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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.
SPORTS
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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April 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - The opportunity to become a leader on the basketball court came early for Daniel Ochefu, mainly because he towered over his teammates when he played for Westtown Friends School. "I had to be a leader from day one," the senior center for Villanova said Thursday after the Wildcats completed their first practice at NRG Stadium since arriving at the Final Four. "I was the biggest guy on the court and the best player, so I was just forced to be a leader. "Then when I got to Villanova, Mouph [senior Mouphtaou Yarou]
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April 2, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Jay Wright remembers this guy helping out temporarily with Villanova's basketball players while Wright looked for a new strength and conditioning coach in 2012 and telling this guy, "Look, I'm not hiring you for this job. " At the time, John Shackleton was in charge of strength and conditioning for some of Villanova's Olympic sports. "I'm not hiring an Olympic sports guy," Wright told him, and that's no great offense to Olympic sports, which often set trends in strength and conditioning.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
The words on the walls of Villanova's campus practice facility are nothing remarkable. Attitude. Defend. Rebound. Run. Execute.   College basketball players at elite programs across the country are bombarded by the same subliminal mantras in their own gyms. Maybe the message sinks in. Maybe it doesn't. Play with Pride. Play Smart. Play Together. Play Hard.   What has made Villanova different - at least to the extent that the entire program, and especially the players, actually live the words - is the guy who put them on the walls in the first place.
SPORTS
April 2, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
If Villanova is going to capture a second NCAA title this weekend in Houston, the Wildcats will need the champion's usual allotment of good fortune - lucky bounces, missed calls, grasped opportunities. But 31 years ago Friday, when Villanova pulled off the tournament's greatest April Fool's trick by upsetting mighty Georgetown to win the 1985 tournament, its destiny may have been shaped by even more powerful and mysterious forces. Forward Harold Pressley believes his Wildcats were aided by "extra karma.
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April 1, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
SO MUCH for the gorilla on Villanova's back. The Wildcats extinguished their recent history of coming up small by making quick work of Iowa to finally crack the Sweet 16. They haven't stopped rolling. Their win over Kansas was a victory for all of the 'dogs still in the kennel. Villanova is the only school not part of the Power Five, football-driven conferences that is still playing. Somewhere Eddie Pinckney is smiling broadly. Road to the Final Four After beating UNC Asheville in the first round, Villanova has beaten teams from the Big Ten (Iowa)
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