Two years ago, Simon Pinela watched as the Villanova Wildcats win the national championship on a buzzer beater. He was a junior in high school, and it sparked an interest in Villanova as a college choice.
Donte DiVincenzo was not a sophomore bench player on Monday night. He was when the game started, but by the final horn he was the man who had saved a national championship for Villanova.
For the bulk of the first half, tonight’s NCAA men’s basketball championship was Michigan’s game—not by more than a few points, not convincingly, but it was. With six minutes remaining, though, Donte DiVincenzo hit a three to deliver Villanova its first lead since the opening seconds, and then he sewed up the rest of…
Villanova used balanced scoring and a flat-out unfair advantage on the boards to cruise past third seed Texas Tech, 71-59, and advance to their second Final Four in three years, and third trip during head coach Jay Wright’s tenure.
Employing a merciless onslaught of Mikal Bridges three-pointers and suffocating defense, Villanova turned a five-point halftime lead into a 25-point advantage in just six minutes of second half play, sending Alabama home in pieces in the process.
PITTSBURGH—The noise came from all around me.
Jalen Brunson didn’t think too much about hanging out at Madison Square Garden as a kid. He considered it normal. To him, it was.
St. John’s went into Philly tonight wearing a dreadful 0-11 Big East record, yet riding high off a bizarre 81-77 takedown of Duke just four days ago. Still, going up against number-one Villanova, their conference drought seemed all but guaranteed to continue.
Villanova, Arizona State, and TCU entered their Saturday games as the sole undefeated teams in men’s college basketball, and one after another, they all lost that honor. Tenth-ranked TCU went down in a 90-89 thriller against Trae Young and Oklahoma, the number-one ’Nova Wildcats got beat up in Indiana by a…
PHILADELPHIA — Temple was on a run, and the Liacouras Center was rocking. It was a big game. Villanova came into North Philly last night as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Wildcats had won 21 consecutive Big 5 games—an unprecedented streak in Philly hoops history.
No. 8 Wisconsin has knocked out overall No. 1 Villanova in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Trailing by four points at halftime, Villanova managed to take a lead in the second half but never stretched it to more than seven. Wisconsin went on a 15-5 run in the game’s final minutes—with key support from Bronson…
Donte DiVincenzo’s tip in as time expired gave top-ranked Villanova a 61-59 win over Virginia.
Impress your friends with your knowledge of the existence of this year’s small-school NFL prospect: Tanoh Kpassagnon, a defensive lineman who played at Villanova. Listed at 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds, Kpassagnon went to this week’s Senior Bowl and made at least one NFL executive tumescent. From Philly.com:
The #1 and #2 teams in college basketball both went on the road tonight and they both lost. Second-ranked Kansas headed to Morgantown and lost by 16 to West Virginia, while top-ranked Villanova blew a big lead to Marquette and lost after they couldn’t score on the final possession. An errant dunk or two aside, the…
A nice reader sends us this amazing shot of Villanova forward Kris Jenkins’s game-winning buzzer-beater from the end of the NCAA championship game. We’ve all seen this shot from a dozen or so angles, but I don’t think this one has been out there yet.
Every now and then, you see some shit so crazy that you momentarily forget where you are and what you’re supposed to be doing. We’ve all been this security guard before:
It’s been a long while since the Main Line had a championship to celebrate, but Villanova students more than made up for it. The party spilled out of the Pavilion and onto the streets and ran through the early morning, and saw numerous injuries and arrests, including two for, um, assaulting a police horse.
Past results do not guarantee future performance, the SEC forces funds to tell investors. It’s good advice. But in a final two games in which Villanova shot an unreal 63-of-97 from the field, if it came down to one shot—if it came down to Kris Jenkins with an open look—the Wildcats had to feel pretty good about a…