright seemed to be pinching himself as he stood just a few feet away from President Obama during the president's remarks welcoming Wright and the 2016 Villanova national championship basketball team to the White House on Tuesday. "Mr. President, after the championship we had a big press conference, but nothing as big as this," Wright said when it came time for him to speak. "This is big-time. " "There's a lot of cameras around here," observed Obama, who initially introduced Wright as "the best-dressed man in college basketball . . . the George Clooney of coaches.
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May 24, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
AT THIS time a year ago, for the second straight year, Villanova coach Jay Wright was still trying to explain how his basketball team had somehow lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a top-two seed. It was something the Wildcats had to live with for an entire season. Or at least until they made it past the second round this March. "It's funny," Wright said recently, during what's become an annual late-spring sit-down to look back at whatever just happened and maybe glance ahead as well.
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May 4, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Yes, Jay Wright said the other day, more recruits are more receptive to calls from Villanova right now. Even the five-star guys who have variations of Kentucky and North Carolina and Kansas and Duke on their lists. Obviously, this is not a bad thing for 'Nova's program to be at the top of the mountain as recruits, mostly from the college class of 2021, mull their savory choices. However, Villanova's coach only has to look back at recruiting after his team made the Final Four in 2009 to know he has to manage it right.
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April 23, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Jay Wright's official position at Villanova is William B. Finneran Endowed Athletic Fund Head Coach, understand that Finneran's $22.6 million gift to Villanova this week was not Finneran's first substantial donation to Villanova's athletic department. According to the school, Finneran endowed Villanova head men's basketball coaches' salary in 1996 by donating $1 million. Since Finneran's own undergraduate time at Villanova as an economics major, class of 1963 - "I'm a guy who graduated summa cum lousy" - Finneran has been involved with the school for more than five decades, including as a former trustee, and head of a former capital campaign, and more informally, Finneran said, as an advocate both for hiring Wright and for helping make sure Wright stayed.
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