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April 6, 2016
HOUSTON - Moments. In the life of a program, they're the historic bookmarks that define your heritage. The link with all that came before. And to leave behind to inspire future generations. Monday night at NRG Stadium, Villanova's basketball team played in the season's final game for the third time in 45 years and first since, of course, 1985, when Rollie Massimino and Jake Nevin created timeless magic that every other upset is measured against, the one that might best epitomize the tournament's signature "One Shining Moment" theme song.
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April 6, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Standing on a confetti-filled basketball court in the middle of a football stadium, Ed Pinckney looked up at the guys on the stage. A hero of 1985 knew he had company, 2016 Villanova now part of the history of a sport. "As I'm listening to them talking about the game . . . it's been all year," Pinckney said on the court. "Now everybody knows. " Pinckney was the big guy in '85. There was a big guy up on that stage throwing confetti into the air. "You think of the really hard work he put in," Pinckney said of Daniel Ochefu up on the stage.
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April 6, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON -- Phil Booth sat at his locker, answering all the questions. Did Booth have any idea he would be answering these exact same ones for the rest of his life? That the name Phil Booth will always conjure an April night in Houston, 2016? His shots will always fall. Villanova always wins. Just outside a locker room inside NRG Stadium were six life-size action photographs of Villanova Wildcats, the same men inside the room. The players themselves had looked a little wide-eyed at those photos.
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April 6, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - The day before the biggest game of his life, before he handed off the ball to Kris Jenkins for perhaps the greatest single moment Philadelphia college basketball has seen, Ryan Arcidiacono told what sounded like a marvelous and profound little fib. He and four of his Villanova teammates and their head coach, Jay Wright, were answering questions Sunday afternoon at NRG Center, the Wildcats' remarkable 77-74 victory over North Carolina still...
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April 5, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - The other guys are taller and ranked higher and they will climb onto the raised court Monday night with one of the most iconic names in college basketball on the front of their jerseys. Villanova knows all that and, sure, the Wildcats would rather be playing the University of the Arts for the national championship than the North Carolina Tar Heels, but this is how the script played out and why not step into the ring and find Apollo Creed waiting? Who were you expecting, Bugs Bunny?
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April 5, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Kris Jenkins gives a little smile, the picture of cool, talking about the work he has to do Monday against North Carolina's big men. Sure, they've got a few inches on him and there are more of them. Jenkins knows all that better than anyone. If the Tar Heels are playing, he's watching. They are practically family. One of them is family. But stick to the court first. If Villanova wins a national title at NRG Stadium, odds are Jenkins will be way up the list of reasons why. Something like the 18 points and eight rebounds Jenkins had against Oklahoma - and his defensive work, including that charge he took from Buddy Hield - would look just dandy for 'Nova if he repeats it all. Jenkins is used to matchup issues.
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April 5, 2016
"Except for (North) Carolina or Kansas, I don't think there's a team in this year's tournament that isn't worried about losing in the second round. As I told the kids, 'Is that going to kill us (if it happens again)?' No. If that's the worst it is, we can handle it. Now let's go try to win the whole thing.' " - Villanova coach Jay Wright on the Monday after Selection Sunday, when asked about all of the early exits by his Wildcats since they made it to the Final Four in 2009.
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April 5, 2016
HOUSTON - If you are going to win a national championship, you may as well finish off what has been a glorious run of impossibly brilliant basketball against one of the marquee names in the sport, a university that has been so good for so long that it has played in a Final Four each of the last eight decades. Villanova's players will not be playing the tradition of North Carolina basketball Monday night at NRG Stadium, but they will be facing a very skilled team that plays a style completely different than their own. The seniors who will start played three years ago in a mostly forgettable 8/9 NCAA Tournament game in Kansas City.
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April 5, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - It has been Jay Wright's customary answer every year when Villanova is about to embark on a new season and he is asked about the team's goals. You will never hear him say what you anticipate a coach in his position would say: a Big Five championship, the Big East regular-season title, the conference championship, a deep run in the NCAA tournament. Instead, his stock saying is, "We want to be the best team we can be by the end of the season. " The success of the 2015-16 Villanova season has been a lot easier to measure.
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April 5, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - The next game is finally the last game, one way or the other. Which means Jay Wright will have to say goodbye to his two scholarship seniors. It won't be a comfortable moment, unless maybe there are nets involved. It rarely is. But Ryan Arcidiacono has been a four-year captain, almost his adopted son. Daniel Ochefu only brought him to the brink of tears earlier this week when he convinced Arch to kiss the Villanova logo on the floor of the Davis Center after their last practice there.
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