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Jay Wright and Villanova Get Some Love in NY Times

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Here, I’ll let someone else call them a Final Four contender this year. From the New York Times:

After Monday night’s game at the Pavilion, Villanova Coach Jay Wright and Seton Hall Coach Kevin Willard exchanged back slaps and compliments. Willard laughed at a joke by Wright but then turned serious.

“Keep it rolling,” Willard told him. “You’ve got a Final Four team here.”

Willard’s team was dismantled by No. 6 Villanova, 80-54, as the Wildcats gained some revenge for a loss to the Pirates on Jan. 3. Five Villanova players scored in double figures on Monday, led by the senior Darrun Hilliard, who had 18 points.

Not many teams in N.C.A.A. Division I have more victories than Villanova (24-2, 11-2 Big East). Yet the Wildcats, one of the top-ranked teams for the entire season, have attracted little national attention. As the N.C.A.A. tournament approaches, Villanova is expected to do what it did last season — win nearly 30 games and earn a top-three seed.

And yet some people still give me shit for not giving as much attention to Drexel.

UPDATE: Sterling Gibbs got a two-game suspension for that elbow to Arcidiaconononononono.

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Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs Dropped a People’s Elbow on Ryan Arcidiacono

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Villanova beat the living hell out of Seton Hall last night, further cementing their status atop the Big East’s pecking order and as one of the best teams in the country. But it’s not the 80-54 drubbing that people are talking about today– it’s Sterling Gibbs’ smackdown on Ryan Arcidiacono, for which Gibbs will surely be suspended.

After the game, he took to Twitter to apologize to the point guard of the sixth-ranked team in the nation for slamming his head into the hardwood for particular reason:

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Arcidiacono responded:

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Jay Wright might call that attitude.

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[Plenty of these bad boys available]

Video after the jump. Love the reaction of Bill Raftery and whoever was doing play-by-play. I don’t think he meant to… ohhhhhhh, yes he did! Continue reading

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Temple Blew Out Kansas Last Night

Pictured: Not Villanova, Kyle uninterested

Pictured: Not Villanova, Kyle uninterested

There was some winning basketball at the Wells Fargo Center last night. As you can probably tell by that first sentence, it didn’t involve the Sixers [Editor’s note: Or Villanova, who did their winning on Saturday.]

Temple crushed Kansas — for their first win over the Jayhawks in 19 years — by a score of 77-52. Fans rushed the court. Kansas still uploaded a highlight video (it’s very short). Mychal Kendricks was there. The team rode the subway to the game. Kyle was having sweet dreams in his Villanova Snuggie and apparently refused to post about it.

So the next logical question becomes: Can Temple beat the Sixers?

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Villanova Beats Syracuse Thanks to Ridiculous Last-minute Comeback

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A video posted by Kyle Scott (@crossingbroad) on

This moment needed Gus Johnson. Villanova won in overtime, 82-77. They are 11-0. \\//

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JayVaughn Pinkston’s Monster Block Sealed the Deal for Villanova over Michigan

JayVaughn Pinkston scored the go-ahead bucket in the final minute and then blocked Michigan’s Zak Irvin with five seconds to play to seal the deal – and the Liberty Classic – for Villanova.

Here are the full highlights with Ryan Fannon’s radio call. JVP block at around 2:00:

via VUHoops.com

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NCAA Title Contender Villanova Is Now Producing Eagles-Style Pump-Up Videos and I’m Sold

12th ranked Villanova DESTROYED 14th ranked VCU in the semifinals of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn last night. They’ll take on 19th ranked Michigan in the finals at 10 p.m.(!) tonight. Both the Cats and Wolverines are 4-0. Something has to give, and it’ll probably be the team in that weird shade of yellow.

Today, Villanova’s athletic department put out this video, which certainly has the same feel as one of those outstanding #FlyEaglesFly releases. Nice use of social media. Keeps the V’s coming.

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Get your V shirt.

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The Best Point Guard in the Country Just Committed to Villanova over Temple

From VU Hoops:

Jalen Brunson, a 6’1″ 190 lb. consensus 5-star point guard from Lincolnshire, Ill., has verbally committed to the Villanova Wildcats. Brunson, who plays his high school basketball for Stevenson (IL) and for the Mac Irvin Fire on the AAU circuit, announced his decision at a press conference at his high school on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the trip to Villanova, Brunson had visited in-state Illinois, and had planned trips to Temple (his father Rick’s alma mater), Michigan State and Purdue. Most had long considered the Owls’ the frontrunner due to the family ties, but Jay Wright and his staff were able to convince Jalen – originally from Cherry Hill, NJ – to continue his career in on the Main Line.

