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March 21, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Villanova's Devon Kane scored a career-high 24 points as the host Wildcats defeated Quinnipiac, 74-66, to advance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Villanova will host George Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday in the second round. Lauren Burford chipped in 20 points for Villanova and had a team-high seven rebounds. Caroline Coyer had eight points. Forward Brittany McQuain led Quinnipiac (21-13) with 19 points. Samantha Guastella added 15 and a game-high 10 rebound. The Wildcats (23-8)
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March 21, 2014
EVEN THE president is picking Michigan State, and all he ever does is go with 1-seeds. Such is the fate of the Delaware Blue Hens, who won the Colonial Tournament, earned an NCAA bid for the first time since 1999 and now have a date in the NCAA dance with Godzilla. The Hens are two-touchdown underdogs because smart money in March usually follows Michigan State and its coach, Tom Izzo. "We don't really worry about the name on the other team's jersey, we just play against them," Delaware guard Davon Usher said.
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March 21, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
POINT GUARD Tyrone Johnson, shooting guard Achraf Yacoubou, center Markus Kennedy and shooting guard Darrun Hilliard. That was Villanova's recruiting class in 2011. Only one remains. The guy who might have been rated fourth in that group by many experts. The guy who was thinking about redshirting as a freshman before an injury to Johnson forced him and coach Jay Wright to think otherwise. The guy who got nine starts and averaged 18 minutes a game his first season, playing for a team that tied a program record by losing 19 times.
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March 21, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The outcome was not in doubt, not really. That is true, along with the fact that style points are not awarded to participants in the NCAA Tournament. The numbers on the scoreboard are all that matter, and the numbers said Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53. Those are the only relevant facts and the rest of this is simply conversation. With that, let's talk. First, let's remember that the Wildcats sleepwalked through the start of their Big East quarterfinal game against Seton Hall last week and lost.
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March 20, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
PHILADELPHIA college basketball fans can remember the shot. Scottie Reynolds raced the length of the court and made a tough runner to send Villanova in its fourth Final Four. While it is the last shot, and the celebration that ensued, that people will remember, there was a lot more to that team than just Reynolds' heroics. That year, 2009, the Wildcats were balanced with talent, experience and leadership. Dwayne Anderson was one of the senior starters on the squad, and led it both on and off the court.
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March 20, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
JAMES BELL, Villanova's only 4-year senior, is the place where it all starts. On a team that gets leadership from many sources, he is the unquestioned man. But scoring has never defined him. He won't allow it. Neither will the rest of the Wildcats. The last six games, as he approached his 1,000th career point, his shot has gone missing. There was a time this year, as Temple coach Fran Dunphy noted, that everything Bell put up looked like it was going in. That was after Bell made five three-pointers, most of them contested, against the Owls in a 90-74 win at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 1. But in the last six games he's 12-for-44 from the field, 7-for-28 from the arc. The Wildcats (28-4)
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March 20, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Darrun Hilliard recalled being a "skinny, goofy youngster" at the time he left the comfort of family and friends and traveled the turnpike from the Lehigh Valley to enroll at Villanova and play basketball. It didn't take long, however, before Hilliard got serious with himself and realized he may not have been ready for the Wildcats' level of ball. He wanted to redshirt, but he also thought about leaving. "I lacked confidence in myself," Hilliard, now a junior, said Monday. "I was young for my age. I thought about redshirting and I just didn't know what to do. I was coming in as a boy playing a grown man's game.
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March 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When they saw Wisconsin-Milwaukee appear in the bracket opposite Villanova for their opening game of the NCAA tournament, the Wildcats never had seen the Panthers compete and didn't know one thing about their personnel or style of play. However, after a full day of meetings and film study Monday with coach/professor Jay Wright, the 'Nova players have more than a passing knowledge of their second-round East Regional opponent Thursday night in Buffalo. Wright is confident that he has the players' undivided attention, with a reluctant thank-you to Seton Hall, conqueror of the Wildcats (28-4)
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March 19, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
JOHN GIANNINI noticed the difference immediately. It was that striking. His La Salle team, with almost everything back from an unexpected Sweet 16 run, went to Villanova on Dec. 15. The Explorers lost by 21. And he knew why. "I think those guys had the best offseason in the country," Giannini reiterated yesterday at the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tourney Tip-Off Breakfast at the Palestra. "I know they rave about their strength coach [second-year man John Shackleton]. I know they rave about their kids and their work ethic, and their leadership.
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March 19, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
'THERE WAS a stretch of time after Jameer that I didn't like myself," Phil Martelli was saying in his office late yesterday afternoon. An endorphin-absorbed Sunday that had spilled into a foodless evening and then a sleepless night had morphed the coach into the kind of truth-spilling interviewee that detectives only dream about. He was happy one moment, pensive the next, even a bit sad after that. He was exhausted mostly, but not in the way he has spent too much of the time between the time Jameer Nelson finished and now being exhausted.
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