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April 5, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
On the night of Villanova's last NCAA basketball championship win 31 years ago, students, alumni and other devoted fans stormed the Radnor-area campus in celebration. Booze flew off the shelves of local liquor stores and roads were closed. That's how Michael McGrath, police superintendent for Lower Merion Township, a patrolman at the time, remembers it. Now, as the Wildcats take on the No. 1-seeded University of North Carolina Tarheels at 9 p.m. Monday in Houston for the national championship, McGrath has the challenge of helping coordinate a safety plan with officers from agencies throughout the region in case of a Nova victory.
SPORTS
April 5, 2016
HOUSTON - If you are going to win a national championship, you may as well finish off what has been a glorious run of impossibly brilliant basketball against one of the marquee names in the sport, a university that has been so good for so long that it has played in a Final Four each of the last eight decades. Villanova's players will not be playing the tradition of North Carolina basketball Monday night at NRG Stadium, but they will be facing a very skilled team that plays a style completely different than their own. The seniors who will start played three years ago in a mostly forgettable 8/9 NCAA Tournament game in Kansas City.
SPORTS
April 4, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - With Villanova having knocked No. 1 overall seed Kansas out of the NCAA tournament last weekend, the thought was that North Carolina was the team to beat of the remaining teams in the Final Four. The top-seeded Tar Heels certainly looked the part Saturday night in the nightcap of the national semifinal doubleheader, using their dominant inside game to wear down Syracuse and take an 83-66 victory over the Orange before a crowd of 75,505 at NRG Stadium. North Carolina (33-6)
SPORTS
April 4, 2016 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum. I love a parade, when I hear a band I just want to stand and cheer as they come. That rat-a-tat-tat! The flair of a horn! That rat-a-tat-tat! A bright uniform! THOSE LYRICS came from a song written by Ted Koehler in 1931 as part of the Cotton Club Show "Rhythmania. " Having not seen the show, I don't know what it was referring to, but it sure does fit us here in Philadelphia. We love a parade.
SPORTS
April 4, 2016
HOUSTON - A stone-faced Oklahoma undergrad, in the second row of the Boomer Sooners section, saw another lost Sooners possession and simply said, "C'mon, just give us two. " It was obvious in the best seats and the last rows of NRG Stadium: Oklahoma's will had been shattered. Sooners coach Lon Kruger put it this way about the whole Villanova avalanche that rolled over his squad Saturday in an NCAA national semifinal: "It became embarrassing right there. . . . We lost composure, and things fell apart.
SPORTS
April 4, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - For 31 years and a day, the game has lived in Villanova lore and NCAA record books as perhaps the most perfect game of basketball ever played by a college team at a major moment. Maybe Villanova's performance in the 1985 national championship is still that game. It certainly wasn't bad, even if near-perfection was only good enough to secure a two-point win over the goliath Georgetown. But now another game has joined the conversation. Oh, my. Villanova dismantled a very good Oklahoma team, 95-51, in the national semifinal game on Saturday night in NRG Stadium.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Columnist
HOUSTON - This was late in the second half Saturday night, and Jay Wright lost his mind. This was deep into one of the most flabbergasting games in Final Four history - Villanova 95, Oklahoma 51 - and one of Wright's players, guard Phil Booth, flew toward the basket on a breakaway layup and appeared to be fouled. No referee's whistle blew, and Wright began yelling at the officials, livid that Booth was not on his way to the free-throw line. He screamed at such volume and pitch that Booth, even out on the floor, even with NRG Stadium full of people and humming with sound, could hear him. "We just wanted to keep attacking them," Booth said.
SPORTS
April 3, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - You may have heard of Oklahoma all-American Buddy Hield, the nation's No. 2 scorer and arguably its best three-point shooter who won the Oscar Robertson Award on Friday as college basketball's player of the year. But the Sooners would not have gotten to the Final Four and Saturday's national semifinal against Villanova without four other players on the court at the same time as Hield. Those are the guys who Wildcats coach Jay Wright is particularly concerned about because of how they played in an earlier meeting when Oklahoma crushed his team, 78-55, on Dec. 7 in Hawaii.
SPORTS
April 3, 2016
HOUSTON - Lon Kruger is a fixer. He's the Winston Wolfe of college basketball. He's Michael Clayton without George Clooney's dreamy eyes. He's Larry Brown without the icky ethics, without the wreckage left in his wake. If he's 30 minutes away, he'll be there in 10, so athletic directors at the sport's traditional powerhouses keep his number handy. When they get in trouble, when their programs end up on probation, they know who to call. Oklahoma was on probation when the university hired Kruger in 2011.
SPORTS
April 3, 2016
HOUSTON - There's been a lot of speculation this week as to how Villanova will defend the Oklahoma Sooners in Saturday's NCAA national semifinal game, and particularly what the Wildcats will do with star guard Buddy Hield, a spectacular outside shooter whose 25.4-point average is the best in the country among players from major conferences. Villanova, quite against type, has mixed in a bit of zone defense this season, more than usual for a team that has always been built around an aggressive man-to-man philosophy.
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