April 24, 2016 |
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, a 6-foot-8 center at Neumann-Goretti, has committed to play for NCAA tournament champion Villanova. The 215-pound junior and his mother, Ayesha, visited Villanova on Thursday night. "They showed me that the school will be a home away from home for me," he said. "And I love the coaching staff. " Cosby-Roundtree, a solid rebounder and shot blocker, chose the Wildcats over Miami, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Commonwealth, and Xavier, among others.
March 4, 2016 |
FOUR YEAR'S ago, Xavier Williams needed direction. He was 22 and had already worked as a department-store security guard, a lifeguard at the YMCA and city pools, and for a company that assembled swing sets. He'd thought about entering an apprenticeship program to become a carpenter, or electrician. Then on a whim he decided to give Holy Family University a try, even though he didn't have good enough grades to play college basketball when he'd graduated from Saul High in 2008. "I'll never forget this," recalled Williams, who'd gone to Community College of Philadelphia for a semester before flunking out but had continued to take some courses there in the interim.
March 1, 2016 |
Seton Hall not only wrote an apparent ticket to the NCAA tournament, it now has to be considered a legitimate threat to win the Big East postseason get-together. Desi Rodriguez had career highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Seton Hall all but clinched its first NCAA tournament berth in a decade with a stunning 90-81 victory over No. 5 Xavier in Newark, N.J., on Sunday. "We still have to be selected," said sophomore point guard Isaiah Whitehead, who added 22 points for the Pirates (21-7, 11-5)
February 28, 2016 |
MILWAUKEE - Jay Wright knows what some people were thinking, that Villanova might have been better off losing a game after rising to the No. 1 ranking so he would have his players' full attention in fixing some mistakes to help the Wildcats prepare for March. But Wright doesn't subscribe to that sort of thinking. He said Friday that the Wildcats made a plethora of little mistakes including "defensive assignments" and "unintelligent fouls" Wednesday night against No. 5 Xavier that added up to a 90-83 loss on the road.
February 26, 2016 |
CINCINNATI - When Villanova routed Xavier at the Pavilion on New Year's Eve, people wondered how much more competitive the game would have been had freshman point guard Edmond Sumner not left three minutes in after a scary fall that sent him to the hospital with a concussion. On Wednesday night, before a record crowd of 10,727 at the Cintas Center, Sumner was back, well and healthy, for the rematch. The difference he made in the game - 19 points, nine assists, six rebounds - was immense in the fifth-ranked Musketeers' 90-83 victory over Villanova in the Big East game of the year.
February 25, 2016 |
Villanova has walked into some hostile arenas this season and has emerged with a victory all but once - way back in December at Virginia. But when the Wildcats arrive Wednesday night at the Cintas Center for their game against No. 5 Xavier, they will be put to the ultimate test. The Musketeers (24-3, 12-3 Big East) are 13-1 on their home court this season, 6-1 in the conference. Since they began playing in their campus facility in the 2000-01 season, they have compiled a 214-31 record, a winning percentage of 87.4.
January 14, 2016 |
Four Big East teams were ranked in the Associated Press top 25 when the conference schedule began two weeks ago, but the coach of one of those teams, Xavier's Chris Mack, sounded like a voice of reason in singling out Villanova. "They're the best team in our conference until proven otherwise," Mack said, referring to Nova's back-to-back regular-season titles and the 2015 tournament championship. Through the first four games of the Big East season, the sixth-ranked Wildcats (14-2)
January 2, 2016 |
When 16th-ranked Villanova makes shots, especially from the perimeter, it can handle just about anything the food chain has to offer. And when the Wildcats don't, well, ask Oklahoma how far south that can go. On Monday, the Cats converted 1 of 11 from the arc against Penn. It didn't matter, because they're a much better team. But Thursday afternoon, again at the Pavilion, the opponent in their Big East opener was the No. 6 team in the nation in Xavier, one of three from the conference perched above the unanimous preseason favorite in the polls.
January 1, 2016 |
Villanova ruled league play in the first two seasons of the reconfigured Big East. The Wildcats went 32-4 in winning a pair of regular-season titles along with the 2015 conference tournament championship and held the highest seed of any league team in the last two NCAA tournaments. However, those days of dominance for the Wildcats could be coming to an end. If the pre-conference season is any indication, the Big East could have its biggest free-for-all yet in terms of multiple teams scrambling to wrestle the top spot from Villanova.
December 26, 2015 |
The next time you drag a grocery item over the bar code scanner, remember Francis Xavier Beck Jr. Mr. Beck, 89, of West Chester, who helped develop the checkout method that made shopping much faster, died Sunday, Dec. 20, from complications of a stroke. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Mr. Beck was attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1944 when he volunteered to serve in the Navy. He was assigned to the Huntington, a Fargo-class light cruiser, and he received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal.