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April 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
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March 16, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Coming off the bench for Villanova in his first two seasons, Kris Jenkins usually stood behind the three-point arc and fired when open. He did his job relatively well, knocking down better than 37 percent of his shots from deep. However, his coach, Jay Wright, wanted to see a little more variety in his game inside the arc this season, and talked with Jenkins about it. "We really only needed him as a three-point shooter" in his first two years, Wright said Monday. "So this year we needed him to do both.
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March 21, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - With all the problems Lafayette had to deal with, stone walls around the inside, that grab bag of Villanova shooters around the perimeter - another one appeared at the scorer's table, making it practically a pile-on. Villanova's eighth player to check in, a guy who played less than all the others in Thursday's first half of their NCAA East Regional opener, was the one who took care of things for good. One moment, Lafayette fans who had filled Section 111 of the Consol Energy Center almost as soon as the doors opened were looking at a best-case scenario, their Leopards practically sticking around.
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March 28, 2016
The first name of Villanova basketball player Kris Jenkins was spelled incorrectly in a front-page caption in some editions of Sunday's Inquirer. A "News in Brief" item Sunday contained an incorrect Web address for voter registration in Pennsylvania. The address is www.votespa.com .  
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April 6, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Villanova won the national championship with a miracle finish in 1985, and it pulled off another miracle Monday night to win it all once again - 31 years later. In the final 4.7 seconds, Ryan Arcidiacono dribbled up the court and found Kris Jenkins with a perfect pass, enabling Jenkins to knock down the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer and giving the Wildcats their second national championship in school history with an incredible 77-74 victory over North Carolina at NRG Stadium.
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April 6, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
HOUSTON - Now there is another Villanova team to put on the wall and leave there forever. The long wait since 1985 ended on Monday night on a spotlit court in a football stadium. It ended when a confident forward named Kris Jenkins launched a three-point shot at the buzzer with the score tied and nothing less than the national championship riding on the outcome. The shot slid effortlessly through the basket as time expired. The red lights came on, the fireworks sparked, the confetti dropped, and the Wildcats rushed together in a champion's embrace.
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April 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova and its fans are going to savor the 2016 national championship for much of the foreseeable future and replay Ryan Arcidiacono's pass and Kris Jenkins' game-winning shot in their heads time after time after time. Sooner or later, however, the Wildcats must start preparing for the 2016-17 season knowing that the challenge of defending a national championship may be tougher than winning it the first time. For Villanova coach Jay Wright, that means making sure his returning players have their feet back on the ground, ready to put in the work that was necessary this past season.
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April 7, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
HOUSTON - The Villanova players briefly barred their coaches and managers from the locker room at halftime of Monday night's NCAA championship game. They were very unhappy with their defense, which allowed North Carolina to shoot 53.6 percent and score 39 points. They wanted to have an honest discussion without any outside influences. "We did something we don't normally do," senior Daniel Ochefu said. "We asked everybody, all the managers, all the coaches, everybody to leave the locker room.
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April 6, 2016
HOUSTON - Late Saturday night, a few hours after a basketball masterpiece had gotten Villanova to the national championship game, I sent Jay Wright a text: "Whatever happens Monday night, I will be sad about one thing, that I don't get to see this group play together again. It has been an amazing show with an all-time crescendo. " If you love the game, you recognize those rare moments when it is played at such a high level, you simply don't want it to end. That was Villanova in this NCAA Tournament.
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April 17, 2016
Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins, who hit the game-winning three-point basket in the national championship game, said Friday he has "every intention" of returning to school for his senior year as he goes through the NBA's draft evaluation process. Jenkins and teammate Josh Hart, also a junior, announced last week that they had filed for early entry to test their draft status without hiring an agent. Under NCAA rules, they may participate in the NBA combine and one team tryout, and will be allowed to withdraw from the draft by May 25 and return to school.
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April 17, 2016
Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins, who hit the game-winning three-point basket in the national championship game, said Friday he has "every intention" of returning to school for his senior year as he goes through the NBA's draft evaluation process. Jenkins and teammate Josh Hart, also a junior, announced last week that they had filed for early entry to test their draft status without hiring an agent. Under NCAA rules, they may participate in the NBA combine and one team tryout, and will be allowed to withdraw from the draft by May 25 and return to school.
