Villanova Rumors & News

  • No. 2 Villanova defeats DePaul for sixth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Villanova coach Jay Wright would have liked more consistent play in the second half, but a strong first 20 minutes gave the No. 2 Wildcats more than enough cushion for a 75-62 Big East victory over DePaul on Monday night at Allstate Arena. "We played a great first half and..." February 14

  • No. 2 Villanova wins fifth straight, routs No. 24 Xavier

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Villanova coach Jay Wright wasn't aware his team had been awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the initial NCAA Tournament committee rankings released Saturday, a couple hours before the Wildcats took a significant step toward earning that coveted top seed with a hard-fought win at..." February 11

  • Hart, No. 2 Villanova dump Georgetown

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Josh Hart's confidence never wavered. Despite being mired in a second-half shooting slump, the preseason National Player of the Year candidate stepped up when Villanova needed him most. Hart scored 25 points, including a dagger 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining, Donte..." February 07

  • No. 4 Villanova dispatches St. John's

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- In the rugged Big East, every game isn't going to be picturesque. Just ask fourth-ranked Villanova, which committed a season-high 23 turnovers yet had more than enough to overcome St. John's in an 92-79 victory on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Josh Hart had..." February 04

  • Brunson, Hart lead No. 4 Villanova past Providence

    The Sports Xchange "PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Jay Wright isn't pleased with the process, but the Villanova coach will take the end results. The Wildcats aren't playing their best basketball by Wright's accord, but that hasn't kept fourth-ranked Villanova out of the win column very much during a tough Big East..." February 01

  • No. 1 Villanova beats No. 12 Virginia on tip-in at buzzer

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Donte DiVincenzo saw his tip-in go through the basket and heard the sellout crowd going wild. But he was unsure if his shot landed in time. Following a brief replay review from the officiating crew, the shot was indeed deemed good and the Villanova players erupted in..." January 29

  • No. 1 Villanova falls at Marquette

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- The consensus No. 1 ranking was there for the taking Tuesday night for the Villanova Wildcats, the top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll but No. 2 in the coaches' poll. But the Wildcats couldn't cash in on West Virginia's upset of Kansas; they blew a 13-point lead over..." January 24

  • No. 1 Villanova blows past Providence

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Playing a tight seven-man rotation, top-ranked Villanova relies more than most teams on its senior leaders. Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds continue to deliver. Hart scored 25 points to lift Villanova past Providence 78-68 on Saturday at the Wells Fargo..." January 21

  • No. 1 Villanova wins 47th straight game in campus arena

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- For Villanova, there was so much for which to be proud -- a renewed No. 1 national ranking and a program-record 47 straight home wins at its on-campus arena. But rankings, streaks and statistics mean very little to the Wildcats. They just want to keep winning in the short..." January 16

  • No. 3 Villanova topples St. John's

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Jay Wright sounded like a coach whose team had just come off a loss, crediting the opposition while admonishing his own squad. Wright's No. 3 Villanova Wildcats didn't play well, but were able to overcome 20 turnovers, a poor start and dismal shooting from two of their stars, to..." January 14

  • Jenkins lifts No. 3 Villanova to rout of No. 15 Xavier

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Kris Jenkins hit one of the biggest shots in Villanova history when he connected on the game-winning 3-pointer to defeat North Carolina for last season's national championship. Instead of reveling in the moment forever, Jenkins is solely focused on this season. That shot..." January 10

  • No. 1 Villanova rebounds to rout Marquette

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova lost five games last season, but still managed to capture the program's second national championship. It's how a team responds following a loss that speaks volumes. This happened last season time and again with the fifth loss coming to Seton Hall in the Big East..." January 07

  • Butler ends No. 1 Villanova's 20-game streak

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler was credited with eight assists against No. 1 Villanova Wednesday night. Bulldogs coach Chris Holtmann figures it should be one more for the crowd. "It was an unbelievable environment," Holtmann said. "The loudest I ever heard HInkle (Fieldhouse) and it's gotten loud..." January 04

  • No. 1 Villanova rallies, hands Creighton 1st loss

    The Sports Xchange "OMAHA, Neb. - No. 1 Villanova shook off a slow start Saturday and stormed back to overcome a 10-point first-half deficit to remain undefeated with an 80-70 Big East Conference victory over Creighton. Led by a career-high 27 points from sophomore guard Jalen Brunson, the Wildcats improved to..." December 31

  • No. 1 Villanova survives scare from DePaul

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The consistent sellout crowd of 6,500 at The Pavilion isn't used to losing. In fact, it almost never happens at Villanova's on-campus arena. Yet down the stretch, the anxious crowd was buzzing with a bit of disbelief. The top-ranked Wildcats received enough big plays..." December 28

  • No. 1 Villanova crushes American 90-48

    The Sports Xchange "By Andy Jasner VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Villanova head coach Jay Wright always breaks down the season into three categories: the preseason, regular season and postseason. The now-completed preseason has to be considered a major success. Next up, the Big East portion. Josh Hart had..." December 21

