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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 5, 2015 | Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Even when Steve Lappas was coaching at Villanova, it seemed plausible, to me anyway, that Lappas could have a future in television for the simple reason that Lappas not only knew how to game plan but also how to articulate that game plan. Yeah, he has a clear New York accent. But good TV guys have a voice. You hear Lappas, you know it's Lappas. He's been at it for 10 years now as a mainstay on the CBS Sports Network, typically working a couple of games a week and also getting to New York to work as a studio analyst.
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February 5, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1, 610 AM. Records: Villanova 19-2, 6-2 Big East; Marquette 10-11, 2-7 Big East. Coaches: Jay Wright (14th season, 305-151); Marquette, Steve Wojciechowski (first season, 10-11). Last meeting: Villanova won, 73-56, on March 2, 2014, at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova's top three: Darrun Hilliard (13.3 ppg.), JayVaughn Pinkston (9.9 ppg., 5.6 rpg.), Daniel Ochefu (9.8 ppg., 8.5 rpg.)
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February 5, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IN RECRUITING, it often comes down to fit. The way Villanova runs an offense, there can never be enough playmakers. Especially when you have the Walter Payton Award winner returning for his senior season in John Robertson, a quarterback who gets it done with his arm and legs. Still, every additional weapon you can put around him only makes him that much more valuable. The Wildcats think they're bringing in one such piece in Jarrett McClenton, a 5-9, 170-pound running back from Archbishop Wood who rushed for 1,700 yards and 28 touchdowns for the team that repeated as PIAA state Class AAA champions.
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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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February 4, 2015 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, For the Daily News
NEARLY 2 decades ago, in a far-off gym in ice-cold Canada, Dylan Ennis never wanted his teammates to know he was the coach's son. He wanted to be like all the other kids under the AAU basketball roof. So, when he got a hyphenated surname on the back of his jersey when he grew older, representing his stepfather, Tony McIntyre, and his mother, Suzette Ennis, he made an executive decision. The hyphen was too long on the back. It wasn't shorter like some of his teammates'. He and his brother, Tyler Ennis - of Brampton, Ontario - decided to keep their mother's maiden name to retain normalcy.
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February 3, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE BIG EAST is clearly better this season than last and, as February begins, Villanova finds itself in the same position when last February began - in first. The Wildcats (19-2, 6-2 Big East) parlayed a dominant second half at DePaul to a 68-55 win. The point total might not seem all that impressive until you realize it was a low-possession game where points were at a premium. Junior point guard Ryan Arcidiacono had a team-high 18 points for the 'Cats. He has made 18 of 33 threes in the last seven games and, as always, his most important stat is the team's record.
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February 2, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Basketball can be such an uncomplicated sport, as Villanova showed on Saturday. DePaul dominated the first half against the No. 7 Wildcats, leading by 11 points at one stage and by 37-31 at the half after shooting 52 percent. But in the visitors' locker room at Allstate Arena, instead of diagramming new defensive strategies, coach Jay Wright merely asked his team to better follow the defensive game plan. The advice worked. The Wildcats limited the Blue Demons to 18 points and 30 percent shooting in the second half, got their offense revved up behind Ryan Arcidiacono, and pulled out a 68-55 victory that vaulted the Cats back into first place in the Big East Conference.
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February 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The last time Villanova saw DePaul on a basketball court, the Wildcats mostly were watching the Blue Demons in their rear-view mirror. The visitors, who came into the Pavilion at a Big East-best 3-0 in conference, trailed by 21 at the half and by 34 midway through the second half. That 81-64 victory by Villanova touched off a slide in which the Blue Demons have lost four of six entering Saturday's rematch at Allstate Arena. But Wildcats coach Jay Wright doesn't want his team, ranked No. 7 this week, to remember anything about the ease of their Jan. 10 meeting.
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