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No. 14 Villanova remains perfect, gets win over Penn

Villanova returned from the Bahamas with three wins, a trophy and a national ranking. The Wildcats could have used an extended stay on the island. Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 14 Villanova overcame a 7:29 scoreless stretch to open the second half in beating Penn 77-54 on Wednesday night. The Wildcats shot only 26 percent after halftime and needed 3-point sprees to...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Villanova-Saint Joseph's Preview

Villanova has endured a few significant tests over its first eight games, though it is yet to play in a true road environment. The 14th-ranked Wildcats will make the short drive to rival Saint Joseph's on Saturday for a Big Five matchup, playing their first game of the season on an opponent's court after reemerging onto the national scene last week. "You can never tell how intense...
Via AP on Fox
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 14 Villanova romps past Saint Joseph's, 98-68

James Bell had 25 points and 14 rebounds and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 27 points, keeping No. 14 Villanova unbeaten with a 98-68 win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday night. Darrun Hilliard scored 14 points to help the Wildcats (9-0) win their second game this week since joining The AP Top 25. Pinkston and Hilliard pounded the Hawks from inside and out, and the Wildcats dominated...
Via AP on Fox
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Forgrave: Villanova has arrived ahead of schedule

It's early, so early - only one month into a college basketball season that's already seen things go not exactly how we expected. Every coach will remind you how early it is, even Villanova coach Jay Wright, who would have every right to point to his team's November/December returns and proclaim that, yes, his Wildcats really are the 14th-best team in the country and...
Via Fox Sports
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 10 Villanova thumps La Salle 73-52

Villanova coach Jay Wright gave his usual rah-rah pregame speech on how much it means to play a game in one of the more cherished series' in college hoops. Big 5 basketball. Round-robin play among five Philadelphia Division-I basketball teams that dates to 1955 and has been defined by hostile, split crowds and last-shot theatrics. The Wildcats have created a new kind of flavor...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 10 Villanova stays undefeated, routs La Salle with Hilliard's help

Villanova coach Jay Wright gave his usual rah-rah pregame speech on how much it means to play a game in one of the more cherished series' in college hoops. Big 5 basketball. Round-robin play among five Philadelphia Division-I basketball teams that dates to 1955 and has been defined by hostile, split crowds and last-shot theatrics. The Wildcats have created a new kind of flavor...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Hart scores 19, No. 8 Villanova beats Rider 88-67

Freshman Josh Hart came off the bench to score 19 points and No. 8 Villanova stayed perfect with an 88-67 rout of Rider on Saturday. One of 12 unbeaten teams remaining in Division I, the Wildcats (11-0) are off to their best start since the 1961-62 team won its first 12. JayVaughn Pinkston added 14 points for Villanova, which shot 50 percent from the field in its final non-conference...
Via AP on Fox
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Toughest Test Yet: Syracuse Basketball Will Face Stiff Villanova Competition

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news   via Syracuse.com After a long break for the Orange, the Syracuse-Villanova rivalry continues with yet another top-ten matchup early in the college basketball season. While Syracuse was expected to be a top team in the country, Villanova’s quick rise has been more surprising. The Wildcats have played strong, with...
Via Orange Fizz
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Unbeaten Villanova emerges as Big East contender

Jay Wright had to pause from praising his perfect Villanova team because a special delivery arrived at his office: a framed photo of Wright, his wife, school officials and former Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. ''Wow, just amazing,'' Wright said, scanning the photo. ''I got to go on stage, and to hug him when he came up, it was...
Via AP on Fox
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 11 Villanova defeats Butler in Big East opener

JayVaughn Pinkston had 22 points and No. 11 Villanova rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 76-73 overtime victory over Butler on Tuesday night in the Big East opener for both teams. Darrun Hilliard scored 15 points and Josh Hart added 10 for the Wildcats (12-1, 1-0), who lost at No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday. Butler (10-3, 0-1) was making its debut in its third conference...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Recruiting Rewind: Divincenzo Commits to ‘Nova, Illinois keeps Aaron Jordan In-State

A pair of 2015 shooting guards ended their college searches over the weekend, with Donte Divincenzo (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum School) verbally committing to the Villanova Wildcats, and Aaron Jordan (Plainfield, IL/Plainfield East) accepting a scholarship offer from the Illinois Fighting Illini. Wildcats Reel in Their Next Star at the 2-Guard Position Currently ranked No. 117 nationally...
Via In The Neutral Zone
January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 11 Villanova jumps out to early lead, blows out Providence

With wintry weather slamming the East, Providence had to cancel its flight and bus to Villanova. The Friars must have wanted to hitch any kind of ride home by halftime. JayVaughn Pinkston scored 19 points, Dylan Ennis had 17 and No. 11 Villanova led all the way in a 91-61 romp over Providence on Sunday night. Pinkston dunked off the opening tip, and the Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big...
Via AP on Fox
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

