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.
April 4, 2016 |
HOUSTON - To everyone else, this is Ryan Arcidiacono's team. But everyone on the team knows that they have two senior captains. And that this journey has belonged just as much to the other one. And Arch would be the first to set the record straight. Even if he's the guy getting way more of the media attention in the locker room. "That's cool with me," fourth-year center Daniel Ochefu said with a smile in front of his stall, where a lot fewer people were gathered. "You can't see him (through the crowd)
March 31, 2016 |
Before Villanova beat Kansas, it was fair to wonder if the Wildcats could dial up their game to the level needed to beat the nation's elite. Sure, they had looked impressive in plowing past UNC-Asheville, Iowa, and Miami, but Kansas represented another kind of beast that would require an increase in intensity and focus. It was like jumping from algebra to trigonometry. If you were good at the former, you should be able to conquer the latter, but it is going to take more effort. Jay Wright believed his team could do it and hoped the players had learned from the past.
March 29, 2016 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When you look at the impeccably dressed Jay Wright on the Villanova sideline, one word that doesn't enter into your list of descriptions is "ugly. " Yet Wright's players take absolute glee in describing their style of play as ugly. When things got tense Saturday night in the NCAA South Regional championship against No. 1 seed Kansas, the Wildcats turned up the ugly meter and propelled themselves to the Final Four in Houston. "If we buckled down on defense," junior swingman Josh Hart said after 'Nova's 64-59 victory over the Jayhawks at the KFC Yum!
March 28, 2016 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The shots that were falling through the hoop so easily for Villanova during the first three games of the NCAA tournament kept falling off the rim Saturday night, but Ryan Arcidiacono stepped up with the South Regional final on the line and carried the Wildcats into the Final Four. Arcidiacono, the Cats' senior co-captain, sank four clutch free throws and tipped the ball away on a potential game-tying possession by Kansas with 4.6 seconds to play to send the Wildcats into their first Final Four since 2009 with a 64-59 victory over the top-seeded Jayhawks before 19,422 at the KFC Yum!
March 28, 2016 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Final Four, the grandest stage of college basketball, the platform upon which lasting programs and eternal memories are made, was so close for both Villanova and Kansas on Saturday night. Just one game away, then just one half away, then just minutes away. They played on and waited to see which shoulder fate would tap on this night. In the end, it wasn't pretty and it wasn't perfect. But it was Villanova. "I'm so proud of these guys," said Jay Wright, who was soaking wet from a locker room dousing by the team.
March 26, 2016 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Perry Ellis couldn't miss a shot in the second half, Maryland couldn't grab a rebound, and as a result, Kansas will be the opponent for Villanova in Saturday's NCAA South Regional final. Ellis, a 6-foot-8 senior, made his first five shots of the second half and scored 27 points Thursday night to lift the top-seeded Jayhawks to a 79-63 victory over the Terrapins in the nightcap of the regional doubleheader at the KFC Yum! Center. The Jayhawks (33-4) earned the right to meet Villanova (32-5)
March 25, 2016 |
Kansas keys After a midseason lull that saw them lose three of five games, the Jayhawks have won 16 straight and are the consensus favorite to go all the way. They shoot consistently well and get balanced scoring led by Perry Ellis, who had 21 points in each of Kansas' two NCAA victories last weekend over Austin Peay and Connecticut. The Jayhawks have dominated in rebounds; they battered UConn 44-24 on the boards and didn't allow a single second-chance point. Look for Kansas' Frank Mason III to get after it on defense against Melo Trimble, the main scoring threat of the Terrapins.
March 23, 2016
Dick Jerardi: Final Four cast, at least When I filled out out my bracket a week ago, I had Villanova going to the Final Four. I also had Miami and Maryland joining them Thursday in the South Regional in Louisville, Ky. I did not have Kansas. I had Connecticut upsetting the Jayhawks in the second round. That did not come close to happening. So, the South bracket, along with the West, is the strongest at this stage which, of course, makes the Wildcats' task much more complicated.
February 29, 2016 |
Svi Mykhailiuk came off the bench to score 17 points, Frank Mason III added 16, and No. 2 Kansas beat Texas Tech, 67-58, in Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday to secure at least a share of its 12th straight Big 12 title. Mykhailiuk hit five three-pointers and didn't miss a shot until the final minute, helping the Jayhawks (25-4, 13-3) extend their title streak. Toddrick Gotcher led the Red Raiders (18-10, 8-8) with 20 points. Texas 76, Oklahoma 63 - Isaiah Taylor scored 18 points and the No. 25 Longhorns overwhelmed the No. 3 Sooners over the final seven minutes in Austin, Texas.