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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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March 24, 2014
Here's how Villanova fared shooting three-pointers during the regular season and now through two games in the postseason. TEAM Team   Reg. season    Postseason    Three-point pct:    36.4    19.0    Threes per game:    9.2    4.0    PLAYERS James Bell    39.3    0 (0 for 13)    Darrun Hilliard    41.4    33.3 (2 for 6)    Ryan Arcidiacono    35.0    14.3 (1 for 7)    Kris Jenkins    34.2   66.7 (4 for 6)
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March 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - Villanova picked the wrong time to struggle in the areas in which it had been successful this season, and the result was elimination in the third round of the NCAA East Regional. The Wildcats committed 16 turnovers, shot just 35 percent from the floor, and were kept off the offensive boards by Connecticut, which rode a 25-point performance by Shabazz Napier Saturday night to a 77-65 victory at the First Niagara Center. Second-seeded Villanova, the regular-season champion of the Big East, ended its season with a 29-5 record.
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March 24, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
BUFFALO - The schools are in different leagues now, each seeking out a new beginning for their basketball programs, but the game they played in the third round of the NCAA tournament last night was as familiar as a deep scar from an old wound. Villanova lost, 77-65, to Connecticut in the First Niagara Arena to end a season run that turned into something more than originally expected, but then ended up being less than hoped. There were the usual handshakes afterward; the usual sense of having lost to a rival too close to either embrace or ignore; and, for the Wildcats, the sense of leaving too soon again.
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March 24, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
BUFFALO, N.Y. — It was 2009 and Tony Chennault was a star player for Neumann-Goretti. He'd regularly score 20 points, hand out a half-dozen assists and lead his team to victory. His basketball ability earned him a scholarship to Wake Forest. The Saints were competing in the state playoffs one night when Chennault led the way again with 25. A reporter on the scene wanted to speak to the star of the game, but he politely declined. "Go talk to him," Chennault said, pointing toward John Brennan, one of the bench guys who had a modest career night because of the blowout.
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March 24, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Their game was delayed, so to pass the time and take their mind off it for a few minutes, the Villanova players watched the end of Thursday's Saint Joseph's-Connecticut NCAA game in their locker room. "It was physical," Villanova big man Daniel Ochefu noted. There was no rooting. The game was on so it was a brief diversion. UConn ended up beating the Hawks in overtime. The Wildcats then took out Milwaukee, but it was less than artistic. In fact, Villanova managed to win comfortably despite missing its first 16 threes.
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March 24, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Thursday was easy. Several hours separated their sons' games, providing Tony McIntyre and Suzette Ennis ample time to head to the hotel, change their clothes, grab a bite to eat and make their way back to the First Niagara Center. Tonight is a different story. The couple's 22-year-old son, Villanova's Dylan Ennis, plays in a third-round NCAA Tournament game that immediately follows a game featuring their 19-year-old, Syracuse star Tyler Ennis. The schedule doesn't exactly offer much time for the players' family members to ditch all their orange gear in favor of the blue and white.
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March 23, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  When he filled out his bracket for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Felix Espinosa tossed his lucky quarter into the air for each round. It landed tails every time for his Villanova Wildcats, taking them to the championship game this year at Madison Square Garden. At least on paper. Despite a somewhat shaky victory Thursday night against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the tournament's first round, students on the school's campus on Friday expressed high hopes for the Wildcats, a team that has maintained a near constant presence in the tournament since the mid-2000s.
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