Villanova Rumors & News

  • NCAA issue sidelines Villanova freshman Omari Spellman for Spain trip

    The Score "Villanova's Omari Spellman, a five-star recruit, will not be allowed to play for the Wildcats when the team travels to Spain for a tour on Tuesday. Spellman is academically eligible and cleared to practice with the team, according to Dana O'Neil of ESPN. However, one of the issues has to do..." August 03

  • President Obama burned Charles Barkley during Villanova's White House visit

    Fox Sports "The Villanova men's basketball team visited the White House Tuesday to celebrate their 2016 national championship, which was won with one of the greatest shots in title game history. With 4.7 seconds remaining in a tie game against North Carolina, Villanova went the length of the court and guard..." June 01

  • Villanova’s Josh Hart will return for one more season

    SI "Villanova guard Josh Hart will return for his senior season, he announced Tuesday. Hart was an integral part of the Wildcats’ national championship team from last season. After spending two years on the bench, Hart moved to the starting lineup for his junior season, averaging 15.5 points, 6.8..." May 25

  • Villanova's Wright: Underclassmen should be allowed to hire agents

    SI "Villanova head coach Jay Wright would like for the rules to change so that underclassmen can retain agents as they determine whether or not they would like to stay in the NBA draft, ESPN's Andy Katz reports. “One of the things we've learned through this process is that [the player] needs an..." May 20

  • Villanova's Phil Booth out 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

    The Score "Villanova guard Phil Booth will miss the next six-to-eight weeks after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday afternoon, the team announced Thursday. Booth is coming off a sophomore season in which he helped Villanova capture its first national championship since 1985. In..." May 05

  • Kris Jenkins announces he will return to Villanova

    NCAA "Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins has withdrawn his name from the 2016 National Basketball Association Draft and will return to the Wildcats for his senior season in 2016-17, it was announced Monday. “It was a great experience for me to go through this process,” stated Jenkins. “I’m looking..." May 03

  • N-G star Cosby-Roundtree commits to Villanova "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..." April 23

  • Kris Jenkins confirms he's returning to Villanova for senior season

    VU Hoops "Some excellent news to start your Friday, and a big H/T to reader Wildcat19 for unearthing this interview from the Big 5 banquet earlier in the week. Villanova Wildcats hero Kris Jenkins confirmed he will definitely be returning to the Main Line next season after deciding to go through the pre-NBA..." April 15

  • North Carolina fan starts petition to get national championship game overturned

    Larry Brown Sports "The NCAA Tournament national championship game may have taken place on Monday, but North Carolina fans still are not over the loss days later. In fact, one started a petition to try getting the championship game overturned on account of the referees. Here is the mission for the petition, which..." April 09

  • Jay Wright: 'I plan to stay at Villanova'

    ESPN "Villanova coach Jay Wright said he doesn't intend to leave the school for an NBA job, but the national-championship-winning coach also said he is cautious to never say never. In an exclusive interview with, Wright said that despite speculation to the contrary, he has not been offered..." April 08

  • Phoenix Suns targeting Villanova's Jay Wright for head coaching job

    VU Hoops "This isn't the first time in recent years we've heard Wright associated with open head coaching jobs, with both high-major colleges and the Philadelphia 76ers routinely being interested in him. That part is totally fine. He's one of the best coaches in the college game and fresh off a National..." April 07

  • Villanova's Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins to test NBA draft waters

    The Score "Riding high after a thrilling national championship victory, two of Villanova's top players are set to test their NBA draft stocks. Guard Josh Hart and forward Kris Jenkins revealed Wednesday that they'll declare for the draft. Neither player will hire an agent, allowing them both to withdraw..." April 07

  • Geraldo Rivera Thinks Villanova Beat The Carolina Panthers In National Championship

    Daily Snark "Geraldo Rivera is an well known and very good attorney, reporter, author, and talk show host. One thing he is not so good at? Tweeting. Late Monday night, while likely intoxicated, Rivera sent out this tweet, stating that the Carolina Panthers (yes the NFL team) didn’t “lose” the NCAA Men’s..." April 05

  • Nova: Final Play never works in Practice

    USA Today "Bewildered and buried in confetti, Ryan Arcidiacono looked every which way for one particular person. “Where’s Coach?” he asked, to no one and everyone at the same time. Someone pointed over Arcidiacono’s right shoulder, at the man in the navy pinstriped suit. The two locked eyes. “Coach,..." April 05

  • Has Jay Wright earned an NBA call-up?

