March 20, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA college basketball fans can remember the shot. Scottie Reynolds raced the length of the court and made a tough runner to send Villanova in its fourth Final Four. While it is the last shot, and the celebration that ensued, that people will remember, there was a lot more to that team than just Reynolds' heroics. That year, 2009, the Wildcats were balanced with talent, experience and leadership. Dwayne Anderson was one of the senior starters on the squad, and led it both on and off the court.
November 23, 2009 |
Mississippi's offense could not be stopped in its first four basketball games. The Rebels averaged 89.2 points in their undefeated start. However, against No. 5 Villanova, that offensive firepower was quickly extinguished as the Wildcats defeated the Rebels, 79-67, to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last night. "We have a chance to be a pretty good defensive team," coach Jay Wright after Villanova improved to 5-0. "You can talk about it all you want, but you have to step up and do it. " The Wildcats stifled a Rebels offense that entered the game shooting 51 percent from the field.
April 23, 2009 |
Jeremy Tyler , a 6-foot-11 basketball star who is still in 11th grade, has dropped out of high school in San Diego to play professionally in Europe, the New York Times reported yesterday. Tyler, 17, will become the first player born in the United States to leave high school early to play professional basketball overseas. He is expected to return in two years, when he is eligible for the NBA draft. He probably will play in Spain, the Times reported, and does not yet have an agent.
April 5, 2009 |
Dante Cunningham kept peeking up at the clock - as though it might change. As though it might start ticking the other way. As though it might help him and the Wildcats in the end. It didn't. North Carolina beat Villanova, 83-69, last night at Ford Field. The final score was cruel to the senior, but time was even crueler. When the clock hit zero after the second half and there was no more basketball left to play, Villanova knew it would be flying back home on a long, unpleasant flight.
April 4, 2009 |
One of the principles of what Jay Wright calls "Villanova basketball" is that a team should be locked in at the defensive end, never reluctant to try to stop an opponent from scoring no matter the foul situation. This rule will be tested tonight in the NCAA national semifinal game when North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, the all-time leader for free throws made, brings his unique foul-drawing skills to Ford Field. The 6-foot-9 forward has deposited 968 free throws in his stellar career with the Tar Heels, 235 of them this season.
March 23, 2009 |
As Duke's players quietly consumed plain pizza in their cramped Greensboro Coliseum locker room Saturday night, it was clear that this program had been here before. The Blue Devils' just-completed second-round NCAA win over Texas generated no wild high-fiving, no head-throbbing music, not even any pepperoni. For an upper-crust program that has been to eight Sweet 16s this decade, the celebrations and the toppings come later. "We're happy," said Duke junior forward Lance Thomas, as if trying to convince himself as much as the reporter who inquired about the subdued mood.
March 5, 2009 |
The college experience could have gone so differently for Shane Clark. Had it not been for a clerical error, Clark would have spent the last four years exhibiting his versatile basketball skills and easygoing manner at Maryland. He'd be grabbing rebounds, draining the occasional basket, and guarding the likes of Tyler Hansbrough. Instead, the pleasure of Clark's talent and personality over that time has belonged to Villanova, the school he initially spurned but where he was accepted by his teammates and coach Jay Wright after fate intervened.
January 25, 2009 |
Villanova continued yesterday its week of living dangerously, a method of trying to win a Big East Conference game on the road with its best big man sitting out more than half of it with foul trouble. But this was South Florida, not Connecticut, and the Sun Dome was less than half-full and nearly as quiet as the school library, so the 20th-ranked Wildcats enjoyed more success than they did Wednesday in noisy Hartford. Dante Cunningham played just 19 foul-plagued minutes, but the rest of the Wildcats improved their game in a 70-61 victory over the Bulls that was a lot closer than the final margin indicated.
November 18, 2008 |
Villanova forward Dante Cunningham spends his time on the basketball court grabbing rebounds, setting screens, playing tough defense and scoring an occasional basket or two. But last night, Cunningham found himself open a lot against what passed for defense played by Fordham, and his teammates repeatedly found him for the biggest scoring night of his Wildcats career. The 6-foot-8 senior established a personal best with 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lift the 23d-ranked Wildcats to an easy 107-68 victory over the Rams at the Pavilion, the most points they've scored since pouring in 108 against Rider two seasons ago. As has been Villanova's custom in the early part of the season, the game could not start without a medical update or two. The Wildcats (2-0)
April 14, 2008 |
Taylor King, a 6-foot-6 forward who played in all 34 games for Duke during his freshman season, said last night he will transfer to Villanova. "It's just everything - the family atmosphere and the fact that Coach [Jay] Wright and his staff are great guys," King said. "I just feel like it's the perfect fit for me as a basketball player. " King was a 2007 McDonald's all-American during his senior year at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.0 rebounds this season with the Blue Devils.