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April 9, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DOESN'T THIS guy ever rest? Yesterday, Joe Lunardi, the nation's premier bracketologist, posted an early look at next year's NCAA Tournament pairings on ESPN.com. And guess what? Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are back as a top seed, this time in the West Region, while Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls are listed as an 11 in the Midwest. And, oh yeah, Lunardi has Lehigh in a play-in game. Two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference are also No. 1 seeds, but neither is named Duke.
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April 4, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dylan Ennis wanted a chance to be the prototypical point guard on the basketball court and realized that particular role really doesn't exist the way Villanova runs its offense. So Ennis, who started all 36 games this past season for the Big East champion Wildcats, is saying good-bye to the Wildcats after he graduates next month. He will spend his final year of eligibility next season as a postgraduate student in a program that he hopes will allow him to run the offense and set up his teammates.
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April 3, 2015
VILLANOVA SENIORS Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston and Temple senior Will Cummings were chosen to play tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in the Reese's Division I College All-Star Game, part of the NCAA Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. All three will play for the East squad. Hilliard, who led the Wildcats at 14.3 points a game, was named Big 5 Player of the Year this season. Cummings, who led the Owls in scoring (14.8), was named to the Big 5 first team, while Pinkston was named to the second team.
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April 3, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FOR THE second time this week, one of the city's basketball players has decided to take advantage of the NCAA rule that allows them to transfer and be immediately eligible to play their final season because they've graduated on time. First it was Drexel's Damion Lee. Now it's Villanova's fourth-year junior guard Dylan Ennis, who averaged 9.9 points for a team that went 33-3. Ennis, who will get his communications degree in May, transferred to the Main Line 3 years ago after playing as a freshman at Rice and had to sit out in 2012-13.
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April 2, 2015 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
IN THE final game of the regular season, in March of 1985, Villanova got pounded at Pittsburgh. It was so bad that coach Rollie Massimino benched his starters for almost the entire second half. Even after winning a game at the Big East Tournament, that Pitt game still lingered. The Wildcats were a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and expectations were low. Then when they saw their first game in the bracket - against Dayton, at Dayton - the expectations were non-existent. But then it began - a last-minute win over Dayton followed by the felling of mighty Michigan, No. 2 in the nation.
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April 2, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The subsequent three decades merely have confirmed what Villanova's national championship team learned for certain on the memorable night of April 1, 1985: Jake Nevin not only looked like a leprechaun, he was one. Since his death in December 1985, some visitors to his unmarked Ardmore grave insist that if you put a cigar in the ground, the diminutive Villanova trainer, who was rarely without one, will begin puffing on it. A night watchman once...
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April 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean J. Daniels, 43, of Philadelphia and Los Angeles, an attorney and Internet entrepreneur, died Tuesday, March 24, of complications from cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A native of Villanova, Mr. Daniels graduated from Haverford School in 1990, from Duke University in 1994, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1997. He worked at the law firm Dewey Ballantine in New York City and became an executive director of business affairs and development for AOL in Los Angeles.
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April 2, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The T-shirt. When he was playing college ball in the early 1980s, Chris Mullin always wore that T-shirt underneath his St. John's tank top. Jay Wright had never seen anyone do that before. It was one of the first things Wright thought of when he learned this week that St. John's would hire Mullin as its new head coach, that a former Big East power had reached into its past to try to revitalize its present. Wright, Villanova's head coach, was still a student at Bucknell University then, often making the 150-mile drive from Lewisburg, Pa., to 'Nova's campus to see his girlfriend, Patty Reilly, who is now his wife.
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March 30, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Temple and Villanova women's basketball teams are each one victory from facing each other in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, but tough road games and a couple of talented players await on Sunday. Villanova (22-13) travels to old Big East foe West Virginia, where it will try to halt the Mountaineers' 16-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents at the West Virginia Coliseum (2 p.m.). The defensive-minded Mountaineers, coming off a 60-39 rout of Duquesne, are led by two-time all-Big 12 first-team junior guard Bria Holmes (18.9 ppg.)
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March 30, 2015
SINCE VILLANOVA'S upset defeat at the hands of North Carolina State in this year's NCAA Tournament, a growing number of people have said coach Jay Wright should go. The main reasoning behind this talk is the sentiment that he is not a big-game coach, as demonstrated by his teams' NCAA Tournament losses. Coaching is a hard profession, particularly in college sports. Alumni and supporters tend to have expectation levels that simply are unrealistic and also to have a "what have you done for me lately" attitude.
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