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March 18, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE TEXT arrived in the middle of the night on Dec. 8, 2013, reminding Phil Martelli of a game that took place on Feb. 4, 2008, at the Palestra. The Saint Joseph's coach was just a few hours removed from his team getting crushed on its homecourt by archrival Villanova, 98-68, dropping the Hawks' record to 4-4. It was the kind of defeat that can ruin a season, overwhelm a coaching staff and destroy player confidence. The author of the text reminded Martelli of that night when St. Joe's had crushed Villanova, 77-55, in 2008.
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March 18, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - You've seen Phil Martelli get angry, edgy, streetwise, sarcastic, proud. You've seen him happy. This was different. As soon as his St. Joseph's Hawks won the Atlantic 10 tournament on Sunday, Martelli's chin started to quiver. He looked behind his team's bench, where his wife had already broken down in tears. "I was trying to hold off," Martelli said later. "When I saw her and how emotional she was, I broke. " Did Judy Martelli often get full-on emotional like that after the big ones?
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March 18, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Nothing against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, who earned their place in the NCAA tournament just like the others and were rewarded with an opening game against Villanova on Thursday, but there isn't a sports fan in Philadelphia not thinking ahead, even just a little bit, to the possibility of what might come after that. The NCAA bracket always delivers the chance for some delicious matchups, some rivalry within the raucousness, and that is just what might be awaiting both Villanova and St. Joseph's in Buffalo over the weekend.
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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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