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Your Friday Mid-Day Roundup

And now, here’s some stuff that fell by the wayside this week:

Homefront Gameplay Walkthrough

That post-Korean-invasion video game that will be set in an occupied Philadelphia released a gameplay walkthrough at E3 this week. There’s not much in the way of landmarks or Philly-isms in the video, but hey, the game looks pretty cool.

Jay Wright at #18

ESPN’s college basketball site has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball, and Villanova’s Jay Wright landed at the number 18 spot. Here’s some of what Dana O’Neil — who used to cover Nova for the Daily News — had to say:

“‘The perception is he’s the handsome guy that wears the $5,000 suits,’ said Patrick Chambers, the coach at Penn State who spent five years as Wright’s assistant coach at Villanova. ‘But so many people are out there trying to impress other coaches with how smart they are and what they do. Jay isn’t into any of that. He’s so comfortable in his own skin.’

Some of that comes with time. Wright has been at this head-coaching gig now for 19 years, the last 12 at Villanova. He knows the game, as in basketball, and he knows The Game, as in the business of basketball.

But so much of his talent is innate. In his first year at Villanova, he attracted a highly skilled recruiting class and most everyone expected immediate results. Immediate instead took a backseat to two painful years in the NIT. Yet when everyone — including those who now count themselves as die-hard, lifelong fans — wanted Wright out for lack of production, he didn’t blink.”

Report on the Katz Crash

The NTSB report on the plane crash that killed Lewis Katz and others has been released, and among its findings — according to the Inquirer — is that pilot error may be to blame:

“Flight data recorders found no evidence that the two pilots performed a preflight check. Apparently they didn’t realize that the Gulfstream jet’s tail flaps, known as elevators, were locked when it tried to takeoff from Hanscom field outside Boston on May 31, the report indicated.”

The Central Bucks Browns

As the Cleveland Browns hope to finally actually begin to rebuild, around one so-called Mr. Football, it’s worth pointing out the many of the minds behind Cleveland’s on-field product are local guys. New head coach Mike Pettine and his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach all played at Doylestown’s CB West under the coaching guidance of Pettine’s father. A Cleveland.com piece follows Pettine back to Doylestown and also gives you an insight into the new head honcho of the Browns’ sartorial inclinations:

“Dressed in a Foo Fighters T-shirt and a pair of camo shorts, Pettine enjoyed his respite from trying to turn around one of the NFL’s perennial losers. He stood around a high-top table, watching the Belmont, sipping on a beer and accepting a few man hugs from locals who marvel at his transformation from high school coach to low-level NFL assistant to Browns head coach.

What made the two-day trip special was the toggling between past and present. Pettine brought members of the Browns coaching staff on a limousine bus across the width of Pennsylvania to work an annual youth football clinic run by Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil. Pettine, O’Neil and linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach all played at CB West in different decades under Mike Pettine Sr.”

Long Fly Balls

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According to the estimations and calculations of ESPN’s Mark Simon, the Phillies outfield is one of the worst in baseball when it comes to catching balls hit to the deepest parts of the park. They rank 24th in making outs on balls hit 350-ish+ feet in the air. File this under “least surprising news of the week.”

Loyalty

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Gregory Kaminski at Maass Media took a look at fan loyalty in Philadelphia, factoring in attendance of the Phillies and Flyers — discounting the Eagles because of their small sample size and the Sixers because oh boy they’ve been terrible — and figured out what we already knew: Philly fans are loyal. Kaminsky discovered both the Phillies and Flyers, over the past eight years, have attendance numbers above the league average. Kaminsky says:

“So does this data prove anything? I’m not really sure, but it does help to move the conversation forward and give us sports fans something to talk and debate about. And isn’t that all we really want anyway?”

We disagree, what it tells us is holy shit the MLB has terrible league-wide attendance numbers.

Giving You The Peacock

And finally, up in New York, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (aka the G.E. Building and the RCA Building before that) will soon wear the brand of Comcast, a small regional company. According to PhillyMag, 30 Rock will soon sport “big, glowing neon lights that will shout ‘COMCAST’ to the Big Apple sky.” It’s a way for Comcast to flaunt their power over New York, but this is also a great time to point out the our own Comcast Tower has no large signage denoting it as such, and we’re 100% on board with that.

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