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Villanova comes in at no. 12 in AP preseason Top 25 poll

With the college basketball season starting very soon, the Associated Press on Friday released their preseason Top 25 poll. Coming in at number one was the Kentucky Wildcats, the runner-up in last season’s Final Four. The Wildcats got 52 first place votes as they bring in a star-studded recruiting class. Representing the Big East in the poll was none other than the Villanova Wildcats...
Via Total Sports Live
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-15 Big East Preview: Villanova leads the pack, Georgetown returns to relevance

Villanova is favored to repeat as Big East champions, but an improved Georgetown team will be on the Wildcats’ heels. 1. Villanova Key losses: James Bell Key returners: Darrun Hilliard II, JayVaughn Pinkston, Ryan Arcidiacono, Josh Hart, Daniel Ochefu, Dylan Ennis Key additions: Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges Villanova surprised us last year, winning the Big East title in impressive...
Via The Catch and Shoot
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Villanova Wildcats season preview

Last season, the Villanova Wildcats shocked many early in the season and got off to a fast 11-0 start including wins over then the second best team in the country in Kansas and the twenty-third in Iowa. Their season-long winning streak would be snapped by Syracuse. They would only go onto lose four games the rest of the season, two of those losses would come against Creighton, an...
Via Total Sports Live
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova Wildcats release 2014-15 basketball schedule

The Villanova Wildcats finished last season with a 29-5 and 16-2 record in the Big East. Their final game of the season would come to the hands of the eventual national champions, the UConn Huskies in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Nova, the second seed would lose to UConn, who was the seventh seed, 77-65. This season, the Wildcats look to improve on last season as they...
Via Total Sports Live
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova basketball recruit profile: Mikal Bridges

Jay Wright is likely done recruiting for the class 2014. Villanova basketball’s incoming class which is ranked 37th nationally by ESPN is made up of two players, Mikal Bridges (Great Valley, PA and Phil Both (Mount St. Joseph’s MD). Bridges and Both are both listed as 4-star recruits. Many people believe the class is highlighted by Mikal Bridges. Bridges is listed at 6-7 185...
Via isportsweb.com
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ultra Early Big East Preview

1. Villanova Key losses: James Bell, Tony Chennault Key returners: Darrun Hilliard II, JayVaughn Pinkston, Ryan Arcidiacono, Josh Hart, Daniel Ochefu, Dylan Ennis, Kris Jenkins Key additions: Mikal Bridges, Phil Booth   2. Xavier Key losses: Semaj Christon, Isaiah Philmore Key returners: Justin Martin, Matt Stainbrook, Dee Davis, Myles Davis, James Farr, Jalen Reynolds, Brandon...
Via The Catch and Shoot
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

#2 seed Villanova basketball knocked out by old Big East foe #7 seed UCONN

Shabazz Napier can now officially be marked down on the long list of “Philadelphia Sports Villains”. Within 3 days, Napier and the UCONN Huskies have beaten the only 2 Philadelphia teams in this year’s NCAA tournament. Not to mention crushing the Temple Owls twice during the regular season. In Thursday’s 89-81OT win over St. Joseph’s, the American Conference player of...
Via isportsweb.com
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers hang with Villanova but fade late, fall from NCAA tourney

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- That hangover from the Big East tournament is gone for Villanova. Darrun Hilliard scored 16 points, JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 and the Wildcats beat Milwaukee 73-53 on Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Villanova (29-4), the No. 2 seed in the East Region, will play seventh-seeded Connecticut (27-8) in the third round Saturday. The Huskies...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Nova Nation, The Top Seed in the East Region?

With Selection Sunday looming, college basketball fans are experiencing the calm before the storm. The madness we’ve all been waiting for is right around the corner. The Villanova Wildcats gave notice and shook things up in late November by beating the second ranked Kansas Wildcats with their dominant roster, stocked full of future NBA draft picks, on a buzzer beating 3-pointer...
Via Total Sports Live
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fizz Five: Syracuse’s Best Wins from the 2014 Regular Season

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Syracuse Media Syracuse’s first regular season in the ACC has ended. The Fizz looks back at the top victories for the Orange. December 28th, no. 8 Villanova – In a battle of two top-ten teams, the Orange came out on top against the Wildcats 78-62. Despite 25 points from James Bell, Syracuse was able to ride...
Via Orange Fizz
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 6 Villanova takes Big East, 77-70 over Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 6 Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time in 32 years by holding off undermanned Xavier 77-70 on Thursday night. JayVaughn Pinkston added 15 points -- eight in the last 3:20 -- James Bell finished with 12 and Ryan Arcidiacono chipped in with 11 as the Wildcats (27-3, 15-2 Big East) extended...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

#8 Villanova basketball ties team record

#8 Villanova basketball ties team recordDespite Villanova’s spring break and a lurking snowstorm, the crowd in attendance for Sunday’s afternoon matchup between the No. 9 Villanova Wildcats(26-3, 14-2)  and the Marquette Golden Eagles(17-12, 9-7) at the Wells Fargo Center was very impressive. After a tight race in the first half, the 15,000+ fans in attendance watched the Wildcats...
Via isportsweb.com
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament Number One Seeds: The Case for Villanova

