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Penn ends No. 17 Villanova's city supremacy in 78-75 win

Dec. 11, 2018 11:28 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth took the potential tying shot with hands that have slipped on two Villanova national championship rings, and a tick of the clock suddenly seemed endless. "The ball seemed like it was up there for way too long," Penn forward AJ Brodeur said. The shot was off. The Penn party...

No. 1 Kansas gets big test against No. 17 Villanova

Dec. 11, 2018 10:16 PM EST

Kansas started the season No. 1, dropped to No. 2 despite not losing and moved back to the top spot after playing its worst game of the season. Now, the Jayhawks get a massive test. On Saturday, newly-No. 1 Kansas hosts No. 17 Villanova at Allen Fieldhouse in a rematch of the 2018 national semifinals. The...

Paschall, No. 21 Villanova beat Saint Joseph's 70-58

Dec. 8, 2018 5:47 PM EST

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova soared to the top of the college basketball world by capturing national championships in two of the last three seasons. The Wildcats have been kings of their own city for much longer. Eric Paschall had 14 points and nine rebounds, and No. 21 Villanova beat Saint Joseph's...

Samuels' 3s lead No. 21 Villanova past Temple 69-59

Dec. 6, 2018 12:09 AM EST

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jermaine Samuels hit a pair of 3s that kept Villanova close and one that gave it the lead for good. His stats sparkled on the box score — just not on Temple's scouting report. Samuels hit three 3-pointers in the second half that kept No. 21 Villanova from its worst home losing...

Paschall, Booth help No. 23 Villanova avoid La Salle upset

Dec. 1, 2018 6:32 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright was raised on Big 5 hoops and considers himself a bit of a keeper of the city series' legacy. He's also quick to warn the Wildcats that anything can happen when Philly teams play at the Palestra. "It brings me back to childhood," Wright said. "Every time I...

Gonzaga passes Kansas for No. 1 in AP poll, Duke is No.3

Nov. 26, 2018 3:33 PM EST

Gonzaga pulled off what some considered impossible, stopping the Duke juggernaut in the Maui Invitational title game without one of its best players. Now the Zags are No. 1 again. Third in last week's poll , Gonzaga leapfrogged No. 2 Kansas to the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 released Monday. The Zags...

Old school: Experienced Gonzaga, Virginia stand tall early

Nov. 26, 2018 3:32 PM EST

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Experienced Gonzaga and Virginia sent not-so-subtle reminders not to discount talented, veteran-led teams. While Duke and its vaunted freshmen class were the talk college basketball for the first two weeks of the season, Gonzaga and Virginia walked away with titles to cap...

Villanova beat No. 14 Florida State for AdvoCare title

Nov. 25, 2018 9:50 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Villanova is making a case to get back into the Top 25. Collin Gillespie had 17 points, including two key late free throws, and the Wildcats won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State 66-60 non Saturday. "He loves the competition," Villanova coach Jay Wright...

The Latest: Charleston beats Memphis to finish 5th

Nov. 25, 2018 8:51 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the AdvoCare Invitational (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Orlando area native Grant Riller scored 32 points and added a career-high nine assists, Jarrell Brantley had 19 points, and Charleston beat Memphis 78-75 for fifth place on Sunday. Riller had 33 points, the...

Villanova beat No. 14 Florida State for AdvoCare title

Nov. 25, 2018 7:06 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Villanova is making a case to get back into the Top-25. Collin Gillespie had a game-high 17 points, including two key late free throws, and the Wildcats won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State 66-60. "He loves the competition," Villanova coach Jay Wright...