Villanova Rumors & News

  • Villanova lands 2018 4-star Brandon Slater

    Fanrag Sports "Class of 2018 4-star guard Brandon Slater announced on Wednesday night that he has committed to the Villanova Wildcats, according to Scout. Slater is the top-rated player in the state of Virginia in the 2018 recruiting cycle. A consensus top-40 player, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound Slater hails from..." May 25

  • Villanova's Brunson not testing draft waters

    Philly.com "Villanova point guard Jalen Brunson announced Thursday that he will return to the team next season and not enter this year's NBA draft. Brunson, finishing his sophomore year, made his decision after he and his parents met this week with Wildcats coach Jay Wright. “Jalen is an outstanding..." April 20

  • Villanova's Josh Hart wins Julius Erving Award for top small forward

    Philly.com "Senior Josh Hart of Villanova was named Friday night as the winner of the 2016-17 Julius Erving Award as the nation’s outstanding small forward in college basketball. The 6-foot-5 ½ Hart, the Big East player of the year and a first-team All-America, received the award from Erving, the former..." April 08

  • Hayes, Wisconsin derail defending champ Villanova

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Down goes 'Nova. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points and made the winning layup with 11.4 seconds remaining as No. 8 seed Wisconsin upset defending champion Villanova 65-62 on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament second-round game at KeyBank Center. "Seeds don't matter," Wisconsin..." March 18

  • After slow start, No. 1 Villanova KOs Mount St. Mary's

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Villanova fitted Mount St. Mary's for the rarest of Cinderella slippers before beginning its national title defense in earnest. The 16th-seeded Mountaineers held the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed scoreless for the first 10 possessions and teased the ultimate upset..." March 16

  • Plenty of Hart helps No. 2 Villanova win Big East title

    The Sports Xchange "Cutting down nets is becoming a common practice for Villanova. One season after winning the national championship, the Wildcats responded with a Big East regular-season title for the fourth straight year capped by their second conference tournament championship in three years. Josh..." March 11

  • Villanova holds off Seton Hall

    The Sports Xchange "Villanova was reeling and possibly on the verge of being eliminated by Seton Hall for the second consecutive year in the Big East tournament. Josh Hart simply wouldn't allow it to happen. Hart had 19 points and 10 rebounds, including the winning three-point play with 9.6 seconds..." March 10

  • DiVincenzo, Jenkins fuel No. 2 Villanova in rout

    The Sports Xchange "Donte DiVincenzo never planned to set a career-high with 25 points. It just happened within the flow of the game. Still, DiVincenzo's impressive performance carried second-ranked Villanova to a commanding 108-67 victory over St. John's in the quarterfinal round of the Big East tournament..." March 09

  • No. 2 Villanova dominates reeling Georgetown

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some might suggest telling a lie in the nation's capital is the norm. Josh Hart's fib following the final regular season game in his hometown won't lead to scandal. Besides, the Villanova senior's wry smile before answering a question about the game's meaning shortly..." March 04

  • No. 2 Villanova clinches Big East regular season title

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- When the final buzzer sounded, the sellout crowd of 6,500 stood and applauded as Villanova celebrated a fourth consecutive Big East regular season championship. Yet the second-ranked Wildcats are far from being satisfied this season. Eric Paschall scored 19 points,..." February 25

  • No. 22 Butler ends No. 2 Villanova's 48-game home winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Butler's formula for sweeping Villanova and ending its 48-game home winning streak was simple. "Our guys got in a rhythm and made some open shots," said Butler coach Chris Holtmann after a stunning 74-66 victory Wednesday night at The Pavilion. Kelan Martin had 22..." February 23

  • 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