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March 18, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
SOMEDAY AFTER the NCAA Tournament is over and, since JayVaughn Pinkston is of legal age, Villanova coach Jay Wright said he's going to buy his senior forward a beer and ask him what changed. The conversation Wright said he was going to have with Pinkston before the season started, the one about senior leadership and sacrifice and example-setting, was never necessary. Pinkston had figured it all out and was already bringing it to the table. "JayVaughn is what a coach dreams of having in a senior," Wright said yesterday as the Wildcats prepared to face Lafayette on Thursday in Pittsburgh in an NCAA Tournament East Regional game.
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March 17, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IN THE 2007-08 season, a Villanova team that started 13-3 lost five straight games from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4. All were by double digits, two to teams that wouldn't make the NCAA Tournament. The last was a 22-pointer to Saint Joseph's at the Palestra. Some 5 weeks later, the Wildcats lost in the semfinals of the Big East Tournament to ninth-ranked Georgetown, by 19, to finish 20-12. Then they had to wait to find out if their name would get called on Selection Sunday. It was a tense 48 hours.
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March 17, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
After Lafayette beat American University last Wednesday to emerge as champion of the Patriot League, coach Fran O'Hanlon got a text message from Villanova coach Jay Wright. College basketball is a small world, and the tentacles of the game that emanate from Philadelphia sometimes seem to encircle it all. O'Hanlon, who played at Villanova and graduated in 1970, is in his 20th season at Lafayette, coaching in the same conference as Bucknell, where Wright went to school. It certainly is a small world and both O'Hanlon and Wright knew last week that it might get a whole lot smaller for the two of them very quickly.
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March 17, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The joy that Jay Wright and his Villanova basketball team felt Sunday when the Wildcats were awarded a No. 1 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA tournament was followed by a long "ooohhhh" when the name of their initial opponent was revealed. That opponent was Lafayette, champion of the Patriot League, seeded No. 16 and coached by Fran O'Hanlon, the former Wildcats guard (1967-70) and "a very, very loyal Villanova guy," Wright said. "He really stays in close touch with us," Wright said.
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March 16, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Villanova has played 33 games. It has won 31 of them, which is already a program record. The Wildcats would like to win more. Last night at Madison Square Garden, they won their 14th straight, 63-61, over defending champion Providence (21-11) in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. The winning streak ties a program record for most in a season. The difference was two free throws by junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono, the co-Big East Player of the Year, with 3.1 seconds, to go after Providence, which never led after 3-2, rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final 13 1/2 minutes.
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March 16, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Villanova coach Jay Wright begins every March by restating his love for the Big East tournament, the annual Madison Square Garden stroll through the history of a conference that helped transform the program into a true national player. "I like this tournament better than any other tournament," Wright said on more than one occasion this past week. "I just love being in New York, love being in the Garden. " It had been a while, but the tournament loved him back this time, and the Wildcats captured their first conference championship since 1995 with a 69-52 title-game win over Xavier on Saturday night.
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March 16, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Jay Wright always liked talking about the only Villanova team to win a Big East tournament championship, knowing the 1994-95 group led by Kerry Kittles, Alvin Williams, and Jason Lawson held a special place in the annals of the Wildcats' basketball program. Twenty years later, a second Villanova team has joined the '95 group in the same history-making moment. The Wildcats jumped on Xavier right away, led by 16 points in the first half, and never allowed the Musketeers to mount a rally Saturday night.
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March 15, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Villanova's road to the final game of the Big East tournament took a detour through the woods Friday night in Madison Square Garden against Providence, but it was only a detour and not a stop sign. One night after an opener against Marquette that couldn't have gone much better, the Wildcats suffered through a game in which their three-point shooting was muffled by Providence. They needed a pair of free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining that followed a coin flip of a foul call on a Ryan Arcidiacono drive to the basket.
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March 14, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Tournament college basketball, whether at the conference or NCAA level, is all about winning when you don't play your best. Any significant run is going to last long enough to see hot hands go cold, matchups become unfavorable, and bad bounces accumulate. A year ago, Villanova lost its opening game of the Big East tournament on a day in which all those things conspired against the Wildcats. It took a buzzer-beater of a shot by Seton Hall to complete the upset, but Villanova still went home.
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March 13, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S Ryan Arcidiacono made the seven-man all-Big East first team. But he wasn't a unanimous choice, like teammate Darrun Hilliard. That didn't keep the junior from Neshaminy High from being named the conference's co-Player of the Year yesterday. He shares the honor with another point guard, Providence sophomore Kris Dunn, who was also a unanimous choice, along with teammate LaDontae Henton, the Big East's top scorer. The other Wildcats to win this award were Kerry Kittles (1995)
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