For Villanova,the learning and winning continue

Send to KindleNEWARK, NJ – The Villanova Wildcats came into the game with just one loss to Syracuse. No shame there. Among their conquests, defeating Kansas and going on to capture the Battle 4 Atlantis looks nice on the resume. Their ranking was a lofty number eight. No one could detract from that rarefied air of college recognition. Nor can the outstanding resume be left to...
Via College Chalktalk
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova-St. John's Preview

After being blown out in its non-conference finale, Villanova has bounced back for a strong start in Big East play. The eighth-ranked Wildcats will be favorites to knock off St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Saturday as they try to improve to 4-0 in conference action for the first time in three seasons, but the Red Storm and their top scorer have proven pesky in recent meetings...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu Dunked On Three St. John’s Defenders At The Same Time

This afternoon, the 8th-ranked Villanova Wildcats traveled to New York City to take on the St. John’s Red Storm at Madison Square Garden. St. John’s put up a noble fight, but the Wildcats were able to escape with the victory. They also bullied the Red Storm in the paint — on no play was that more evident than when Nova forward Daniel Ochefu backed down D’Angelo Harrison,...
Via College Spun
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pinkston's double-double leads No. 8 Villanova past St. John's

JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds No. 8 Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John's 74-67 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) came into the game having shot better than 50 percent from the field and 3-point range in their last three games. Against St. John's (9-6, 0-3) they struggled from both in the first half...
Via AP on Fox
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 6 Villanova romps past DePaul, 88-62

James Bell had 17 points and eight rebounds, Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points, and No. 6 Villanova won its fifth straight game, 88-62 over DePaul on Saturday. The Wildcats (16-1, 5-0 Big East) made a whopping 19 of 26 shots (73 percent) in the second half as they continue to steamroll through the revamped conference. Villanova tied a season low with five turnovers. Daniel Ochefu...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Villanova Got Hosed On A Charge Call Against Marquette, Heads To Overtime

Villanova head coach Jay Wright is not a happy camper right now. His Wildcats are playing on the road at Marquette this afternoon, and thought that they had escaped from the BMO Harris Bradley Center with a victory in the game’s final second. Senior guard Tony Chennault found his way into the lane on what should have been the game’s final possession and appeared to hit the game...
Via College Spun
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 4 Villanova holds off Marquette, 94-85 in OT

Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, and coolly guided No. 4 Villanova in overtime following a frenzied finish to regulation a 94-85 victory over Marquette on Saturday. Arcidiacono had six points and two assists in the extra period. He hustled for a loose ball with 37.7 seconds left that allowed Villanova coach Jay Wright to call a timeout and avoid a turnover. James...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 4 Villanova holds off Marquette in OT

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, and coolly guided No. 4 Villanova in overtime following a frenzied finish to regulation of a 94-85 victory over Marquette on Saturday. Arcidiacono had six points and two assists in the extra period. He hustled for a loose ball with 37.7 seconds left that allowed Villanova coach Jay Wright to call a timeout and avoid...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 9 Villanova tops Georgetown 65-60

James Bell scored 16 points, and No. 9 Villanova prevailed in a messy, foul-plagued game of stops and starts Monday night for a 65-60 victory over Georgetown, the Hoyas' fifth straight loss. Daniel Ochefu added 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting for the Wildcats (18-2, 7-1 Big East), who forced 18 turnovers while committing 16. Villanova made 22 of 28 free throws and moved into a tie...
Via AP on Fox
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova tops Temple to win Big Five title

They've been playing Big Five games for almost six decades, and any coach who has participated in any of these normally pitched battles will tell you that it's almost impossible to have a single one-sided contest per year against a city opponent, much less four. But Villanova cut through its City Series opponents this season with little difficulty. The ninth-ranked Wildcats finished...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Villanova Releases Teaser For New Uniforms To Be Worn Monday vs. Xavier

It appears that the Villanova Wildcats will be mixing up their uniform game this coming Monday against Xavier. Today, the school released a teaser video for new gray uniforms that will be worn for the nationally-televised matchup: The game will air on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 EST. [VU Hoops via Phil Hecken]
Via College Spun
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Xavier looks to rebound against Villanova

Villanova continued its high-scoring ways over the weekend, though coach Jay Wright would like his team to improve in some other areas. Xavier can also put up points but had a 13-game home win streak snapped this past weekend with its lowest total in a Big East game. These teams have shown defensive weaknesses in conference play heading into Monday night's matchup at The Pavilion...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova improves to 20-2 with 81-58 win over Xavier

VILLANOVA'S basketball team won 20 games last season, after losing 19 the year before that. Last night at the Pavilion, the team that just moved up three spots in the rankings to sixth improved to 20-2 by beating Xavier, 81-58. The Wildcats still have nine more games left before the Big East Tournament. Since losing by 28 to No. 12 Creighton in South Philly 2 weeks ago, they've...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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