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December 4, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
JAY WRIGHT is always respectful of the tradition because he grew up revering it and respect is just his way. "It's a Big 5 game," the Villanova coach will say. "Anything can happen. " And that is mostly true - except when Villanova is playing. During its "Decade of Dominance," Villanova is 33-7 in City Series games, with five sweeps. The Wildcats keep breaking their own record for point differential in the four games. Last season's Wildcats now hold the record after winning by a combined 90 points.
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December 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a national ranking of No. 10 and two victories already over top-25 teams, Villanova could be considered the choice to win the Big Five championship this season. But who's No. 2? La Salle and Temple are hoping that transfers can combine with talented holdovers to help them win more games. St. Joseph's has some veteran players but a lot of youth. Penn has a terrific player with a supporting cast of mainly promising but inexperienced underclassmen. You may not be able to successfully pick an order in the Big Five considering how unpredictable the venerable city institution is. One thing for sure is, Villanova coach Jay Wright isn't buying the favorite's role so early while preparing the Wildcats (6-0)
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December 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson is among three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, the Football Championship Subdivision's version of the Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced at the Sports Network FCS awards banquet Dec. 15 in Philadelphia. A panel of media and college sports information directors will decide the winner. Villanova has had two previous Walter Payton Award winners, wide receiver Brian Finnneran in 1997 and running back Brian Westbrook in 2001. All three of this year's finalists are quarterbacks, including Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams Jr. and Idaho State's Justin Arias.
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December 2, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With all of Villanova's impressive statistics through the first two weeks of the season, the number "28.9 percent" stands out like a rash. That was the Wildcats' mark from three-point range through their first five games. In fact, Delaware coach Monte Ross had his zone defense guard the inside Sunday so Villanova would shoot from deep. But in its Wells Fargo Center regular-season debut, No. 12 Villanova established season highs for made three-pointers (13) and three-point percentage (40.6)
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December 2, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
IF YOU HAD Villanova winning a game at the Wells Fargo Center this season before the Sixers, you were sharp, if not exactly clairvoyant. If you had Villanova winning on the Sixers' court before the Sixers won on any court, you were at least in the vicinity of clairvoyant because the Sixers played 16 games before the Wildcats played any at their second home. If you had Villanova winning . . . You get the point. Villanova is really good in its environment. The Sixers are history-making bad in theirs.
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November 27, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson, who was the Colonial Athletic Association's offensive player of the year in the preseason, earned the award when it counted. Robertson, a junior, was named the league's offensive player of the year on Tuesday in a vote by coaches. "It's a great award and I am very happy and it's a credit to my teammates," Robertson said in a telephone interview. "I got attention as preseason player of the year and was glad that I was able to live up to it, but my main goal is to help the team win. " The 6-foot-1, 221-pound Robertson was CAA offensive player of the week six times for the 10-2 Wildcats.
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November 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK – On a night when Villanova was sparked at the defensive end, JayVaughn Pinkston came up with the play of the game with five seconds remaining and Michigan attempting to regain the lead. Even though, in his own words, he "messed up. " Pinkston, concluding his two-game stay in his home borough of Brooklyn, blocked Zak Irvin's dunk attempt to preserve the lead Tuesday night and spur the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a wild 60-55 victory over the No. 19 Wolverines at Barclays Center for the Progressive Legends Classic championship.
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November 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Villanova discovered Monday night how much easier the game of basketball can be when you make shots. The 12th-ranked Wildcats entered the Legends Classic semifinal against No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth hitting just 26 percent of their three-point attempts. But they found their shooting stroke from deep in the second half and rolled to a 77-53 victory over the Rams at the Barclays Center. Villanova (4-0) advanced to the championship game Tuesday night against No. 19 Michigan, a 70-63 winner over Oregon.
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November 26, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University moved another step closer Monday to completing a $300 million expansion project. But the plan approved by the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners requires the university to make some promises about its plan to build dormitories, a performing-arts center, and a parking garage on its campus in Delaware County. Villanova must ensure, for example, that "no amplified music or other excessive noise" comes from the new dormitory windows that face nearby homes.
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November 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova received a first-round playoff bye as the 24-team Football Championship Subdivision playoff field was announced Sunday. Villanova (10-2) was named the No. 6 seed in the tournament, where the top eight teams receive byes. The Wildcats will host a second-round game, 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 against the winner of the Liberty-James Madison game on Saturday. Villanova has already beaten fellow Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison this season, 49-31. It was the Wildcats' third game of the season on Sept.
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