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January 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Check out this season's game-by-game statistics for Villanova junior guard Dylan Ennis and you see a guy whose shooting and scoring have been hot and cold. But to coach Jay Wright, the value of Ennis to the fifth-ranked Wildcats is measured by far more than field-goal percentage and points. He finds the open man. He plays excellent defense. At 6-foot-2, he's not shy about crashing the boards with jumping ability that enables him to outleap taller opponents. Look at what he did in Saturday's 81-64 win over DePaul.
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January 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Wednesday, 9 p.m. Where: The Pavilion. TV/Radio: FS1, 990 AM. Records: Villanova 15-1, 3-1 Big East; Xavier 11-5, 2-2 Big East. Coaches: Jay Wright (14th season, 301-150); Chris Mack (6th season, 122-62). Last meeting: Villanova won, 77-70, on March 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Villanova's top three: Darrun Hilliard (13.5 ppg., 2.2 spg), Dylan Ennis (10.4 ppg., 4.3 rpg.), JayVaughn Pinkston (10.3 ppg., 6.1 rpg.). Xavier's top three: Trevon Bluiett (12.8 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
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January 15, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A LITTLE MORE than 4 years later, it's easy to forget that JayVaughn Pinkston's Villanova basketball career nearly ended before he played a game. "I didn't know what was going to happen to me," the 6-7 fifth-year senior remembered. "Looking back at it now, from the bigger picture, I feel like it was the best thing to ever happen to me. And that doesn't sound stupid to say. " In November 2010, the McDonald's All-American forward from Brooklyn was arrested and charged with assault following an off-campus fight.
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January 12, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
DePaul made two of its first four shots in the opening three minutes Saturday against eighth-ranked Villanova and probably felt pretty good about proving it could compete with the best team in the Big East on the heels of a 3-0 start in the conference. But before you could say "Ryan Arcidiacono," the Wildcats unleashed their defensive pressure on the Blue Demons - forcing turnovers, contesting shots, making life miserable for talented DePaul point guard Billy Garrett Jr. - and left the visitors gasping for points.
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January 12, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It was just one small play in a one-sided basketball game, one January moment that will be forgotten as the schedule grinds toward March, but it was Ryan Arcidiacono's favorite of the day on Saturday at the Pavilion. DePaul guards Durrell McDonald and Billy Garrett Jr. were trying to advance the ball out of the backcourt against trapping pressure when McDonald made a hurried pass that caught Garrett on a short hop, and Garrett bobbled it ever so slightly as he reached down to pull it in. It was nothing really, a momentary lapse, but it was enough of an opening for Arcidiacono to close in on Garrett, dive at his feet, and knock the ball to the far end of the court.
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January 11, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the last six seasons, the closest a Big East team came to a sure conference victory was to get on the court with DePaul. The Blue Demons had 10 league victories to show for that span against 98 defeats. And when they entered the 2014-15 conference season on a six-game losing streak, the best guess for DePaul's Big East prospects was to expect more of the same. Yet when the Blue Demons (9-7, 3-0) visit the Pavilion on Saturday to play eighth-ranked Villanova (14-1, 2-1), they'll be the only undefeated team in conference play, and one of the nation's more surprising teams.
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January 9, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The people whose sole focus has been on Ryan Arcidiacono's shooting this season are missing much of what makes the junior guard so valuable to Villanova. The 6-foot-3 Neshaminy High graduate sparked the eighth-ranked Wildcats to a 90-72 victory over No. 24 St. John's Tuesday as the trigger man in a second half that saw his team score 56 points and shoot 69 percent (20 of 29) from the field. Arcidiacono dished out eight of his 10 assists in the second half and did not turn the ball over in 34 minutes of game action at Madison Square Garden.
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January 8, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - People were eager to watch how Villanova would handle coming off its first loss of the season three days before, especially with St. John's desperate for a Big East win after an 0-2 start, It turned out that the Wildcats did just fine. Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Daniel Ochefu continued his fine play with 13 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday night to carry the eighth-ranked Wildcats to a 90-72 victory over the No. 24 Red Storm at Madison Square Garden. The victory was coach Jay Wright's 300th at Villanova.
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January 8, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Tuesday, 9 p.m. Where: Madison Square Garden, New York TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1, WTEL-AM (610) Records: Villanova 13-1 overall, 1-1 Big East, ranked No. 8; St. John's 11-3, 0-2, ranked No. 24. Coaches: Villanova, Jay Wright (14th season, 299-150); St. John's, Steve Lavin (fifth season, 71-44). Last meeting: Villanova won, 57-54, on Feb. 22, 2014 at Wells Fargo Center. Villanova's top three: Darrun Hilliard (12.4 ppg, 2.2 spg), Dylan Ennis (10.4 ppg., 4.1 rpg)
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