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February 16, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - It's fair to say that the 9,231 people who had screamed themselves hoarse for the previous two hours inside a packed Hinkle Fieldhouse were shocked when Darrun Hilliard received a pass without a Butler Bulldog near him and the game on the line. The Villanova senior rose up confidently and, with 1.5 seconds to play, drained his eighth three-point basket of the game to give the sixth-ranked Wildcats a 68-65 victory over the No. 18 Bulldogs on Saturday in a rousing battle of the top two teams in the Big East.
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February 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Saturday at 6 p.m. Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; 610-AM. Records: Villanova 22-2, 9-2 Big East; Butler 18-6, 8-3. Coaches: Jay Wright (14th season, 308-151); Butler, Chris Holtmann (first season, 18-6). Last meeting: Villanova held Butler to 35 percent shooting and defeated the Bulldogs, 67-55, on Dec. 31 at the Pavilion in the teams' Big East season opener. Villanova's top three: Darrun Hilliard (13.4 ppg.)
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February 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hardly anyone who observes the Big East figured that Butler would do much to contend for the conference title this season, and the league coaches agreed, picking the Bulldogs for seventh place in their preseason poll. Oh, how wrong they were. The 18th-ranked Bulldogs made it to Saturday with an 18-6 record, a five-game winning streak, and a chance to move into a share of the lead in the Big East when they take on No. 6 Villanova in front of a sellout crowd at the 87-year-old Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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February 13, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Daniel Ochefu again was a missing person when Villanova's starting lineup was introduced Wednesday night, but he made an impression that had most of the Dunkin' Donuts Center crowd of 12,410 remembering him by game's end. Ochefu was benched at the start for the second straight game because of being late for class, but he still got on the floor for 29 minutes, contributed 19 points and nine rebounds, and helped lead the sixth-ranked Wildcats...
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February 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News taff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Somewhere, Dean Wormer is smiling. Villanova junior Daniel Ochefu was late for class, so Jay Wright yanked him from the starting lineup the last two games. Worse than that, the coach put him on the dreaded list that Wormer used for John Belushi and the wild frat boys in the classic movie, "Animal House. " "He's good now," Wright joked after last night's gutty win at Providence, 74-68. "He's off double-secret probation now. " The message Wright was trying to send to his big forward went through last night as Ochefu provided the spark to help Villanova win its fifth in a row and improve to 22-2.
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February 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
DURING THE SUMMER months, when the campus is deserted and many of their classmates are celebrating life as a college kid at the beach, the Villanova basketball players drag themselves to the Pavilion for practice. This is the price of a scholarship. When they start to congregate at 6:30 in the morning, they often see former Wildcat Kyle Lowry just winding down his own workout. The presence of the 9-year NBA veteran, who signed a huge NBA contract in July, always opens the eyes of the current players under Jay Wright's charge.
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February 12, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
PROVIDENCE COACH Ed Cooley, thankfully, seems to be OK. He had to leave the Friars' game over the weekend early in the second half. Spent a night in the hospital with what he said was exhaustion and dehydration. Villanova coach Jay Wright texted with Cooley on Sunday. "He said, 'I'll be fine. I want to get home and rest. And I'll see you Wednesday,' " Wright said. It was a brief exchange, because that's what coaches do. Everything is quick, quick, quick. Until there's a health scare, of course.
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February 12, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Blank Rome chairman David F. Girard-diCarlo and his wife, Constance, announced a $5 million gift Tuesday to the Villanova University law school for the establishment of a center on ethics and compliance. The center, launched a few months ago, will offer course work, programs, and conduct research on corporate compliance and ethics, an area of increased focus by business, government regulators, and law enforcement. "Adhering to the highest ethical standards in your profession and encouraging others with whom you interact to do the same can and will create a culture that promotes achievement," said a statement released by Girard-diCarlo and his wife, a lawyer and former Aramark executive.
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February 10, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA WAS never in the game at Georgetown on Jan. 19. The Hoyas were never in the game at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. The Wildcats shot it beautifully from the arc (12-for-24), defended the entire court, especially the arc (the Hoyas shot 30 percent overall, 1-for-17 from three) and won comfortably, 69-53. It was not the perfect game their 30-year ago predecessors played against the Patrick Ewing Hoyas in Rupp Arena on April 1, 1985, but, playing in throwback unis to honor that championship team, these Wildcats (21-2, 8-2 Big East)
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February 9, 2015
22 Georgetown's halftime lead vs. Villanova on Jan. 19. 60 The Hoyas' first-half shooting percentage in that game. 17 Wildcats turnovers in the first meeting.
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