    ESPN "Brad Stevens left in 2013 and has turned into the NBA's golden boy. Billy Donovan and Fred Hoiberg didn't pass up on opportunities a year ago. Could Jay Wright be next? Villanova's coach was always believed to be a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers gig following his first Final Four..." April 05

  • Villanova rides buzzer-beater to national title

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- It might be April, but March Madness prevailed to the very last second of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova junior guard Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Wildcats to a thrilling 77-74 victory over North Carolina in the national championship game Monday night at..." April 04

  • Jay Wright faces choice on NBA again "The last time Jay Wright led Villanova to the Final Four, it took less than two months after that national semifinal loss to North Carolina for an NBA team to tempt him with the opportunity to become a head coach. The year was 2009. The team was the 76ers. Their president at the time was Ed..." April 04

  • Jay Wright Named 2016 Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year

    Bleacher Report "Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright has had a pretty good weekend. First, his team advanced to the national championship on Saturday. On Sunday, he won the Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, per Ryan Aber of the Oklahoman. " April 03

  • UNC opens as 2-point favorite vs. Villanova at multiple sportsbooks

    ESPN "North Carolina opened as a small favorite over Villanova in Monday's national championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Tar Heels were installed as consensus two-point favorites over the Wildcats at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. Sportsbook operator CG Technology opened North Carolina..." April 03

  • Villanova annihilates Oklahoma to reach title game

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Villanova flipped the script by slapping Oklahoma with the biggest blowout in the history of the Final Four. Guard Josh Hart scored 23 points, leading the Wildcats' 71.4 percent shooting from the field in a 95-51 rout of the Sooners in an NCAA Tournament semifinal on Saturday..." April 02

  • 'GQ Jay' Wright's suit game is strong; his players, coaches try to keep pace

    USA Today "The best-dressed man in college basketball isn’t hard to find. Just follow the pocket squares. “It’s GQ Jay,” Villanova junior Josh Hart says, “What you going to say?” Sure, it’s no secret that Wildcats coach Jay Wright is an incredibly fashionable dresser. He doesn’t like to go into..." March 31

  • Final Four sets up clash of styles, storylines

    SI "This week, the NCAA will punish North Carolina and Syracuse for scandals by asking them to miss at least two more days of class to focus on basketball. Not playing basketball. Promoting basketball. There are open practices to hold, and of course there are press conferences to conduct, during..." March 28

  • Villanova uses hot shooting to advance past Miami

    The Sports Xchange "LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- So how does one explain a team shooting nearly 20 percent above its norm from 3-point range in its most pressurized games of the season? Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono has a reason. "I think we're taking better shots," he said. "We're taking what the defense gives..." March 24

  • Jay Wright's bond with guard Ryan Arcidiacono one key to Villanova's success

    USA Today "The hug lasted seemingly forever, and no words needed to be exchanged. After coach Jay Wright subbed his senior guard, Ryan Arcidiacono, out one last time in the final seconds of Villanova’s win against Iowa on Sunday, which secured Arcidiacono’s first Sweet 16 berth, the two embraced and held..." March 21

  • Villanova back in Sweet 16 after rout of Iowa

    The Sports Xchange "BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Villanova coach Jay Wright is finally over his NCAA Tournament sniffles. With a dominating 87-68 win over seventh-seeded Iowa in the South Regional on Sunday at the Barclays Center, second-seeded Villanova made it out of the second round of the tournament for the first time..." March 20

  • Villanova rolls to easy victory over UNC Asheville

    The Sports Xchange "BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Daniel Ochefu returned to the Villanova starting lineup after being hampered by an ankle injury, scoring 17 points and pulling in 10 rebounds in the Wildcats' 86-56 win over UNC Asheville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Barclays Center on Friday. Villanova..." March 18

  • Seton Hall claims first title since 1993

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- It had been 23 years since a Seton Hall player cut down the nets at Madison Square Garden, symbolic of winning the Big East Conference Tournament, so you could understand Isaiah Whitehead's concern. "I was scared I was going to fall," Whitehead admitted. Who could blame him..." March 12

  • Ochefu inspires No. 3 Villanova's Big East semifinal win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Daniel Ochefu scored just eight points in 15 minutes, but he played a key role in No. 3 Villanova's 76-68 win over Providence in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats (29-4) are headed to the title game for the second..." March 11

  • No. 3 Villanova turns to 3-pointer to take out Georgetown

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- With No. 3 Villanova struggling to get to the rim in its quarterfinal game against Georgetown in the Big East Tournament, the Wildcats relied on a tactic they seldom had success with this season. Villanova (28-4) shot 61.9 percent from 3-point range (13 of 21) to knock off the..." March 10

  • No. 3 Villanova wins Big East title

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova celebrated its third consecutive Big East regular season title after beating Georgetown on Saturday, hoisting the trophy at center court of the Wells Fargo Center. The sellout crowd of 20,173 who stayed to cheer does not want it to be the last time Villanova..." March 05

  • Jenkins shoots No. 3 Villanova past Depaul

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins is selfish. That's by design. "He don't pass," Wildcats head coach Jay Wright said with a laugh. "Bottom line. He doesn't -- but we don't want him to." Not when the 6-foot-6, 240-pound wing forward is shooting the way he's..." March 01

  • No. 1 Villanova topples Marquette

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Still stinging from a loss to Xavier earlier in the week, the top-ranked Villanova Wildcats got back on track Saturday, pulling away from Marquette for an 89-79 victory over the Golden Eagles at the Bradley Center. Forward Kris Jenkins and guard Josh Hart led the way for the..." February 27