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April 8, 2016
THE FIRST TIME I felt it, I was a first-year law student desperately trying to figure out why she was getting bottom-basement grades when she'd been on the honor roll most of her pampered life. It was three quarters into a difficult academic year, and I was almost ready to call it quits. The B-minuses and C-pluses were an embarrassment, and I told my mother I would honor Daddy's memory better if I didn't make a mockery of his profession by failing out of law school. That law school was Villanova, and I cursed every blessed corner of the place.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
REIGNING national champions. Has that certain ring to it, don't you think? And for the next 12 months, it belongs to Villanova's basketball team. The Wildcats, who beat North Carolina in Monday night's final game in Houston, will of course be able to call themselves national champions for the rest of their lives. Nice perk. "I mean, right now it sounds cool," junior forward Kris Jenkins - whose three-pointer at NRG Stadium just before the horn averted overtime and elevated them onto the victory podium - said Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Center practice facility.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
At Villanova University, Joseph A. Borillo was taking the congratulatory calls in succession on Tuesday, the day after the men's basketball team had been crowned national champion. Wells Fargo. Coca-Cola. Bimbo Bakeries. They're all corporate partners of Villanova, and they couldn't be happier with the Wildcats' win, a thriller that came at the buzzer as Kris Jenkins sank that now famous three-pointer. "It's amazing the difference one shot makes," said Borillo, Villanova's senior director of corporate and foundation relations.
SPORTS
April 7, 2016
SIXERS ASSISTANT coach Billy Lange could barely wipe the smile off his face during pregame workouts. Curtis Sumpter, the Sixers' player development scout, walked the hallways of the Wells Fargo Center with the look of someone who happily had gotten little sleep in the past 48 hours. Brett Brown (half) jokingly asked if the conversation could stay off his team and on what had happened Monday night. And Dante Cunningham sat at his stall in the visiting locker room, a Villanova hat sitting on a shelf and his No. 33 college jersey hung neatly next to his New Orleans Pelicans one. There was a buzz around the building Tuesday, a day after Villanova won perhaps the most exciting national championship game in history.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
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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