Even though the Big East Conference is no longer the formidable beast that it used to be, Villanova has done a fine job this season of representing its tradition. The Wildcats have made a sustained splash on the college basketball scene, and they deserve some attention where NCAA Tournament number one seeds are concerned. Here then, is the case for Villanova. First of all, the raw...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 8 Villanova rolls past Butler 67-48

Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead No. 8 Villanova to a 67-48 victory over Butler on Wednesday night. The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Big East) survived one of their worst 20 minutes of the season to win for the ninth time in 10 games. They needed almost the first 10 minutes of the game to score 10 points, missed eight of their first nine 3-point attempts, and...
Via AP on Fox
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova overcomes bad half to top Butler

Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead No. 8 Villanova to a 67-48 victory over Butler on Wednesday night.
Via Philly Sports Live
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rundown: February 26

Welcome to the rundown, where we rundown the night's college basketball action. Let's get right to it with tonight's busy slate. 7 PM Miami at (12) Virginia - ESPN3 The Cavaliers have won 11 in a row as they take on ACC minnow Miami. Losing tonight would take a little luster off the gigantic league title game on Saturday afternoon against Syracuse. (16) Michigan at Purdue...
Via Bloguin Best
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 9 Villanova basketball narrowly slips by Providence

(Photo Credit: Josh Einbinder-Schatz) Villanova basketball (23-3, 11-2) picked up their 23rd win of the season with a 82-79 double OT victory over the Providence Friars. Following Sunday’s 101-80 beat-down to the Creighton Blue Jays, Villanova looked to Tuesday’s game at Providence(17-10, 7-7) as a stepping stone for Saturday’s home game against red hot St. Johns. However,...
Via isportsweb.com
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova-Providence Preview

Once again, Villanova is tasked with having to bounce back from a humbling loss to the Big East's best team. The No. 9 Wildcats face a quick turnaround Tuesday night on the road against a Providence team they beat by 30 earlier this season. Villanova (22-3, 10-2) saw its six-game win streak end Sunday with a 101-80 loss at then-No. 18 Creighton. The Wildcats fell one-half game...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova Basketball: #6 Wildcats man-handled yet again by #18 Creighton

While streaming Villanova’s road  game against the Creighton BlueJays (21-4, 11-2 Big East)  may not have been the best quality, the roaring of the CenturyLink Center Omaha could be heard loud and clear. Wildcat fans, players, and coaches alike are wondering, Why? What causes this team to completely breakdown when facing the BlueJays? Sunday’s 101-80 loss did reassure Wildcat...
Via isportsweb.com
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova-Creighton Preview

Four weeks ago, Villanova was embarrassed on its own court by Big East newcomer Creighton. It now gets a shot at returning the favor. With Big East supremacy on the line, the No. 6 Wildcats make their first trip to Omaha on Sunday looking to avenge a 28-point loss to the 18th-ranked Bluejays. "It was a great learning experience for us to know that we had to get a lot better defensively...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova-DePaul Preview

Villanova coach Jay Wright had plenty to celebrate after earning career win No. 400 last week. He would appear to have a good chance to make it 401 against slumping DePaul. The No. 6 Wildcats look to match their best road start in Big East play when they go for an eighth consecutive win over the Blue Demons on Wednesday night. Villanova (21-2, 9-1) has won five straight after...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Overmatched: #6 Villanova Rolls Past Seton Hall 70-53

Jay Wright notched his 400th Victory Tonight/philly.comOnce No. 6 Villanova took the momentum, the Wildcats never looked back in a 70-53 rout past Seton Hall.Leading 18-13 with just over eight minutes to go in the first half, Seton Hall had what it wanted. Senior center Eugene Teague had four points and four boards and the Pirates were outmuscling No. 6 Villanova. The Wildcats started...
Via College Hoops Digest
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova’s Wright crests 400 wins with rout

James Bell scored 20 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 19 to lead No. 6 Villanova to its fifth straight victory, 70-53 over Seton Hall on Friday night.
Via Philly Sports Live
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wright earns 400th win, Villanova tops Seton Hall

James Bell scored 20 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 19 to lead No. 6 Villanova to its fifth straight victory, 70-53 over Seton Hall on Friday night. Villanova coach Jay Wright reached 400 career victories. He has won 278 games at Villanova (278-146; 2001-present) after going 122-85 at Hofstra (1994-2001). Wright has led his teams to 10 NCAA tournaments and took the Wildcats to...
Via AP on Fox
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Seton Hall-Villanova Preview

Villanova's preparation for Seton Hall this week has been a bit abbreviated. With a campus power outage and the area struggling through a crippling winter storm, the team has practiced in dark gyms and missed out on film sessions. The good news for the sixth-ranked Wildcats is power has been restored on campus and the game will go on as scheduled Friday night as they looks for a...
Via AP on Fox
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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