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April 4, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE SENIORS on Villanova's football team have experienced the bad, the good and the unfulfilled. In 2011, coming off a run to the semifinals of the FCS tournament as the defending national champions, the Wildcats went 2-9. The next year, after being picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association, they got back to the playoffs by winning the title. Last season, as the preseason favorite and fifth-ranked team in the country, they lost too many close games against one of the roughest schedules and finished 6-5. So . . . "I think maybe last year we looked a little bit too much at the bigger picture," said running back Kevin Monangai, one of those who will be entering his final season.
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April 3, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA set a program record by winning 28 times in the regular season. Then the Wildcats lost their second game in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed, after losing in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament as the top seed, something they hadn't been since 1997. Next season, for the first time since 2010-11, they will start in the Top 25. Maybe even Top 10. So there will be expectations, even though they have to replace quintessential leader James Bell. Back in November, the idea of winning a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 4 years might've seemed sufficient.
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April 3, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University has cleared a major hurdle in its expansion plans, which include building dormitories on an existing parking lot along Lancaster Avenue. The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners voted late Monday night to approve zoning changes for the estimated $300 million project, a step that took two years and drew strong opposition from some residents. Villanova wants to build new dormitories, a performing arts center, parking garage, and campus bookstore. A vocal group of residents has spent thousands of dollars and has packed meetings to fight the plans, which some said would increase traffic and noise while bringing an unwanted urban feel to their Main Line community in Delaware County.
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March 27, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JOSE DIAZ did not flinch yesterday when a city prosecutor presented DNA and bloody-boot-print evidence that allegedly linked him to the December stabbing death of retired Villanova University professor Carol Ambruster. And at the end of the preliminary hearing, when Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni ordered Diaz to stand trial for murder, robbery and related counts, he remained just as unfazed. Defense attorney Benjamin Cooper, after the hearing, told reporters that Diaz, 42, was a handyman at Ambruster's Germantown apartment building, he knew her and was sad to hear that she had been killed, but was not guilty.
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March 27, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S James Bell became a big shotmaker as a junior. He became the best player on the best team in the city as a senior. Bell did not have the best numbers in the city this season, but his value as a scorer, defender and leader for a team that won its four Big 5 games by the most points in history was more than enough to sway the voters as he was named the 2013-14 Big 5 Player of the Year. Bell is part of a first-team All-Big 5 unit that includes La Salle senior Tyreek Duren, Saint Joseph's seniors Langston Galloway and Halil Kanacevic and 'Nova teammate JayVaughn Pinkston, the lone junior on the team.
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March 26, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
IN A RECENT CHAPTER of Philadelphia's esteemed Book of Basketball, a deep and dangerous team put together a wonderful season that ended against an opponent that was just a little bit better. The Philly team was stacked with undergraduate talent; in fact, it lost only one significant player to graduation. So the team expected - and was expected - to have another outstanding season; but that did not happen for La Salle. Not far away, a senior-laden team made a late-season run and finally performed to its capacity.
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March 25, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Danni Jackson scored 19 points as George Washington defeated Villanova, 76-66, in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Sunday at the Pavilion. The 23-10 Wildcats, who made just three field goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half, got within five with a minute remaining, but the Colonials (23-9) hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final seconds. Katherine Coyer led Villanova with 15 points, while Devon Kane had 13 points and six assists. Seton Hall 75, Princeton 74 - Despite Michelle Miller's career-high 34 points, a three-point play with 10 seconds left lifted the 20-13 Pirates past the visiting Tigers (21-9)
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March 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Standing in a hallway outside a morose Villanova locker room well past midnight Saturday, coach Jay Wright referenced the two most important stretches of the game that ended his team's season. First, there was the 11 1/2-minute span when Villanova failed to make a field goal, despite a pair of early personal fouls keeping Connecticut star Shabazz Napier on the bench for all of it. Later, and more significant to the game's final result, a 77-65 Wildcats defeat, there was the second-half Shabazz show.
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March 25, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - Jay Wright has been coaching college basketball long enough to know that a team isn't judged as much by what it does during the regular season as by how it plays - and how far it advances - in the NCAA tournament. So, despite a 29-5 record that exceeded the limited expectations placed on Villanova in the preseason, the lingering memory of the 2013-14 Wildcats in the short term will be their inability to make it to the second weekend of the Big Dance. Seeded second in the East Regional, Villanova was soundly outplayed in the second half Saturday night by Shabazz Napier and seventh-seeded Connecticut, and dropped a 77-65 decision.
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March 25, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Villanova did not get a single vote in the Associated Press preseason poll. The Wildcats rose all the way to No. 3 in the same poll. The team's reality was obviously far north of the preseason prediction, but south of No. 3. There are likely no NBA players on the roster. They were simply a group that played about as well as they could have against the schedule they had. They won the Battle 4 Atlantis, dominated the Big 5 as it had never been dominated and won the first regular-season championship in the new Big East.
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