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March 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Jay Wright did not build his reputation at Villanova, has not maintained a consistent measure of excellence in his basketball program over the last decade, with players like Darrun Hilliard. Hilliard is a Villanova guard, and for a long time, the term "Villanova guard" has carried a certain connotation, has conjured memories of certain players who played a certain way and fit a certain physical and stylistic profile. When one thinks of a "Villanova guard" during Wright's tenure as head coach, the names are familiar: Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Kyle Lowry, Mike Nardi, Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Maalik Wayns - none of them taller than 6-foot-4, all of them tougher than goatskin, each a key contributor to a nine-year stretch that saw the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament eight times, the regional semifinals four times, the regional finals twice, and the Final Four once.
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March 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The situation was not a favorable one for No. 8 Villanova early in Sunday's game against Marquette. James Bell, the team's leading scorer, and Ryan Arcidiacono, its floor leader, were on the bench in foul trouble barely six minutes in, leading to concern about who would provide the points against the Golden Eagles' relentless defense. Enter junior guard Darrun Hilliard and four members of the Wildcats' bench corps, who picked up the scoring slack and carried the team to a 73-56 Big East Conference win over Marquette in front of 15,026 at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 4, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO IF YOU had told Villanova coach Jay Wright that his team's top scorer, James Bell, would get shut out yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center but the eighth-ranked Wildcats still would beat Marquette by 17, he would have said what? "No way," was the response, as expected. Yet it didn't matter that Bell and his 16-point average got into early foul trouble and shot 0-for-3 in 20 minutes. Or even that lead guard Ryan Arcidiacono found himself in the same predicament and was also limited to playing half a game.
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March 3, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he entered Montverde Academy, a basketball power near his home in Orlando, James Bell could already dunk. He exhibited athleticism that might have led him to the NBA after an abbreviated college career, like his former AAU teammate Austin Rivers. But that scenario fell flat. Injuries hounded Bell from late in his junior year at Montverde and continued after he entered Villanova. As a freshman, he needed surgery to repair stress fractures in both legs that could have ended his college career before it began.
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February 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In honoring Villanova's veteran players on senior night, the sellout crowd at the Pavilion wanted a gift of its own - watching James Bell score the 1,000th point of his career. It mattered only to the crowd that Bell fell six points short Wednesday night, scoring 11 in the eighth-ranked Wildcats' 67-48 Big East win over Butler that gave the home team a record-tying 25th regular-season victory. Falling short of 1,000 didn't matter to Bell, a 6-foot-6 senior who is a top contender for Big Five player of the year.
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February 27, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA SENIOR guard James Bell is averaging nearly 16 points a game, which is a team best and almost twice what he scored last season, six rebounds (tied for team high with center Daniel Ochefu) and shooting 40 percent from the arc. The Wildcats are 24-3 and ranked eighth, heading into tonight's game against Butler (12-15, 2-13 Big East) at the Pavilion. Don't even think about asking which numbers mean more to him. He wouldn't need words to answer. The look he'd give you would be sufficient.
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February 27, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE ARE 13 former Big 5 assistants having varying levels of success as head coaches around the country. If you want to add Jay Wright, Phil Martelli, Fran Dunphy and Jerome Allen to the list, it would be 17 as the head coaches at Villanova, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Penn were also Big 5 assistants at one point. Here are the assistants, school by school, with the first school listed for John Gallagher (La Salle, Penn) and Matt Langel (Penn, Temple) who were assistants at two Big 5 schools.
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February 23, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fresh off an ambitious, three-game road trip that required double overtime to dispatch Providence on Tuesday, there will be no rest for weary No. 9 Villanova (23-3, 11-2 Big East) Saturday when it hosts surging St. John's (18-9, 8-6) at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's good to get back home and play at Wells Fargo Center," Villanova coach Jay Wright said, "but we've got our hands full with St. John's. Everybody thought they would be one of the tougher teams in the conference in the preseason.
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February 20, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Villanova coach Jay Wright freely admits that he's still trying to get over the 21-point loss that Creighton handed his team Sunday. Fortunately for Wright, his players stayed in the moment Tuesday night through regulation and two overtimes against Providence. Playing their third road game in seven days, the ninth-ranked Wildcats persevered through a plethora of missed opportunities and finally prevailed when Ryan Arcidiacono's conventional three-point play with 3.6 seconds remaining gave them an 82-79 Big East victory over the Friars before a near-sellout crowd at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
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February 19, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - OK, what are we to make of Villanova's 21-point loss at Creighton Sunday? The same Creighton that had beaten the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2 Big East) by 28 on Jan. 20 in South Philly. Well, for starters, it meant they fell three spots in the rankings, to ninth, one point ahead of Saint Louis (23-2), which hasn't lost since Dec. 1. And they're 29 points ahead of the teams that tied for 11th, defending national champion Louisville (21-4) and, what do you know, Creighton (21-4, 11-2)
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