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April 7, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
HOUSTON - The Villanova players briefly barred their coaches and managers from the locker room at halftime of Monday night's NCAA championship game. They were very unhappy with their defense, which allowed North Carolina to shoot 53.6 percent and score 39 points. They wanted to have an honest discussion without any outside influences. "We did something we don't normally do," senior Daniel Ochefu said. "We asked everybody, all the managers, all the coaches, everybody to leave the locker room.
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April 7, 2016
HOUSTON - To win the national title, all Villanova had to do was beat Miami, which was ranked 10th heading into the NCAA Tournament. And Kansas, which was No. 1. Then Oklahoma, which was seventh. And finally North Carolina, which was third. Miami was the only one that hadn't made it to No. 1 at some point. And Iowa, the Wildcats' second-round opponent, reached No. 3 in late January. When Villanova won it all in 1985 as an eight seed, the Wildcats had to beat two No. 1 seeds (Michigan and Georgetown)
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April 7, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - No one stands in the driveway and dreams of making the last pass in the big game. Clock ticking down in your head, guy in your face, crowd quiet, nothing on earth but the ball in your hands and the basket hanging in the distance, round and orange in the lights like a moon on the horizon. Three-two-one, jump, swish, roar, teammates, confetti, champion. You did that. You raise your arms and leap as the ball bounces slowly away on the asphalt and into the hedge. Ryan Arcidiacono says it could have been any one of them who took the basketball upcourt on Monday night with the score tied in the national championship and that loud clock ticking in all their heads.
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April 7, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
WE'RE SO negative. Philadelphians don't like this. We don't like that. We focus too much on all the bad that young people do these days and not on the positive. And now a whole lot of us are talking trash about a parade to celebrate the Villanova Wildcats' NCAA championship win. A parade! Who doesn't like a parade? People really need to lighten up. It's spring (finally) and this gray, grimy city needs something to celebrate. What could be more special than throwing a parade in honor of Villanova University's triumphant win?
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April 7, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Columnist
HOUSTON - To get to the core of the celebratory swirl that the Villanova Wildcats seemed to conjure by magic late Monday night - the raised court at NRG Stadium coated in tissue-paper confetti made of blue rectangles, white stars, and yellow streamers; every player smiling and wearing a black-and-gray baseball cap with the word champions in raised gold lettering; Jay Wright standing atop a platform, as if he were already riding a parade float; Liz...
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April 7, 2016
Villanova's stunning victory in the NCAA tournament couldn't have come at a better time for a city that hasn't had a sports championship in eight years. Even better was the way the Wildcats beat favored North Carolina - on a buzzer-beating shot by an unexpected hero. With less than five seconds left in the game, senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono took the inbound pass and raced upcourt. Surely he would drive to the basket or pull up for a jumper, most fans thought. That's what a team's best player does.
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April 7, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Dante Cunningham's alma mater is the national champion, and he's gloating over it. "I definitely have some bragging rights," the New Orleans Pelicans power forward said Tuesday of Villanova's 77-74 victory over North Carolina in the NCAA title game. "You guys can't tell me nothing for the whole year. 'Nova is definitely number one. " The Pelicans faced the 76ers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The former Wildcats star visited Villanova's campus on Monday afternoon. He walked on the Pavilion's court and took pictures inside the arena as a way to "feel the atmosphere and the aura.
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April 6, 2016 | Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Naturally, Villanova senior Mike Manta was not going to miss Saturday's NCAA semifinal game. Manta watched the whole glorious thing - in Rome. Standing outside NRG Stadium about four hours before Monday's NCAA title game, Manta, from Downingtown, was explaining the logistics that took him from a hotel room in the Eternal City to a shady spot outside a football stadium in Houston. "It's all blurring together," Manta said, figuring he'd gotten maybe six hours of sleep the previous two days.
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April 6, 2016
HOUSTON - Moments. In the life of a program, they're the historic bookmarks that define your heritage. The link with all that came before. And to leave behind to inspire future generations. Monday night at NRG Stadium, Villanova's basketball team played in the season's final game for the third time in 45 years and first since, of course, 1985, when Rollie Massimino and Jake Nevin created timeless magic that every other upset is measured against, the one that might best epitomize the tournament's signature "One Shining Moment" theme song.
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April 6, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
HOUSTON - Now there is another Villanova team to put on the wall and leave there forever. The long wait since 1985 ended on Monday night on a spotlit court in a football stadium. It ended when a confident forward named Kris Jenkins launched a three-point shot at the buzzer with the score tied and nothing less than the national championship riding on the outcome. The shot slid effortlessly through the basket as time expired. The red lights came on, the fireworks sparked, the confetti dropped, and the Wildcats rushed together in a champion's embrace.
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