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March 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A roar of disappointment and disgust went up Sunday from friends and alumni crowded into the Connelly Center's multipurpose room when "Virginia" went up on the No. 1 seed line in the East Regional instead of Villanova. But the Wildcats players and coaches were just fine with being the region's No. 2 seed, good for a matchup against Horizon League tournament champion University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday in Buffalo. "I thought a No. 1 seed was possible, but I understood we weren't going to get it because we lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East" tournament, senior guard Tony Chennault said.
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March 17, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once he completed his media obligations after Villanova's loss to Florida in the finals of the 2006 NCAA Minneapolis regional, Jay Wright entered the locker room at the Metrodome and swelled with pride at seeing how much his players had given in defeat. "It wasn't a bunch of guys sitting around crying," the Wildcats coach recalled a few days ago. "It was guys laying down dehydrated with IVs in their arms. They were just shot. I know it sounds sick, but I just felt so good about our guys and that they played until they had nothing left to give.
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March 15, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - There are no moments in basketball quite like the long, slow ticks that take place while the ball floats across a suddenly silent arena and there is nothing left that can be done. The game is already decided. It just takes a while to learn the decision. "We're not going to overreact," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I know it's a big story and it's crushing to us not to be able to keep playing in this tournament, but it happened. We'll deal with it and get it right. " The game was decided on the razor's edge of a buzzer-beating jumper by Sterling Gibbs of Seton Hall.
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March 15, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - If Villanova needed to be reminded there are no guarantees at this time of year, Seton Hall provided the lesson in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament Thursday by upsetting the top-seeded Wildcats, 64-63, at Madison Square Garden. Guard Sterling Gibbs hit a jump shot from just above the foul line as time expired to give the Pirates, the tournament's No. 8 seed, their biggest win of the season. Seton Hall advances to Friday's semifinal round against Providence while Villanova returns home for the long wait until Sunday's NCAA tournament selection and the longer wait until its opening game in that tournament.
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March 14, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE FIRST TIME Villanova played in the Big East tournament, in 1982, it lost in the title game to host Syracuse - by three points in as many overtimes. The following year the Wildcats were the top seed. Again they got to the final, where once more they lost, this time to Georgetown by a lot. In the 3 decades since, they've made it back to the final four times. The last was 1997, which also was the last time they were the top seed. Since then, they've won more than one game in the tourney only once.
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March 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright was named Big East coach of the year Wednesday after guiding the Wildcats to the conference's regular-season title. Wright also was Big East coach of the year in 2006 and 2009. The Wildcats (28-3) went 16-2 in the conference this season. "It's a great honor in this conference, and the fact that the coaches vote on it means a lot to us, because I have great respect for these coaches in this league," Wright said. "It is a representation of what the players did, and it always comes down to that.
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March 14, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - OK, so who saw this one coming? Third-ranked Villanova, which set a program record for regular-season wins and was your top seed in the Big East Tournament for the first time since Jay Wright was finishing his third season as Hofstra's coach, drew Seton Hall yesterday afternoon in the first of four quarterfinals. The same Seton Hall the Wildcats have owned forever. And the same Seton Hall that had barely beaten Butler the night before. Apparently, none of that mattered.
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March 14, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THIRD-RANKED Villanova (28-3) just won its first outright Big East regular-season championship since 1982, after being picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll. So was there any way Jay Wright wasn't going to get voted the conference coach of the year? "No one gets individual awards," Wright said after the news became official late yesterday afternoon in New York. "I actually talked to the players about that. If your team's not good, there's less chance that you get recognized.
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March 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whether it's diving over a courtside table, bumping heads with a teammate in a scramble for a loose ball, or getting run over while taking a charge, Ryan Arcidiacono never gives a second thought about sacrificing his body during a Villanova basketball game, no matter the score. If that means recurring trips to the hospital for stitches for the Wildcats sophomore point guard, so be it. "I dropped him off at 'Nova two years ago," said his father, Joe. "Within two weeks he calls us and says, 'Dad, I've got to go to the hospital.' He got stitches in his head.
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March 14, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
NEW YORK - Nothing has changed in Jay Wright's mind. The NCAA Tournament remains wide open and he believes his team is entirely capable of winning six games. One loss, however disappointing - definition of disappointing: Seton Hall 64, Villanova 63 - has not altered his thinking. Not a bit, it seems. "I've always felt we're a good team that can go deep in the tournament," the Villanova coach said after the postgame news conference was over. "But I've also said we can get beat by anybody - and we did today.
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