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February 8, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Saturday, 2 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center TV/Radio: Fox29, 610 AM. Records: Villanova 20-2, 7-2 Big East; Georgetown 15-7, 7-4 Big East. Coaches: Jay Wright (14th season, 306-151); Georgetown, John Thompson III (11th season, 242-111). Last meeting: Georgetown defeated the Wildcats, 78-58, on Jan. 19 at the Verizon Center in Washington. Villanova's top three: Darrun Hilliard (13.2 ppg.), Ryan Arcidiacono (10.0 ppg., 3.7 apg.), JayVaughn Pinkston (9.9 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
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February 8, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A sold-out Wells Fargo Center will be occupied Saturday mostly by Villanova fans who presumably would like nothing better than to see their team gain a measure of revenge for the 20-point defeat Georgetown handed to the then-No. 4 Wildcats on Jan. 19 at the Verizon Center. Villanova coach Jay Wright, however, isn't into the revenge-as-motivation deal. He would rather see the now-No. 7 Wildcats (20-2 overall, 7-2 Big East) put together a complete game at both ends of the court when they take on the 24th-ranked Hoyas (15-7, 7-4)
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February 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AS WE ENTER the closing month of the regular season, Villanova is about to embark on the most treacherous stretch of its journey yet. On Saturday, the seventh-ranked Wildcats (20-2, 7-2 Big East) get No. 24 Georgetown at the Wells Fargo Center. The same Georgetown that beat them by 20 points in Washington on Jan. 19. Then on Wednesday they're at Providence, which was 16-6, 6-3 going into last night's late game at G-town (15-6, 7-3). The Wildcats needed double overtime to survive up there last season.
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February 6, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Talley has been the head football coach at Villanova since 1985, so when he says what he said Wednesday about the 2015 recruiting class, it's worth noting. "I think this is as talented a group as we've recruited since I've been here," Talley said. Sixteen players signed national letters of intent to attend Villanova on Wednesday. For the first time that Talley can remember, he has landed three players - 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back/receiver Jarrett McClenton (Archbishop Wood)
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February 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA FOOTBALL coach Andy Talley has been around a long time. So he understands as much as anybody that recruiting is well, anything but a sure bet. Yet it remains very much a necessary whatever. Yesterday the Wildcats, as expected, signed 16 recruits. He thinks this has a chance to be a really good class. He also knows it might not work out for some or even many of them. Brian Westbrook wasn't considered to be the best running back in his class. Seriously. And Matt Szczur, who helped them win a national title, had no other scholarship offers.
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February 6, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
VILLANOVA SET goals before the season started. The Wildcats' weren't much different than any other Top 10-ranked team - win the conference; win the conference tournament; get a high seed in the NCAA Tournament; make the Sweet 16; make the Final Four; win the national championship. Everything a team does for the first two-thirds of a season is about positioning itself to make those things happen. The beginning of February is the start of crunch time for a team like Villanova, which is ranked seventh in the country.
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February 6, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Midway through Villanova's Big East schedule and with one month left until the madness of March, the expectations that the Wildcats carried into this season have not changed. A second straight Big East regular-season title is the Wildcats' for the taking. With Wednesday night's 70-52 demolition of an undermanned Marquette team at the Wells Fargo Center, Villanova improved to 20-2 overall and 7-2 in the conference. Poll the other coaches in the Big East and they'll tell you that Villanova is the class of the conference.
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February 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In watching the first 81/2 minutes of Villanova's game Wednesday night against Marquette, one got the feeling that Jay Wright was channeling his inner Vince Lombardi, possibly saying from the bench, "What the hell is going on out here?" "At one point, I think they were up 6-4 when I was thinking, 'Man, we're lucky right now. This could be like 18-4,' " the Wildcats coach said. "But I thought our defense was good. " The defense stayed tough until the offense came around, and the combination propelled the seventh-ranked Cats to a 70-52 Big East Conference victory over Marquette before 13,313 at the Wells Fargo Center.
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February 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA HAS won 49 of its last 56 games, which isn't easy to do. Of the losses, only the two to Seton Hall haven't been by double figures. Four were by at least 16, including the last one, a 78-58 beatdown on Jan. 19 at Georgetown. The seventh-ranked Wildcats are 20-2 for the second straight season, and third time in 6 years. So how many other programs can say that? In 2010 and again last March they would go on to lose their second game in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed. Jay Wright's 2005-06 team also won 20 of its first 22. And that group got to the Final Eight as a No. 1 before being eliminated by eventual national champion Florida.
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February 5, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Marquette struggling this season in the Big East, it has been easy for the public to overlook the exploits of sharpshooting lefthanded guard Matt Carlino. However, Villanova coach Jay Wright hasn't failed to notice Carlino, and he knows his defense will be tested Wednesday night when the seventh-ranked Wildcats (19-2, 6-2) welcome the Golden Eagles (10-11, 2-7) to the Wells Fargo Center. The 6-foot-2 Carlino went to Marquette for his final season of eligibility after spending three seasons at BYU, where he knocked down 157 three-point baskets.
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