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April 5, 2016
HOUSTON - If you are going to win a national championship, you may as well finish off what has been a glorious run of impossibly brilliant basketball against one of the marquee names in the sport, a university that has been so good for so long that it has played in a Final Four each of the last eight decades. Villanova's players will not be playing the tradition of North Carolina basketball Monday night at NRG Stadium, but they will be facing a very skilled team that plays a style completely different than their own. The seniors who will start played three years ago in a mostly forgettable 8/9 NCAA Tournament game in Kansas City.
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April 5, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - The next game is finally the last game, one way or the other. Which means Jay Wright will have to say goodbye to his two scholarship seniors. It won't be a comfortable moment, unless maybe there are nets involved. It rarely is. But Ryan Arcidiacono has been a four-year captain, almost his adopted son. Daniel Ochefu only brought him to the brink of tears earlier this week when he convinced Arch to kiss the Villanova logo on the floor of the Davis Center after their last practice there.
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April 5, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - The last time Jay Wright led Villanova to the Final Four, it took less than two months after that national semifinal loss to North Carolina for an NBA team to tempt him with the opportunity to become a head coach. The year was 2009. The team was the 76ers. Their president at the time was Ed Stefanski, whose ties to the city and friendship with Wright were reason enough for Wright to come in for a sit-down and contemplate taking the job. The following week, Wright withdrew his name from consideration, but already he had set himself up for a similar overture in the future.
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April 4, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - With Villanova having knocked No. 1 overall seed Kansas out of the NCAA tournament last weekend, the thought was that North Carolina was the team to beat of the remaining teams in the Final Four. The top-seeded Tar Heels certainly looked the part Saturday night in the nightcap of the national semifinal doubleheader, using their dominant inside game to wear down Syracuse and take an 83-66 victory over the Orange before a crowd of 75,505 at NRG Stadium. North Carolina (33-6)
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April 4, 2016
HOUSTON - A stone-faced Oklahoma undergrad, in the second row of the Boomer Sooners section, saw another lost Sooners possession and simply said, "C'mon, just give us two. " It was obvious in the best seats and the last rows of NRG Stadium: Oklahoma's will had been shattered. Sooners coach Lon Kruger put it this way about the whole Villanova avalanche that rolled over his squad Saturday in an NCAA national semifinal: "It became embarrassing right there. . . . We lost composure, and things fell apart.
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April 4, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
HOUSTON - Nearing the end of his senior year at Lower Merion High in 2012, Darryl Reynolds was being recruited by zero Division I schools. The Aces were playing Chester in the District I championship game at Villanova and Jay Wright was there to watch "all these great players," including Chester's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Larry Brown, between jobs, was there with his good friend Wright. "Larry Brown said, 'I like that guy' and he pointed at Darryl Reynolds," Wright said Friday at his Final Four news conference.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Columnist
HOUSTON - This was late in the second half Saturday night, and Jay Wright lost his mind. This was deep into one of the most flabbergasting games in Final Four history - Villanova 95, Oklahoma 51 - and one of Wright's players, guard Phil Booth, flew toward the basket on a breakaway layup and appeared to be fouled. No referee's whistle blew, and Wright began yelling at the officials, livid that Booth was not on his way to the free-throw line. He screamed at such volume and pitch that Booth, even out on the floor, even with NRG Stadium full of people and humming with sound, could hear him. "We just wanted to keep attacking them," Booth said.
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April 3, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - You may have heard of Oklahoma all-American Buddy Hield, the nation's No. 2 scorer and arguably its best three-point shooter who won the Oscar Robertson Award on Friday as college basketball's player of the year. But the Sooners would not have gotten to the Final Four and Saturday's national semifinal against Villanova without four other players on the court at the same time as Hield. Those are the guys who Wildcats coach Jay Wright is particularly concerned about because of how they played in an earlier meeting when Oklahoma crushed his team, 78-55, on Dec. 7 in Hawaii.
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April 3, 2016
HOUSTON - There's been a lot of speculation this week as to how Villanova will defend the Oklahoma Sooners in Saturday's NCAA national semifinal game, and particularly what the Wildcats will do with star guard Buddy Hield, a spectacular outside shooter whose 25.4-point average is the best in the country among players from major conferences. Villanova, quite against type, has mixed in a bit of zone defense this season, more than usual for a team that has always been built around an aggressive man-to-man philosophy.
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April 3, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Jalen Brunson said he first met Ryan Arcidiacono when he was a junior in high school making an unofficial visit to Villa, but really got to know the Wildcats guard when he came the following year on his official trip. "It was a great visit," Brunson recalled. "Me and Ryan started jelling right away. It was a weird connection as to just how fast we started being able to talk to each other, being able to connect with each other. " Instead of taking the hotel room that coach Jay Wright had provided for him, Brunson crashed that night with Arcidiacono and his roommates.
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