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January 29, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a wonder Villanova forward Josh Hart did not become a baseball player growing up. His father, Moses, was the nephew of the late Elston Howard, the former New York Yankees catcher and 1963 American League MVP, and was "really into baseball," Hart said. "I'm not really sure how I advanced on to basketball but I did it somehow," Hart said with a smile. Then again, the leisurely pace of baseball doesn't look as if it would have fit the Josh Hart everyone sees on the basketball court.
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January 29, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
On the occasion of John Chaney's 83d birthday last week, Matt Vautour, veteran UMass beat writer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, tweeted, "I miss UMass vs. Temple. " You can share the lament, but let's face it, the rivalry was Chaney vs. Calipari, an artifact of its time. After that was gone, the networks weren't demanding that the game be played. And Massachusetts is still playing St. Joseph's and La Salle. It does get you thinking about what has changed with all the recent conference movement.
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January 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova came out Sunday night for the tipoff of its game at the Pavilion against Creighton with extra bounce, extra speed, increased hustle and seemingly longer arms, and opened with a 15-0 rush against the bewildered Blue Jays. Could it be the Wildcats couldn't wait to redeem themselves after their 20-point drubbing last Monday at Georgetown? Or was it the fact that Creighton, sparked by 2014 consensus player of the year Doug McDermott, pounded the Cats by 28 and 21 points in their two meetings last season, their only two Big East defeats?
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January 26, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When: Sunday, 7 p.m. Where: The Pavilion TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1, 610 AM. Records: Villanova 17-2, 4-2 Big East; Creighton 9-11, 0-7 Big East. Coaches: Jay Wright (14th season, 303-151); Creighton, Greg McDermott (5th season, 103-45). Last meeting: Creighton swept the Wildcats last season - 96-68 on Jan. 20 at the Wells Fargo Center and 101-80 on Feb. 16 in Omaha. Villanova's top three: Darrun Hilliard (12.8 ppg.), Dylan Ennis (10.6 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 3.5 apg)
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January 26, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The Pavilion needs a name. It deserves a name. It had one, of course, but Villanova removed that name in 1997. You don't know why? Catch Foxcatcher if it's still at a theater near you. Once John du Pont's name was removed from the building - the money he'd promised largely un-donated after Villanova had dropped his renegade wrestling program after just two years - CoreStates seriously kicked the tires on paying to put its name on the place....
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January 25, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Caroline Coyer's three-point attempt at the buzzer hit the back rim and the Villanova women's basketball team lost a Big East battle to Seton Hall, 59-56, at the Pavilion on Friday night. The Pirates (18-2, 7-1) took a 31-26 half-time lead and held off the Wildcats (11-9, 5-3), who battled in the second half, outscoring Seton Hall, 30-28. Villanova had four players in double figures, led by Emily Leer (Abington) with 15 points. Seton Hall was paced by Daisha Simmons, who notched a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
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January 22, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
PENN's WOMEN HAD come into last night's Big 5 finale against Villanova with high hopes after winning four of their previous five games and grabbing at least a share of their first-ever women's Big 5 championship. The Quakers had a chance to clinch the title outright with a victory. Harry Perretta's Wildcats squad scrapped those plans, earning the right to scribble their names alongside Penn's on this year's trophy after a 70-44 rout gave the 'Cats their 15th Big 5 title. Penn and Villanova will each finish at 3-1 in Big 5 play.
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January 22, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Villanova man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering in what U.S. Homeland Security agents said was one of the region's largest cash busts. Ronald Belciano, 42, pleaded guilty in February in federal court in Harrisburg to leading a distribution ring that brought hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Northern California to Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2011, and laundering the profits to conceal the illegal operation. Federal agents seized more than $4 million in cash; Belciano's Villanova home; 190 acres of land in Mendocino County, Calif., from which he exported the drugs; and an estimated $620,000 worth of artwork, including some by Pablo Picasso and Salvador DalĂ­.
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January 21, 2015
Villanova trailed Georgetown, 42-20, at halftime. It was the Wildcats' lowest-scoring half of the season. 'Nova did not score a basket for the first 6:05.
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January 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The target on Villanova's back appears to get larger when the Wildcats rise higher in the polls, and Georgetown came out Monday night with a purpose and made headlines by knocking off the No. 4 team in the country at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas blitzed the Wildcats with a 17-0 run in the first half, grew the lead to as high as 26 points and fought off a mild comeback try by 'Nova in the second half to run away with a 78-58 upset that knocked the visitors out of first place in the Big East.
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