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January 2, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Too many long and winding miles stand between New Year's Eve and the road to the Final Four in Indianapolis, so Villanova had to be satisfied with taking on a gritty and prestigious program from Indianapolis in its Big East opener Wednesday afternoon at the Pavilion. When the sixth-ranked Wildcats completed their businesslike, 67-55 victory over Butler, there remained every reason to believe that this was just one in a series of special moments that coach Jay Wright's team will encounter between now and April 4, the night the NCAA semifinal games will be played.
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January 2, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
His team looked more than a little uncomfortable in the first half trying to defend against Butler, so Villanova coach Jay Wright entered the locker room with a purpose Wednesday in the opening game of the Big East season. He didn't yell. Instead, he reiterated the defensive game plan and made sure his seniors, JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard, along with junior point guard Ryan Arcidiacono, kept preaching the message to their teammates. The defense improved in the second half, holding the Bulldogs to 27.6 percent shooting.
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January 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova coach Jay Wright vividly remembers his team's game at Butler last season because it opened the "new" Big East Conference schedule and marked the first visit by Wright and the Wildcats to legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse. "My first thought is just an epic battle we played last year at Hinkle Fieldhouse, sold out, an overtime game, a great game that it was a thrill to be a part of as a coach," Wright said of the Cats' 76-73 win in Indianapolis. The sixth-ranked Wildcats (12-0)
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December 31, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Senior guard Darrun Hilliard will play in Villanova's Big East Conference opener Wednesday against Butler at the Pavilion, coach Jay Wright said Monday. The 6-foot-6 Hilliard, the Wildcats' top scorer with a 12.6-point average, was injured during the overtime of Villanova's 82-77 win over Syracuse on Dec. 20. He sat out last Tuesday's game against NJIT. The Wildcats (12-0) moved up one spot to No. 6 in this week's AP poll. Players of the week. Temple's Jesse Morgan is the Big Five men's player of the week.
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December 29, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
George D. Murphy, 85, a retired English professor at Villanova University, died Monday, Dec. 22, of pulmonary complications at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Known for his wit and stylish dress, Mr. Murphy began teaching at the Catholic university on the Main Line in 1954 and retired 46 years later, in 2000. But he kept his hand in teaching, offering literature classes to fellow retirees at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia, the retirement community where he lived. "He was very engaging," said daughter Karen Murphy Cain.
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December 29, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The head of Temple University's theater department and his wife, a theater professor at Villanova University, were seriously injured Christmas Day when they were struck by a police officer's motorcycle in Puerto Rico. Robert Hedley, 78, and Harriet Power, 64, of Bala Cynwyd, suffered fractures and head injuries and were in stable condition at Centro Medico de Rio Piedras in San Juan. Puerto Rican authorities said the two were accidentally run over in San Juan by a police officer assigned to protect the U.S. territory's governor.
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December 26, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
His team is 12-0 and ranked No. 7 nationally yet Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright says there is plenty of room for improvement, especially after the last two games. And Wright is grateful for the breather the Wildcats will have over the next few days. "The last two games we were a little out of sync and I think a little break will be good for us," Wright said following Tuesday's 92-67 win over NJIT at the Pavilion. "We will come back with a little mini-camp before the Big East schedule starts.
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December 26, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Triumph of David was a mess. Old, original paint on the 17th-century canvas was faded and flaking in many spots. Newer paint from several inexpert restoration attempts had become discolored. Standing before the massive painting at Villanova University, art conservator Kristin deGhetaldi could tell all this with her experienced eye. But in order to bring the painting back to life, how could she tell where the old paint ended and the new paint began? The answer: a mix of art and science.
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December 26, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
THE FILIPPO family home is full of love and humor. Make that a large home-full, with lots of children. Jenn, a former Villanova basketball player, and Ron Filippo have nine - count 'em, nine - children. "We're kind of famous around here," a smiling Ron said in their spacious Furlong, Bucks County, home near Doylestown during a pre-Christmas visit. The children's ages range from 20 to 1. Hunter, the oldest, is a junior at La Salle University on a soccer scholarship. Here's the rest of the Team Filippo roster: Sofia, 15; Francesca, 14; Genevieve, 12; Gioia, 10; Roman, 9; Jameson, 8; Ben, 3; and Noah, 1. Life at the Filippo home is a daily reality production.
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December 25, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
For a time at the Pavilion Monday night, the holiday spirit took some interesting turns. "They're running the same play!" one guy yelled Monday night at Villanova's defense. "Go inside!" a coach in the stands demanded. Once probably best known for a 51-game losing streak after making the jump to Division I, NJIT showed up with a new reputation - and a lifetime undefeated record against top 25 teams - after already pulling off the shocker of the college hoops season, a win at Michigan.
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