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April 11, 2016
Andrew Schaum is a lawyer and nonprofit consultant living in West Chester Like so many area residents, I was glued to my television Monday night, watching a game for the ages. Villanova's dramatic victory in the closing seconds became an instant classic. Truth be told, I am but a casual basketball fan. It is the only sport I could never hold my own in. My shots were line drives. No arc. Never, ever, nothing but net. Clank, clank, clank. That is what I saw and heard after the ball left my hands.
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April 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova and its fans are going to savor the 2016 national championship for much of the foreseeable future and replay Ryan Arcidiacono's pass and Kris Jenkins' game-winning shot in their heads time after time after time. Sooner or later, however, the Wildcats must start preparing for the 2016-17 season knowing that the challenge of defending a national championship may be tougher than winning it the first time. For Villanova coach Jay Wright, that means making sure his returning players have their feet back on the ground, ready to put in the work that was necessary this past season.
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April 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
If his team is going to make a run at another national championship next year, Villa coach Jay Wright certainly would like to have back Josh Hart, his leading scorer this season, and Kris Jenkins, the hero of Monday night's unforgettable title game against North Carolina. But Wright also has an eye to the future for his two junior stars, which is why he said Wednesday he is "completely supportive" of the decisions of Hart and Jenkins to go through the NBA's draft evaluation process to see where they stand with league scouts.
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April 8, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
REIGNING national champions. Has that certain ring to it, don't you think? And for the next 12 months, it belongs to Villanova's basketball team. The Wildcats, who beat North Carolina in Monday night's final game in Houston, will of course be able to call themselves national champions for the rest of their lives. Nice perk. "I mean, right now it sounds cool," junior forward Kris Jenkins - whose three-pointer at NRG Stadium just before the horn averted overtime and elevated them onto the victory podium - said Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Center practice facility.
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April 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
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April 7, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
HOUSTON - The Villanova players briefly barred their coaches and managers from the locker room at halftime of Monday night's NCAA championship game. They were very unhappy with their defense, which allowed North Carolina to shoot 53.6 percent and score 39 points. They wanted to have an honest discussion without any outside influences. "We did something we don't normally do," senior Daniel Ochefu said. "We asked everybody, all the managers, all the coaches, everybody to leave the locker room.
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April 7, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Dante Cunningham's alma mater is the national champion, and he's gloating over it. "I definitely have some bragging rights," the New Orleans Pelicans power forward said Tuesday of Villanova's 77-74 victory over North Carolina in the NCAA title game. "You guys can't tell me nothing for the whole year. 'Nova is definitely number one. " The Pelicans faced the 76ers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The former Wildcats star visited Villanova's campus on Monday afternoon. He walked on the Pavilion's court and took pictures inside the arena as a way to "feel the atmosphere and the aura.
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April 7, 2016
HOUSTON - To win the national title, all Villanova had to do was beat Miami, which was ranked 10th heading into the NCAA Tournament. And Kansas, which was No. 1. Then Oklahoma, which was seventh. And finally North Carolina, which was third. Miami was the only one that hadn't made it to No. 1 at some point. And Iowa, the Wildcats' second-round opponent, reached No. 3 in late January. When Villanova won it all in 1985 as an eight seed, the Wildcats had to beat two No. 1 seeds (Michigan and Georgetown)
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April 7, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - No one stands in the driveway and dreams of making the last pass in the big game. Clock ticking down in your head, guy in your face, crowd quiet, nothing on earth but the ball in your hands and the basket hanging in the distance, round and orange in the lights like a moon on the horizon. Three-two-one, jump, swish, roar, teammates, confetti, champion. You did that. You raise your arms and leap as the ball bounces slowly away on the asphalt and into the hedge. Ryan Arcidiacono says it could have been any one of them who took the basketball upcourt on Monday night with the score tied in the national championship and that loud clock ticking in all their heads.
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