  • No. 1 Villanova claims fourth Big 5 title in row

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Josh Hart nearly single-handedly secured Villanova's four-peat. Hart scored 26 points, including 18 in a dazzling performance in the second half, as No. 1 Villanova captured its fourth consecutive Big 5 title with a 78-57 victory over Temple on Tuesday night at The..." December 13

  • No. 1 Villanova shows its Hart against Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believes Josh Hart will be a great NBA player. Brey has good reason to think that after Hart poured in a career-high 37 points to lead No. 1 Villanova to a 74-66 win over the No. 23 Fighting Irish in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the..." December 10

  • No. 1 Villanova tops La Salle in Big 5 game

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova continues to insist that it won't be fazed by its No. 1 national ranking. Playing its first game since moving up to the top spot in the country one day earlier, the Wildcats fended off pesky Big 5 rival La Salle 89-79 Tuesday night at the Palestra. It was far..." December 06

  • No. 2 Villanova defeats Penn for 14th straight time

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Kris Jenkins won last year's national championship for Villanova with one of the biggest 3-pointers in NCAA history. And he's far from finished setting records. Jenkins scored 22 points, going over 1,000 for his career, while Josh Hart had 12 points and nine assists,..." November 29

  • Villanova takes care of College of Charleston

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova was never in danger of losing at home to the College of Charleston. But the No. 2-ranked Wildcats showed some rustiness and fatigue in what wound up being a scrappy, grinding 16-point victory against an overmatched nonconference opponent. Villanova was..." November 23

  • No. 3 Villanova beats UCF to capture Charleston Classic

    The Sports Xchange "For the fourth consecutive year, the Villanova Wildcats were able to celebrate a regular-season tournament championship. Tournament Most Valuable Player Josh Hart scored 15 points, Donte DiVincenzo added a career-high 13 points, and third-ranked Villanova captured the Gildan Charleston..." November 21

  • No. 3 Villanova sinks Wake behind Hart's 30

    The Sports Xchange "Even without one starter, No. 3 Villanova proved once again it has more than enough depth to win. Epecially when its defense is suffocating. Josh Hart scored a career-high 30 points, Mikal Bridges added a career-high 19 points and No. 3 Villanova rode its strong early defense as it defeated..." November 18

  • No. 3 Villanova fends off feisty Western Michigan

    The Sports Xchange "Eric Paschall admitted that he doesn't focus on scoring, but No. 3 Villanova needed every one of his points as they survived feisty Western Michigan 76-65 in the quarterfinals of the Gildan Charleston Classic Thursday at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Paschall, a transfer from Fordham, came..." November 17

  • No. 3 Villanova gets road win over No. 15 Purdue

    The Sports Xchange "WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- When a college basketball team has won an NCAA tournament, it obviously knows how to perform on center stage. Third-ranked Villanova showed that necessary grit and mental toughness Monday night, sinking its first seven second-half shots during a 17-6 run and held off..." November 14

  • No. 4 'Nova too much for overmatched Lafayette

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. – It's just one game but Villanova looks primed for another deep run in March. There was absolutely no championship hangover on the Main Line. Jalen Brunson scored 17 points, Kris Jenkins added 16 and No. 4 Villanova throttled overmatched Lafayette 88-48 on Friday night..." November 11

  • Duke basketball's Grayson Allen, Villanova's Josh Hart lead Naismith Trophy watch list

    NCAA "Sharp long-range shooting and high-scoring games propelled Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield to the 2016 Naismith Trophy. Grayson Allen of preseason No. 1 Duke is another perimeter player favored to unleash a similar skill set, follow in Hield’s path and claim the award given annually since 1969 to..." November 10

  • Kyle Lowry almost got kicked off Villanova twice over bad behavior

    Fox Sports "There might not be an NBA player who has quietly accomplished more in the last few years than Kyle Lowry. The Raptors’ point guard is one of the sport’s most underappreciated players, even after making back-to-back All-Star teams, winning a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team this summer and..." November 04

  • Jay Wright explains how Gregg Popovich's influence will be felt at Villanova this season

    Fox Sports "College basketball season starts next weekend for most teams. But for Villanova University coach Jay Wright, the start of a new year will mark the end of an exhausting six-month period since his team played their last one. We all know what happened in that final game: Villanova won the national..." November 02

  • Duke's Allen leads AP preseason All-America team

    Tacoma News Tribune "Josh Hart is off to a stellar start as a member of the defending national champions. The 6-foot-5 swingman from Villanova will begin his senior season on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team. Hart, the Big East's preseason player of the year, received 53 votes from the same..." November 02

  • Villanova's 5-star recruit Omari Spellman ineligible to play as freshman

    Philly.com "The NCAA has ruled that Villanova freshman forward Omari Spellman will not be eligible to compete for the Wildcats during the upcoming season, ruling his status to be as an academic redshirt. Villanova coach Jay Wright said the 6-foot-9 Spellman, a five-star recruit in high school, will retain..." September 23

  • Villanova earns 2017 commitment from four-star Jermaine Samuels

    City of Basketball Love "Villanova secured its second commitment of the 2017 class today, when four-star wing Jermaine Samuels announced his intentions to become a Wildcat just days after completing his official visit to the Main Line. A Massachusetts native who attends the Rivers School and plays AAU for Expressions..." August 27

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