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March 28, 2015
ISSUE | SPECIAL ELECTION Democrats rebuffed What a great win for Martina White in the state House race in Northeast Philadelphia. And what a message about the legacy left by now-Congressman Brendan Boyle and a wake-up call for those voting Democratic. Finally, some union members are realizing that Democrats don't have their interests at heart unless they're donating plenty of money. |Stephen Dreher, Philadelphia ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Bold is best Gov. Wolf's budget proposal is right on the money: It is time to go big ("Senator: If no pension fix - no deal," March 24)
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
For Villanova this week, as the reality of the Wildcats' early exit from the NCAA tournament settles in, the magic of 1985 and the possibility of a repeat performance drifts one year further into the rearview mirror. As long as that banner is in the rafters, however, the dream remains alive that Villanova will not merely play with the big boys, but could once again be the last boy standing at the end of the tournament. It's a nice thought, and certainly possible, but the philosophy of team-oriented, patient program-building that has developed under Jay Wright, while admirable in every other way, is not the likeliest path to the next championship.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
DARRUN HILLIARD had the second-best scoring game of his Villanova career in his final game. In fact, if the game had gone maybe another minute, he might have a found a way to will his team past North Carolina State on Saturday. He finished with 27 points, including nine in the final 90 seconds. He just ran out of time. Hilliard had a wonderful season, averaging 14.3 points while making 79 threes and shooting almost 39 percent from the arc. He had the game-winner at Butler on Feb. 14, when he scored a career-best 31 points.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU LOSE in your second NCAA Tournament game for the second time in 2 years as a 1 or 2 seed, and third time since 2010, there will be fallout. Maybe even a whole bunch. And much of that will be directed at the guy in charge. That's the way the world spins. In the last 27 seasons, Villanova has made it to the second week of the Madness four times. All of those happened from 2005 to '09. Jay Wright was part of that, too. Now, everyone wants to know what he's doing wrong, even though the Wildcats have won 62 of their last 70 games.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
In April 2012, Jay Wright sat in his office and explained his view of how Villanova had fallen to 5-13 in the Big East that season. He talked about recruiting mistakes, decisions on style of play, about how development of some players had fallen short. He didn't leave himself out of any of it. "We tried to play big and play more of a power game, without a lot of ball movement and spacing," Wright said, since the Wildcats had kept losing to teams in the NCAA tournament that had that kind of overpowering style.
SPORTS
March 24, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Jay Wright stood outside the locker room, away from where his Villanova players were trying to comprehend what just happened on the night when they were supposed to advance to the Wildcats' first NCAA Sweet 16 since their Final Four run in 2009. After the top-seeded Wildcats were unceremoniously bounced from the NCAA East Regional by No. 8 seed North Carolina State at the Consol Energy Center, the coach talked of how his team doesn't fear failure and how his players must own the disappointment of getting knocked out after a record 33-3 season.
SPORTS
March 24, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ON SATURDAY afternoon, she was just another member of the Villanova pep band. By Saturday night, she was famous. Google "Piccolo Girl" and up pops the now-familar image of Roxanne Chalifoux playing her small flute with tears streaming down her face immediately following Villanova's upset loss to North Carolina State. While the players and coaches exchanged postgame handshakes the cameras zeroed in on Chalifoux, who was wearing a Villanova-blue ribbon in her long brown hair as she somehow managed to play and cry at the same time.
SPORTS
March 24, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The game never felt right from the start. Villanova was getting shots near the basket, the shots North Carolina State essentially was conceding, so concerned were they with the three-point line. If the Wildcats had not missed so many of those early, easy shots, they would have been playing with a working margin and their body language would not have given away their predicament. Instead, they started rushing shots against a defense that could have been moved around with the extra pass that had been this 'Nova team's signature all season.
SPORTS
March 24, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - The scene in the losing locker room after an NCAA tournament game is always the same, and this is how it was Saturday night in the Consol Energy Center: Each player on the Villanova roster, seated and slumped, each one's face blank, each one's body folded into a wooden cubicle as if they were all dolls stuffed and stacked on a child's closet shelf. The silence in the room is always the most cutting thing, because for some of these kids - and they are still kids, despite the pomp and the attention and the billions of dollars made on their backs - college basketball is over for them.
SPORTS
March 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - This wasn't the way it was supposed to end. Not again. And there isn't any good way to explain it. Villanova already had set a program record by winning 33 games. Including its last 16, another program best. But the top-seeded Wildcats were beaten Saturday night at the Consol Energy Center by a North Carolina State team that had lost 13 times, 71-68, in the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament's East Regional. A Wolfpack team that had won at Louisville and North Carolina and beaten Duke at home.
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