UConn 77, Villanova 65: Napier carries UConn to the Garden

UConn's Shabazz Napier scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime. (James Hill/Philahoops)

By JAMES HILL Philahoops Staff @jrhill17 – Nothing could stop UConn’s Shabazz Napier in his quest for a Sweet 16 berth – not foul trouble, not an injury, not any Villanova defender. The Husky guard scored 21 second-half points, including four big three-pointers, to carry UConn past Villanova 77-65 Saturday night in Buffalo. “He’s an […]

Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53: Wildcats put away pesky Panthers

Villanova vs Rider Dec 21, 2013

By JAMES HILL Philahoops Staff @jrhill17 – Milwaukee made it a game early, holding a lead throughout much of the first half. But in the end, two-seed Villanova was far too good for the Panthers. Villanova built upon a four-point halftime lead to win 73-53 in the final game of the day Thursday. “That was […]

Thursday Preview: Refocused Villanova ready for Milwaukee


Who: #2 Villanova (28-4, 16-2 Big East) vs. #15 Milwaukee (21-13, 7-9 Horizon) When: 9:25 p.m. Thursday Where: First Niagara Center – Buffalo, New York TV: TBS – By JAMES HILL Philahoops Staff @jrhill17 – There is a popular belief that a team on a hot streak may be best served by losing a game […]

Media Day Notebook: Villanova, St. Joe’s won’t look ahead to potential rematch


By JAMES HILL Philahoops Staff @jrhill17 – Nobody from Saint Joseph’s or Villanova wanted to really talk about it, while everyone in Philadelphia is clamoring for it. But the question was still asked. Will there be a Saint Joseph’s-Villanova rematch? “We can’t really look at Villanova right now,” Saint Joseph’s guard Langston Galloway said. “We […]

Villanova-Milwaukee NCAA Capsule Preview

Jay Wright and the Wildcats open play Thursday. (Laurie Dougherty/Philahoops file)

Who: No. 15 Wisconsin-Milwaukee (21-13) vs. No. 2 Villanova (28-4) When: 9:00 Thursday night Where: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y. TV/Radio: TBS/1210-AM – Scouting Wisconsin-Milwaukee -Schedule snapshot: The Panthers completed a worst-to-first turnaround with a surprising four wins in eight days run in the Horizon League conference tourney, culminating with fifth-seeded Milwaukee winning at Wright […]

Villanova earns No. 2 seed in Big Dance

Wright and the Wildcats are seeking their first tournament victory since 2010.

By JOHN HEALEY Philahoops Staff @heal3y __ Unlike last season, the question hanging over Nova Nation heading into Selection Sunday this year was not whether the Wildcats would qualify for the field of 68–it was whether they would earn a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed. That question was answered earlier tonight when the […]

Wright, Villanova should care about seeding

Jay Wright's Wildcats did not make it easy on themselves to get a No. 1 seed, getting bounced in their conference tournament opener. (Philly.com)

By MIKE ANGELINA Philahoops Staff @MikeAngelina – At about 6 p.m. tomorrow night or slightly later than that, Villanova will learn its seeding for the NCAA Tournament. They likely will be no worse than a No. 3 seed, having been ranked in the top ten in the country every week since the New Year. Florida, […]