February 2, 2016 |
NEW YORK - With Villanova throwing the ball all over Madison Square Garden, and without Daniel Ochefu rebounding and clogging up the middle defensively, the Wildcats looked like anything but the sixth-ranked team in the nation Sunday in the first half against spirited St. John's. The Cats, however, shot the ball much better in the second half, connecting on exactly 50 percent of their shots, and dominated the backboards in the absence of Ochefu to capture a 68-53 Big East victory over the Red Storm before a crowd of 12,713.
February 1, 2016 |
Villanova is 20 games into the regular season with 11 more to go, and the Wildcats will tick off another beginning noon Sunday in Madison Square Garden against St. John's. On Monday, the calendar flips to February, and the quick slide toward the madness of March will have begun. Except that's not how it feels on the inside. "To me, it feels like we're dead center in the middle of the grind right now. There's no looking back. There's no looking forward. You're just in it," said coach Jay Wright.
January 31, 2016 |
The statistic is an admirable one, but not something Villanova junior forward Josh Hart thinks about much. In the three seasons that Hart has played for the Wildcats, his team never has lost back-to-back games. The last time that happened came in the final two games - Louisville in the Big East tournament, North Carolina in the NCAAs - of the 2012-13 season, before he came to the Main Line. With an entire week to think about last weekend's overtime loss to Providence, the sixth-ranked Wildcats (17-3, 7-1 Big East)
January 30, 2016 |
Pierfrancesco Oliva is a 6-foot-8 freshman forward for the St. Joseph's Hawks who grew up in Italy and moved to Hackensack, N.J., to play basketball in the United States. As a senior at Bergen Catholic High School, he scored 15.9 points a game, playing center on defense and point guard on offense and helping the team win its first county championship in 12 years. He is part of the Hawks' regular lineup rotation this season, though no one would classify him as a major contributor to their 17-3 record, since he's averaging fewer than five points and five rebounds a game, adjusting to a higher level of the sport.
January 29, 2016 |
Anne Welsh McNulty, a New York investment manager and native of Springfield, Delaware County, made gifts of $10 million to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and $5 million to Villanova University, the two schools said Wednesday. The gift to Wharton will be used to expand the school's leadership program, which will be name the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School. John McNulty, Anne's late husband, died in 2005. The second gift will be used to establish the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership a Villanova, where McNulty received her bachelor's degree in 1975.
January 26, 2016 |
Of the three streaks that Villanova owned entering Sunday's game against Providence, the most impressive by far was the fact that the Wildcats had gone more than a year - 369 days, to be exact - without losing in the Big East Conference, a run of 22 games. The fourth-ranked Wildcats retained hope that the streak would continue after Ryan Arcidiacono hit a three-point basket to force overtime against No. 16 Providence, but the Friars took charge of the extra period and captured an 82-76 victory at the Wells Fargo Center before 7,191 folks who dug themselves out to attend.
January 24, 2016 |
The basketball world marvels at Providence guard Kris Dunn for all the things he can do at the offensive end of the court, but Jay Wright says Dunn has just as much of an impact on a game at the defensive end. One thing's for sure: Villanova will know where Dunn is at all times when the 16th-ranked Friars make their first visit to South Philadelphia in almost six years on Sunday, taking on the No. 4 Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center in a game...
January 23, 2016 |
NEWARK, N.J. – Life on the road in the Big East Conference can be a real strain on players and coaches alike, and that applies to Villanova even with its lofty national ranking. For the third straight time on the road, the No. 4 Wildcats were extended for a full 40 minutes but somehow found their way out of it to stay unbeaten in the 2015-16 conference schedule and keep intact their year-long streak without a loss. While Villanova coach Jay Wright wasn't exactly pleased for most of the game with his team's defensive effort Wednesday night against Seton Hall, the defense made key plays in the final minute with the help of 6-foot-11 center Daniel Ochefu and squeaked out a 72-71 victory over the Pirates at the Prudential Center.
January 22, 2016 |
Villanova University will rename its School of Law for a 1973 alumnus who went on to a career in investment management, marking the first time that one of the university's schools will carry the name of a donor. Charles "Chuck" Widger, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, a Berwyn investment management firm, gave the school $25 million, the second-largest donation in Villanova's history, the university announced Wednesday. The money is largely to be used for scholarships for students who show leadership skills and an interest in both business and law - worlds that Widger has bridged.
January 22, 2016 |
NEWARK, N.J. – The only way Villanova was going to grind out yet another Big East road win Wednesday night, this one coming against Seton Hall's talented sophomores, was to get big plays in the final minute from their two seniors. Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu came up with the deciding plays – Arcidiacono with the go-ahead layup with 32.4 seconds to play, Ochefu keying a pair of defensive stops after that – and the fourth-ranked Wildcats outlasted the Pirates, 72-71, before a crowd of 8,788 at the Prudential Center.